Spend a Day in Sunset Park, Brooklyn

Sunset Park is that quintessential Brooklyn neighborhood that is just a quick subway ride or a scenic ferry trip from Manhattan.

The waterfront enclave of Sunset Park, Brooklyn, is a place where an old-school Irish bar thrives near a string of taco joints and a populous Chinatown. There's are cool historical sites and industrial vibes to check out here so we’ve gathered some great things to do in this less-known Brooklyn borough for you to explore. 

Where to Eat

Venture out to Sunset Park: The harbor-adjacent neighborhood embodies the ethos of NYC’s “melting pot,” and it’s no truer than in the cuisine you’ll find here. The casual breakfast spot Slimák serves locally roasted coffee and efforts to find local vendors and farmers to provide an organic culinary experience from egg dishes to salads and sandwiches.) Tacos El Bronco is a strong taco storefront option offering generous portions of homestyle Mexican fare. Standouts here include the beef tongue tacos, goat tacos, the super fresh guacamole and unlimited chips and salsa.

Where to Shop

The enormous collection of warehouses that sits on the water’s edge was once an industrial center. These converted spaces provide architectural eye candy to enjoy while shopping trends. The historic Industry City is full of retail, food and commercial boutiques as well as awesome outdoor spaces to lounge in overlooking the waterfront and the Manhattan skyline. Stop in to Es La Vida a family-owned brick-lined shop with a range of brand-name footwear for men, women and kids, plus stylish backpacks. Now if you’re looking a wider variety of shops with a view, there’s Liberty View Industrial Plaza a riverside mall with Saks Off Fifth, World Market and more.

Paintings hanging on a wall

Where to Drink

This part of Brooklyn may not get as much foot traffic as, say, Williamsburg, but it holds its own with plenty of diverse, cozy drinking spots. Longtime Irish-themed hangout The Irish Haven has a boisterous atmosphere, affordable pints in an interior that oozes Irish authenticity, so much so that director Martin Scorsese opted to film scenes from the 2006 Oscar-winning film “The Departed” here. Five Boroughs Brewing Co. is another great option offering local craft brewery in a large taproom with a rotating beer menu. For those looking for a no-frills spot, The Grumpy Cat Bar is a laid-back sports bar that boasts 12 different beers on tap as well as various seasonal IPAs.  

The Best Things to Do

Take in the fascinating culture and bring a blanket for lolling in Sunset Park famous for stunning views of the Manhattan skyline and for fantastic, you guessed it, sunsets.  History buffs need to visit the Brooklyn Army Terminal where Turnstile Tours offers a two-hour guided walking tour of this secure industrial complex which was once a military supply base for nearly 50 years. There’s also Trestle Gallery, a nonprofit art gallery whose mission is to foster creativity and community by offering exhibition, education, and networking opportunities for contemporary artists and curators.