While Brooklyn and Manhattan are separated only by the East River, Brooklyn’s vibe is a world away from the big City. It’s immigrant enclaves have inspired vibrancy and diversity, while millennials and families who call it home have found solace in its open green spaces, farmer’s markets and welcoming spirit. Come play with the cool kids.
Celestine Mediterranean restaurant on the water in Dumbo.
Doughnut Plant Tasty donuts in Prospect Heights.
Emily Beloved restaurant serving amazing wood-fired pizzas and burgers in Clinton Hill.
Westville Locally sourced ingredients. Locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn, but we like the Dumbo spot.
Insa Korean barbecue and karaoke bar with private rooms in Gowanus.
Brighton Beach Nicknamed Little Odessa and Little Russia for its enclave of Russian speaking immigrants. Eastern Europe Jews began immigrating here in the 1930’s, followed by a wave of Soviet Union immigrants in the 1970’s. Today Brighton is one of our favorite areas in Brooklyn and much less crowded in the summer than its northern cousin Rockaway Beach, and southern sister Coney Island. Head here for a relaxing day at the beach followed by Russian beers, perogies and borscht soup.
Brooklyn Flea A sprawling market known for its myriad of treasures. Open on Saturdays and Sundays in varying indoor and outdoor locations.
Brooklyn Bridge While touristy, the walk across this 19th century landmark should not to be missed.
Brooklyn Bridge Park Excellent views of Manhattan’s FiDi. In the summer movies are shown against the city backdrop on the lawn. Book in advance.
Norbu Contemporary jewellery boutique on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg,
Prospect Park Peaceful haven with a zoo, botanical garden, and winding paths.
Our favorite neighborhoods to stay in are Williamsburg, Brooklyn Heights and Park Slope. If you want to be close to the City with nightlife and restaurants, choose Williamsburg, though you will pay a pretty penny. If money isn’t an issue, check out The Hoxton, which was recommended by a friend.
Otherwise, Brooklyn Heights and Prospect Park might give you more bang for your AirBnb buck.