You don’t need us to tell you that Williamsburg is one of the coolest neighborhoods in New York, if not the entire world. Teeming with great restaurants, one-of-a-kind shops, and a thriving nightlife scene, Williamsburg has defined “hip” for the past two decades.
We suggest you check in to The William Vale hotel (111 North 12th Street), where the decor is cool and the views are breathtaking. With rooms starting at $419 and an amazing rooftop pool, the WV will serve as more than just a crash pad.
It’s Always Sunday in Brooklyn
New York magazine saw fit to include Sunday in Brooklyn in its rundown of the best breakfast sandwich restaurants in the city, and if you have ever tried chef Jaime Young’s take on the classic egg and cheese (add avocado or choice of meat), you’d know why. Other morning staples include maple cheddar biscuits, malted pancakes with hazelnut maple praline and brown butter, and steak and eggs.
Walk It Out
There are so many different approaches to Williamsburg—from art galleries to boutiques, ethnic cuisine to food trucks—that first-time visitors may feel a bit overwhelmed. If you’re exploring with kids, we have a Williamsburg Walking Tour that includes plenty of family-friendly spots, shops, and places to eat. If you’re only interested in Billyburg’s renowned culinary scene, we’ve got you covered with our favorite foodie spots in the neighborhood for ice cream, pizza, burgers, cocktails, and more. With snacks in hand (or in belly), head to McCarren Park for some of the best people-watching in the city, especially on warm days; you’re sure to find some style inspiration there, as well as more than a few Instagram-worthy happenings.
Take a Load Off
Now that you’ve pounded the pavement, it’s time to treat yourself to a mani-pedi at Paintbucket, a new high-design nail salon (204 Wythe Avenue) where complimentary Prosecco or red or white wine is offered with the treatments. Which drink matches your new nails better?
Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Avenue) is one of the coolest independent movie houses in the city. With first-run films and well-selected revivals—this summer it features a retrospective of flicks from 2007, including There Will Be Blood, Superbad, and the criminally underappreciated George Clooney vehicle Michael Clayton—Nitehawk is movie-nerd heaven. Did we mention that the theater has a full kitchen and bar? Suddenly, a film is sounding like the perfect way to pass the evening.
Dine on a Work of Edible Art
There are countless restaurants for you to enjoy in Williamsburg, but for your staycation dinner, we suggest trying the Scandinavian fare at Aska (47 South 5th Street), where Swedish transplant Fredrik Berselius selects seasonal ingredients for his (two-time!) Michelin-awarded dishes. (New York Times critic Pete Wells wrote, “Mr. Berselius is the rare chef who thinks like an artist and gets away with it.”) Reservations are required, and we can help.
A Nightcap—You Earned It
End your night with a cocktail at The Brooklyn Barge (3 West Street at Milton Street), a gathering place anchored off of Greenpoint. By now, night has fallen on your staycation and Manhattan will be twinkling across the East River. Enjoy wine, beer, or a mixed drink like the goofily named Eliot’s Spritzer (Aperol, St.-Germain, bubbles) and know that tonight you will slumber well in the city that never sleeps.