Manhattan’s most up and coming neighbourhood might be Harlem, but Brooklyn’s still got plenty to keep the hipsters happy.
Take the subway (it’s just a couple of stops from the centre of the city) or head over the Williamsburg bridge to the picturesque brownstones and gritty warehouses which are packed with vintage boutiques, record stores and amazing eateries.
Don’t miss Fette Sau – the best BBQ joint in Brooklyn. Here they take meat very seriously indeed, serving up mouth-watering organic beef, lamb and pork (by the pound!) to hungry hipsters who squash happily together on rustic benches and eat their dinner off plastic trays without a murmur of complaint – heck, it’s all part of the experience right? Sides like sauerkraut and seriously good bbq beans, plus jugs of ale and bourbon make this an unmissable foodie date. www.fettesaubbq.com
Before it gets too popular, make the trip to Red Hook where on weekends between May and September, you’ll find the ball field surrounded by stalls selling delicious Latin American food. Each van serves a different regional speciality, so load up on tacos, huaraches, quesadillas and pupusas and thirst-quenching horchata to wash it all down with, then settle down on the picnic benches and watch some ‘soccer’. Clinton St & Bay St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
On sunny days there’s no better way to escape the heat of the city than by jumping on the subway and heading down to Brighton Beach. The latest newcomers to this famously diverse neighbourhood are the Ukranians so don’t hit the sand before you’ve sampled the food. Anthony Bourdain’s favourite, Cafe Glechik, does delicious borscht.
Stroll along the boardwalk to experience the legendary Coney Island in all its tacky glory – from fairground rides to funnel cakes (deep fried batter in icing sugar!) – this place hasn’t changed since Woody Allen set Alvy Singer’s childhood home under the Thunderbolt rollercoaster in Annie Hall.
You could of course build all of these sights and more into a fantastic city break and there are some great offers online.
phoebe frangoul is the beauty editor at cultbeauty.co.uk