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A Perfect 24 Hours in Brooklyn, New York 2024

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Greetings Internet Stranger! I’m Stella Jane, author of the travel guide Get Lost, and welcome to 24 hours in Brooklyn. In recent years, Brooklyn, New York has become synonymous with hipster culture. If you tell people you want to spend 24 hours in Brooklyn, they imagine that you’re going to do it while sipping a craft beer through your handlebar mustache while riding a vintage bicycle.

Now, I am a native New Yorker, so I still remember when Williamsburg, Brooklyn was a good place to go if you wanted to get murdered. Now it’s the place to go to get artisanal toothpaste for your cockapoo.

But despite the Great Hipster Invasion of Brooklyn, the borough still has many charms. With 24 hours in Brooklyn, you can drink excellent craft beer, eat delicious pizza, meet some local artists, drink craft beer, watch some arthouse movies, peep on the Brooklyn Bridge, and also drink some craft beer.

Still think Brooklyn is for hipsters only? Snap out of it!

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#1 TOP PICK

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
BROOKLYN FOOD AND CULTURE TOUR
✔️ Authentic local treats
✔️ Expert local guide

#2 PICK

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WILLIAMSBURG FOOD TOUR
✔️ See the coolest part of Brooklyn
✔️ Get off the beaten track

#3 PICK

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ALL OTHER NYC TOURS
✔️ Find your favorite!
✔️ Get the best deals

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Morning: Williamsburg Food Tour

Many visitors to New York City stay in Manhattan the entire time, and I think that’s such a pity. That’s why I am taking you on a delicious tour of Williamsburg, which is certainly one of the coolest neighborhoods in Brooklyn, and possibly anywhere in the world.

I mean, I am not taking you personally because I do not run the food tour company. But I promise you will be in good hands with them.

Check rates and availability for this great tour right here!

Then get ready for…

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1) Empanadas

One of the best things about this tour is that we got to sample all different kinds of cuisine so that you can really see the different ethnic groups that have made the city what it is today.

Our first stop was for empanadas at a wonderful Puerto Rican restaurant that has been around since the 1960s. Their motto is that they served home cooked food at fast food prices. Our empanadas were cheesy and rich enough to make a meal by themselves, and we still have five more food stops to go!

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2) Bagels

Of course, what would any New York food tour be without bagels? I mean, it’s probably illegal to have a food tour in New York City without serving bagels. And if it isn’t illegal, it should be. But I can’t be sure, because I am not an expert in food tour law.

These bagels were chewy and harder on the outside and soft on the inside, just like a good bagel should be. They were schmeared with just the right amount of cream cheese too.

And as an added bonus, the proprietor gave us some samples of his decadent cheese Danish. I’ll have to go back to try some more of the pastry later.

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3) Chicken Biscuit

Williamsburg has become famous for its hipsters in recent years, and what is more hipster than fried chicken? Eat it with a plaid shirt on while riding a bicycle, and you are set with hipster cred for life.

But as much as I like to joke about hipsters, this fried chicken on a biscuit was totally decadent and scrumptious. And because I was a solo traveler, I got to enjoy this chicken biscuit all by myself. See, Grandma! It’s better to be single.

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4) Dumpling Time

Up next, we get to feast on some of that famous New York Chinese food. This dumpling store originated in Manhattan, but has since expanded to Brooklyn. I have been to both but I like the Brooklyn location better because it has proper seating and air conditioning.

I also appreciated that we were allowed to choose our dumpling filling on the tour: pork, chicken, or vegetable. I went with pork, and the British couple on the tour with me approved of my choice. And you know what they say about the Brits and knowing good food!

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5) Pizza

Of course, you also can’t have a New York City food tour without getting some pizza. That’s just science. At this stop, we went to a local pizzeria whose original location is in Manhattan, right near my apartment. 

But the slices at this place are just the same. It’s famous for its mild tomato sauce and decadent melted cheese. Fold your slice in half and eat it just like a real New Yorker does.

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6) Doughnuts

For our last stop of the tour, we get dessert! Doughnuts are an extremely popular dessert all over New York City, but since we were taking our food tour in the summer, we got to try ice cream doughnuts!

And yes, that’s exactly what it sounds like: doughnuts stuffed with ice cream. The perfect way to cool off at the end of a hot day, and the perfect end to our food tour.

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Those are all the secrets of the food tour that I can share with you for now. You will have to go ahead and book the tour for yourself to find out the rest.

Check rates and availability for this great tour right here!

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Afternoon: Williamsburg Beer Crawl

So DUMBO is one of the coolest neighborhoods in Brooklyn, but we’re about to head to the original cool neighborhood: Williamsburg, which is basically The Vatican for hipsters.

