About the NeighborhoodKnown around the world as a hipster hotbed, Williamsburg is more mature than you might expect. Sure, there’s a swath of people who exclusively don beanies, manicured mustaches and oversized glasses they don’t need. But the neighborhood has also given rise to some of New York’s best hotels, restaurants, cheese, wine and chocolate—all wedged within a mix of exposed-brick former factories and glass-and-steel new builds. Bedford Avenue might be Williamsburg’s de facto main street (and a catwalk of right-now clothing trends), but further east things get more and more experimental.
“Everyone who does not live in Berlin lives in Brooklyn now.”
Just try not instagramming the Manhattan skyline views from The Wythe Hotel's rooftop bar.
Catch a gig, burger and bowl in one evening at the Brooklyn Bowl.
The ramen burger draws lines at Smorgasburg, a weekend-only food market.
Bedford Cheese Shop stocks nutty gruyeres and sweet goat goudas.
One stop for dinner, drinks and a movie: Nighthawk Cinemas.
A hub of action lined with bars, bistros and shops.
The area’s noughties-era hipsters have spawned ironic-onesie-wearing babies.
Brooklyn Winery is one of only two full-service wineries in all of NYC.
The L Train shuttles young'uns between the East Village and Williamsburg.
Mast Brothers makes beautifully packaged artisanal chocolate.