So Jazzy, So Brooklyn, SOCO! That’s the creation of famed Negril restaurateurs Peter Best, Malissa Browne, and Sim Walker. Over the years, the trio have developed a reputation for serving the best Caribbean food and choose Brooklyn for their latest Southern Fusion endeavor. SoCo is a full service Southern Fusion restaurant concept in Brooklyn, NY. SoCo is equal parts restaurant and cocktail bar. Upon entering you are met with a 20 foot bar anchored by structural beams used to support the 6 story building, casual dining spaces and an elevated DJ booth. Toward the rear is a more formal dining environment with an elevated banquet that doubles as a performance space for bands. The designer Andres Aladin, describes the restaurant as “the Brooklyn Bridge turned into a restaurant. We wanted to play off of the design cues of the space and the history of the neighborhood being very industrial. There is a lot of steel in here and most of it has been locally sourced (like around the corner locally). The hard steel is balanced by warm walnut walls and charming exposed brick making the place feel like home. The trick in designing this space was to keep it relaxed enough for casual lunches but sexy enough for dinner dates. I think we achieved our goals.” The menu at SoCo is Southern Fusion, a new cuisine yet to make its mark on the New York dining scene. The group describes southern fusion as a mixture of cajun/creole, barbecue and soul food dreamt up with everything else you can imagine. The goal of the menu, executed by Chef Kingsley John, is to stay true to the flavors of southern food, yet experiment and break all misconceptions about the genre. The Cocktail program at SoCo is equally impressive and taken just as seriously as the food. Our cocktail menu focuses on modern takes on classic cocktails. SoCo also boasts an extensive beer list featuring 20 beers from different American micro-breweries. If that’s not enough, the soda is Boylan’s Cane Soda on tap; and has also been carefully selected. As the stage and DJ booth suggest, SoCo will have a very entailed entertainment program to keep diners and drinkers satisfied. Everything from Jazz quartets to R&B and classics is on the entertainment menu.
OUR SPACE Locanda Vini e Olii opened as a restaurant in 2001, after months of renovating a charming, old neighborhood pharmacy space dated back to 1896. The interior contains much of the original woodwork, cabinetry, and ceilings of the pharmacy. We strive to make our customers feel at home here. We have great clientele, and have developed many close relationships with them over the years. Eating is a very personal experience, so we want everyone who comes in to feel cared for. OUR MENU The dishes you'll find on our menu are the exact dishes you can find in Florence restaurants dating back hundreds of years. Tuscan cooking is incredibly simple, and relies heavily on fresh ingredients, and good olive oil. We are not trying to revolutionize or reinvent Tuscan cuisine. By focusing on traditional Tuscan recipes, and using the best quality meats and vegetables, we are able to present honest and simple dishes that honor the past and let the ingredients speak for themselves.
On an isolated Clinton Hill block dominated by warehouses, Il Porto is a bright spot. The left half of the sizable storefront houses a takeout operation that does a brisk lunch business, and the right side functions as a casual Italian restaurant. High tin ceilings, teal-and-copper painted brick walls, and a jaunty mural depicting beachgoers on a boardwalk enliven an otherwise generic interior. Brick oven pies are a focus: The Navy Yard, named after this industrial part of the neighborhood, is rich and spicy. Earthy pesto replaces tomato sauce as a base and slices of sopressata and additional shreds of fresh basil are layered on top of mozzarella. For starters, the octopus salad trumps the fried calamari; the bite-sized chunks are dressed in olive oil and vinegar and get a crunchy texture boost from chopped celery. Linguine del mare includes a generous helping of shellfish in a saline broth that shouldn’t be wasted--the hearty bread, baked in-house, can sop up the extra sauce. The weekend brunch menu is more eclectic; savory steak and eggs is available, as well as a dessert pizza made with Nutella, pine nuts and marshmallows. — Krista Garcia
With Korean BBQ and Tex-Mex on every other block, fusion fare is nothing new to New York, but La-Niece Lyew takes it to unmarked terrain with her Caribbean-Cantonese café in Prospect Heights. The Brooklyn native (and alum of Mercer Kitchen and Umi Nom) reps her Jamaican-Chinese heritage in cross-cultural dishes like crispy fried snapper with tamarind glaze; jumbo golf shrimp with sweet-mango salsa and hanger state with royal trumpet mushrooms and caramel-miso sauce. A live band plays as you tuck into salt-cod fritters in the 150-seat dining room, fitted with cream tufted booths and globe lambs. The upstairs lounge is a more casual affair, with flatscreens broadcasting games and a wall-to-wall digital mural of the Brooklyn Bridge. Cheer the home team at the white-lit, 20-seat bar—carved with wavy designs to echo the restaurant's namesake, Jamaica's Milk River—over local draft beers: Bronx Pale Ale, Ommegang White Ale and Kelso Pilsner.
