MOFAD is lucky to be located in one of the most exciting areas of the city. There are plenty of great options for food, drink, and fun to round out your visit.
Some of the hottest new restaurants in the NYC area are within walking distance of MOFAD. There’s Llama Inn. It may be in the shadow of the BQE, but its Peruvian-inspired food and pisco drinks deliver bright, big flavor. Plus, they have a beautiful rooftop seating area. Directly across McCarren Park, the team behind Maison Premiere just opened Sauvage, a bistro making a name for itself with serious cocktails, plus foraged herbs and vegetables. MOFAD neighbor Lilia has been packed from day one, but summertime might just be your best chance to get a taste of award-winning chef Missy Robbins’ rustic Italian cooking, since sidewalk seating means extra capacity. Added bonus: the adjacent public picnic area is a pleasant spot to wait for your table.
Get a flavor of the neighborhood’s “old school” side at long-time standbys like Italian stalwart Bamonte’s, where the decor and satisfying classic food haven’t changed in decades…just be careful about summer closures. Lorimer Market is a favorite with MOFAD staff, and feels just as true to Williamsburg's Italian history, despite having opened in 2005. If you head north into Greenpoint, you can sit down to a hearty and good-value plate of pierogis and stuffed cabbage with a side of Polish old country flair at Polka Dot or Karczma.
Music lovers who want proof that Williamsburg’s indie spirit is alive and well should head directly to The Lot Radio, a tiny shipping container on a triangular lot located between North 15th Street, Banker Street, and Nassau Avenue. That’s where Francois Vaxelaire set up his independent internet radio station. To fund the project, there’s a coffee kiosk that sells local coffee and pastries including donuts from Bed-Stuy’s Dough.
The world-famous Brooklyn Brewery Tasting Room is open to the public for a taste of our most popular local refreshment on Friday evenings and weekends, but you can also make a booking for a daily small-batch tour on weekdays at 5PM. Other great options for grabbing drinks after you visit MOFAD are Pete's Candy Store for a casual drink or The Shanty for a fancy cocktail. And if you're at the museum late for an event, or want to grab a quick drink and a snack before your visit, Brazilian coffee shop/bar hybrid Beco is right around the corner, and is open until midnight.
Llama Inn: 50 Withers St, llamainnnyc.com
Sauvage: 905 Lorimer St, sauvageny.com
Lilia: 567 Union Ave, lilianewyork.com
Bamonte’s: 32 Withers Street, 718-384-8831
Lorimer Market: 620 Lorimer Street, lorimermarket.net
Polka Dot: 726 Manhattan Avenue, polkadotgreenpoint.com*
Karczma: 136 Greenpoint Avenue, karczmabrooklyn.com
The Lot Radio: 17 Nassau Avenue, thelotradio.com
Brooklyn Brewery: 79 North 11th Street, brooklynbrewery.com/events
Pete's Candy Store: 709 Lorimer Street, petescandystore.com
Beco: 45 Richardson Street, becobar.com
Craving a sweet treat? There is no shortage of options in the area! At Patisserie Tomoko you can sit at the bar for a tasting menu of delicate desserts or pick up a beautifully packaged treat for a picnic or to bring to a party. And a walk down Manhattan Avenue would not be complete without a stop at the perfectly preserved Peter Pan Donut and Pastry Shop, where the local obsession with donuts began. If you are looking for a cooler treat, check out Oddfellows, where they pasteurize on location and come up with unconventional but delicious flavors like “Malt Maitake Peanut” and “Ants on a Log” sorbet. Or try Van Leeuwen, with a selection of nut-based vegan ice creams and a satellite ice-cream truck stationed on Bedford Ave.
There are several great boutiques in the area if you’re looking for a gift for someone special or a cool memento from your visit to Williamsburg. Pink Olive’s mission is to “inspire giving and beautiful living” and was founded by a former buyer from Bloomingdale’s and Barney’s New York. In God We Trust is dedicated to local jewelry, clothes, and interior designers. Catbird sells incredible jewelry and unique gifts as well. If MOFAD has whet your appetite for all things culinary, head to Archestratus Bookstore, about a 20-minute walk from the museum. It has an amazing selection of cookbooks, memoirs, and fiction about food—plus, an incredibly helpful staff and a cafe that serves Sicilian baked goods, coffee, tea and wine. And check out the tasty treats at Bedford Cheese Shop or Campbell Cheese & Grocery.
Pink Olive: 370 Bedford Avenue, 718-576-3915 or 1-855-GO-OLIVE, pinkolive.com
In God We Trust: 129 Bedford Avenue, ingodwetrustnyc.com
Catbird: 219 Bedford Avenue, catbirdnyc.com
Archestratus: 160 Huron Street, archestrat.us -- closed Mon. and Tues.
Bedford Cheese Shop: 229 Bedford Avenue, bedfordcheeseshop.com
Campbell Cheese & Grocery: 136 Greenpoint Ave., campbellcheese.com
Enjoy the summer sunshine in the parks around MOFAD. Park yourself on a patch of grass in sprawling McCarren Park and people-watch, enjoy a front-row spectator spot for a sporting event, or splash around in the massive and recently-restored McCarren Pool. If you are seeking a wider view, head toward the East River where bordering East River State Park and Bushwick Inlet Park have sweeping sunset views of the Manhattan skyline (and Smorgasburg on Saturday’s too!). Slightly north along the river in Greenpoint, check out tiny Transmitter Park, which includes a pier that seems to reach halfway to midtown, and is bordered by cult fave food spots Paulie Gee’s, 60 Greenpoint Ave (evenings only) and Ovenly, 31 Greenpoint Ave.