Michael Bao Huynh, of Bia Garden and Baoguette fame, brings his formula—Pan-Asian food in a sleek setting—to the east side.
This weathered, soothing café has scratched wood floors, old mantelpieces and wooden tables roomy enough to set up a workstation.
Gowanus might seem like an odd destination for a night on the town, but it's shaping up to be the next hip Brooklyn 'hood thanks, in part, to The Bell House.
This former carriage house serves up an innovative menu of artisanal cocktails, along with a selection of small plates like fried brussels sprouts and mini grilled cheese sandwiches, as well as entrées like crispy pork belly.
This rock-and-roll bar and punk/metal performance space ain't your daddy's karaoke joint.
For decades, Gowanus languished as a polluted backwater of Brooklyn until a trickle of cool venues, such as The Bell House and Four & Twenty Blackbirds, got people coming back.
The self-described "oldest Italian restaurant in Brooklyn" first opened in 1906, back when Gowanus was a lively industrial and residential neighborhood.
This three-level shop, filled with furniture, home goods, vintage homewares, furnishings and décor, is also the showroom of lighting designer Rico Espinet.
Insa, a wood-clad Korean canteen in Gowanus, is like a family-friendly picnic held indoors.
New York Water Tours' Downtown Cruise is a top way to see the Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island, South Street Seaport, Battery Park, Wall Street, the Manhattan Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge, Governors Island, Ellis Island, the World Trade Center, Brookfield Place (formerly the World Financial Center) and many more New York City sights...twice, as the tour returns the way it came.
This 4,200-square-foot performance space—co-owned by noted bassist Matt Garrison—features plenty of jazz, with nightly performances by groups like the World Jazz Ensemble and the Joe Pino Organ Trio.
Go to Gowanus for some of the most interesting cooking in the City.