5.6 out of 10

Metropolitan Ave, Williamsburg

Ranked 22nd best street in Williamsburg
40.714376166185 -73.9460357461092
Great for
  • Nightlife
  • Eating Out
  • Public Transport
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Childcare
Not great for
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Clean & Green
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Safe & Sound
  • Gym & Fitness
Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Professionals
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
2yrs+

"It's one of my favorite avenues in Willburg"

Aesthetically, Metropolitan is not anything to enjoy. It's actually a pretty ugly street -- not that any of the streets in Williamsburg are pretty. It's one of the busier streets in the neighborhood: it's loud and full of traffic, weirdos and trash. Having said that, it has the most to offer of pretty much any street in Willy. Most of my favorite bars and restaurants are nestled on this ugly street. And, there are some pretty cool apartments although I wouldn't want to live on such a loud thoroughfare. Roebling Tea House is on the corner of Metro and Roebling and it is a Willburg staple. It's full of hipsters but it's also dark and quaint and has couches in the back for snuggling up with a book and a pretty terrific assortment of tea. Fette Sau is about a block away and it boasts the best bbq in New York. It is incredible, reasonably priced and always packed. Just across the street is one of my favorite bars in Williamsburg, Spuyten Deyvil. The actual bar is tiny and sort of shabbily decorated. But, they have an overwhelming selection of beer, great cheeses and the most unbelievable back patio. I've sat outside and drank beer for hours on a Sunday afternoon; it's pretty hard to beat.
Alligator Lounge is on Metropolitan at Lorimer. It's pretty divey. But, they offer free pizza with every beer you buy and the pizza's not terrible. They have pool tables, the bartenders are cool and every Wednesday night they have bingo. I always have a good time when I'm there. Further east there's another great bar, Harefield Road. They have happy hour from 4-8, there's always a cool crowd and the back patio is pretty cute. It's no Spuyten patio, but it's still pretty enjoyable. I've never tried it, but I hear that Harefield has a pretty good weekend brunch too. Legion is another cool bar on Metro but it's down a ways. It's really, really hipster. But, if you catch it early or on an off day, it's alright.
There are a few clothing stores in the mix and a dance studio for kids that just opened up on Metropolitan. There are great deli's, M Noodle Bar, and a pretty good Mexican hole in the wall at Lorimer. Again, I wouldn't want to live on a street like this, but block for block, there's a lot to offer.
Pros
  • Bar scene
Cons
  • Dirty
  • Crowded
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
3/5
2yrs+

"Right there in Williamsburg"

Metropolitan Ave is in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Some parts of this street are worth a visit. Between Bedford Ave and Union Ave, there are some nice restaurants and shops. My favorites are: Black Betty, Roebling Tea Room, and Spuyten Duyvil. New lofts and luxury condominiums have been built in the western part, close to the East River. The part of Metropolitan Ave close to the river is a nice area where to live in Williamsburg.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Great neighborhood for young people"

Metropolitan is a great street for a tourist to take a stroll down. It has all the Williamsburg novelties – because that’s what the kinds of shops, restaurants, and bars have become in the neighborhood. Black Betty is a great place to start (especially if you’re hungry); they offer a decent Mediterranean fare – try the roasted eggplant and pepper salad. Black Betty is also a live music and DJ/dance venue, and a cool place to hang out on weekends.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
2/5
2yrs+

"Not too pretty"

Metropolitan avenue is a staple in Brooklyn. It goes on for miles and you can walk the length of it quite comfortably. There is not however, much to look at on this avenue. The buildings and shops are rather unattractive and in fact, sometimes the walk is rather dull. You will however, run into many shops and restaurants which are all great to go in and take a peek.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5
2yrs+

"Wow, major gentrification!"

Metropolitan Ave runs through Williamsburg, a neighborhood now famous for hipster artists and musicians. Once upon a time, this area was super-run down, cheap and kind of scary because of all the crime and poverty. But as these things happen, things changed with time. Now, you have tons of great restaurants and boutiques in the area. I especially like some of the design stores -- you'll find cool and unique objects, sometimes made by local artists. As cool as it is around this part of town, there are some major negatives. First off, it has become very pricy, both in terms of living here and in terms of the retail and restaurants in the neighborhood. Second, it's extraordinarily difficult to park your car around here. Which is important because third, public transit here is limited. Sure, you have the L train, which gets you to Manhatten in minutes, but you can't really go anyplace else from here. All in all, though, it's always fun to come down here for dinner/drinks and a walk around the neighborhood.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"What is up with all the trucks??"

This street woul be so much more pleasant if all the 18 wheelers weren't always using it as a bypass. Get rid of the trucks from this street and you improve the neighborhoold 10,000%!
Recommended for
  • Singles

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