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The 38 Essential Brooklyn Places, Spaces, and Destinations

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One might say that Brooklyn's having a moment, but that's really rather absurd to say about a borough that boasts 2.5 million residents and Marty Markowitz. One thing's clear, however: the cultural life of Brooklyn—as reflected in urban design, restaurants, shopping, and outdoor activity—has never been richer. As such, our editors from Curbed NY, Eater NY, and Racked NY put their heads together to form this, our guide to the 38 most vital places, spaces, and destinations in Brooklyn. The list is sponsored by our friends at Absolut, which are currently honoring the Borough of Kings with a limited edition Absolut Brooklyn. Maybe we missed your favorite spot—perhaps from an under-represented neighborhood—so do let us know via the tipline what else deserves credit. The Brooklyn 38 is a work in progress, as is the borough itself.

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1. Brooklyn Flea At One Hanson Place

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1 Hanson Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11243

2. Coney Island Boardwalk

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3. Granite Staircase at Pier 1

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1 Main St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 802-0603

4. Prospect Park

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450 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225
(718) 399-7339
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5. McCarren Park

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(718) 599-0440

6. Park Slope Food Cooperative

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782 Union St
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 622-0560
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7. Domino Sugar Factory

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316 Kent Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

8. Brooklyn Academy of Music

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30 Lafayette Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11243
(718) 636-4100
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9. Bird

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203 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 388-1655
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10. Epaulet

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231 Smith St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 522-3800
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11. Trader Joe's

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130 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 246-8460
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12. Beacon's Closet

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88 N 11th St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 486-0816
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13. Moon River Chattel

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62 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 388-1121
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14. Bookcourt

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163 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 875-3677
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15. Spoonbill & Sugartown Books

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218 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 387-7322
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16. Staubitz Market

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222 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 624-0014
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17. Oak

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208 N 8th St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 782-3632
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18. Fred Flare Store

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131 Meserole Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 349-1257
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19. A.P.C. Surplus

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33 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(347) 381-3193
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20. Diner

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85 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 486-3077

21. Motorino Pizza

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319 Graham Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 599-8899
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22. Fette Sau

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354 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 963-3404
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23. Prime Meats

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(718) 254-0327
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24. Roberta's

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(718) 417-1118
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25. Sunny's Bar In Red Hook

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253 Conover St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 625-8211
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26. Brooklyn Kitchen/The Meat Hook

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100 Frost St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 349-5033
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27. Rye

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247 S 1st St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 218-8047
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28. Tanoreen

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7523 3rd Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11209
(718) 748-5600

29. Peter Luger Steakhouse

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178 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 387-7400
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30. Fort Defiance

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365 Van Brunt St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(347) 453-6672
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31. Weather Up

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589 Vanderbilt Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

32. Di Fara Pizzeria

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1424 Avenue J
Brooklyn, NY 11230

33. Brooklyn Bowl

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61 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 963-3369
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34. Rebar

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147 Front St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 797-2322
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35. Feast of the Giglio

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275 N 8th St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 278-1495

36. Darr

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369 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217

37. Atlantic Antic

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494 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217

38. Bedford Ave & N 7th St

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Bedford Ave & N 7th St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

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1. Brooklyn Flea At One Hanson Place

1 Hanson Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11243
1 Hanson Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11243

2. Coney Island Boardwalk

3. Granite Staircase at Pier 1

1 Main St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
1 Main St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

4. Prospect Park

450 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225
450 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225

5. McCarren Park

Brooklyn, NY 11222

6. Park Slope Food Cooperative

782 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215
782 Union St
Brooklyn, NY 11215

7. Domino Sugar Factory

316 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
316 Kent Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

8. Brooklyn Academy of Music

30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11243
30 Lafayette Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11243

9. Bird

203 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
203 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

10. Epaulet

231 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
231 Smith St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

11. Trader Joe's

130 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
130 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

12. Beacon's Closet

88 N 11th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
88 N 11th St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

13. Moon River Chattel

62 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
62 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

14. Bookcourt

163 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
163 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

15. Spoonbill & Sugartown Books

218 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
218 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

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16. Staubitz Market

222 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
222 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

17. Oak

208 N 8th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
208 N 8th St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

18. Fred Flare Store

131 Meserole Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
131 Meserole Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

19. A.P.C. Surplus

33 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
33 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

20. Diner

85 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211
85 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211

21. Motorino Pizza

319 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
319 Graham Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

22. Fette Sau

354 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
354 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

23. Prime Meats

24. Roberta's

25. Sunny's Bar In Red Hook

253 Conover St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
253 Conover St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

26. Brooklyn Kitchen/The Meat Hook

100 Frost St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
100 Frost St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

27. Rye

247 S 1st St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
247 S 1st St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

28. Tanoreen

7523 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209
7523 3rd Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11209

29. Peter Luger Steakhouse

178 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211
178 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211

30. Fort Defiance

365 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
365 Van Brunt St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

31. Weather Up

589 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
589 Vanderbilt Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

32. Di Fara Pizzeria

1424 Avenue J, Brooklyn, NY 11230
1424 Avenue J
Brooklyn, NY 11230

33. Brooklyn Bowl

61 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
61 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

34. Rebar

147 Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
147 Front St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

35. Feast of the Giglio

275 N 8th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
275 N 8th St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

36. Darr

369 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
369 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217

37. Atlantic Antic

494 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
494 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217

38. Bedford Ave & N 7th St

Bedford Ave & N 7th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Bedford Ave & N 7th St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

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