Walking the Brooklyn Bridge to DUMBO is like waiting in the world’s longest line. There are tourists from end to end, and as you shuffle forward, a second line files past you in the opposite direction. Which is confusing, because if each direction is equally desirable, then why are you doing this in the first place?
You’re on the bridge because Dumbo and Brooklyn Heights are two of the most attractive neighborhoods in the city. They also have good restaurants, and it’s still possible to discover things here. Take the places on this list – unless you live in the area, you probably haven’t heard of a lot of them. Do yourself a favor and make the trip over. Sure, the bridge is crowded, but when you turn around and look at the skyline of Manhattan, you’ll remember why you live here in the first place.