Right after Christmas I took a trip up to NYC and spent half my time in Brooklyn, staying at the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge and checking out some of the bests spots to eat and drink in DUMBO, Brooklyn Heights and Williamsburg. There are so many more areas of Brooklyn that I want to explore but I just had a few days, so sadly my time was limited.
I did wake up early one morning though to head up to the Brooklyn Bridge, which I had never been on before. I cannot begin to tell you how cold it was that morning… I got a coffee to go as I left the hotel in hopes that it would keep my hands warm but I’m pretty sure it turned to ice after about five minutes. Once we got up there though, the views were absolutely worth the frostbite and because the rest of New York City was smart enough to stay inside out of the freezing cold, we pretty much had the whole thing to ourselves.
I’m so glad I wore this jacket (shop it below – it’s on sale!) because it’s probably the warmest coat I own at the moment. Not pictured are the hand warmer things I picked up at CVS right before my trip (you know the little pouches you use when you go snow skiing that magically get hot when you open them and expose them to air)… I really think those things are underrated and a necessity for NYC winters.
Read on for some spots you shouldn’t miss when spending a day or a night in Brooklyn, and shop the post below.
I’ve visited and loved the 1 Hotel Central Park and 1 Hotel South Beach, so the new Brooklyn Bridge location has been on my list since it opened, and it didn’t disappoint. The decor from the lobby to the guest rooms is the perfect mix of cool and comfortable (I could have slept until noon in that bed). Possibly my favorite part of the hotel was finishing every night with a night cap upstairs at the Brooklyn Bridge Social Club on the top of the hotel, with stunning views (no seriously, look at these views!) of the downtown Manhattan skyline and the East River. In the summertime, be sure to check out their rooftop pool.
For breakfast, head to Iris Café located on an adorable brownstone-lined street in the charming Brooklyn Heights neighborhood. I had my favorite breakfast of avocado toast with a poached egg and it was done just right. It’s a casual, cozy atmosphere perfect for your morning coffee and a bite to eat. (They serve lunch and dinner too, just FYI.)
TAKE A WALK ON THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE
Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge is something everyone should do at least once while in NYC. It’s just over a mile long so it’s totally doable to walk the whole thing or a good part of it. Start on either side and enjoy the views as you make your way to the other end. I suggest going either in the morning before the crowds or right at dusk when all the lights on the bridge seem to twinkle.
CECCONI’S DUMBO FOR COCKTAILS
When cocktail hour rolls around, head to Cecconi’s, the hot new spot in Dumbo located right on the water. As you’d expect from the SoHo House team and from the looks of the other Ceccnoni’s locations, the decor is excellently done. I may have drooled over those floors and I always appreciate a comfortable barstool… especially when it’s done in gorgeous blue leather. Seeing as it’s situated in Brooklyn Bridge park on the East River, I bet you can guess the best part (the views!). In the summer, this patio can’t be beat. But until then, enjoy cocktails or dinner inside; it’s almost just as good.
Maison Premiere in Williamsburg is (IMO) one of the best restaurants in Brooklyn (and in New York, for that matter). Go for brunch, happy hour or dinner and you won’t be let down. They’re known for their oysters and cocktails, including a menu of absinthe concoctions. Sit outside on the garden patio when the weather’s nice, or in the winter months cozy up at the bar or a table inside.
A few other places on my list I didn’t get to but would recommend include:
The William Vale (including the hotel restaurant Leuca) / Ides Bar at The Wythe Hotel /
Lilia in Williamsburg for dinner (get reservations weeks in advance) / Loosie’s Kitchen and Loosie Rouge
Photos by the talented Brittanny Taylor Photography.