I always love a weekend trip to Williamsburg, hopping over from neighboring Manhattan. Williamsburg is a place that’s become a hub of contemporary artists and up and coming restaurants, matcha bars, and effortlessly cool nightlife. From the visual arts to music, to even theatre and cinema, Williamsburg breeds a creativity that is reflected in everything from the restaurants and shops to the buildings and hotel design.
On my most recent trip to NYC, I anchored myself at one of them – The William Vale Hotel, a design forward, all-balcony, 183-room boutique hotel is right in the heart of it all which opened in September of 2016.
A WEEKEND IN WILLIAMSBURG – Food + Design
Independently owned, local art adorns the William Vale lobby sitting area complete with a monumental piece by Brooklyn artist Marela Zacarias that greets guests with a colorful welcome.
Contrary to the vibrant entrance in the lobby, the rooms are whitewashed with oversized balconies that make it very easy to wake up to view the sunrise.
Each room is delicately enhanced with contemporary art giving the room a personality that’s easy to get along with. The King and double Queen Suites also include a fainting sofa for in-room lounging.
The William Vale is home to two restaurants by award winning chef Andrew Carmellini (if you’re familiar with the Dutch restaurant in Miami, he’s that guy).
Take the elevator up to the rooftop bar on the 22nd floor, Westlight, which looks across at jaw-dropping views of Manhattan.
One warning! Make sure you bring a few friends. You’ll want to taste the entire small plates menu inspired by global street food – Tequila Cured Salmon with avocado crema and chili lime tortillas, Spiced Chicken Empanadas, and Duck Carnitas Tacos with huitlacoche sauce sound nice, right?
Downstairs across from check in you’ll find Leuca, their southern italian style restaurant on the lobby floor. The room design is as drool-worthy as your morning meal will be. A Polenta Waffle with orange mulberry syrup and Fhungi Misti and Goat Cheese Frittata were among my favorites. I hear it’s a brunch hotspot as well!
TASTES AROUND TOWN
Venturing outside of the hotel, there are some beautiful foodie spots to feast at. Here is a list of a few nearby favorites:
Matcha Bar is a green themed immersive matcha-in-everything spot. I tried my first Matcha Dacquoise – an almond and hazelnut meringue with matcha buttercream. Yum! (edit) – Their location in Williamsburg has sadly closed but you can still get your matcha fix at their SOHO or Chelsea location.
I loved La Esquina for for their margaritas and chilaquiles. The restaurant is described as the “speakeasy” of Mexican food: a hidden escape for the best Mexican cuisine in NYC.
Manilla Social Club is currently on a break, but we had one incredible Filipino style meal here. Who doesn’t love Spam Fries?! They’re also home to the $100 Golden Donut. If you’re Miami bound look out for their new Golden Donut shop.
Heatonist is an all hot sauce tasting room. Not to mention, they a wear black gloves and assist you with your shopping by tapping out the products onto small spoons for you to try before you buy.
There is always something new to discover. I’m looking forward to venturing back to Williamsburg again soon to explore the ever evolving scene.
What is your favorite area to base yourself when in New York City?
The William Vale hosted my two night stay but as always these are my own words and opinions about their beautiful property.
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