Hotels Above Par Destination Guide to Brooklyn, New York, Williamsburg – Hotels Above Par

Nearly decades of being ignored by New Yorkers, Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood spent the early years reigning supreme as the city’s emerging capital of hipster cool. Today, this bite of the Big Apple is every bit as glitzy as Manhattan, with a boom of high-rise apartments, high-end shopping, and a powerful restaurant and bar scene. Whether you’re hopping on the L train to spend an afternoon in Billyburg or planning a long weekend, here’s what to do when you go.


STAY:

The Hoxton, Williamsburg

When The Hoxton moved into the Rosenwach water tower factory in Williamburg, it marked the British brand’s debut on this side of the Atlantic. As new hotels keep popping up on busy Wythe Avenue, this one remains one of the best: the views of the Manhattan skyline are striking, the design is still eye-catching, and with Laser Wolf, the latest venture from rooftop chef Michael Solomonov, The Hoxton is also a sizzling foodie destination.

Val Guillaume

Guests are encouraged to enjoy the outdoors at William Vale, a high-rise hotel on N 12th St. It’s not just that all rooms have balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the contemporary-style spaces with light natural. This flashy boutique also has Brooklyn’s largest (and splashiest) outdoor pool, an elevated promenade called Vale Park, and Westlight, an open-air rooftop lounge on the 22nd floor.


TO EAT:

Birds of a feather

For spice lovers familiar with Sichuan Chilean cuisine, this restaurant is worth a visit for its superb Chungking Fried Chicken and poached wontons in chili sauce alone. Milder selections like fried eggplant accordions, mini pork and okra rolls, and dan dan noodles are also exquisite.

The Four Horsemen

This cozy Scandinavian-inspired wine bar by LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy boasts a Michelin star and the James Beard Award among its many accolades. Here, the focus is on natural wines. While you can drop by to experience your soon-to-be favorite varietal, don’t miss a sampling of the kitchen’s small plates.

France

Come to Francie for an unpretentious chic evening full of decadent food. The dry-aged whole roast duck, elegantly served on beds of purple flowers, is the stunning signature dish, but everything from the Roman army sourdough to the honeyed squash bomboloni is a worthy order.

The crocodile

Tucked away inside the Wythe Hotel, Le Crocodile is Williamsburg’s first all-day French brasserie. Start by taking a seat at the bar, a chic setting for an aperitif, so chic that you might be tempted to hang around in the evening to taste the revisited bistro dishes, such as parsley and Pernod snail, steak tartare and “skate frite”. “. peppered.


TO DRINK:

Pokito

This groovy neon-lit bar is run by a coterie of entertainers who have fused Latin and Asian flavors to create a damn good cocktail menu. Tropical ingredients, like coconut milk and kiwi fruit, feature heavily.

Large Chinos

Part karaoke-cockatil bar, part Chinese restaurant, Chino Grande is a real crowd pleaser for its laid-back atmosphere and plates to share. Go for the Peppercorn Lobster served over a pile of fries, the Coconut Ranch Fried Chicken and the Banana Miso Custard for the finale.

Philomena’s bar

The cozy East Williamsburg Lounge does it all without much effort, offering slushies washed down with Prosecco, meticulously crafted lowball cocktails with flavored ice cubes, and a solid selection of beers and wines.

Fresh Kills Bar

Unlike some other trendy bars, Fresh Kills emphasizes ready-made adventurous cocktails. The emphasis here is on adapting and perfecting the classics, a mission accomplished brilliantly.


TO VISIT:

dominoes park

In 2018, the former Domino Sugar Refinery complex just north of the Williamsburg Bridge was renovated into a six-acre public green space for recreation. Located on the edge of the East River, Domino Park features remnants of the site’s industrial past, such as the Artifact Walk, an elevated five-block promenade surrounded by remnants of old factory infrastructure.

Bedford Avenue

Stroll Williamsburg’s main commercial thoroughfare to discover the neighborhood’s largest concentration of shops, including a vintage clothing store Rugged Road & Co.antique furniture dealer Bedford Gallery Inc.and Brooklyn’s Little Marketa mini flea market of fashion accessories.

Public baths

Located inside a former 1930s soda factory, this underground spa unites wellness traditions from around the world, including Russian banyas, Nordic saunas and Turkish hammams. Opt for a day pass to enjoy water treatments in the common areas, or sign up for a private treatment, like an hour-long session in a sensory deprivation pool. The downstairs restaurant is also a stunner, designed with oilcloth banquettes and ironwork.


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