Food & Drink
10 Under the Radar Spots in DUMBO
A tiny neighborhood known for picturesque views of the Manhattan skyline, DUMBO has become one of the most sought-after areas for young professionals and families alike. Its soaring bridges, cobblestone streets, converted warehouses and waterfront are also the setting for numerous TV shows and film shoots. Yet, aside from Grimaldi's, St. Ann's Warehouse, Jacques Torres and Galapagos, DUMBO still remains largely unknown. Here are ten lesser known places worth seeking out.
1. Stewart/Stand Design Store
Stewart/Stand (141 Front Street) stocks exclusive products from up-and-coming designers and classically modern designs. The six year old store sells gifts, home goods and kitchen accessories, as well as jewelry and bags for ladies of all styles and budgets. Plus they produce groundbreaking men’s accessories, including the unique Stainless Steel wallet.
As co-owner of the small, eighteen year old furniture store Journey (72 Front Street), Pam Shelala makes a trip to India once a year to bring back containers full of hand-selected pieces for the home. Journey also carries an extensive selection of small accessories and gifts from local artisans as well.
3. Los Papi’s
Los Papi’s (77 Bridge Street) serves up an eclectic selection of breakfast and lunch options on its Spanish-American menu. Catering to those on a tight budget, dishes range from $2.50 - $9.50 for a large platter. The lunch platters are what attract customers to this small family oriented establishment, with dishes like baked chicken with a choice of rice or potatoes.
Trailblazer Superfine (126 Front Street) was the first restaurant to open in DUMBO twelve years ago. Their menu changes slightly each day, offering customers only the freshest organic ingredients, such as organic pork and poultry, which they purchase exclusively from local farms.
5. Dabney Lee Stationery
Local stationery store Dabney Lee Stationery (55 Washington Street) provides a go-to place for residents' stationery and gift needs. The owner, Dabney Lee, started out small in her own apartment over nine years ago, then grew into this fine retail shop. Known for their own personalized line of Lucite items, stationery and gifts, Dabney Lee customizes pieces for each customer per their request, as well as carries other well regarded lines.
6. 68 Jay Street Bar/Wild Rise
This neighborhood bar and pizza joint offers locals a warm drinking establishment and authentic Neapolitan pizza. With a weekday happy hour featuring $3 beers and low-priced homemade pizza, 68 Jay Street Bar (68 Jay Street) is DUMBO’s go-to local watering hole.
7. Emily Thompson Flowers
Overflowing with the bouquet of fresh flowers, Emily Thompson Flowers (57 Jay Street) creates custom designs for special occasions and events. Owner Emily Thompson, an artist whose work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Martha Stewart Living and many more, uses the freshest seasonal flowers and foliage, as well as custom party favors, at reasonable prices.
8. The Shops at 145 Front Street
The Shops at 145 Front Street (145 Front Street) fills a needed niche with a corridor full of various boutiques and food establishments where customers can sample food and buy items like clothing, jewelry, antiques and home décor that they will not find anywhere else. Some of the shops include Calabar Imports, Intertwine and Little Muenster.
Blueberi (143 Front Street) carries high-end designer women’s clothing, accessories, jewelry, shoes and lingerie. Vintage and one-of-kind designer accessories plus trendy t-shirts are just some of the many upscale items offered to its niche of customers.
10. P.S. Bookshop
Vintage bookseller P.S. Bookshop (76 Front Street) caters to locals who are interested in hardcover/paperback books, rather than eBooks, for seven years. The owner of the store is passionate about preserving old books and harbors a unique selection of topics ranging from punk music to avant-garde art.