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Leuca 111 N 12th st., Williamsburg It’s not enough for boutique hotels to boast rooftop pools and 24-hour fitness facilities nowadays. In order to woo both tourists and locals alike, these self-contained towers need to commission world-class chefs as well, to oversee everything from room service to cabana snacks to destination-worthy restaurants. But while the structures themselves may appear flashed in from the future (witness Williamsburg’s The William Vale, a conical expanse of metal and glass,...
Tygershark 581 Vanderbilt Ave., (718) 576-6233, Prospect Heights Tygershark. The divergently misspelled name evokes a powerful, conjoined entity, or perhaps two creatures, locked in a fight for dominance. And at the so-dubbed Prospect Heights establishment, both definition s are alternately played out—starting with the space: the front is segmented off into a ‘hey brah’ sort of café, decorated with surf boards and potted palms, and selling cold brew coffee and pastries. The back, on the other hand,...
As inconspicuous a dining destination as when it was carved from a corner of Kinfolk, the new iteration of Aska occupies a low-slung, unmarked building dwarfed by the shadow of the Williamsburg Bridge and dimmed by the exuberance of next-door neighbor, Miss Favela’s. Yet it couldn’t be less of an afterthought; rather, it’s the product of over two years of waiting and even more planning — and now that the anticipated reboot of his...
Barano 26 Broadway, Williamsburg In many ways, Barano is the Lilia of Williamsburg’s south side. The Broadway newcomer is overseen by Albert Di Meglio, formerly of the esteemed Rubirosa (often proclaimed as serving some of the very best pizza in the city) while Union Avenue’s Lilia is helmed by Missy Robbins, who garnered a Michelin star for A Voce. Together their combined cred has attracted a reverse Manhattan bridge-and-tunnel crowd to their respective eateries, joining the...

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