New York Travel: 20 Hot Tips for a Perfect Brooklyn Outing

Got a free day (or evening)? Where to go in the hot borough, from Sony Pictures Classic exec Michael Barker's brunch pick to Emily Mortimer's haute night out.

This story first appeared in the May 2 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.


1. Joy Gryson

In December, Atlantic Avenue's retail stretch added former Marc Jacobs handbag designer Joy Gryson's new boutique. It stocks all of her covetable leather bags, carried by stars like Katie Holmes.

355 Atlantic Ave. 



2. Emily

This brand-new rustic joint offers pizzas open-fired in a Pavesi copper-plated oven. Standouts include the North Maple, with fontina, bacon and maple syrup.

919 Fulton St.

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3. Modern Anthology

This carefully curated shop stocks an array of vintage and new furniture with a masculine vibe, choice men's grooming products and a refined collection of clothing.

68 Jay St.

4. The River Cafe

This iconic restaurant under the Brooklyn Bridge (and recently revamped post-Hurricane Sandy) is a mainstay for Emily Mortimer and husband Alessandro Nivola. "It's old school and beautiful, floating right on the river," says Mortimer. "Order champagne cocktails and look out at the Statue of Liberty."

1 Water St.


5. Brooklyn Flea

One of the country's best flea markets, with 100-plus vendors hawking wares from vintage lighting to handmade earrings (not to mention small-batch pickles).

176 Lafayette Ave.

6. Roman's

This 6-year-old restaurant is closely approaching institution status. The farm-to-kitchen menu changes daily. Snag one of the coveted outdoor tables.

243 Dekalb Ave.


7. Five Leaves

The nautically themed brainchild of Heath Ledger, opened after his death, is a brunch hotspot (Sony Pictures Classics' Michael Barker is a fan) and after-dark hangout, with arguably the best burger in Brooklyn.

18 Bedford Ave.

8. Torst

Co-founded by Danish craft brewer Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergso, this year-old watering hole is an homage to Scandinavian modernism. Jarnit-Bjergso -- the subject of a recent New York Times article about his feud with his Copenhagen-based twin brother, also a brewer -- named his brewery Evil Twin.

615 Manhattan Ave.


9. Milk Bar

Get the pretzel shake at this relaxed cafe. "I'm addicted," says style writer and man-about-town Darrell Hartman. "It tastes like the ultimate childhood malt."

620 Vanderbilt Ave. 

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10. Allswell

The menu rotates daily at this market-driven gastropub. Hopefully, Ed Westwick's favorite item will be on offer; he says they have "the best fried chicken sandwich around."

124 Bedford Ave.

11. Brooklyn Junk

With 10,000 square feet of vintage furniture and fashion, it's a set-designer's mecca.

197 N. Ninth St.

12. Black Brick Coffee

An under-the-radar hangout for models and fashion bloggers like Natalie Joos (Tales of Endearment). Grab a cup of single- origin French-press joe there and take in the stylish eye-candy. Shazam its awesome playlists.

300 Bedford Ave.

13. Cafe Colette

This street-corner spot has a retro French bistro vibe, with a cozy garden dining room. The garlic herb fries with red chile oil are a must-order.

79 Berry St.

14. Catbird

A staple for pretty much the entire cast of Girls, this cult jewelry store carries little-known designers and basically started the stackable ring trend. And if you're looking for a unique wedding ring, this is the place.

219 Bedford Ave.

15. Hotel Delmano

Not actually a hotel, this slick speakeasy offers expertly crafted cocktails, a daily selection of oysters and an extensive cheese menu.

82 Berry St.

16. Ides at the Wythe Hotel

The rooftop bar at the perpetually happening Wythe (Jake Gyllenhaal's a fan) boasts jaw-dropping views of Manhattan. Go at sunset.

80 Wythe Ave.

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17. Mast Brothers

The packaging of this chocolate company's handmade bars almost makes them too pretty to eat.

111 N. Third St.

18. Output

A fashion-set haunt, this club scores top DJs and enforces a no-photo policy so you can twerk without it showing up on Instagram.

74 Wythe Ave.

19. Pilgrim Surf + Supply

Even hard-core West Coast wave-riders head to this emporium, housed in a former motorcycle shop, for its handmade boards and casual cool clothing.

68 N. Third St.

20. Sprout Home

This lush oasis offers unorthodox bouquets and customized terrariums for one-of-a-kind presents.

44 Grand St.