Best things to do in Brooklyn

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  • Marlow & Sons

  • New York strip steak at Prime Meats

  • Peter Luger

  • YMYL holster at Alter

  • Thakoon lace dress at Bird

  • Cherry blossoms at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

  • City Reliquary Museum

  • Goth Tea Party at Green-Wood Cemetery

Marlow & Sons

Eating and drinking

Marlow & Sons
This playful spot serves as an old-time oyster bar and restaurant, serving seasonal dishes in the charming front café and bold cocktails and freshly shucked oysters in the back room. 81 Broadway at Berry St, Williamsburg (718-384-1441, marlowandsons.com)

Prime Meats
The Germanic sibling of beloved trattoria Frankies Spuntino bears a salvage-lot look, artisan cocktails and locavore sourcing. Unsurprisingly, meat is the restaurant’s marquee draw. 465 Court St at Luquer St, Carroll Gardens (718-254-0327, frankspm.com)

Peter Luger
Excess is the thing at this stucco-walled beer-hall-style eatery, which is best evidenced by the famous porterhouse for two—a whopping 44 ounces of sliced prime beef. 178 Broadway at Driggs Ave, Williamsburg (718-387-7400, peterluger.com)

Shopping & Style

Alter
Designer Roy Caires and photographer Tommy Cole’s punky boutique stocks edgy clothes and accessories for men and women. 109 Franklin St at Greenpoint Ave, Greenpoint (718-784-8818, alterbrooklyn.blogspot.com)

Beacon’s Closet
Beacon’s excellent vintage wear continues to stand above the rest. 88 North 11th St between Berry St and Wythe Ave, Williamsburg (718-486-0816, beaconscloset.com)

Bird
Brooklyn now boasts three locations of this expertly curated clothing-and-accessories boutique. 220 Smith St at Butler St, Cobble Hill (718-797-3774, shopbird.com) • 316 Fifth Ave between 2nd and 3rd Sts, Park Slope (718-768-4940)203 Grand St between Bedford and Driggs Aves, Williamsburg (718-388-1655)

Own This City

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
When the gardens are in lush, fragrant bloom, you’ll forget that you’re even in NYC—and there’s no Cherry Blossom Festival in Central Park. 900 Washington Ave at Eastern Pkwy, Prospect Heights (718-623-7200, bbg.org)

City Reliquary Museum
This storefront museum—which we really hope survives the recession—is the best spot for civic-history buffs searching for New York City ephemera (we dig the locker stuffed with treasures from NYC’s burlesque-loving past). 370 Metropolitan Ave at Havemeyer St, Williamsburg (cityreliquary.org)

Green-Wood Cemetery
The home to some of the city’s most famous deceased residents (holler at you, DeWitt Clinton!) also hosts events, like book readings and gothic tea parties. 500 25th St at Fifth Ave, Sunset Park (718-768-7300, green-wood.com)

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