The opening of this eight-story hotel two years ago was a watershed moment. Even as it announced the neighborhood’s touristy turn, it gave locals a place to hang out on a grander scale—notably, the sixth-floor bar, with its superb East River views. The seventy rooms have big views, too, as well as heated concrete floors, reclaimed-wood beds, thirteen-foot ceilings, and seasonal minibar goodies. The festive late-night scene has been known to send visiting rockers reeling amid the pine beams and cast-iron columns.
Weeklong wait times and lines out the door aren’t unheard of at this popular barber shop and bar, which also has a location in the East Village. The Hangover Remedy Shave lives up to its name, if only because it comes with a cocktail. We also like the Sweeney Todd, made of whiskey and frothed egg whites.
A green-marble fountain crowned with a Napoleon statuette pours a dozen varieties of absinthe, but this New Orleans–style bar (and, now, serious restaurant) has a great list of craft beers, too. Sophisticated crudos are a highlight of the dinner menu; the oyster happy hour is one of the city’s busiest, and maybe to be avoided for that reason.
Originally from Iowa, these artisanal chocolate makers might just have the sweetest factory tour in Brooklyn. There’s plenty to taste here, and a “brew bar” that serves up transporting chocolate concoctions in liquid form.