Located in Williamsburg Brooklyn, the Condor Hotel is an affordable, premium hotel designed to be an inviting oasis, unique to Brooklyn Hotels, for both leisure and business travelers. Also, those seeking corporate lodging in Brooklyn, close proximity to Brooklyn attractions, or simply looking for extended stay hotels in Brooklyn NY, will find the Condor to be an ideal option. Guest arrivals are met with a warm smile and the feeling of a true service ethic. Guests take full advantage of our proximity to local shopping, Brooklyn restaurants and cafes, convenient Brooklyn public transportation, and can be in “The City” in no time. The Condor yet retains its insulated, refined environment and decidedly serene character. Our rooms echo this sense of serenity, unmatched in other Brooklyn boutique hotels, with our signature Condor PlushDreams bed, soothing, upscale décor, and an expanded menu of guest amenities. The Condor Hotel is a premier venue for conferences, lectures, and corporate events. Our modern Brooklyn meeting rooms will accommodate up to 35 attendees. Our staff puts heart and soul into your event, working with you and your team to make your seminar, meeting, or your special occasion most memorable and successful. Guest Capacity, Seated and Standing: 35 Square Footage: varies Number of Party Rooms: 1
Welcome to BEST WESTERN PLUS Arena Hotel, the premiere upscale boutique stay in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights / Bedford-Stuyvesant. We effortlessly mingle contemporary amenities, thoughtfully appointed accommodations, and warm hospitality – convivial essentials missing among downtown Brooklyn hotels. In addition to these key ingredients for an exceptional stay, our location is ideal among hotels in Brooklyn. Close in proximity to us, you'll find the Brooklyn Children's Museum, Prospect Park, Park Slope, Fifth Avenue Shopping, Barclays Center, Brooklyn College and the Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan. Explore nearby NYC attractions. The Best Western Plus Arena Hotel offers the modern leisure, corporate and government traveler a convenient location in the big city. We offer beautiful accommodations with a deluxe continental breakfast, complimentary internet and a pristine meeting space with catering available. Our competitors may have similar amenities and rooms, but we offer a higher level of service to all our guests to make them feel at home. Guest Capacity, Seated and Standing: 70/90 Square Footage: 1,000 Number of Party Rooms: 1
Elevate your stay in one of our beautifully appointed, 321 rooms and suites or play in our indoor pool. You can hold an impromptu business meeting with colleagues in a space that’s all your own. We have many meeting rooms and restaurants located within the hotel. Visit Avere Italian Restaurant, Kimoto Japanese Rooftop Beer Garden or our Starbucks Store. Our downtown Brooklyn location is convenient for exploring all the things to do in Brooklyn. Explore Brooklyn Heights, a historic Brooklyn neighborhood or catch a game or concert at the Barclays Center. Walk across the iconic Brooklyn Bridge or reconnect with your family with a day at the Brooklyn Zoo or the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. Explore all things to do in Brooklyn. Guest Capacity, Seated and Standing: 240/450 Square Footage: 4,400 Number of Party Rooms: 321
