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The Best of Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant

The Best of Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant

Discover the Best Things To Do In Bedford-Stuyvesant

Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant, also known as Bed-Stuy to locals, has been the hot bed for gentrification since the early 1990s. The New York Times once called Bed-Stuy “Brooklyn’s Little Harlem.”

That was in 1961. The neighborhood is well-known for producing some of hip-hop’s most well-known and prolific artists such as Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G., Mos Def, Lil’ Kim, Old Dirty Bastard, actor-comedian Tracy Morgan, as well as baseball hall-of-famers, Connie Hawkins and Jackie Robinson.

So is this neighborhood a big deal? We think so. From great food, fun shopping and a fascinating arts and culture scene, read on for the best things to do in New York City’s Bed-Stuy.

Where to Eat & What to Do in Bed-Stuy

One of the most popular things to do in Bed-Stuy is enjoy the delicious food. Brooklyn is a trailblazer in innovative cuisines, and this neighborhood has become fertile ground for new chefs to set up shop.

A few blocks from the A express train lies L’Antagoniste, a brick-walled, farm-to-table restaurant bringing approachable and authentic French traditional dishes with new and old world wines. Bring a friend and your own favorite bottle of wine on Mondays for a B.Y.O.B. and poulet au vessie (chicken) special—a foie gras and truffle-laced luxurious dinner.

Craving some good ‘ol Southern cooking? Peaches is a modern Southern spot nestled in a historic brownstone neighborhood and features a contemporary menu, like shrimp and grits and fried chicken. Kick back and relax in a space that’s as comfortable as your grandmother’s dining room with service as welcoming as her hospitality.

For the more eclectic palates, Golda is a great example of the fusion of cultures that is prominent in Bed-Stuy. This all-American diner features a menu with sophisticated, Middle Eastern twists.

Where to Shop

Ask any local what to do in Bed-Stuy, and shopping is at the top of their list. Take a stroll down the brownstone-lined streets and visit some homegrown shops showcasing a blend of cultural influences. Peace & RIOT offers upscale home decor and knickknacks from African and Caribbean heritages, while Willoughby General is a vintage store with curated antiques and handmade goods. Music heads shouldn’t miss The Mixtape Shop. This little record shop and café specializes in indie soul, funk, jazz fusion, Brazilian and more.

Where to Drink

Dynaco’s dimly-lit and rustic ambiance serves up no-fuss cocktails with homemade cakes and pies; also cash only. LunÁtico is owned by three touring musicians, and focuses on providing great live music which keeps the small bar packed six nights a week with music fans enjoying intimate live shows on the tiny stage upfront. The music will bring you in, but the unusual twists on classic cocktails, as well as the separate mezcal and Amari list will keep you coming back.

Cultural Attractions and More Things to Do in Bed-Stuy

Bed-Stuy offers tree-lined blocks, historic architecture, and a strong artistic presence from galleries to theaters.

Richard Beavers Gallery showcases collections primarily consisting of artists whose work depicts various aspects of life in an urban environment through a multitude of genres. The artwork is inspired by the culture of these communities and addresses the many social and political issues at the forefront of society.

The historic Billie Holiday Theatre is a community theater that affords up-and-coming African-American writers a platform to showcase their new works. There are several works and showcases presented monthly, as well as a tour of the theater is available.

Walk along Stuyvesant Ave. and explore the styles and architecture of the 19th-century brownstones in the Bed-Stuy Historic District including Queen Anne and Beaux Arts.