It’s worth a visit to DUMBO almost any day of the year, and it’s not just because it is at the other end of a stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge. This onetime industrial neighborhood now boasts beautiful brownstones, shops and places to dine along with the most breathtaking views of the Lower Manhattan skyline you can find anywhere.
Eat: The Best Restaurants in DUMBO
From white tablecloth restaurants to sit-on-the-grass lobster rolls, DUMBO eats span the spectrum. Depending on what you’re looking for—and what you want to spend—you can grab a sandwich or experience an elaborate, six-course tasting menu. And, if you are looking for one-of-a-kind boutique shopping, this is also your ’hood for men’s and women’s gifts, antiques, books and more. Combine that with a concert on a barge or a stroll around Brooklyn Bridge Park, and you have designed for yourself one helluva grand day.
» The River Café 1 Water St., 718.522.5200 (skyline views, elegant dishes, caviar service)
» Juliana’s 19 Old Fulton St., 718.596.6700 (popular coal-oven pizza)
» Vinegar Hill House 72 Hudson St., 718.522.1018 (homey, farm-to-table, cast-iron chicken)
Where to Shop
Check out books and art, shop at the historic renovated warehouse that is now Empire Stores, or browse vintage housewares and antiques.
» The Powerhouse Arena 28 Adams St., 718.666.3049 (books, events)
» Empire Stores 53-83 Water St., no phone (shopping in an historic factory)
» Jacques Torres Chocolate 66 Water St., 718.875.1269 (truffles, ice cream, free samples)
» Stewart/Stand Design Store, 141A Front St., 718.875.1204 (design-forward gifts and collectibles)
» Modern Anthology 68 Jay st., 718.522.3020 (casual men’s clothing, home goods, furniture)
Drink: DUMBO's Hottest Nightlife
Nothing complements a day of exploring and shopping like a libation, and in DUMBO, you can have it any way you like. While the area is not chockablock with bars, you’ll have no trouble finding what you seek in the area’s restaurants or at these local watering holes.
» Superfine 126 Front St., 718.243.9005 (warehouse setting, strong drinks)
» 68 Jay Street Bar 68 Jay St., 718.260.8207 (no-frills vibe, 2 pm weekday happy hours)
» Olympia Wine Bar 54 Jay St., 718.624.7900 (well-priced wines, charcuterie and cheese plates)
Play: DUMBO's Best Attractions
DUMBO is a compact neighborhood, but there’s lots to do both indoors and out. Rent a Citi Bike to take in the whole ’hood.
» Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1, Old Fulton & Furman sts., 718.222.9939 (riverfront esplanade, green space, ball fields)
» Jane’s Carousel Dock St., 718.222.2502 (historic carved horses, located on the East River)
» Bargemusic 1 Water St. at Fulton Ferry Landing, no phone, bargemusic.org (floating concert hall)