Lilia (Williamsburg): Quite literally the best food I've ever eaten in NYC. Lilia is the place to go for Italian cuisine. Set in a redone auto-body shop and specializing in wood fired dishes and fresh, handmade pasta. Be sure to try the whole artichoke antipasti, with garlic, mint, parmigiano and breadcrumbs, as well as the grilled clams, with Calabrian chilli + breadcrumbs. For pastas, the rigatoni diavola and the mafaldini with pink peppercorns and parmigiano reggiano.
12 Chairs (Williamsburg): Israeli restaurant in a rustic space serving a fantastic brunch menu (they also serve lunch and dinner). Try the jachnun (rolled Yemenite dough with date honey, served with a hard boiled egg and crushed tomatoes), the hummus, the baladi eggplant and the cauliflower.
Five Leaves (Greenpoint): Hip, New American bistro with an Aussie influence.
Misi (Williamsburg): From Missy Robbins comes her follow-up Italian spot just a short walk from Lilia, closer to the East River. Misi features seasonal handmade pasta and veg dishes in a bright, contemporary space. If in season, try the grilled baby artichokes with mint salsa verde, spinach and mascarpone filled tortelli with brown butter and ricotta salata and the spaghetti alla chitarra with cured corbari tomatoes, black olive seed and fresh herbs.
Sunday In Brooklyn (Williamsburg): The spot to be at any day of the week for breakfast, brunch, lunch & dinner. Three storey building equipped with a rooftop garden and sidewalk patio/cafe, the farm-to-table menu here is delicious, try the spicy cauliflower sandwich and the grain bowl with an iced matcha latte.
Smorgasburg (Williamsburg): Seasonal Saturday outdoor food market (also takes place on Sundays in Prospect Park). Williamsburg's Smorgasburg happens on the waterfront and features tons of local vendors serving up the most delicious and creative food.
Van Leeuwen: Some of the best artisan ice cream in NYC, made right here in Brooklyn using ingredients sourced within the area. They are also known for their incredible vegan flavours made with a blend of coconut cream and cashews.
Momo Sushi Shack (East Williamsburg): Cash-only, casual Japanese eatery with communal tables serving small plates, noodles and sushi with many vegetarian & vegan options.
by CHLOE. (Williamsburg): Started by chef Chloe Coscarelli, this trendy vegan cafe, juice bar and bakery serves up delicious, creative and healthy eats. My favourites are the mac n' cheese with mushroom bacon, the veggie burgers, quinoa taco salad and air baked french fries.
Pressed Juicery (Williamsburg): Cold pressed juice.
Juice Generation (Williamsburg): Another great cold pressed juice shop.
Riverdel (Prospect Heights): Vegan cheese shop (with a huge selection of great brands) & gourmet grocery store serving delicious made-to-order sandwiches.
Juliette (Williamsburg): Great spot for lunch with an indoor garden room and a roof deck.
sweetgreen (Williamsburg): Manhattan’s most popular chain for organic salads. Make your own or choose from one of their pre-designed options. (two locations in Brooklyn).
Littleneck Outpost (Greenpoint): New England-style seafood shack & cafe with a little fine foods boutique.
Homecoming (Greenpoint): Café, gift shop and hip florist all in one.
Sweatshop (Williamsburg): Minimalist Australian design collective and espresso bar specializing in flat whites, they also have great chai, matcha and other espresso-based drinks (with the option to add CBD oil to your drink). Light bites too including avo on toast, brekkie sandwiches, granola bowls and baked goods.
Sey Coffee (East Williamsburg): Skylit coffee bar and roaster serving coffee, tea and pastries in a plant-filled, bright and airy space with concrete flooring and whitewashed exposed brick walls. A great spot to do work as there is plenty of seating options with free Wi-Fi and outlets.
Blue Bottle Coffee (Williamsburg, Boerum Hill): Great coffee shop with several locations in the US (Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Palo Alto and around the globe in Tokyo). Blue Bottle focuses on single-origin beans, is considered a major player in the new wave of artisanal coffee, and puts a huge effort into coffee (and tea!) preparation.