Few Brooklyn hotels can boast the same spirit and moxie of NU Hotel, downtown Brooklyn’s original boutique hotel. Offering the luxury amenities and exceptional service of other boutique hotels in NYC while channeling Brooklyn’s distinct personality, NU Hotel draws inspiration from the creative energy of the borough’s thriving art scene and the urban dynamism that defines the neighborhood. Our Brooklyn hotel’s modern aesthetic and minimalist design features bright pops of street art from our local NU Perspectives artists and distinct accents showcasing the borough’s rich heritage. Stop by our hotel bar and lounge Misdemeanor to relax, mingle and take in the scene with a handcrafted cocktail. Get active and run or bike the Brooklyn Bridge with our special NU You fitness and wellness program. When evening approaches, find reprieve in any of the 93 loft-inspired rooms where hardwood floors, plush leather chairs and comfortable beds set the tone. Settle into the hammock, open a bottle of Brooklyn wine, or scribble on the chalkboard wall. Whatever inspires. With its artistic vibe and commitment to local partners and amenities, NU Hotel Brooklyn brings an unconventional and uniquely Brooklyn touch to meetings and events. From corporate board meetings in a converted suite and networking events at NU bar & lounge to social happy hours on the outdoor patio or art openings in the lobby, distinctive events happen at NU Hotel. The 93-room hotel is also available for group and corporate room blocks. Guest Capacity, Seated and Standing: 50/100 Square Footage: Varies Number of Party Rooms: 3
Located at the prime corner of Wythe Ave and North 10th St. in Williamsburg Brooklyn, this eight-story, 150-room brand new Hotel strikes the perfect pitch between spectacular service and style. The guest rooms are richly tiled-and-textured with authentic reclaimed materials, and the lobby bar and lounge area has a very classy-cozy feel. This mid-winter, the highly anticipated Harvey restaurant by Chef Adam Leonti will make its debut. The Williamsburg Hotel was designed by Michaelis Boyd (Soho House Berlin, Babington House UK) with a nod to the neighborhood’s industrial past by using brick, glass and Corten steel in its construction. The dramatic entrance through cascading stairs leads into a soaring bar whose art installation stops you in your tracks. Street artist Eric Rieger has strung thousands of strands of multi-colored yarn which crowns the bar. Other design highlights include custom toile-inspired wallpaper designed by Beastie Boy Mike Diamond featuring quintessential Brooklyn scenes and figures—from a Nathan’s Famous hot dog to a group of Hasidic Jewish men, to the late, great Notorious B.I.G. Guest rooms feature floor-to-ceiling sliding glass acoustic windows with Manhattan, Brooklyn and East River views, and design schemes vary from white-washed timber walls to deep grey distressed finishes with bespoke leather, brass, marble, and textured details at every turn. Rooms are thoughtfully designed with elements like a sitting table doubling as a tray for room service, open-windowed showers to create a loft-like space. Upgrades available to a room with a terrace with amazing views.
PASSIONATE & UNPRETENTIOUS Bicycle Station is a service-oriented shop that welcomes bikers of all skill and experience levels. Bicycle Station owner and founder Mike Rodriguez has over thirty years of experience with bicycles. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Mike's passion for bikes began at early age. He started working in a bike shop when he was ten, washing bikes for his childhood mentor Lenny Stevens, and never looked back. A veteran racer and mechanic, Mike honed his skills in numerous shops throughout New York City before establishing his first shop in 1992, Open Road Cycles, on Flatbush Avenue in Park Slope. Mike’s shop on 171 Park Avenue makes for a convenient pit stop for bikers on their way to or from Manhattan or Prospect Park, and follows with Mike's unpretentious attitude.
The Flea's Fort Greene flagship location features 150 vendors every Saturday from April through November. The 40,000-square-foot schoolyard at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School is part vintage bazaar, part hipster hang, part old-fashioned town square, and part food bonanza.
