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16. Robertasville

(a.k.a. Bushwick)

Because you can now reap what the locavore pizzaioli sowed.

Map by Remie Geoffroi  

Morgantown, Willywick, Bushburg, East Williamsburg—call it what you want, the postindustrial boondocks surrounding Roberta’s restaurant have become a destination unto themselves. The three-year-old experiment in sustainable, hyperlocal eating has attracted a slew of like-minded community builders, among them cooperative performance space Surreal Estate, coffeehouse Little Skips, and quasi-legal apartment galleries Centotto and Norte Maar. “It’s like Williamsburg in 2000, without the real-estate speculators,” says Kenan Gunduz, director of Danbro Studios, future home of DIY concert venue the Wick.

1. Arancini Bros.

940 Flushing Ave.; 718-418-6347

The deep-fried Sicilian rice balls—also a smash at the Hester Street Fair—keep the late-night revelers coming from Wreck Room, the aptly named bar next door.

2. Arepera Guacuco

44 Irving Ave.; 347-305-3300

The vibe is bright and cheery, and the Venezuelan arepas, stuffed with squid, shrimp, and mussels, are delightfully gut-busting.

3. Curbs & Stoops

566 Johnson Ave.; no phone

The converted feather factory is now an arts hub, with five active exhibition spaces and the graffiti-centric Bushwick Chronology Project.

4. Momo Sushi Shack

43 Bogart St.; 718-418-6666

Bozu chef-owner Makoto Suzuki’s restaurant is Tokyo-meets-Brooklyn incarnate: communal tables, allegiance to sustainable foods, and Sapporo on tap.

5. Bushwick Community Darkroom

385 Troutman St.;

A black-and-white basement darkroom charging just $10 per pre-booked hour ($15 if you need instruction).

6. Café Ghia

24 Irving Ave.; 718-821-8806

Opening any minute now, this cozy twenty-seat bistro promises vegan salads, artisanal sandwiches, and daily brunch.

7. Microscope Gallery

4 Charles Pl.; 347-925-1433

The boundary-defying gallery hosts art exhibits, live music, and film screenings.

8. The Narrows

1037 Flushing Ave.; no phone

The unmarked bar pours requisite craft beers, organic wines, and respectably priced cocktails (from $7) made with herbs grown in a roomy backyard.

9. Pine Box Rock Shop

12 Grattan St.; 718-366-6311

A coffin factory turned rollicking pub, complete with a vegan bar, trivia nights, and, starting in May, karaoke.

10. Shops at the Loom

1087 Flushing Ave.; 718-417-1616

Something of an indie mini-mall, housing Brooklyn Yarn & Bakery Café, the Better Than Jam Handmade Co-op, and the Deli & General Store, serving a mean octopus po’ boy.

11. The Sweatshop Rehearsal and Recording Studios

262 Meserole St., second fl.; 718-599-5962

The former Williamsburg recording studio has unveiled a sparkling new facility within the 75,000-square-foot Danbro music complex.

12. Second Stroke Mopeds

1022 Broadway; 347-405-5255

The month-old moped shop specializes in Tomos and other restored vintage two-wheelers.


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