Bed-Stuy's epic resurgence over the past few decades has been well-documented and widely celebrated by Brooklynites who admire this neighborhood's charming streetscapes, classic brownstone architecture and rich history. As the neighborhood has revitalized, so have an extraordinary roster of shops, restaurants and nightlife venues making this one of the best places in the city to spend some time, even if you live across a river or two.
Grab your MetroCard and check out this perfect weeks' worth of activities in Bed-Stuy.
BYOB Night at L'Antagoniste — 238 Malcolm X Boulevard at Hancock Street
Make a point to visit this charming corner restaurant — one of Bed-Stuy's most highly rated — early in the week for B.Y.O.B. Mondays. With no corkage fees, you'll be able to enjoy your favorite French fare while saving substantial l'argent on your vintage of choice. Regulars rave about the hors d'oeuvres, especially the steak tartare and soufflé au fromage, while the classic steak frites entrée is simply perfection. Bon appetit!
Trivia Night at Glorietta Baldy — 502 Franklin Avenue between Fulton and Hancock streets
On the second Wednesday of each month, put on your thinking cap, grab your beer stein and head to Glorietta Baldy for what The Brooklyn Paper describes as "part pub quiz, part ‘meet the brewer’ night." This raucous, beer-themed night of knowledge, brought to you by beer bloggers The Beerded Ladies, features tastings and questions on brewing, beer history and pop culture, sponsored by a local craft brewery. It's a can't-miss evening for all lovers of ales, lagers, stouts and malts.
Kids' Ceramics Classes at Herbert Von King Cultural Center — 670 Lafayette Avenue between Marcy and Tompkins avenues
Designed by the esteemed Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux, Von King park is one of the borough's oldest parks and provides a "town square" atmosphere in the center of Bed-Stuy. On the park's grounds, you'll also find the Herbert Von King Cultural Center offering a packed calendar of classes and events for New Yorkers of all ages. Head to the center on Thursdays between 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to enjoy an afternoon of kids' ceramics. Led by instructor Arnett Harrison, the hands-on clay classes are sure to be equal parts messy and creative.
Live Music at Bar LunAtico — 486 Halsey Street near Lewis Avenue
Set among classic brownstone buildings, multi-faceted Bar LunAtico is the restaurant/bar/coffee shop/live music venue of your dreams. And their schedule of live musicians is as eclectic as their food and libations, with a healthy mix of world music, jazz and funk stylings. While LunAtico features live music most nights of the week, Saturdays offer the opportunity to take in the venue's day-long roster of offerings, including coffee and pastries during the day, happy hour 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., dinner service beginning at 5 p.m. and performances starting at 8:30 p.m.
Brunch at Baron's — 564 Dekalb Avenue between Spencer and Walworth streets
Saying that brunch in Brooklyn beats the Sunday offerings in Manhattan is a largely uncontested statement these days. Baron's on Dekalb has emerged as a Bed-Stuy favorite for brunchers in the know, thanks in no small part to their unlimited Bloody Mary or Mimosa brunch special, mouthwatering brioche French toast and regular live music.
Falling in love with this booming and beautiful neighborhood? Check out more in our Bed-Stuy neighborhood guide.