Escape in the vibrant neighborhoods of Brooklyn, where Summer is in full swing and the fun never stops. These hip and happening areas are housing the perfect destinations to dance, play, eat, and vibe all Summer long. With this unique blend of dining and entertainment, neighborhoods like Greenpoint and Williamsburg remain buzzingly popular. Whether you're looking for a new trendy dance club that keep the beats pumping or a transportive eatery to tantalize your taste buds, this dynamic guide to a weekend in BK delivers!
Where to Eat 🍕
Fornino Greenpoint (849 Manhattan Ave.)
Pizza! Pizza! Get your Za!
Fornino’s flagship location in Greenpoint offers an impressive menu focused on creativity, sustainability, and fermentation, thanks to Chef Ayoub's passion! The pizza-making process sets Fornino apart, with gluten-free pies, and a menu that showcases a historical approach to pizza, featuring Neapolitan, Regional Italian, and Original Fornino varieties. Get your slices from a wood-burning oven at any of their Brooklyn locations including a seasonal spot at Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 6, and a permanent presence at Time Out Market New York (55 Water Street).
Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop (727 Manhattan Ave.)
Neverland worthy donut fix!
Soothe your sweet tooth at Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop, a beloved neighborhood gem that has been delighting taste buds for over 60 incredible years! This little donut shop, lovingly family owned and operated, is a beacon of sweetness in the community with a menu of mouthwatering classics like luscious Red Velvet to the irresistible Apple Crumb, the indulgent Boston Cream to the heavenly Blueberry Buttermilk, and the delectable Sour Cream Glazed to the rich and decadent Chocolate Cake. Join the legions of donut enthusiasts who can't get enough of this neighborhood gem.
Ten Hope (10 Hope Street)
Lush green spaces and piping hot dishes like Hanger Steak served with xo cognac mushroom sauce!
Get ready to be wowed by Ten Hope in the heart of Williamsburg! This place is not just a dining destination, it's a total blast for your taste buds and your senses. Picture yourself in a sprawling 2,500-square-foot vine-laced open-air patio, surrounded by lush greenery and enjoying a fantastic meal. This spot is perfect for a fun-filled gathering with friends over brunch bites like Chorizo Hash with roasted potatoes, red peppers, red onion and poached egg. Indulge in mouthwatering New American dishes that will leave you craving for more, and don't even get us started on the incredible menu of cocktails perfectly crafted for the upcoming season.
Esme (999 Manhattan Ave.)
Homey yet modern, offering a well rounded array of bites!
Welcome to Esme, the ultimate neighborhood hangout! This bright and inviting spot is perfect for brunch, lunch, dinner, or any bite in between. Enjoy their covered back patio, with plenty of warmth and fresh air. Indulge in decadent dishes like Duck Pappardelle and brunch stars like Savory Parmesan French Toast. And don't forget their delightful desserts, extensive wine and cocktail selection.
The Springs BK (224 Franklin St.)
A bar for hoomans and their doggies!
Get ready for a retro-glam adventure at The Springs in Greenpoint! This neighborhood fave offers a massive patio for socializing or basking in the sun. Order an Aperol Spritz or cold beers and treat yourself to small bites and delectable Brioche Donuts from Eat with Nana NYC on Fridays and Saturdays. Plus, it's dog-friendly, so bring your furry friend along as long as they're on a leash. Get ready to have a blast and make unforgettable memories at The Springs—where Palm Springs meets Brooklyn which is also hosting an array of themed events like Buckaroos Stand Up Comedy on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.
Ainslie (76 Ainslie St)
American Italian cuisine surrounded by warm lights, green accents and chandeliers!
Visit Ainslie's massive 20,000 square foot space for a comforting meal or a glass of wine from their extensive collection. The space is a warm and cozy joint for Italian fare & wine featuring a lush outdoor space and shimmering chandeliers throughout. Led by the talented Executive Chef John DeLucie, the kitchen serves up a mouthwatering menu filled with all your Italian favorites, from sizzling wood-fired pizzas and comforting homemade lasagna to irresistible dishes like Cacio e Pepe and Linguini Vongole.
