LivingTravelYour Guide to Sunset Park: Brooklyn's Chinatown

Your Guide to Sunset Park: Brooklyn's Chinatown

Sunset Park may be one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Brooklyn and is known as one of the coolest neighborhoods in Brooklyn. Here you’ll find adorable brownstones, a thriving Latin American culture, Brooklyn’s largest Chinese community, and a recent influx of young New Yorkers looking for cheaper rentals. In recent years, the area has grown into an artistic metropolis. The once empty industrial buildings that line the shoreline have been transformed into a hub for manufacturers, artists, foodies, and creative workspaces.

A trip to Sunset Park wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Industry City.

The neighborhood’s multicultural makeup is only part of its charm. The park that gives Sunset Park its name is a beautiful piece of land that offers stunning views of Manhattan, downtown Brooklyn, and even Staten Island and New Jersey.

Sunset Park on the map

Sunset Park runs south from 15th Street at the edge of Park Slope and runs north to 65th Street, where it borders Bay Ridge. The neighborhood extends to 9th Avenue and Borough Park to the east and Upper New York Bay to the west.

Sunset Park is accessible by subway on the D, M, N, and R trains. Six bus lines also serve the area: B9, B11, B35, B37, B63, and B70. You can also get there from the New York ferry.

Bars and restaurants

Sunset Park is home to a large Latino community and is known for its large number of Mexican restaurants. People travel to Sunset Park to enjoy incredibly tasty and inexpensive tacos and tamales. Favorite spots include Tacos el Bronco. If you’re going to have lunch there, the $ 1.50 tacos should appease all taco lovers. And if you think you can’t get good food for less than two dollars, Tacos de Bronco is on the Food Network magazine’s list of the best Mexican restaurants in New York. Don’t want to sit down for a proper meal?

They also have a food truck parked on 5th Avenue in Sunset Park. For a fun brunch, go to Maria’s Bistro Mexicano in Sunset Park. They offer an unlimited brunch of Bloody Mary and Mimosa. The bar scene is limited, you can drink at Industry City Distillery or if you want to hang out at the dive bar go to the Grumpy Cat Bar.

Activities and attractions

The neighborhood’s main attraction is its 24.5-acre park of the same name, a green gem that offers beautiful views of the Statue of Liberty, the Manhattan skyline, Staten Island, and New Jersey. A favorite with locals, the park also features a large playground and a popular public swimming pool.

History buffs won’t want to miss Green-Wood Cemetery, a beautifully landscaped landmark located in the heart of the neighborhood. The cemetery’s four ponds, rolling hills, massive trees, and flower gardens draw visitors from all over the city, and you can easily wander through the gardens for hours.

Industrial city

Once known as Bush Terminal, Industry City was originally a 19th century warehouse and distribution center. However, in the 1960s, with the decline of urban manufacturing, the Bush Terminal lost its tenants and had a long period of decline. In recent years, this industrial complex, located on a thirty-five-acre beachfront stretch of Sunset Park, has become a mecca for art, culture, dining, and shopping.

The complex is also home to artist studios, workspaces, and a stellar food hall. From sunset yoga classes to traveling art exhibits, you will definitely find a reason to visit this unique space.

Shopping is abundant. If you are looking for furniture, Industry City is home to an abc carpet & home outpost, Restoration Hardware Outlet, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Design Within Reach Outlet, and many other stores. It is also home to The Brooklyn Flea, which sets up every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Industry City has one of the best food halls in New York. Sit on a picnic bench in the open food court as you dine on avocado-themed dishes from the inventive Avocaderia, the world’s first avocado bar, or enjoy a slice of charcoal oven pizza at local favorite Mesa 87 Brooklyn Ethnic meals abound too, including a Yaso Tango outpost where you can feast on tasty soup dumplings or have an authentic Berliner Döner Kebab at Kotti Berliner Döner Kebab. These are just a few of the many flavors featured. You can easily spend a day eating dessert there, sipping a Blue Marble ice cream cone, cookies at One Girl Cookie, or relaxing with a latte at the bike-themed cafe, Maglia Rosa.


Sunset Park Shopping & Essentials

Shopping at Sunset Park is an experience that reflects the diverse backgrounds of the neighborhood. Fifth Avenue is lined with supermarkets and Latin American markets, while the ever-busy Eighth Avenue is the main hub of Brooklyn’s Chinatown. Here you can stock up on paper lanterns and a variety of specialty Asian foods and ingredients. Be sure to visit the Fei Long Supermarket food court for some of the best Asian fast food cuisine. Be sure to allow time to browse the aisles at the grocery store.

Edited by Alison Lowenstein

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