Go List 201325 PLACES TO GO IN 2013
Why Go Now Sure, Brooklyn has been buzzing for a while, but it hasn't been the easiest New York City borough for visitors to base themselves in—until now. Last year brought a handful of cool, designy hotels, as well as a smattering of fantastic, critic-approved restaurants. Following the lead of the many lauded NYC chefs who have opened second and third restaurants here, one of Rome's most celebrated restaurants, Antica Pesa, just opened its first stateside outpost not in Manhattan, but in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg. Throw in an endless list of cool festivals and markets (music, food, flea) and you've got very little reason to head back to that island on the other side of the Brooklyn Bridge. –by Nicole Campoy
Where to Stay Position yourself in Williamsburg at the new Wythe Hotel. You'll dine with locals in the lobby restaurant, Reynard's, before heading to the rooftop bar with sweeping, picture-perfect views of the Manhattan skyline. Or spring for an inviting, plush room at King and Grove and get access to the neighborhood's chicest pool.
Insider Tip On Saturdays in warm weather, there is no better place to forage than Smorgasburg, an all-food flea market along the Williamsburg waterfront.
Word of Mouth Take it from Fodorite Fra_Diavolo who notes, " On Saturdays through the summer and early fall, Smorgasburg takes over a lot by the river in Williamsburg, where you can sample many of the borough's homegrown and produced delights, as well as just take in some good street food. Yesterday, for example, you could sample El Salvadoran pupusas, Italian porchetta, Indian bahjis, deep fried fresh anchovies, and sliders of barbecued pork belly and brisket, to list a few choices, as well as purchasing locally made pickles, mustards, pastas and more."
When to Go Head to Brooklyn in warmer months (May to October). That's when you'll find festivals galore, restaurants with sidewalk tables, and cheerful Brooklynites.
Plan Your Trip Start planning using Fodor's New York City Travel Guide.