by Fernanda DeSouza
posted on February 23, 2019
Williamsburg has morphed into its own little city, attracting even those too afraid to set foot inside Brooklyn. The once-industrial neighborhood still has remnants of the past—the heavily Hasidic Jewish population, what’s left of the Domino Sugar Factory, old warehouses. But with a young, hip crowd now taking over the area, Williamsburg’s become a tourist attraction in and of itself. Enjoy it like a local by spending the day at neighborhood favorites
Toby’s Estate Coffee is an Australian transplant serving sustainable, high-quality coffee. For the coffee fiends, there’s a pour-over brew bar and brew school classes. For the masses, there’s a small food menu with pastries and breakfast classics.
Checkout: Small batch coffee and espresso
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With over 30 acres of lush green grass, this park is the perfect spot for your next stroll, jog or picnic. Live music and the (free!) pool make McCarren the ultimate summer relaxation spot, but it's worth a visit any time of year.
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When you have the midnight munchies in Williamsburg, head to Oasis Falafel to gobble up Brooklyn’s cheapest chickpeas. The seats aren’t comfy and the neon lights are harsh, but the overstuffed, tahini drenched sandwich will satisfy you for hours.
Checkout: Falafel sandwich, falafel platter, shwarma
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It may look like any other hip Williamsburg storefront, but The City Reliquary is a treasure trove of past and present New York City artifacts. The tiny museum showcases an eclectic mix of animal bones, city history and community exhibitions.
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This Brooklyn-based mini-chain specializes in sophisticated, wearable designer fashion from local indie labels to big names. Of course, the hand-selected pieces come with steep price tags but, hey, a Bird in the hand is better than two in the bush.
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Nitehawk is where you go for a fun date or to impress your friends from out of town. The first-run indie films here may be handpicked, but the menu also features carefully crafted cocktails and snacks that you order from the comfort of your seat.
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If you love all things German (with a Slovak twist), order up some wursts, pretzels, and spicy mustard to round out your time here. Just know that your clinking steins may be drowned out by the folk songs performed at this lively beer garden.
Checkout: Smoked Polish kielbasa, Munich pretzel, La Trappe Dubbel
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