Brooklyn’s craft beer culture is legendary, and we’re about to find out exactly why! It’s my pleasure to introduce you to…

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1) Stop One

On this beer crawl, I realized that I should stop referring to Williamsburg as a place only fit for trust fund hippies who make Mason jars from scratch. In fact, Williamsburg has a rich and vibrant history, and it is well worth your time, even if you suffer from hipster-phobia.

Though beer production has been going on in Williamsburg since the 1800s, that’s not the industry the neighborhood was first famous for. The old WB used to be home to a li’l company called Domino. (The sugar, not the pizza.)

That’s why I suggest stopping at a cool local bar like Common Mollies. They serve great cocktails as well as other drinks.

“Forget the cocktails!” I can hear you squawk. “We’re here for the beer!” Happy to oblige! All the beers on this crawl are local to Brooklyn of course. Look on the menu and see what is local.

I selected a Brooklyn saison, which was a light and refreshing ale. I asked the bartender for more information about what a saison is beyond that, but apparently a saison is difficult to define. I personally think there’s no such thing as a saison and it’s just a term beer nerds invented to make laypeople feel stupid.

2) Most Holy Trinity Church

You might be a little surprised to find a church on a beer crawl. But that’s only if you don’t know anything about Germans. The Most Holy Trinity Church, which is still operational today, was created to serve the influx of German immigrants into Williamsburg in the 1800s. Of course, these Germans brought their fine beer making ways with them.

The Germans are most famous for the “lager” style of beer. Making lager requires underground caves that allow the lagering process to occur. That’s why they are still uncovering giant lagering caves hidden underground all over Williamsburg.

Maybe there’s even one hidden under this church! I definitely recommend that you interrupt mass here by bringing a jackhammer and trying to dig up the lagering caves on your own. Lager-cave-digs are not legally considered vandalism within Williamsburg.

3) Danny’s Pizza

You can’t spend 24 hours in Brooklyn without a slice of pizza. And no one wants to drink three beers without a snack in between. Let’s head to Danny’s Pizza to sample three different kinds of New York-style pies. You have your classic thin crust “floppy” style. It is traditional in NYC to eat it by folding it in half and stuffing it in your mouth. Forks are not allowed.

Next we have the Sicilian pizza. This is the giant, thick square slice you see above. Basically the crust is a hunk of focaccia. Also with the Sicilian slice, when you eat it, you’re supposed to leave the gun and take the cannoli. That’s just science.

The final piece is the grandma slice, which is like the Sicilian except the crust is much thinner and crunchier. (Vegetarians don’t need to worry. No grandmas are actually used in the making of the grandma slice.)

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Now that you’ve got a proper pizza in your hand, let’s discuss why beer production stopped in Williamsburg during the first half of the 20th century. Obviously the most important reason was Prohibition. It’s very hard to make money from selling beer when selling beer is illegal.

But another reason is that Williamsburg didn’t stay a German neighborhood forever. Other immigrants started to come in from countries like Italy, and some of the German immigrants moved to other neighborhoods. It’s all part of the fascinating mix that allows us in New York City to enjoy a fine lager made in a secret underground church cave with our grandma pizza!

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4) Brooklyn Brewery

OK, so there isn’t actually a stop at the famous Brooklyn Brewery on this tour. But you can’t talk about beer in Williamsburg without mentioning it. Fortunately a classic Brooklyn Brewery lager is included with the pizza, so we have a good excuse for talking about its history.

For decades, beer production was dead in Brooklyn. Then along came two Brooklyn natives named Steve Hindy and Tom Potter. Hindy had been a journalist stationed in Middle Eastern countries where selling alcohol is illegal. Necessity is the mother of invention, which is a fancy way of saying that Hindy learned how to make his own brew.

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Eventually Hindy and his childhood friend Potter decided to open up their own brewery in Brooklyn, and the legend was born! Today there are exactly 1,345.25 craft breweries in Williamsburg alone.

My favorite fact about the Brooklyn Brewery is that the designer Milton Glaser did the logo. (He’s most famous for creating the I <3 New York campaign.) Even though they were broke at the time, Glazer agreed to do it in exchange for free beer for life. He is 89 years old, and he still shows up at the brewery regularly to get his free lager on. That’s what I call living your best life!

My second favorite fact about the Brooklyn Brewery is that I (platonically) went to prom with the son of one of the founders of Brooklyn Brewery. If that doesn’t adequately establish my native New Yorker bonafides, I don’t know what will!

