Williamsburg, Brooklyn, guide: The best of the neighborhood
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is brimming with bars, restaurants, shops and things to do. Our critics’ picks will help you navigate the hipster hub.
With a diverse demographic that includes prominent Hasidic and Latino communities, semi-industrial Williamsburg, Brooklyn, attracts young—and not-so-young—cool-hunters from all over the city. But it’s not just about hanging out in neo-rustic bars and sporting vintage hats and Amish-esque facial hair—the ’Burg is a serious gastro destination and arty enclave, with a strong DIY spirit reflected in organizations like creative hub 3rd Ward. Bedford Avenue is the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare, anchored by the Bedford Mini-Mall (218 Bedford Ave between North 4th and 5th Sts) with its collection of indie merchants, but boutiques, bars and eateries radiate out in all directions—notable openings in the past few years include Reynards in the Wythe Hotel; Isa, the latest venture from downtown tastemaker Taavo Somer (of Freemans fame); and the innovative movie-theater-cum-restaurant Nitehawk Cinema. Billyburg’s thriving music scene encompasses numerous local venues, including Music Hall of Williamsburg, Pete's Candy Store and the reincarnation of storied downtown venue the Knitting Factory.
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