Williamsburg: King & Grove Williamsburg
Eat in: With a heart-of-the-action locale near McCarren Park and Bedford Avenue, party-loving King & Grove Williamsburg is all modern glass and steel from the outside, but interiors favor a textured 1970s look, with mirrored walls, a white oak and blonde palette, and floor-to-ceiling windows in guestrooms. Corton alum Paul Liebrandt is the master chef behind The Elm, the hotel’s fine-dining hot spot that puts the emphasis on fresh ingredients from the land and sea, prepared raw or made for sharing. Meat lovers should split the signature pork belly with savoy cabbage. Opened in summer 2013, it attracts a mix of guests and locals who occupy the tobacco-colored leather banquettes, bar stools and seats at the chef’s counter before retiring to the rooftop bar or seasonal outdoor pool.
Eat out: Start out your Williamsburg adventure with cocktails and oysters at the atmospheric Hotel Delmano (note: not an actual hotel). On Saturdays, Smorgasburg on the East River is essential for samplings of unique local fare. Stroll through McCarren Park and grab lunch at neighborhood favorite, Five Leaves. For dinner, the offerings at Reynard in the Wythe Hotel are can't-miss. Follow up with a cocktail at the hotel's rooftop bar, The Ides, or nearby St. Mazie. Venture north to Greenpoint to visit craft beer destination Torst and its attached new Nordic eatery, Luksus. Or for something more casual, check out newcomer El Born for tapas.