The Brooklyn Bridge a 19th century engineering masterworks
Right beneath the bridge’s Brooklyn tower, the River Café offers probably the best restaurant view in all of New York. The cuisine is reliably good, but most people come for the candlelit tables, the Woody Allen-sound track piano music, and the cinematic views of Manhattan and the bridge lights shimmering off the East River. Next door, at Fulton Ferry Landing, Bargemusic presents intimate chamber music concerts year-round aboard a 103-foot former coffee-delivery barge, with seating for only 170 people. A large picture window behind the performers provides a stunning Manhattan view.
About three miles northeast, under the Williamsburg Bridge, Peter Luger is possibly the country’s finest steakhouse, drawing happy carnivores to its tavern-like, old New York premises since 1887. Each perfect, butter-tender prime beef steak is hand-picked and dry-aged on-site, then prepared to perfection and served by amiable waiters who aren’t half as gruff as the guidebooks claim.