Where to Vibe 🎥
Skyline Drive-In NYC (1 Oak Street)
Picture this: waterfront views, a blockbuster film, and the breathtaking Manhattan skyline as your backdrop!
This unforgettable cinematic adventure is waiting for you at Skyline Drive-In NYC, where cinema buffs can pull up a chair or a blanket and catch a flic. This drive-in cinema offers a unique and exciting experience that will leave you in awe, in a destination popularized in television like SNL, Fendi, or Converse ads for its epic views. Grab popcorn and snacks on-site, buckle up, and get ready for a movie experience like no other.
Schimanski (54 N. 11th Street)
Get ready to dance the night away at Schimanski, the ultimate party haven located in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn!
Housed in the iconic former Verboten space, this electrifying nightclub is the brainchild of Eddie Dean, the former owner of Pacha. Schimanski is dedicated to capturing the vibrant spirit of Brooklyn, serving as a hub for the local and global dance music scene. With its sprawling 10,000 square foot venue, you'll be immersed in an unforgettable evening of live concerts, private events, and jaw-dropping DJ sets from both established and emerging artists. The venue boasts two expansive rooms, each capable of hosting over 700 party-goers every weekend.
NYC Glamping (1 Oak Street)
Sneak away for an evening without leaving the city!
Think glamping with awe-inspiring city views at NYC Glamping! Perfect for a romantic date night, a fun-filled family staycation, a solo adventure, or a day of remote work in isolation. The stay features rustic, industrial shipping containers transformed into comfortable rooms complete with A/C units, WiFi, cozy showers, and bathrooms plus on-site glamping tents that will add a little wildness to your stay. Each visit comes with complimentary admission to the Skyline Drive-In movies, and leaves guests walking distance from Transmitter Park, and other neighborhood highlights.
House Of YES (408 Jefferson Street)
Step into the whimsical world of House of YES, where the extraordinary comes to life!
This vibrant collective of creatives, performers, and innovators is dedicated to fostering artistic expression, unleashing unforgettable performances, and creating a thriving nightlife and community. Nestled in the heart of Bushwick, Brooklyn, House of YES throws mind-blowing extravaganzas that will ignite your imagination and leave you inspired. But it's not just about being a spectator – it's about being a participant! Embrace the spirit of the party, let loose, and fully immerse yourself in the experience. Play, explore, and embody the energy by wearing a fabulous outfit or a daringly sexy costume. Srike up conversations with strangers, and dance like nobody's watching where boundaries fade away, and possibilities are limitless.
Where to Play 🧗
Area 53 Adventure Park (616 Scholes St.)
Skates, zip lines, and arcade games aren't just for the kiddies!
Get ready for a blast at the Adventure Park's epic new themed nights, exclusively for wild spirits aged 18 and older! Get your adrenaline pumping as you explore all the exhilarating activities this venue has to offer including a rad roller rink, a suspended bridge playground in the sky and more indoor amusement. The inclusive indoor adventure park is a haven for thrill-seekers of all levels. Whether you're a rookie or a seasoned expert, attendees are sure to have a blast like never before.
Ferox Athletics (72 Noble St.)
Unleash your inner Ninja like never before!
Book an epic 2-hour open play session at Ferox Athletics! Prepare to conquer obstacle courses, cosigned by NBC's American Ninja Warrior, Twist, twirl, jump, and flip on gigantic trampolines and climb to the top of a challenging rock climbing wall. If that's not enough, newbies and experts can go for a round on the parkour zone, testing agility, speed and coordination!
Bury the Hatchet Axe (25 Noble St.)
Find your inner lumberjack at Axe Throwing Brooklyn!
Spice up your next evening with a visit to Axe Throwing Brooklyn, the perfect destination for friends, family, coworkers, and date nights that are seeking something a little more engaging than dinner and a movie. Treat yourself to freedom while hurling axes at a wooden target alongside your loved ones and embrace an epic time. You might leave with bragging rights!