Jacques Torres: Neighbourhood spotlight: Dumbo Brooklyn, New York

From artsy creative spaces to green spaces and bustling restaurants, find out why this waterfront area is a cool alternative to Manhattan

Top picks from Jacques Torres

Jacques Torres, aka “Mr Chocolate”, shares his appreciation for the best of the old and new

The River Café

The original dining-with-a- view spot in Dumbo is the River Café, located on a former coffee barge right in the East River. Torres notes that the 42-year-old restaurant is “legendary in the New York food scene”.

Almondine Bakery

Established in 2004, this bakery gets its cred from French baker Hervé Poussot. Many come for the almond croissants, but to Torres’ palate, they also make the best baguette.


Ice Cream Co Co-founder Sam Mason practically reinvented ice cream when he served up wacky flavours such as pumpernickel and butternut squash sorbet at this quirky ice cream shop. “He really is the Ice Cream Wizard!” Torres declares.

Lap up fresh ice cream from this popular ice cream joint.

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