New York City is made up of five boroughs: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. Each one has enough attractionsâ€”and enough personalityâ€”to be a city all its own. Learn more about them with this guide.
Williamsburg used to embody hipsterdom but the King & Grove hotel and its restaurant, The Elm, have raised the bar to Paris/Buenos Aires/Hollywood levels of fashion. Smooth-shaven faces prevail over beards here; heels are more likely to be worn than flip-flops. Will locals resent $56 (albeit shareable) items like turbot with summer beans, bacon and lemongrass nage? You can bet your porkpie hat. Yet chef Paul Liebrandt (ex-Corton) seeks to appeal to the natives as well as an international crowd. Sit at the bar for a beer and snack on free popcorn made fiery with harissa. There are some small, lovely dishes for under $20, such as a strawberry-glazed foie gras tart and a bowl of gnudi with a big scallop and coconut-laced tom yum sauce. A doll-size baguette slathered with rich, salt-flecked butter will help fill you up. And there is eye candy—not only a gorgeous crowd but a frosted glass window revealing swimmers gathered around the hotel's saltwater pool. At Little Elm, an eight-seat chef's counter, Liebrandt pulls out all the stops for a multi-course tasting menu. On the rooftop is Upper Elm, a swanky bar with a breathtaking view of Manhattan.