Borough Love: Brooklyn Spots That Aren’t Williamsburg

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There are two types of people in New York City: Those who live in Brooklyn, and those who have been to Williamsburg. That’s not to say that the ‘burg doesn’t have its charms (where else can you find so many Instagrammable bars and brunch spots in a .5-mile radius?), but with the L train closing, it’s time to give other neighborhoods a chance. We’d never send you over the bridge without an itinerary, so today we’re rounding up some hot spots in this beloved borough. Read on for Taste the Style’s guide to key places to hit across the river.


Borough Love: Brooklyn Spots that AREN'T Williamsburg

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Once a quiet, hippy-dippy spot, Stonefruit Espresso now has a line out the door on the weekends. The organic cafe also houses a plant shop decked with greenery. From vegan lavender pound cake to tangy whitefish toast, Stonefruit offers a can’t-miss brunch selection and plenty of photo backdrops.

Location: 1058 Bedford Avenue


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Few restaurants will ever find themselves on Bon Appetit’s Best Restaurants in America list. However, Hart’s in Brooklyn just nabbed the number five spot. Their menu of Mediterranean tapas and seafood set the intimate restaurant apart from other neighboring spots.

Location: 506 Franklin Avenue


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Carroll Gardens is quite homey, but don’t let the mass of families and children deter you from trying Lucali. A favorite of celebs and locals alike, this oold-school pizza parlor dishes up cozy vibes and carbs (lots of them). Whether you’re smashing a pie or calzone, Lucali’s authentic pizza beats your local delivery joint.

Location: 575 Henry Street

Chez Oskar

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“Funky” and “French” are the only two words you need to convince us Chez Oskar is the place to be. The Bed-Stuy bistro has an eclectic atmosphere with laid-back French cuisine. Prepare to flex your taste buds, because their Tuesday specialty is all-you-can-eat mussels. Très délicieux.

Location: 310 Malcolm X Boulevard


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Some nights, we’ll drink anything. Other nights call for a really good cocktail, which is where Ramona comes in. With 20+ signature drinks on the menu, there’s bound to be something even the biggest cocktail aficionado hasn’t tried.

Location: 113 Franklin Street

Royal Palms

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Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club brings retirees’ favorite activity to the millennial set. Great for large groups, the bar and activity space puts a boozy spin on the classic cruise game. Adventurers will love Royal Palms as an alternative to the tired bar routine.  

Location: 514 Union Street

Fort Defiance

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Whether you’ve spent a long day at Ikea or just need a change of scenery, Red Hook’s Fort Defiance offers respite. Locals will tell you it’s their best-kept secret, and because it’s hard to get to — you might have to (gasp) take a bus — it’s kind of, sort of, stayed that way.

Location: 365 Van Brunt Street

Do or Dive

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Do or Dive is a gussied up version of the institutional dive bar. It’s trying to be divey, while staying true to its roots (the bar is located in what used to be a restaurant called Do or Dine). The most virtuous thing about Do or Dive is that it’s a dog-friendly bar, which means it’s definitely a win in our book.  

Location: 1108 Bedford Avenue


Brooklyn Museum

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Been there, done The Met. Its Brooklyn counterpart: the Brooklyn Museum. The museum has a moderate-sized collection that will take you no more than a couple hours to peruse. Its proximity to Prospect Park makes a perfect excuse for a Sunday afternoon stroll.

Location: 200 Eastern Parkway

Industry City

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A self-sustaining microcosm of the city, Industry City is a futuristic center for living, shopping, eating and the aesthetic. Buried in Sunset Park, the complex is a design-oriented mecca containing restaurants, furniture shops, a distillery, innovation labs and more.

Location: 220 36th Street

Books Are Magic

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Books Are Magic reminds us of the joys of reading. Opened by NYT bestselling author Emma Straub, the bookstore is home to a curated selection of books, weekly events, and a crazy adorable mural you’ll definitely want on your Instagram feed.

Location: 225 Smith Street

Written by Kirby Kelly

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