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BK Block Party: The First Digital Block Party in Brooklyn

Brooklyn BK Block Party Support Local Sunday in Brooklyn

Stay home. Shop small. Support Brooklyn. The BK Block Party is Brooklyn’s first digital block party ever and we’re excited to be part of it!

Brooklyn BK Block Party Support Local Shop Small
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In times of Corona, it has become more important than ever to get together and help those in need. From friends, families and people around us, to the numerous small businesses that are struggling to keep the ball rolling.

So, with that in mind, Kirby Duncan, founder of KD & W Creative LLC started this amazing initiative.

This Saturday, May 23rd, from 10am – 1pm ONLINE, the BK Block Party will showcase Brooklyn’s first-ever digital live shopping event with some of the neighborhood’s favorite small local shops, restaurants, ice cream shops, chocolate and coffee shops, bookstores, liquors stores, independent designers, and community organizations.

You’ll be able to pop in and out of your favorite shops & restaurants to say hello and shop exclusive sales, menu items, and more to help the shops that make Brooklyn so great!

Brooklyn BK Block Party Support Local Bedford Avenue Williamsburg

Plus, you can expect seeing and learning the craft with artists, listen to great DJs, meet drag queens, and more.

Now, a little about the great line up!

Some of the local shops are Kahkow, Odd Fellows Ice Cream, King’s County Distillery, I Made That Bag, the restaurants Sunday in Brooklyn and Lemon & Olives and still, Maha Rose Healing Center, the artist Dan DiFerndinando and other surprises!

Check the full line up!

So, be sure to register to receive the link for the online event!

It’s totally FREE and the idea is really to join us online and support these fantastic small local businesses in Brooklyn that make the neighborhood so much more special!

Register here!

In addition, don’t forget to share this post with your friends and family to enjoy the BK Block Party with your loved ones!

See you all there!

Date: May 23rd, 2020
Time: 10am – 1pm
Location: ONLINE

https://bkblockparty.live


Photo Credits: ©Behind the Scenes NYC and Courtesy
Art Work
: Mike de Angelis

My Top Food Spots in Greenpoint Brooklyn

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I’ve chosen a few of my top food spots in Greenpoint Brooklyn to shoot a great video and share with you! Come see which are the spots that I love going to with my friends. I’m sure you’ll love them too!

Greenpoint has some pretty amazing places to go for lunch, brunch and dinner! As we’ve previously mentioned, the neighborhood is growing rapidly and new businesses are opening all the time.

One of the great things of Greenpoint is that, since the neighborhood is relatively small, everything is walking distance from each other and along the way you’ll probably find other amazing stores, cafés and happy hour places to go back to.

So, this time, I decided to list a few of my top food spots in Greenpoint that I truly love going to:


Glasserie

Dining Top Food Spots in Greenpoint Restaurants Glasserie
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Glasserie is super unique restaurant and quite an experience too!

Why? Well, to start, it’s inside a former glass factory dated back to the 1860’s, which I personally think is pretty awesome. We do love exploring spots with interesting stories behind it.

It serves Mediterranean food with a few dishes inspired in Egyptian street food. They have a fantastic full bar and yes, the décor is simple but cozy.

Oh! It’s also a great spot to celebrate an important day with your loved ones, or impress on a date!

Location: 95 Commercial Street

www.glasserienyc.com


The Brooklyn Barge

Dining Top Food Spots in Greenpoint Restaurants Brooklyn Barge
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The Brooklyn Barge is one of my hidden gems and sometime not even locals know about it.

I’ve written about this place before and mentioned that it has one of the best views of Manhattan, since it’s right by the river.

Getting there is an adventure on its own, since you’ll probably think you’re lost. You’ll pass by old warehouses and abandoned cars, but just continue walking. You’re going on the right path.

They serve food and drinks and it does get quite busy, so be sure to arrive early.

Location: 3 Milton Street

www.thebrooklynbarge.com


Milk & Roses

Dining Top Food Spots in Greenpoint Restaurants Milk and Roses by Kayoko Ogawa
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Milk & Roses is also one of my favorite spots and it will make you feel like you’re in Italy!

I love to take people that have never been to Greenpoint, to start their experience here.

The result: they always love it and want to come back for more!

The place is beautiful, the décor is quite special with a beautiful piano in the center of the main dining room, big red leather couches and a priceless garden in the back – where I always prefer sitting during the warmer months.

