Williamsburg now champions what Brooklyn, NY, is best atartisanshipin everything from coffee to barbecue. That devotion is even attracting Manhattan chefs.
Eat, Drink & Learn in Brooklyn
The Brooklyn Kitchen and the Meat Hook
This warehouse-size cooking school/sustainable butcher shop/cookware store (right) from celeb butcher Tom Mylan is the epicenter of foodie Brooklyn. "Date Night Butchering" classes sell out within minutes; so does the house-made bacon sausage.© Elizabeth Leitzell
Momofuku sugar queen Christina Tosi now has her own 11,000-square-foot commissary to bake huge quantities of her signature Crack Pie. Must try: Chocolate chip cake layered with passion fruit curd, chocolate crumbs and coffee buttercream.© Alexander Zolli
Williamsburg's carnivorous pioneer has a gas-and-wood-fired smoker that cooks up to 700 pounds of meat at a time. Pair the smoky barbecue with beers poured from the cleaver-handled taps. Must try: Pork belly.© Jani Zubkovs
Manhattan chef Jason Denton will open the fifth outpost of his Italian 'inoteca empire this spring. Expect Italian-style beers from Brooklyn Brewery.
The first NYC location of San Francisco's game-changing Blue Bottle Coffee roaster has a drip bar for making one cup at a time.
Shop in Brooklyn
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Brooklyn's go-to shop for the serious urban gardener, Sprout Home, recently opened a new outpost nearby that sells bouquets such as garden roses, peonies, thistle and dusty miller and also hosts classes on subjects like composting and making terrariums.© Jessica Antola
The third and largest of Jen Mankins's LEEDcertified fashion boutiques has a superior selection of pieces from Zero + Maria Cornejo and Billy Reid. Mankins also curates the shop's rotating artwork. Hot item: Comme des Garçons fedora.
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