AP Cafe (Bushwick): Airy, bright cafe serving coffee and light bites with plenty of seating in both the front of the cafe and around back. Clean, industrial feel.
Partner’s Coffee (Williamsburg): Coffee shop & roasters formerly known as Toby’s Estate. Partner’s has several locations around the city and this one is particularly bright and a great work environment. Huge floor-to-ceiling windows, with plenty of seating at communal tables and on benches.
Bakeri (Greenpoint): Rustic-chic café & bakery. Great selection of sweet & savoury baked goods, cakes and breads.
June (Cobble Hill): A natural wine bar with an amazing European-focused selection. Walk through the elegant-chic restaurant and onto a beautiful backyard patio to enjoy your glass of vino and some locally-sourced small plates (open for dinner throughout the week and brunch on weekends).
The Four Horsemen (Williamsburg): Minimalist, rustic and intimate space, the Four Horsemen is a great wine bar that also serves small plates, a great date spot!
Counting Room (Williamsburg): Cozy, rustic wine bar with exposed brick walls and a cocktail lounge downstairs.
Mirage (East Williamsburg): Event venue complex occupying an entire city block. Open air space with live music and DJs every weekend.
The Narrows (East Williamsburg): Between Bushwick and East Williamsburg is the Narrows, one of the cozier cocktail bars you’ll find in Brooklyn with a great backyard patio.
Hotel Delmano (Williamsburg): Cocktails and raw bar that recalls an old-time New York vibe. Bistro-like space with a vintage feel.
Grimm Artisanal Ales (East Williamsburg): Starting out as a nomadic brewery and finally settling into their East Williamsburg space in June 2018, Joe and Lauren Grimm sought influence from their experience in Belgium when creating their eponymous brewery. The brewery and taproom are in a bright, plant-lined, industrial space with whitewashed exposed brick walls, hanging lightbulbs, a long bar, large windows, delicious brews and a great selection of sours.
Westlight (Greenpoint): For cocktails, snacks and the best city views on the rooftop of the William Vale hotel.
Bellocq Tea Atelier (Greenpoint): Ring the doorbell to enter this stunning, quiet teahouse featuring hundreds of exotic blends from global producers and lots of tea accessories as well. Enjoy a tea taster as you wander through the shop and smell all the teas or enjoy a cup while you relax in the cozy tearoom.
Space Ninety 8 (Williamsburg): Art, apparel, event space, community, fashion & gatherings.
Narnia (Williamsburg): Vintage clothing & accessories shop.
Awoke Vintage (Greenpoint): Curated vintage clothing and accessories store with several locations.
Friends NYC (East Williamsburg): Women’s clothing, accessories and gift shop with vintage, gently worn and new pieces.
Chickee’s Vintage (Williamsburg): Favourite curated vintage clothing store in Brooklyn.
Bird Brooklyn (Williamsburg): Women’s fashion boutique selling designer brands with several locations around Brooklyn.
No Relation Vintage (Gowanus): If you have patience, you could definitely find some great gems at this huge thrift store.
Catbird (Williamsburg): Tiny but hip little jewelry boutique with lots of dainty gems as well as beauty products, candles, paper goods and trinkets for your home.
Artists & Fleas (Williamsburg): Weekend-only indoor market with local artisans selling handmade arts and crafts, jewelry, antiques, and vintage clothing. Also takes place at the Chelsea Market directly beneath the High Line (weekdays too).
Horizon’s (Williamsburg): Boutique for new and vintage clothing, footwear and accessories.
Dandy Wine & Spirits (Williamsburg): Superb wine shop with friendly, helpful staff, great selection, natural wines and turn-table playing a curated selection of music.
la di da dee (Williamsburg): Little boutique selling lovely women's clothing, swimwear, jewelry and accessories.
Rough Trade (Williamsburg): Massive independent record store and live music venue/bar.
Verandah Pl (Cobble Hill): Charming residential street for a quiet walk.
L Train Vintage (East Williamsburg): Vintage clothing store with several locations and a massive selection.
Package Free (Williamsburg): A one-stop-shop home goods store that prides itself on being completely zero waste.
McCarren Park Greenmarket (Williamsburg): Saturday farmers’ market with awesome vendors.