If you decide to go there on a weekend, you might take a while to sit down. So, try making a reservation, or just relax at the bar with a drink, until your table is ready!

Location: 1110 Manhattan Avenue

http://milkandrosesbk.com


Le Fanfare

Dining Top Food Spots in Greenpoint Restaurants Le Fanfare
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Still in the spirit of Italy, Le Fanfare is another great option! The owner, Luca, is also the owner of Epistrophy, located in Soho!

Here, you can expect live music on weekends Jazz nights, large communal tables and a beautiful bar in the front.

Oh, they also have a small private patio in the back open during the hot months. As about the special nights where Luca plays Jazz for everyone there!

Have fun!

Location: 1103 Manhattan Avenue

www.lefanfare.com


If you enjoyed this short list of my top food spots in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, you’re now probably craving a coffee and pastry, right?

And, you should also see which are the coolest bars in the area, if you decide to take the day and just explore this neighborhood! There are great options there if you’re a night owl in search of fantastic signature cocktails!

Have fun exploring!


Videography: Renata Meirelles
Photo Credits
: Renata Meirelles and courtesy of Diamond Big Co., Ltd/Kayoko Ogawa
Beauty
: Leila Soldeira

The 5 Top Coffee Shops in Greenpoint Brooklyn

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I love coffee and exploring new spots and revisiting old ones is always a thrill! Today I share my 5 top coffee shops in Greenpoint, Brooklyn! If you are also a coffee fan, go check them out!

Yes, everyone that knows me, knows that I’m c-o-m-p-l-e-t-e-l-y addicted to coffee (good coffee!) and I drink it throughout my entire day! Being Brazilian, I think it’s just a natural part of me. Ha!

I have friends that tell me that if they drink coffee after lunch time, they can’t sleep at night. And, that just sounds so crazy… I can literally drink a gallon on coffee at night, roll over and sleep like a baby.

That said, I love exploring all the new coffee shops in New York. We also have some pretty amazing traditional ones that are still going strong. Those bigger chains are certainly not up my alley at all. I like the smaller ones, independently owned that roast their own coffee and the smell just fills up the entire place.

We’ve already shared the 5 best bars in Greenpoint I love.

So, today I’m sharing my favorite and 5 top coffee shops in Greenpoint. After all, I do love everything about that neighborhood.


Maman

Curiosities Our Bucket Lists 5 Top Coffee Shops Greenpoint Maman
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If you enjoy good coffee and pastries, you’ve probably already heard of Maman.

The name means “mom” in French and the owners were inspired by their childhood memories of their mother’s recipes! They’ve got countless pretty tasty pastries, as well as savory options and healthy salads.

Besides this Greenpoint spot, they have a few other locations in the city, in the neighborhoods of Soho, Tribeca, Nomad and the Meatpacking District.

Each location is a bit different from the other and the one in Tribeca is also one of my favorites, for the have a great restaurant in the back!

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 7am – 6pm
Saturday – Sunday: 8am – 6pm
Brunch: Saturday – Sunday: 9am – 4pm

Location: 80 Kent Street

www.mamannyc.com


Búdin

Curiosities Our Bucket Lists 5 Top Coffee Shops Greenpoint Budin

Búdin was founded back in 2013 and serves not only tasty Scandinavian specialty coffees, but it also has a craft beer and wine bar. The Nordic menu offers sandwiches, salads and delicious Swedish pancakes.

One of the dishes I love is the Portobello + Fennel Sandwich with portobello cap, caramelized onions, fennel, whole grain Dijon mustard on a baguette.

But wait! That’s not all! In the back, they have a small, but pretty awesome design shop and an opened patio! The design shop brings together a curation of Japanese brands selling t-shirts, accessories and even a few jewelry pieces.

NOTE: On June 12th, Búdin sent out a message saying: “Due to an ongoing dispute with our landlord we have been forced to shut down for a while. We thank you for all the good times and hope to have more soon. We are trying to resolve the issue and find a positive solution as quickly as possible, be it reopening at our current location or finding a new home in Brooklyn.”

So, we’ll keep our eyes open to share their new spot!

Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 7am – 12am
Friday: 7am – 1am
Saturday: 8am – 1am
Sunday: 8am – 12am

Location: New spot to be announced!

www.budin-nyc.com


Sweetleaf Coffee Roasters

Curiosities Our Bucket Lists 5 Top Coffee Shops Greenpoint Sweetleaf Coffee Roasters

Probably the first thing you’ll notice while entering Sweetleaf, is the décor. It has beautiful brick walls, original wood beams, as well as a fantastic variety of antique furniture collected from all over the world!

