About Dyker Heights and Bay Ridge
Everyone knows that New York City is a magical place to be around the holidays. The jaw-dropping spectacle of the Christmas lights in Dyker Heights should be on the itinerary of anyone who visits New York in December, and it’s a mere 10 blocks or so to Bay Ridge, a friendly, working-class area with great food and shopping.
Where to Shop
You can find something for everyone on your holiday shopping list, and for a steal, at the gigantic Bay Ridge outpost of Century 21. It’s definitely less crowded than the Manhattan locations, but for a more intimate option, visitors might want to venture to Lola’s Boutique for on-trend women’s clothing and accessories or The Bookmark Shoppe for—you guessed it—books.
Where to Drink
The hipsterfication running rampant through more northern parts of the borough has started bleeding into Bay Ridge. Case in point is the cool but totally unpretentious Owl’s Head wine bar, which is a great place for a bite and a glass of wine—poetry readings and live jazz are also offered on select nights. Take note of the awesome bar top, handcrafted and rough-hewn from a single maple tree.
Where to Eat
Fashions might have changed since Saturday Night Fever was set in Bay Ridge in the 1970s, but this melting-pot community still feels old school. True to its original Italian-American roots, Bay Ridge offers plenty of red-sauce joints where you can get baked ziti and killer cannoli, but it’s also home to the highly touted Middle Eastern restaurant, Tanoreen. Don’t miss the eggplant Napolean, the fried Brussels sprouts with tahini or the knafeh dessert.
Brooklyn Beet Company brings a farm-to-table sensibility to Eastern European fare—the fried grass-fed cheeseburger with house-made beet ketchup is a must-try. Looking for a laid-back, SoCal vibe? Chow down on some West Coast-style Mexican food at Ho’ Brah Taco Joint. Ho’ Brah’s sister beer garden, The Lock Yard, has an impressive craft brew list and serves organic bratwursts, sweet potato tater tots and other elevated pub fare.