In Brooklyn’s buzziest neighborhood, right across the East River from Manhattan, former factories have been transformed into eclectic shops and restaurants that are destinations in their own right.
© Dynamic Graphics / Jupiter Images A.P.C. Surplus Store, Williamsburg
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A.P.C. Surplus Store

This discount outlet of the simple, well-cut Parisian label sells items from last year’s collections at 50 to 60 percent off (A.P.C.’s covetable jeans are the only full-price pieces). The stock changes every six weeks. On the racks now: favorites from spring ’07. 33 Grand St.; 347/381-3193.

Sprout Home

Green thumbs are rejoicing over a new East Coast outpost of Sprout Home, a popular Chicago shop that sells goods for the house and garden, including melamine plates with paint-by-number scenes, ergonomic pruning shears, and beautiful cut blooms. 44 Grand St.; 718/388-4440

Marlow & Sons

The green-and-white awning announcing groceries, spirits, oysters gives only a hint of what you’ll find inside. By day, the general store in front doubles as a coffeehouse. After 5 p.m., locals gather at communal tables in the gourmet restaurant in back for pomegranate Sidecars and artisanal cheese plates. 81 Broadway; 718/384-1441; dinner for two $42.

D.O.C. Wine Shop

Tapestries hang on the walls, and vintage spirits, absinthe, and more than 90 Italian wines are displayed on 19th-century desks. Tastings, classes, and a mail-order wine club are in the works. 147 Broadway; 718/388-0087.


Chef Polo Dobkin earned a Michelin star for his seasonal dishes like spring-pea raviolini and inventive cocktails inspired by local spots (try the Gretsch, named after a former guitar factory, and made from gin and cucumber-infused vermouth). Sculptors from the Brooklyn Navy Yard studios created the metalwork in the urban Gothic room. 149 Broadway; 718/384-6343; dinner for two $90.