Summer Vacation Tips in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn

If you’re planning a summer vacation to Brooklyn, an attractive enclave near downtown is an extremely pleasant—and action-packed—place to visit. Here are some tips of what to do and where to go.  In addition to shops, there are plenty of great restaurants in the area, plus a handful of museums and even a large sports arena, The Barclays Center.

Boerum Hill is a short taxi/Uber/Lift ride from lower Manhattan; it can also be reached by nearly every subway, including the A, F, 2, 3, 4, 5, N, R, and Q lines.

Hotels

An interior of Ace Hotel in Boerum Hill
Image courtesy of The Ace Hotel

Ace Hotel

252 Schermerhorn Street

The Ace Hotel on Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn combines modern design with vintage elements, offering a stylish and comfortable place to stay. Nestled right into the neighborhood, it is convenient to the local hotspots.

A common room with chairs, tables, and lamps at a Hilton hotel
Image courtesy of the Hilton Brooklyn

Hilton Brooklyn

140 Schermerhorn Street

The Hilton Hotel sports a modern aesthetic with a range of upmarket amenities. You’ll find your way very easily to the rest of the neighborhood…just step out the door!

A chique white interior with a hammock
Image courtesy of the Nu Hotel

Nu Hotel

85 Smith Street

The Nu Hotel features chic, eco-friendly rooms with modern amenities, providing a relaxed and stylish atmosphere for its guests. Does lounging in a hammock after a day of wonderful wandering sound nice? This is your spot.

Restaurants/Bars

The dimly lit interior of a New York restaurant with an art deco flair
Gage and Tollner, courtesy of the restaurant

Gage and Tollner

372 Fulton Street

Originally opened 125 years ago and re-opened in 2022 after a closure of nearly 20 year. Enjoy seafood towers, steaks, chops, and famous she-crab soup in a stunning, Gilded Age grandeur.

Rucola

190 Dean Street

Longstanding neighborhood spot that a cozy and quiet place to have breakfast, or a lively lunch, or a happening dinner. A favorite with local celebs, it serves standards with an Italian-ish flair.

Mile End

94A Hoyt Street

This Canadian import is a transplanted Jewish deli. They make their own cured meat and smoked salmon, plus there’s poutine and the clever (and telling) Lipitorminator sandwich.

Grand Army

336 State Street

A great—if sometimes loud—place for a drink and light bites. If you’re craving some oysters and a glass of Muscadet, this is the place.

Bar Tabac

128 Smith Street

One of the pioneer places in the area, this classic French bistro serves onion soup, pâté, snails, burgers, salads, and more. On Bastille day, they turn Smith Street into pétanque courts.

French Louie

320 Atlantic Avenue

Another French-influenced star serving mussels, salads, steak tartare, steak frites, duck confit, etc. A particular specialty is the socca, a crispy chickpea pancake from Nice.

Bacchus

409 Atlantic Avenue

Still another French-influenced restaurant with a large selection of grilled meats, a few fish dishes, cheese boards, and decadent desserts. They offer a $45 3-course prix fixe dinner menu

Ki Sushi

122 Smith Street

A moody, high-quality Japanese restaurant with excellent, super-fresh sushi, inventive appetizers, and omakase options. The lunch special is more affordable but still top notch.

Rice and Miso

134 Nevins Street

A tiny place with only about five seats that serves (mostly organic) bento boxes that come with delicious, filled rice balls and vegetable sides. Lunch only (10:30 am to 4:00 pm.)

Extra Credit

If you’re done with shopping and have had a snack or aren’t quite ready for dinner, there are a number of museums and a world class arena nearby. Everything but the Brooklyn Museum and Botanic Garden are walkable from downtown.

A subway car on display at the New York Transit musuum
Image courtesy of New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

99 Schermerhorn Street

A small and quirky place, but worth a visit if you’re a train enthusiast.

A building in downtown Brooklyn on a sunny day
The Peter Jay Sharp Building, which houses the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

Brooklyn Academy of Music

30 Lafayette Avenue

A grand opera house of a space, plus bucket-seat movie theaters. Year-round performances of music, opera, dance, and talks—including some performances for kids. / Image courtesy of Wikipedia

Brooklyn's Barclays Center on a sunny night
Image courtesy of The Barclays Center

Barclays Center

620 Atlantic Avenue

Home of the Brooklyn Nets and venue for concerts, championship boxing, college basketball, and family entertainment. Janet Jackson and Missy Elliot are scheduled for this summer.

The front facade of the Brooklyn museum
Image courtesy of Wikipedia

Brooklyn Museum

(10 minute subway away on the 2/3 Lines to Brooklyn Museum stop) – 200 Eastern Parkway

A world-class art museum on the edge of Prospect Park (which is also worth a visit). Paul McCartney Photographs 1963–64 is open until August 18th.

A cherry blossom pathway on a sunny day
Image courtesy of Pascale Amez via Unsplash

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Entrances: 150 Eastern Parkway; 455 Flatbush Avenue; 990 Washington Avenue

Cherry blossom season is sadly over (it’s stunning here) but the gardens are always an excellent place for a long stroll. You can combine with a visit to the adjacent Brooklyn Museum.

Story by Stephen Treffinger

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