Live the locavore dream.
You can calculate a neighborhood’s livability by its crime rate and school system, or by something far more frivolous—like ease of access to ooey-gooey doughnuts. The 2,800-square-foot Gourmet Guild (35) (110 Broadway., nr. Bedford Ave.; 718-388-7726) is the go-to source for small-batch perishables, including Long Island produce, free-range eggs, and shot-put-size Dough doughnuts. Six blocks away, fill your growler with one of sixteen on-tap brews or select from 500 bottles at Breukelen Bier Merchants (36) (182 Grand St., nr. Bedford Ave.; 347-457-6350), where the grocery section also specializes in Brooklyn-made goods. Ferry it all home on a new set of wheels from the outpost of East Village fixture Landmark Vintage Bicycles (37) (376 Bedford Ave., nr. S. 4th St.; 347-799-2116).
Coming Soon …
A hotel, movie theater, and racing-inspired taproom.
Zak Pelaccio’s gonzo eatery Fatty ’Cue (38) (91 S. 6th St., nr. Berry St.; 718-599-3090) finally reopens in October with a new focus on raw and roasted seafood. Also due this fall: the Brooklyn edition of Max (39) (740 Driggs Ave., at S. 2nd St.), an Italian charmer with 40 seats and a focus on small plates. From the owners of Post Office bar comes OTB (40) (141 Broadway, nr. Bedford Ave.), an “old man”–ish ode to New York’s defunct Off-Track Betting joints. Lights will be numbered like betting windows, and the drink menu will resemble a racetrack form. Williamsburg Cinemas (41) (217 Grand St., at Driggs Ave.), a seven-screen movie house with stadium-style seating, will test the famously snobby residents’ appetites for blockbuster fare. Another indicator that South Williamsburg has become a destination: Juan Figueroa of Bushwick’s New York Loft Hostel bought the Williamsburg Savings Bank (42) (175 Broadway, nr. Driggs Ave.) in 2010 and has been furiously renovating ever since. When he’s done, the Beaux Arts landmark will house a 350-person event hall for weddings and corporate functions, a ballroom, and a 150-seat restaurant. Two private dining rooms will inhabit the bank’s former offices, and there’s a hotel blueprinted for next door.