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Brooklyn, New York City

Non-touristy places to go, to eat and things to do in Brooklyn!

Going to New York in March 2016. I have been there once before and saw all the touristy highlights and spent all my time in Manhattan. This time I would like to explore Brooklyn as I heard some great stories about it. Especially Williamsburg. I am thinking of booking an Airbnb in Brooklyn. Anyone has any tips on what exact area is nice to stay at? Also looking for hidden gems, local bars, restaurants, cool galeries, nice boutique stores where I will not bump into a lot of other tourists, but truly live the New York/Brooklyn live. Any out of the box type of things are welcome! 

6 Answers

top answer by
Louise from Sydney, Australia

I lived in Williamsburg for one year in 2014-2015. I'd highly recommend booking a Airbnb there. Best areas : around S3rd street and Wythe Avenue, around the McCarren Park or at the border between Williamsburg and Greenpoint just north of that park. 

Nice bars: Cameo GalleryThe GorbalsBerry Park

Brunch: Five Leaves Restaurant (greenpoint), Enid's (greenpoint, families), Nights and Weekends (Greenpoint), Juliette (williamsburg), Simple Cafe & Restaurant 

Restaurants: Two Door Tavern, Fornino (pizza with nice backyard), Fada

Great walk > in Greenpoint around where the river goes into the East River and crossing the bridge. 

Further away in Brooklyn, visit Bushwick and more specifically streets around Jefferson St station for street-art and cute cafes, go to Roberta's (pizzeria) and go out in Warehouses in Bushwick.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. McCarren Park (attraction)
  2. Williamsburg (neighborhood)
  3. Greenpoint (attraction)
  4. Cameo Gallery (attraction)
  5. The Gorbals (restaurant)
  6. Berry Park (attraction)
  7. Five Leaves Restaurant (restaurant)
  8. Enid's (restaurant)
  9. Nights and Weekends (restaurant)
  10. Juliette (restaurant)
  11. Simple Cafe & Restaurant (attraction)
  12. Two Door Tavern (restaurant)
  13. Fornino (restaurant)
  14. Fada (restaurant)
  15. Bushwick (neighborhood)
  16. Roberta's (restaurant)
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answered by
Jessemin from Greenfield, Massachusetts

You might find Williamsburg too touristy. I'd suggest visiting Greenpoint (just north of Williamsburg) - WNYC Transmitter Park has great views of Manhattan, there are tons of great coffee shops, bars and restaurants, plus its a real neighborhood with history and strong Polish character (I'm biased because I lived there :). Check out Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop for the best donuts in the City, hang out and play lawn games in McCarren Park (on a nice day), grab drinks at Achilles Heel, Pencil Factory, Black Rabbit or any number of other great spots. For coffee, Café Grumpy is the most highly regarded, but I also enjoy Propeller Coffee, Upright Brew House and Budin. For food, you can't go wrong with Paulie Gee's. There are so many other neighborhoods in Brooklyn, so enjoy GP but also get on a bike and use the bike lanes to explore the rest of BK (weather permitting) - its a fantastic city!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Williamsburg (neighborhood)
  2. Greenpoint (attraction)
  3. WNYC Transmitter Park (attraction)
  4. Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop (restaurant)
  5. McCarren Park (attraction)
  6. Achilles Heel (restaurant)
  7. Pencil Factory (restaurant)
  8. Black Rabbit (restaurant)
  9. Café Grumpy (restaurant)
  10. Propeller Coffee (restaurant)
  11. Upright Brew House (restaurant)
  12. Budin (restaurant)
  13. Paulie Gee's (restaurant)
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answered first by
Sean from Brooklyn

Sabine - I'd recommend staying in either Greenpoint or Williamsburg (both in Brooklyn).  I lived in Williamsburg for the last year and recently moved to Greenpoint, so know both areas well.  If you want to be relatively close to Manhattan, you should stay in Williamsburg because it's one or two stops on the subway from Manhattan. A couple good restaurant recommendations in the area are Juliette (french bistro with great rooftop in Williamsburg), St. Anselm (steaks and grilled seafood in Williamsburg), Calexico (Mexican spot in Greenpoint), Nights and Weekends or Five Leaves Restaurant (on same block in Greenpoint, great for brunch).  Let me know what types of bars you like and I can give some recommendations.  - Sean

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Greenpoint (attraction)
  2. Williamsburg (neighborhood)
  3. Manhattan (attraction)
  4. Juliette (restaurant)
  5. St. Anselm (restaurant)
  6. Calexico (restaurant)
  7. Nights and Weekends (restaurant)
  8. Five Leaves Restaurant (restaurant)
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answered by
Alyssa from Farmingville, New York

Pies and thighs is a small restaurant in Williamsburg with some amazing food. If you want an experience check out the Brooklyn Flea in Sunset Park. I also would recommend going to the Brooklyn Bridge Park the view of NYC is amazing. 

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  1. Williamsburg (neighborhood)
  2. Brooklyn Flea (attraction)

answered by
Eli from Santa Monica, California

For concerts Output and Brooklyn Bowl, for food umami burger Umami Burger, for ice cream OddFellows Ice Cream Co.

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  1. Output (attraction)
  2. Brooklyn Bowl (attraction)
  3. Umami Burger (restaurant)
  4. OddFellows Ice Cream Co. (attraction)

answered by
coline from New York City


If you have already do Williamsburg, you could do DUMBO, Red Hook, Brooklyn Hights.

Lots of cool bars and stuffs to do in DUMBO, galleries (can't tell you the names though... I am still trying to remember).

Hope this helps


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. DUMBO (attraction)
  2. Red Hook (city)

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