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.
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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 family-owned bar, music venue, and hipster hang-out Pete's Candy Store* along with acclaimed Scandinavian beer-bar TØRST* 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 from 8:00 am to 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
- TØRST: 615 Manhattan Ave, torstnyc.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 curated groceries and extensive array of kitchen supplies at Brooklyn Kitchen* or 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.
- Brooklyn Kitchen: 100 Frost Street, thebrooklynkitchen.com
- 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.
Local Farmers Markets
Take advantage of our local summer bounty at one of the two weekend farmers markets: McCarren Greenmarket by GrowNYC runs every Saturday from 8am to 3pm and the McGolrick Park Farmers Market takes place every Sunday from 10am to 4pm.
BAM R&B festival
Brooklyn’s legendary performance mecca hosts its annual free outdoor concert series from June 2 to August 4. Highlights this summer include The Fat Afro Latin Jazz Cats and The Hallelujah Train. Check out their website at BAM.org for a complete schedule. Location: MetroTech Commons, 10 MetroTech Roadway
One of the oldest traditions in the neighborhood is the annual “Giglio Feast,” hosted by the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, with street food and carnival games all along Havemeyer Street between Union and North 5th. The century-old street fair and parades take place over ten evenings, from July 6th to the 17th, and the entire community gets involved as an 80-foot-tall Giglio statue is lifted. Information at olmcfeast.com. In the midst of the celebration, local pizza spot Best Pizza (33 Havemeyer, best.piz.za) does brisk business in their unique and high-quality pies baked in a brick oven.
If you are visiting MOFAD on a Wednesday afternoon this July or August, you can follow up your visit with a free film in McCarren Park. Films begin at sundown on Wednesday evenings, but the party gets started at 6pm with live music and snacks available from a variety of food trucks. Films in this 11th season of SummerScreen include “Scream,” and “Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle.” Full schedule at summerscreen.org.
Films on the Green
Transmitter Park will host two of the French Embassy’s Friday evening Films on the Green this summer: “Subway” on June 24th, and “The 400 Blows” on July 1st. Both films are in French, with English subtitles. Learn more at frenchculture.org.