With the weather turning warmer, there are few places in the city that can top the DUMBO waterfront for al fresco dining with a view. The expansion of Brookyn Bridge Park has inspired an influx of nearby design shops, eateries and welcome book stores and galleries. But we could happily spend an entire afternoon simply taking in the stunning scenery and a scoop of ice cream or two.
We highly recommend you do the same, and the new East River Ferry service from Pier 11-Wall Street to Fulton Landing makes the trip a literal breeze and offers food with “local flavor”. In just 5-10 photo worthy minutes, you’ll be dockside.
1. Alongside well known establishments such as Jacques Torres Chocolate and of course, Grimaldi’s, there are some charming newcomers to the district. Head to Dewey’s Candy for some colorfully sweet nostalgia (and treats for the kids) then over to Powerhouse Arena for the latest cookbook from a top chef. Culinary muse in hand, stop into One Girl Cookies for a pumpkin whoopie pie. A picnic can also easily be arranged by a stop into Foragers‘ market. Otherwise, River Cafe is always a solid bet.
2. A stroll to the river brings you to a magical sight. Yes, Manhattan looks pretty fantastic from this side of the Bridge, but we’re speaking more specifically of Jane’s Carousel. Gorgeously restored to its original elegance, the painted ponies provide a whimsical experience and spectacular view of the skyline. There is also a rocky beach nearby and pirate themed playgroud should the tots be in tow.
3. Finish up the day with a scoop from Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, a small batch and natural makery housed inside a landmark fire boat house, or pick up an artisanal sweet “sandwich” from Ditch Witch. Should you be ready to move onto more grown up pursuits, as you wait for your boat to come in settle in for a glass of relaxation at the outdoor Brooklyn Bridge Wine Bar and begin making loose dinner menu plans based around ingredients you’re sure to find back Manhattan side at New Amsterdam Market (Sundays only).
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