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The Brooklyn City Guide

Williamsburg now champions what Brooklyn, NY, is best at—artisanship—in 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.

Brooklyn's Momofuku Milk Bar.
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Momofuku Milk Bar

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.

Brooklyn's Fette Sau.
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Fette Sau

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.

Brooklyn's The Commodore.
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The Commodore

The fried goodness of The Commodore's food helps counteract this dive bar's potent blender- and retro-cocktails.


Manhattan chef Jason Denton will open the fifth outpost of his Italian 'inoteca empire this spring. Expect Italian-style beers from Brooklyn Brewery.

Blue Bottle Coffee

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

Brooklyn's Sprout Home Floral & Garden Studio.
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Sprout Home Floral & Garden Studio

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.

Brooklyn's Bird fashion boutique.
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The third and largest of Jen Mankins's LEED–certified 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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Published May 2011


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