Best place to DIY: Brooklyn Kitchen Labs

These days, Brooklyn foodies worth their Maldon salt are brewing kombucha, jarring preserves and hosting pickling parties. When Brooklyn Kitchen moved from its tiny Greenpoint location to a massive nearby space last fall, it became ground zero for urban homesteaders. Owners Taylor Erkkinen and Harry Rosenblum have supplemented the store's inventory of culinary gadgets with Tom Mylan's must-visit Meat Hook butcher shop and a state-of-the-art educational center called the Labs. Classes on subjects like eating seasonally, home brewing, breaking down a pig and, of course, pickling could have you living off the grid in no time—combestibly speaking, that is. The Brooklyn Kitchen Labs 100 Frost St between Leonard St and Manhattan Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-389-2982)