Williamsburg gets a reputation of hipster, pretentious, and over the top. While that all is kind of true it is also SOOO much fun. Greenpoint lies to the north and Bedford to the south. Spend the day wandering into cool vintage shops and eating some of the best food NYC.
Here is my travel guide to Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
From Manhattan by Subway.... Take the L Line to Bedford Ave or Lorimer St or the J/M/Z line to Marcy Ave stop
From Brooklyn by Subway... Take the G Line to Nassau Ave
By Ferry... The cost is $4 per ride on weekdays and $6 on weekends, and a dollar extra to transport your bike. Check out the ferry map here to see locations.
By Taxi... well, a taxi is self explanatory...
Smorgasburg in Williamsburg
Smorgasburg is in Williamsburg on SATURDAY (!!!)
On Sundays it is in Prospect Park.
The exact location is 90 Kent Ave. Brooklyn NY 11211
It opens at 11 am and closes at 6 pm. But I have been there past 6 pm and personally seen that most stalls are still open and serving food WAY past "closing".
It gets REALLY crowded so prepare yourself before you go. There are tons of really cool vendors and anything you get there will probably be amazing.
Where to Shop in Williamsburg
Honestly just wander around. There are so many really cool vintage stores to check out.
My FAVORITE though is Copper + Plaid (pictured above). They have really unique stuff and are not trying to rip you off.
Where to Eat in Williamsburg
$ | Mister Dips | Burgers and Cones
Location | Website | Menu
My new OBSESSION. It is an airstream trailer that is parked in front of the William Vale Hotel. The view is great, there are grassy hills to eat on, and the food...OMG the food. Just go here...like now.
$ | Xi Famous Foods | Chinese
Location | Website | Menu
Originally from Flushing, NY this place is famous for signature hand-ripped noodles, secret spice mixes, and Xi’an “burgers” with housemade flatbread. There are now 12 locations across Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.
$ | Crif Dogs | Hot Dogs
$$$ | Peter Lugar Steak House
Where to Drink in Williamsburg
I am not a huge drinker so there are what I have heard is good....
The Gutter...Old-school, low-tech bowling alley with an attached barroom that hosts live music.
Brooklyn Brewery...I've actually been here and it's tons of fun. Microbrewery with tastings & tours that offer an inside look at the creation process.
Kinfolk 90...Design headquarters also features coffee, food & cocktails plus rotating DJs & art exhibits.
Black Flamingo...Retro with Latin-inspired small plates & creative cocktails, plus a dance floor & happy hours.
Best Rooftop Bars in Williamsburg
The Ides Bar at the Wythe Hotel
It goes without saying that both of these are super expensive. It's a rooftop....over looking Manhattan, what do you expect? But they are both great for atmosphere and views. They are right next to each other so don't overthink which one to go to. Oh also, expect a long line to get in.
P.S. Westlight is the bar in the Tinder episode of Master of None