Williamsburg, Brooklyn neighborhood guide

Our guide to the hipster hub—Williamsburg, Brooklyn—includes the best restaurants, bars, shops and hotels in the nabe

Williamsburg, Brooklyn
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Known for its indie music and party scene, the ’Burg always offers a good reason to cross the East River and check out its delights. Locals of Williamsburg, Brooklyn already know the nabe is the prime place in the city to shop for vintage, catch a concert and peep some street art, but the ever-changing area always offers new restaurants, flea markets and shops to explore. The neighborhood may have rents higher than Gramercy and more crowds than Soho, but at least it’s free to visit. Heed the hipster call.

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There’s a helluva lot of things to do in Williamsburg, Brooklyn from concerts to quirky museums

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Restaurants in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Lilia
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Lilia

Chef Missy Robbins continue to pack her Italian stunner with guests coming far an wide for her rightfully famous pasta

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Sunday in Brooklyn
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Sunday in Brooklyn

Unlike their name may lead on, Sunday in Brooklyn is indeed open for brunch and dinner every day of the week

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5 out of 5 stars
Delaware and Hudson
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Delaware and Hudson

Patti Jackson (Alto) looks to her native Pennsylvania for inspiration at this throwback restauran 

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5 out of 5 stars
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Llama Inn
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Llama Inn

Any Lima lover could tell you that there’s more to Peruvian food than citrusy ceviche, though it's still a solid option on the menu

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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Bars in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Skinny Dennis
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Skinny Dennis

You don’t have to fly down to Nashville for an authentic honky-tonk experience—just hit up this freewheelin’ spot

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4 out of 5 stars
The Commodore
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The Commodore

Lovingly dubbed a gastrodive, this no-frills spot delivers strong drinks, salty food and a wonderful seedy atmosphere

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Maison Premiere
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Maison Premiere

You will find no bar more elegant than this French Quarter–inspired haunt

Users say
4 out of 5 stars
Night of Joy
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Night of Joy

Billyburg’s bar scene skews divey, but this bi-level drinks den offers laid-back boozing sans the stench of stale beer

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5 out of 5 stars
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Hotels in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

McCarren Hotel & Pool

McCarren Hotel & Pool

Just blocks from the subway and ferries, this hotel offers abundant views of McCarren Park

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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Wythe Hotel

Wythe Hotel

Bask in the spotlight of Williamsburg at this hotel, which is smack-dab in the center of the action

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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The William Vale

The William Vale

This upscale waterfront destination has held a role in redefining the Williamsburg skyline

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Urban Cowboy B&B
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Urban Cowboy B&B

Urban Cowboy is an ultra-trendy and stylish crack at country living, right in the heart of Williamsburg

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Nightlife in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Baby’s All Right

Baby’s All Right

With spaceshiplike stage lighting, this spot has become something of an institution in Williamsburg

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Brooklyn Steel
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Brooklyn Steel

This massive converted steel fabrication warehouse is one helluva venue 

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5 out of 5 stars
Output

Output

The sound system at this industrial-sleek club leaves every corner at the perfect decibel for dancing 

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4 out of 5 stars
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Brooklyn Bowl
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Brooklyn Bowl

This bowling alley and live-music venue fully embraces the new mania for local nostalgia

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5 out of 5 stars
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Shops in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Myths of Creation
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Myths of Creation

Bartender Xenia Viray boasts similar styles you’d find on the racks at Anthropologie but for a fraction of the price

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4 out of 5 stars
Bulletin
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Bulletin

Williamsburg’s beloved indie-brand boutique helps fierce feminists suit up for the resistance

Concrete + Water
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Concrete + Water

This lifestyle shop in Williamsburg sells high-quality goods during the day, but will host occasional dance parties at night

10 Ft. Single by Stella Dallas
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10 Ft. Single by Stella Dallas

This sprawling vintage emporium shills just about anything you’d want in your closet

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Comments

6 comments
Jilly T

I hear the L Train will be shut up for an entire year. GrrrrraaHHHH. This means we may have to call in the calvary to keep all the great visitors coming to Williamsburg. https://binknyc.com/infographic .

I’m concerned. I ♥️ my hood! — Jilly Isabella

Sui P

I love Brooklyn. Only thing it is missing is LookBooker (www.lookbooker.co). Once I don't have to go back to Manhattan for my hair and beauty appointments I'll be shacking up with WBerg

Williamsburg Noise

A great guide on Williamsburg, Brooklyn. There is so much to do. www.williamsburgnoise.com

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