We continue our Cycling New York series with a ride through Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood to document some of our favorite recommendations for a casual bike date with a friend or loved one. Casual (and romantic) getaways on bicycles in the summer and fall offer the opportunity to get some fresh air and exercise while enjoying the many excellent restaurants, bars and parks that Williamsburg has to offer.
The Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn has been a hotspot for locals and tourists alike for years now. Offering fantastic views of Manhattan as well as many of the best bars and restaurants in New York, Williamsburg is a perfect destination for a romantic bike ride through Brooklyn. Our bike date started in the late afternoon and provided us with an opportunity to test the Nokia Lumia 928 Windows Phone in low light. As usual, Nokia’s Carl Zeiss lens performed better than most mobile phones.
Riding over the Williamsburg Bridge, we approach the Brooklyn borough from the east and head towards Kent Avenue to begin our date night out on the bicycle. Located between Grand and North First Street, on Kent Avenue, Grand Tavern Ferry offers a wide assortment of wine and tavern food for a relaxing and casual stop.
Just around the corner on Grand and Wythe Avenue is the lovely Aurora Ristorante which offers one of the best outdoor courtyard seating and premier Italian menus. Aurora is situated just off the normal path and provides a comfortable and quiet environment for dinner for two.
A favorite haunt is the great Maison Premiere with their Friday night $1 oyster happy hour. About the best deal you can get for premium oysters on a New York Friday, Maison Premiere fills up very quickly during their happy hour, so be sure to get there early. Choose their front room or lovely back courtyard. Highly recommended for oyster lovers.
Not in the mood for oysters or a full meal? Consider a sweeter taste over at Momofuku Milk Bar on Metropolitan Street. The bakery from the famed Momofuku house features cakes, cookies, and an assortment of adult dessert drinks. A great stop for those with a sweet tooth.
If the line at the Milk Bar is too long, stop in right next door to Saltie for a quick muffin, turnover or shortbread.
Finally, if a beautiful sunset view and grassy knoll is more the speed of your evening, ride over to the Brooklyn Waterfront along Kent Avenue. The exceptional views of the city will spark romance if that’s what you desire. The photos from the waterfront tell the whole story.
All images photographed with the Pureview camera on the Nokia Lumia 928 Windows Phone.
Compare photos from the Nokia Lumia 928 Windows phone and an Apple iPhone 5 below.