“Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.”
Williamsburg and Greenpoint can get a tad smug, but there's no denying their historic charms. City Reliquary collects quality Statue of Liberty kitsch and only-in-New-York stories, like the one about the guy who tried every pizza slice in the city. Williamsburg enjoys the simple pleasures in life: German Chocolate cake in the back yard at Bakeri, spelling bees for free hooch at Pete's Candy Store, 1980s video games and craft beer at Barcade. Reinvented American classics like chicken cooked under a brick are served with a knowing wink and sides of oysters at Williamsburg's Marlow & Sons. For simple, honest meat and drink, try Peter Luger, a 100-year-old German steakhouse, or head to Fette Sau for barbecue and bourbon in a converted auto body shop. Williamsburg hotels have more space and none of the traffic hassles of Manhattan, plus it's that much closer to La Guardia and JFK airports.