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Save for slip-on shoes and sunglasses, an outdoor drinking and dining guide is the ultimate accessory for spring. And we’ve got 14 exemplary spots to add to Brooklyn’s ever-expanding al fresco list, from Bushwick’s Martha’s Vineyard-emulating Cape House, to Bed Stuy’s tiki-inspired Diamond Reef. Cape House: Thanks to tall walls erected along Bushwick’s Knickerbocker Avenue flatiron— shielding the neighborhood’s unforgiving industrial sprawl from view—Cape House is a convincing stand-in for a New England clam shack...
Part of the fun of year-end “best of” lists is undoubtedly tallying up the buzzy new spots you’ve been to and adding a few more to your bucket list. But if there’s a deeper observation to be made by looking back at the best new bars that opened in Brooklyn this year, it would have to be the way the nightlife scene reflects growing trends in our borough as a whole. This year, many...
Westlight 111 North 12 St. I am all for a disorienting time. Like, for example, when I went on a Royal Caribbean cruise: Did the ground just move? Ah, right, that’s because, despite appearances, I’m actually inside of a colossal buoyant container in the middle of the ocean. But maybe it doesn’t belong there? Maybe this terrifies me? I'm not sure.  This was similar to my experience at Westlight, the bar that occupies the 22nd floor of the...
The William Vale hotel, stationed like a glass and chrome starship above the supine terrain of Williamsburg, has almost everything needed to support life: from a 15,000 square foot green space and garden, currently tasked with producing peppers for the in-house restaurant, to a 360-degree view of the city from the topmost, 23rd story--where you can survey the entirety of the skyline in a single glance. Not that a natural disaster or zombie apocalypse...

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