Evening in Williamsburg Brooklyn | New York City
This guide is designed as a light afternoon and evening in Williamsburg perfect for settling into the area and starting to explore just a bit of its unique vibe. If this is a travel day then ease into the trip with a trip to MOFAD, a unique museum, dinner at a delicious Moroccan spot, and enjoy a night at Westlight - one of the best places to take in the New York City skyline.
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Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD) Lab
General Admission is $14 for adults, $10 for seniors | Featuring edible & aromatic exhibits, this creative museum provides education on food & drink.
62 Bayard St, Brooklyn, NY 11222
MOFAD is a unique place. It’s really a living, smelling, craving, tasty museum. The goal is to inspire public curiosity about food, what it means, and how it connects with the world around us. It’s part educational resource, part pop culture commentary. The museum currently operates MOFAD Lab, a 5,000-square-foot experimental space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn where Chow: Making the Chinese American Restaurant is currently on show. Chow is a show about the evolution of Chinese American restaurants. The cuisine and restaurant in America has a nearly 170-year history and sparking conversation around immigration, cultural identity, and what it means to be American. Chow features chef-designed tastings and a stunning collection of historical menus.
On the evening of May 23 2019 there will also be a special exhibit Not Your Grandma’s Cooking: Celebrating Immigrant Mothers, Daughters, and Authenticity along with an informal reception centered around Indian-ish a new cookbook from Priya Krishna. More info here. In addition to the reception there will be some light bites and a book signing.
Be sure to visit the museum BEFORE dinner. That way you’ll prime your appetite for what’s in store.
Cafe Mogador - Williamsburg
$$ | Buzzy outfit serving traditional Moroccan tagines, couscous & more in comfy yet charming quarters.
133 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249
If you are looking for a unique spot to grab some dinner and drinks in the neighborhood, checkout Cafe Mogador. It’s really no surprise there is typically a wait at this eatery. They turn out some of the most delicious vegetable centric dishes around. Mezze, grilled chicken or lamb skewers, and tagines, you can’t go wrong with anything you order.
After dinner you will be just a 5 minute walk down Wythe Ave. to the William Vale Hotel. Atop the hotel you’ll find the Westlight a rooftop bar on 22nd floor with one of the best views of the New York City skyline.