Williamsburg Neighborhood Guide
A snapshot of all there is to do in the borough built for 2.6 million.
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A hundred beer taps, 6,000 square feet, and housemade bratwurst: enough said. Pick a communal table and celebrate any season, German-style. Great for open-air day drinking in the summer, brick fireplace boozing in the winter, and oh-so-soft pretzels all year long.33 Nassau Ave.
Yoga to the People
Even in an expensive city like New York, studios like Yoga to the People make fitness accessible to everyone. There’s no advance registration or membership necessary to take a class at Yoga to the People, and class fees are donation only, meaning you pay what you can (though $10 is the suggested price). Yoga mats are available to people without mats in tow for only $2, and this particular studio has locker rooms with showers.211 N. 11th Street, 2nd Floor Williamsburg, Brooklyn
High-end fashions from a global roster of designers make shop, cafe, and private event space feel ultra luxe. Owner Stephanie McDermott pays extra close attention to brands from British, Australian, and French labels. This is meant to be a low-pressure shop, so don’t think twice about coming in to admire an embroidered blouse or flouncy sundress while purchasing only a hot cup of Long Island City Birch coffee.113 N 7th St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Sundays in Brooklyn
This unmissable, three-story corner building on Wythe Avenue comes from three gastronomy veterans with experience ranging from the Cheesecake Factory to Michelin-starred spots. There’s a take-out window, an elegant walnut wood bar, and a full-service restaurant that delivers during every meal. For dinner, favorites include the black sea bass crudo with sunchokes and an Amazake aged flat iron steak. But it’s fun to come here on Sundays, like the name suggests, and enjoy exuberant brunch plates like malted pancakes with hazelnut maple praline or the smoked salmon grain bowl.348 Wythe Ave Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Inside Llama Inn’s imposing, carved wooden doors, you’ll find a light-filled space finished with Andean crafts and colorful lanterns. Chef Erik Ramirez conjured memories of his childhood trips to Lima to deliver authentic Peruvian cuisine. Start with the bright salmon ceviche, flavored with pepper and ginger, before moving on to the larger plates of grilled short rib, family-style branzino baked in banana leaf, and traditional anticuchos (sweetbreads with chimichurri, squid with rocoto salsa). You’ll want to pair everything with pisco sours, of course.50 Withers St Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Upscale menswear is the focus of this hip boutique. Shoppers can find edgy takes on Wacko Maria’s otherwise traditional Hawaiian shirts, and Tokyo threads from Bedwin & The Heartbreakers. In addition to international labels, Kinfolk sells their own branded wears, like classic crew-neck shirts. Garments aren’t the only thing for sale at the Williamsburg shop. Customers can also peruse vintage, special edition, or glossy coffee table books as well as contemporary Newman sunglasses.94 Wythe Ave Williamsburg, Brooklyn
You heard it here first.
Ever see the movie Empire Records? Rough Trade, NYC'S largest record store, is even better. Get meticulously curated vinyl, affordable live music ($12-$15/ticket), and cheap drinks under one 15,000-square-foot roof at this venerable music mecca.64 North 9th St.
There are myriad reasons to love this South Williamsburg bar, popular for its happy hour. The discounts run from 4-8pm daily, and get you $6 burgers and margaritas, and $5 wines, well cocktails and draft beers. 10:00 p.m.351 Broadway, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
If you’re looking for a scene, you’ll find it at Union Pool, housed in a former pool-supply store. The venue regularly hosts live music performances in a back room or, come summer, outside. The spacious, year-round backyard is the highlight of Union Pool, as it’s filled with picnic tables and even has an El Diablo taco truck parked almost every night.484 Union Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Baby's All Right
This buzzy venue is where you’ll come to see unusual, lesser-known acts and DJs. A creative, art-driven space with unmistakable touches (like crocodile wooden sconces) and a surprisingly strong cocktail game from the “Kichin” (try the artist Ai Weiwei’s namesake cocktail with mezcal, lime, agave, and jalapenos). An Asian-inspired food menu makes it easy to spend all night noshing on spicy salmon rice balls and kimchi-fried rice while watching your favorite live music.146 Broadway Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Maison Premier boasts oysters aplenty and a signature absinthe fountain in an endearingly old-school New Orleans atmosphere. Enjoy the garden in the warmer seasons. Good to know: arrive early for the dollar-a-shuck oyster happy hour.298 Bedford Ave.
You know what Williamsburg is great at? Mixing all of life's pleasures in one glorious space. Brooklyn Bowl has 16 high-tech alleys, delicious bites courtesy of Blue Ribbon, live music, guest DJs from your favorite bands, and a giant dance floor for gettin' down.61 Wythe Ave.