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