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6) Interboro

Our last stop on the beer crawl is Interboro Spirits & Ales. Fair warning, unlike Sugarburg and The Well, this place is teeny tiny and gets stuffed with people on weekends, so you might not be able to find a seat. Interboro is definitely the trendiest spot on the beer crawl, as the taproom only opened in 2016. (As you can probably tell from the name, Interboro is a distillery as well as a brewery.)

At Interboro, you can get a flight of three beers instead of just one big brewski. I always choose a flight if the option is available. More choices = better. That’s just science. The beers on tap will change daily, so I don’t want to get your hopes up by chatting too much about the specific beers I tasted.

However, I will mention that my favorite was the Knock Out King IPA which is a collaboration between Interboro and The Other Half Brewery.

I’ve heard that The Other Half is another Brooklyn brewery that is so popular that people actually wait on line for hours in the cold to buy cans of their beer. But you can try Knock Out King with much less misery just by waiting for a few minutes on line at Interboro! Don’t say this blog never taught you anything important!

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Evening: Syndicated Bar Theater Kitchen

After a lengthy beer tour, you might be feeling a little sluggish. That’s why I suggest you spend the evening of our 24 hours in Brooklyn chillaxing in a comfy chair at Bushwick, Brooklyn’s finest dinner theater experience, Syndicated Bar Theater Kitchen.

Syndicated is just one example of the Movie Theater Restaurant. At a Movie Theater Restaurant, the ticket for the movie is much cheaper than usual because the place makes its money on the delicious, restaurant-quality food and drink.

Also, at a movie theater restaurant, you can sit in a fluffy chair-throne with an actual dinner table in front of you. Before the movie starts, you place your order on the menu card and sometime during the film, silent stealthy servers will bring you your sustenance. You can place additional orders during the movie, but I find it a lot more convenient to get all the ordering done beforehand.

It was impossible for me to take pictures of my food during the movie because there was no light and flash is not permitted. However, I strongly recommend the Hot Mess sandwich, which is a fried chicken sandwich topped with hot sauce, coleslaw, and blue cheese. I recommend this because you’ll be in the dark, so no one will be able to see the sticky hot sauce that will get all over your face and fingers.

24 Hour Treat: Thanksgiving Old Fashioned

Syndicated is perhaps even more famous for its seasonal cocktails than for its food. Definitely don’t pass up the Thanksgiving Old Fashioned, which is cleverly made with Wild Turkey bourbon, sweet potato syrup, and cranberry bitters. It’s like Thanksgiving dinner in your mouth only with more booze and fewer creepy relatives! The perfect end to your day!

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In case you were curious about my film of choice, I was definitely there for the annual Christmas screening of Die Hard. (You can see that my special Die Hard Christmas sweatshirt and I were amped up for the occasion.)

There are so many arthouse and cult movie cinemas in New York City, and I definitely recommend seeking out a quirky cinematic experience during your 24 hours in Brooklyn.

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Where to Stay?

If you’re a tourist in New York City, you’ll probably be staying in a hotel while you spend 24 hours in Brooklyn. I mean, maybe you have a kind relative who will let you crash in their spare room, but that kind of space is rare in Manhattan.

I recommend staying in the Artezen Hotel in Lower Manhattan. It’s very easy to get to Brooklyn from here. Plus, the rooms are affordable and cozy, and there’s free snacks, coffee, and fancy bath products in your room.

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That’s a Perfect 24 Hours in Brooklyn!

What would you do with 24 hours in Brooklyn? Are you ready to start booking your hotel in New York City right now? Have you ever watched Die Hard as a Christmas movie? And is digging up a church to find a hidden beer cave a fun way to spend the afternoon or a one-way ticket to Hell? Email me your answers at stellajane@aroundtheworldin24hours.com

Stella’s Top 3 Picks: 24 Hours in Brooklyn

#1 TOP PICK

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
BROOKLYN FOOD AND CULTURE TOUR
✔️ Authentic local treats
✔️ Expert local guide

#2 PICK

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WILLIAMSBURG FOOD TOUR
✔️ See the coolest part of Brooklyn
✔️ Get off the beaten track

#3 PICK

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ALL OTHER NYC TOURS
✔️ Find your favorite!
✔️ Get the best deals

Note: If you want to know how I put my travel itineraries together, just click here. Keep in mind that while each article is about how to spend 24 hours in a place, that doesn’t mean you should ONLY spend 24 Hours in Brooklyn.

Why not try the best things to do in Staten Island NY? You can add on a Queens food crawl. Check out the best Bronx walking tour. Also, we have an excellent one day in Brooklyn itinerary.

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