One Night in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Tripoto
28th Jan 2014

Brooklyn- 4th Largest City in America

Photo of One Night in Williamsburg, Brooklyn by Patricia

Cocktails at Battery Harris

Photo of One Night in Williamsburg, Brooklyn by Patricia

View from the hotel room

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Brooklyn Night Bazzar

Photo of One Night in Williamsburg, Brooklyn by Patricia

Wythe Hotel

Photo of One Night in Williamsburg, Brooklyn by Patricia

Brooklyn Night Bazzar

Photo of One Night in Williamsburg, Brooklyn by Patricia

Jamaican Food- Battery Harris

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Battery Harris Outside Area under Awning

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Battery Harris Bar

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Battery Harris - Jerk Pork Buns

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Battery Harris - Peppah Prawns

Photo of One Night in Williamsburg, Brooklyn by Patricia

There is nothing quite like the artistic energy that emanates from the heart of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, my favorite borough of New York City. I spend one night at the Wythe Hotel.  My room overlooks the hauntingly peaceful snow-covered Manhattan. Albeit the frigid coldness of the winter air upon us, the cool hipness of Williamsburg beckons us outside our room. Thank goodness everything was within walking distance. Right down the road, on Banker St, a few minutes away is the Brooklyn Night Bazaar. The vibe is casual and unpretentiously fun. And the music is damn good. 

For dinner we decide on a hip hidden joint called Battery Harris. With the help of Chef Zach Frankel (formerly a cook at Williamsburg dining staples Marlow and Sons and Diner before becoming Executive Chef at Jacks WifeFreda), they summoned the spirit of their favorite jerk chicken from Flatbush and brought it to the burg. Unassuming on the outside, Battery Harris attracts hipsters of all sorts with its trendy vibe, creative cocktails, good music(DJ Salinger on Friday nights rock out nasty remixes of traditional indie rock favorites and Saturday Michna spins), and now, their Jamaican food menu. The only Jamaican joint I went to in this city was Miss Lily's in Soho, until I found this place. Located on Frost Street off the Lorimier stop on the L, this hidden hot spot does not only make great Jamaican food, their house-made jerk sauce blew my mind. 

Other dishes we tried included:

  • Peppah Prawns: so good and super spicy!
  • Brick Jerk Chicken served with sweet plantains is made better with even more jerk sauce.
  • Jerk Pork Buns: Crispy Pork Belly w/ Jamaican Spice Shadow Beni
  • Permanent Summer Salad: green papaya, jicama, mango, peanuts & lime.
  •  The Rum Raisin Bread Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream

Good music.  Good food in our belly.  All in good company.  Artistically refreshed, and our souls, along with our stomachs, are delightfully happy. Oh Brooklyn, how I have missed thee.

MUST STAY: Wythe Hotel - 80 Wythe Ave. at N. 11th Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11249; +1(718) 460-8000; hello@wythehotel.com

MUST DO: Brooklyn Night Bazaar - 165 Banker St., Brooklyn, NY 11222; Fridays 7PM – 1AM & Saturdays 6PM – MIDNIGHT

MUST EAT: Battery Harris - 64 Frost St., Brooklyn NY; +1(718) 384-8900; info@batteryharris.com

The Wythe Hotel is a boutique hotel with loft-converted rooms that feature original historic industrial detailing, pine ceilings, and exposed brick walls. My room overlooks the hauntingly peaceful snow-covered Manhattan.
Photo of Wythe Hotel, Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, United States by Patricia
Right down the road from the hotel, on Banker St, a few minutes away is the Brooklyn Night Bazaar, a smorgasbord of excitement under one warm roof. Live music, local craft beers, food kiosks, video games, popcorn, pingpong, grafitti and mini golf, along with local artisans selling their wares. The vibe is casual and unpretentiously fun. And the music is damn good.
Photo of Brooklyn Night Bazaar, Banker Street, Brooklyn, NY, United States by Patricia
Photo of Brooklyn Night Bazaar, Banker Street, Brooklyn, NY, United States by Patricia
For dinner we decide on a hip hidden joint called Battery Harris on Frost St. The brain child of David Shapiro and Etan Fraiman of Rockaway, NY - both bonafide jerk chicken addicts who wanted to design gourmet versions of classic Caribbean dishes. Honestly, I came here for the drinks and the space, which is divided into 5 different hangout spaces. 1) an indoor eating space next to a dance floor 2) an outdoor eating space under an awning 3)an additional outdoor space with a fire pit 4)a bar that separates the indoor and the outdoor area 5) an elevated area where you can challenge each other to a game of pool.
Photo of Battery Harris, Frost Street, Brooklyn, NY, United States by Patricia
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