Pizza Loves Emily
Yes, pizza is in the name of this Brooklyn and West Village establishment, and yes, the Detroit-style deep dish pizza might be some of the best pizza in New York, BUT it is the burger, in all its pretzel-bunned, carmelized-onioned, melted-cheddared glory, that will make you realize that not only Pizza, but also Burger, Loves Emily.
Đi Ăn Đi
Translated as Let’s Go Eat, Greenpoint’s newest resident Đi Ăn Đi has set the bar high not only for Vietnamese food, but also for beautiful and inviting interiors. Verdant and light-filled, the restaurant transports you to the rolling hills of Vietnam’s countryside, pho included.
Helping cement Brooklyn’s reputation as a culinary hub, Marlow & Sons offers breakfast, lunch and dinner all with a heavy farm-fresh philosophy. For dinner, try the oysters or brick chicken.
Marlow & Sons
A sculptural and beaming pink neon light frames traditional Barcelona-style tapa dishes, including sautéed Catalan white beans, pan con tomate, and seared tuna.
This New York favorite does everything in-house, from curing the meats to churning the butter, all amounting to one of the most magical pizzas you might ever eat.
New Orleans inspired plates are served alongside aged cocktails at this lively Williamsburg South Side bar. Plainly said, Loosie Rouge will show you a good time, with a piano for karaoke nights never not singing an upbeat jazz melody.
A truly great selection of beers is paired with a Danish modern aesthetic at Manhattan Avenue’s Tørst. Though priding itself on its “serious” beer menu, the atmosphere is nothing but warm and inviting: a best-of-both-worlds scenario allowing you to relax with a great drink.
Unpretentious yet stunning, Grand Army Bar boasts one of the best drink menus in the city along with a menu of oysters and seafood.
Grand Army Bar
Quaint and cozy with a tin-covered patio perfect for those seasonally-confused days, Broken Land is the spot in Greenpoint to grab a michelada (if Clamato is your thing), hang out with a dog (!), and take it easy.
Poutine, maple-bacon burgers, and Canadian lagers are served at UpNorth’s modern-yet-cozy bar, decked out with wood beams, taxidermy, brick and leather.
Airy digs clad in white brick frame local art and international coffee at Nolita’s Happy Bones. Hoping to creatively inspire New York with European-style espresso, the café is the perfect place to workshop your next idea.
Sourcing beans from untamed, near-inaccessible Colombian terrain while establishing social and environmental relationships along the way, Devoción brews the freshest and most conscientious coffee in Brooklyn.
City of Saints
At their Bushwick and East Village locations, City of Saints celebrates its communities with a friendly and inviting atmosphere. The café also roasts their own beans, which they sustainably source from around the world.
Blank Slate is bringing all day eats from breakfast sandwiches and coffee to small plates and craft beers.
Serving updated Moroccan classics, this family owned East Village gem is a neighborhood favorite with their lovely terrace and award-winning brunch.
Try the classic salted chocolate chip cookies or, if you’re feeling adventurous, go with the blue cheese–pecan scones or spicy bacon-caramel popcorn.
Fredericks & Mae
Darts, tassels, arrows, a citronella spiral, confetti cannons, olive oil soaps: it’s the summer camp of your dreams tucked into the most beautiful Brooklyn space. Open only on weekends (and weekdays by appointment), Fredericks & Mae recently opened their storefront to celebrate their 10-year brand anniversary.
Walk through the doors of Bulletin’s bathed-in-pink Williamsburg home and enter the world you’d like to live in. A generous percentage of all sales goes to Planned Parenthood, featured products are made by female-led brands, staff is friendly and easygoing, prices are within budget. We’ll stay for a while.
World traveler and designer Caitlin Mociun’s brick and mortar offers sustainable jewelry as well as minimalist, aesthetic homewares. The store’s trademark of simple, unexpected elegance is at its best with one-of-a-kind stone cluster rings using antique diamonds and rare gemstones.
Stop by 192 Books for a poetry reading or book signing, or stay a while longer and wade through their impressive curated selection, catering to a variety of subjects, from fiction to natural history.
Sip on a cup of Sightglass Coffee or Bellocq Tea as you browse the beautiful trinkets, ceramics, flowers and plants of Greenpoint’s Homecoming.
Friends is everything you want and need: vintage finds, home goods, jewelry and more.
Soft music, a truly great book selection and a cozy place to sit: McNally Jackson Books just gets it.
McNally Jackson Books
Warhol at Whitney
The first Warhol retrospective organized by a U.S. institution since 1989 (!), head to The Whitney from Nov. 12, 2018–March 31, 2019 to view Andy Warhol works ranging from classic to obscure. The exhibit also promises new revelations about the iconic artist we all think we know, along with how his art has aged and influenced today’s creative landscape.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Head to Brooklyn’s central Prospect Park and find yourself at the glass-paned greenhouse where plants thrive year round. Currently on view: Sally Warring’s multimedia exhibition, Pondlife, which combines art and biology in an exploration of the microbial communities in the ponds and waterways at the Garden. (You can also admire her work from afar on Instagram.)
Built atop an abandoned railway, The Highline is 1.45 miles of nature above the city. Stops along the path include the Whitney Museum, The Standard’s rooftop bar and Chelsea Market.
Founded in 1971, MoMA PS1 serves as an exhibition space rather than a collecting institution, hosting burgeoning and established artists of all genres.
From 90’s nights to Purple Rain Skate Parties, Dreamland Roller Rink–located in Prospect Park–is a sparkly disco dream come true.