Welcome to Dumbo

Trendy Dumbo’s cobblestone streets and converted Brooklyn warehouse buildings are the backdrop for independent boutiques, high-end restaurants and trendy cafes. Near the waterfront, St. Ann’s Warehouse, in a former tobacco factory, is the heart of a thriving performance and gallery scene. The north end of Brooklyn Bridge Park features historic Jane’s Carousel as well as picturesque views of the Manhattan skyline.

Things to do in Dumbo

Dumbo, a neighborhood whose name is an acronym for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass (no matter what Jerry Seinfeld tells you), is one of the most-visited spots in Brooklyn. It’s easy to see why. Just a couple of decades removed from an industrial past in which few people lived there and there was little reason to visit, it’s now a hotbed of dining, recreation and shopping with great views of the Lower Manhattan skyline. Read on for 12 places to visit during a day in the area.

Gran Electrica

Gran Electrica serves fresh, relatively light Mexican in a space that’s nice and fun enough for a date or a night out with friends.

Vinegar Hill House

You come for the pasta, the chicken liver mousse, and maybe the best pork chop you’ll ever have.


This is another big, waterfront restaurant where dressed-up people eat pasta while sitting on velvet chairs or, if they’re lucky, under a covered patio.


If you’re dating in Dumbo, Celestine is a new Mediterranean place to bring someone who doesn’t know about your Black Eyed Peas shower playlist yet.

Smile To Go

Smile to Go is The Smile’s counter-service baby cousin. This is their second to-go location (the other is in Soho) and all of their pastries are made by the same people as the original cafe so they’re unsurprisingly tasty.

Sugarcane Raw Bar & Grill

You wouldn’t know it from the outside, but Sugarcane is a giant, swanky restaurant right next to the indoor carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park, serving everything from a “lobster BLT” sushi roll to foie gras fried rice to a roast chicken.

The River Cafe

Think Tavern on The Green, but with food that’s actually good. That’s the situation at The River Cafe.

Westville Dumbo

We’re honestly surprised it took this long for the NYC vegetarian empire to settle in Brooklyn.