The Clinton Hill Music School has been serving its neighboring communities since it’s inception in 2012. We provide an outlet for both children and adults to express themselves and the opportunity for them to follow their own musical curiosities. In three short years, CHMS has become a large community of enthusiastic music students ranging from 2-year-olds to adults. Founders Marty Isenberg and Jen Herman have watched countless students overcome personal hurdles to give stirring performances in recitals and master classes and even go on to be accepted into competitive music programs such as LaGuardia High School and the Chamber Music Conference of the East.
Pratt Institute’s Sculpture Park, the largest in New York City, stretches across the 25-acre Brooklyn campus. The Institute’s lush, green lawns and historical buildings provide an excellent backdrop for the 50 sculptures that fill the park each year. The exhibition is a revolving and evolving one, with most of the work remaining on the campus for several years. Well-known and emerging artists, faculty, and graduates kindly loan their work to the exhibition, and the park includes a number of commissioned works as well. The sculptors often visit the campus to choose specific sites for their work.
Featuring eco-friendly solutions for everyday living, including Brooklyn crafts, solar stuff, kid things, home goods, beauty products, stationery, books, candles, vintage stuff & more. Here at Green in BKLYN, we help make it convenient & easy to live gently on this earth. Join us in BKLYN, where green grows.
Molly Oliver Flowers is a sustainable floral design business run by urban farmers Molly Culver of the Youth Farm and Deborah Greig of East New York Farms. Bound by a love of both Brooklyn and flowers, they’ve banded together to create personalized flower arrangements featuring local and seasonal blooms. They enjoy sourcing flowers from their own farms, farmers markets, and the wholesale flower district. We thank you for supporting our fledgling business and we’re excited to work with you for this special occasion. We are a by-event only floral design company. We do not, at this time, offer day-of deliveries of flowers.
There are hair or nail salons where you can get your pampered; boutiques for buying clothing and home goods; and lounges or cafe's where you can have drinks with your friends. Su'juk weaves facets of these distinct environments together to create a lifestyle boutique offering one extraordinary experience! Su'juk sells a wide variety of items, with an emphasis on providing an eclectic mix of both affordable and rare pieces. We specialize in vintage, up-and-coming designers, jewelry, home décor, and gifts. Su'juk opened in the fall of 2012 by Su Beyazit, a Parsons graduate who's dream was to create a space where all creative types are welcomed. We hope you’ll enjoy our lil’ shop as much as we will surely enjoy meeting you.
Colorful, trendy pieces designed to attract attention are the focus at this accessories-oriented boutique opened by Pratt grad students in 2007. The men’s hats hanging near the entrance include pinstriped fedoras with wide Chinese-print silk sashes, green and blue plaid baseball caps sporting hand-stitched floral skull patches, frog- and rabbit-decked beanies, and newsboy caps with iridescent sheens. Sparkly metallic slouch bags, fuchsia leather backpacks, and oversized pink python shoulder bags dangle from tree branches suspended from exposed brick walls, while a black-and-white bird print tacked to corkboard provides the backdrop for chunky ceramic necklaces, robot key chains, and hoop earrings. Clothing options include gauzy pastel dresses and ruffly sleeveless blouses by brands like Anna Sui and Charlotte Ronson, as well as slim-cut button-down dress shirts for men. Apparel turns more casual toward the back of the shop, where celestial-painted bookshelves hold silk-screened T-shirts with ironic mascots and canvas totes splashed with nonsensical French phrases. — Kate Rockwood
We are a small batch natural apothecary based in Brooklyn, NY. We develop all of our goods as if they were modern culinary dishes, starting with a scent combination. Each concoction is carefully mixed by hand to produce the perfect aroma and healthful benefits, resulting in uniquely therapeutic and aromatic products. As makers and purveyors, we hope to encourage small changes in the lives of our customers through the physical, emotional and ecological healthfulness of completely natural goods for body and home. With MMT, we hope to make that experience accessible and our process transparent.