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All About Boerum Hill, Brooklyn

Wedged between Cobble Hill and Park Slope, the quiet neighborhood of Boerum Hill is characterized by wide, tree-lined blocks, a slower pace and excellent restaurants and retail.

About Kate:

Kate Hooker is a lawyer and writer who fled the East Village for Brooklyn a few years ago in search of outdoor space.

About Boerum Hill:

Wedged between its better-known siblings Cobble Hill and Park Slope, the quiet neighborhood of Boerum Hill is characterized by wide, tree-lined blocks with brownstones that date back to the mid 1800s. There is a slower pace and a European charm here, which is undoubtedly part of the reason that a smattering of celebrities and members of the literati call it home.

Where to Dine

Rucola's asparagus salad (©Kate Ignatowski)

Excellent restaurants abound in Boerum Hill, and one of my favorite spots in all of Brooklyn is Rucola, a laid-back Northern Italian joint with a picturesque dining room and memorable veggies and homemade pasta. Mile End Deli, a Montreal-inspired Jewish deli that is way more popular than its tiny square footage would suggest, serves incredible brisket and poutine—but you have to wrangle a seat first! Newcomer Boomwich is a reliable lunch stop, with an eclectic menu of both old-school and updated hero sandwiches to choose from.

For visitors looking to drop some serious coin, Boerum Hill is also home to Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, which serves a 15-plus course dinner and is Brooklyn’s only restaurant with three Michelin stars.

Where to Shop

Boerum Hill is full of places to scratch your retail therapy itch. Erica Weiner sells a curated selection of antique lockets and cameos alongside modern, house-designed pieces. Scent aficionados will be blown away by Twisted Lily Fragrance Boutique & Apothecary, which has a plethora of hard-to-find perfumes from all over the world. If it’s a new outfit you’re after, Kaight sells eco-friendly women’s clothing and accessories with a boho aesthetic.

Atlantic Avenue is known for its antique and home décor purveyors, and it’s always fun to poke through the warehouses of beautiful mid-century modern furniture. You’re most likely to find a souvenir that you can actually bring home with you at Collier West or Sterling Place.

Erica Weiner
Erica Weiner (©Michelle Smith McLaughlin)

A Little Decadence

A little decadence never hurt anyone: At the end of your trip, give in to a vice or two at Nunu Chocolates, which famously makes moonshine-flavored ganache, and St. Gambrinus Beer Shoppe, which has a rotating list of rare indie brews on tap and over 250 hard-to-find bottles.