BROOKLYN’S FINEST

Long the orig­i­na­tor of young and hip trends, Brooklyn is grow­ing up a bit, with stylish new restau­rants, ho­tels, and more.

Gotham - - Contents - BY LAUREN EP­STEIN

EAT

The swanky Ital­ian eatery Cec­coni’s (55 Wa­ter St., 718-6503900; cec­conis­dumbo.com) has opened its first New York lo­ca­tion, on the Dumbo wa­ter­front. Drop in for a straw­berry rosé spritz and set­tle into one of the lux­u­ri­ous tufted-vel­vet so­fas. Later this year, Soho House will open a pri­vate club named Dumbo House above Cec­coni’s, on the top two floors of the Em­pire Stores build­ing.

The team be­hind Grand Banks in the West Vil­lage has opened Pilot ( Pier 6, Brooklyn Bridge Park), an oys­ter bar in a his­toric schooner docked at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. On the menu you’ll find po’boys, ce­viche, and orig­i­nal cocktails.

Dekalb Mar­ket Hall

(445 Al­bee Sq. West, 929-359-6555; dekalb mar­kethall.com), lo­cated in the City Point de­vel­op­ment in down­town Brooklyn, is this year’s big­gest non­fran­chise food hall open­ing. Forty lo­cal and re­gional ven­dors pro­vide gra­band-go food, along­side a butcher, an ar­ti­sanal cheese shop, a bak­ery, and a fish­mon­ger. You’ll find some New York fa­vorites: Katz’s Deli, the Queens street-food icon Arepa Lady, the hand­crafted ice cream spot Am­ple Hills Cream­ery, the clas­sic Ital­ian deli Lioni Ital­ian He­roes, bar­be­cue from Fletcher’s, and cre­atey­our-own cake pops from POP Cake Shop.

Cec­coni’s in Dumbo (ƭƨʃ ƥƞɵƭ) is serv­ing up crave- wor­thy mod­ern Ital­ian fare, like this ag­nolotti with truf­fles.

In­side and out: At Cec­coni’s, din­ers can choose be­tween the moody din­ing room, with its cen­ter­piece bar, or the out­door pa­tio, with views of the Man­hat­tan and Brooklyn Bridges. ƫƣơơƭ: Homesto­ries.

DROP IN FOR A ROSÉ SPRITZ AND SET­TLE INTO A LUX­U­RI­OUS TUFTED-VEL­VET SOFA.

Kings County Im­pe­rial’s Swim the Gowanus cock­tail.

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