Brooklyn: The World’s Most Hipster City for Food
There is a fair amount of hipster stereotyping these days. Many people picture ironic fashion choices, retro facial hair, and even a certain pedantic attitude (especially when it comes to obscure music). Love it or hate it, hipsterdom has quickly grown from a subculture into nearly every part of today’s mainstream culture, including food.
The Daily Meal put together a list of the Best Hipster Cities for Food. In order to compile our list of the best hipster cities around the world for food, we first looked at cities around the world that have been named to many “best hipster city” lists. From there, we cross-referenced best hipster cities with best cities around the world for food to see which cities fell under both categories. We also looked at some other important factors, like whether these cities feature any Michelin-starred restaurants or restaurants that have received tremendous accolades and praise in press around the world. We also looked at some of the chefs living and working in these cities to see which top talents are turning up the heat in their kitchens.
Brooklyn is not just the center of cultural life in the New York City area (sorry, Manhattan), but it’s also the most famously awesome hipster neighborhood in the world. While the most die-hard hipsters may consider Brooklyn too mainstream at this point, it’s still a hipster mecca, with Williamsburg as an established spot for the cool and edgy for decades, Bushwick named as one of the world’s trendiest new neighborhoods, and Park Slope having long been considered one of the original cool spots of Brooklyn. There are many must-see places in Brooklyn, but one of the most beautiful (and tasty) is Smorgasburg, the food market that invades East River Park and Clinton Hill with stalls of goodies every alternating Saturday (the locations take turns, and are soon to be joined by a Crown Heights location). Park Slope is home to celebrity chef Dale Talde’s incredibly popular roadhouse-style bar Pork Slope, and is also home to Marco's, a much-loved neighborhood trattoria, as well as famous pizza spot Franny's and fine cheese lovers’ paradise Bklyn Larder. Let’s not forget Boerum Hill favorite Building on Bond, authentic Neapolitan pizzerias such as Crown Heights' Barboncino Pizza and Bay Ridge's 50-year-old icon Gino's Pizza. In the meccas like Williamsburg, you’ll find popular eateries including Roberta’s or St. Anselm’s, and Bushwick has some great go-to spots including The Narrows and Montana’s Trail House. Moral of the story: It’s pretty difficult to get bored eating in Brooklyn.