Besides the amazing smell when you walk in, it’s also very laptop friendly if you need to pull it out and work a bit!

They have a few other locations, but this one is the one that actually houses the roastery in the back. Don’t forget to peek inside to see the coffee being done.

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 7am – 7pm
Saturday – Sunday: 8am – 7pm

Location: 159 Freeman Street

http://sweetleafcoffee.com


Homecoming

Curiosities Our Bucket Lists 5 Top Coffee Shops Greenpoint Homecoming

Homecoming is certainly a different style coffee shop. Why? Because they have not only a charming flower shop inside, but they also sell accessories from amazing designers.

You’ll find everything from apparel, apothecary, objects for your home, jewelry, notebooks and planners, and even some creative gift cards!

It’s a great place to swing by for coffee and also check out the products if you’re looking for a special gift for a friend or loved one.

They also have a 2nd location in Williamsburg, at 92 Berry Street.

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 7:30am – 7pm
Saturday – Sunday: 9am – 7pm

Location: 107 Franklin Street

https://home-coming.com


Champion Coffee

Curiosities Our Bucket Lists 5 Top Coffee Shops Greenpoint Champion Coffee

Even though Champion Coffee’s first location dates back to 2006, the North Greenpoint spot is kinda new and opened just a few years back in 2016.

You can also take their coffee home. They roast their beans in Maspeth, Queens and have 3 flavors: Decaf, Drip Blend and Espresso. The spot also serves a nice breakfast and lunch with a few options of sandwiches and salads.

They have 2 locations in Brooklyn with a 3rd one that just launched! Where? Inside the North 3rd Street Market, in Williamsburg, that opened a few weeks back and unites 25 fantastic vendors in one spot!

In Manhattan they have 2 locations and the 3rd one is on its way! 

Hours: See website for hours of specific locations

Location: 1107 Manhattan Avenue

www.championcoffee.com


Videography: Black3 Agency
Photo Credits
: Black3 Agency, courtesy of thebrothersbuoy and of the venues

Beauty
: Leila Soldeira

Exploring The 5 Best Bars In Greenpoint, Brooklyn

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Explore with our Founder, Fê Paronetto, the 5 best bars in Greenpoint, Brooklyn! She takes you on a short and sweet walk around this upcoming neighborhood, with bars you should go visit with your friends!

There are so many awesome neighborhoods spread throughout Brooklyn and it’s always a thrill to explore them! This time, we’re taking you to some of the best bars in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Greenpoint is one of the neighborhoods that has been attracting everyone’s attention and eyes, from locals to our type of tourist – the curious ones that want to explore New York off-the-beaten-track.

The neighborhood is not big, making it pretty easy to explore it all on foot. You’ll find everything from independently owned stores and fantastic restaurants to pretty cool bars and delicious coffee shops!

And, since we know that everyone loves uncovering the best bars spread around town, so we decided to give a little hand!

Today we decided to share with you our selection of the 5 best bars in Greenpoint, so be sure to tell your friends and go check it out!

Ok, ok…we agree that there are countless other bar that are amazing! So, if you liked this video, we can maybe do another one with more spots, in the near future! Leave us a message below, if that’s a YES!


Northern Territory

Nightlife Bars 5 Best Bars in Greenpoint Northern Territory

UNFORTUNATELY THIS RESTAURANT IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED!

During the hot months, Northern Territory is the place to go.

Why? Well, it’s rooftop area has an amazing view of Manhattan’s skyline, drinks are great and it’s always attracts a pretty group of people.

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 4pm – close
Saturday & Sunday: 11am – close

Location: 12 Franklin Street


Troost

Nightlife Bars 5 Best Bars in Greenpoint Troost

One of Greenpoint’s hidden gems is called Troost. Besides having a full bar with great drink selection, great music that attracts a laid-back crowd, it also has a beautiful green garden in the back, perfect now that the weather is getting hotter!

Plus, do you like wine? The owners John Ortiz and Jaime Eldredge opened this place due to the lack of a good wine bar in the neighborhood.

Read more about them.

Hours:
Happy Hour: 4pm – 8pm
Daily: 4pm – Close
*Close between Midnight – 2am*

Location: 1011 Manhattan Avenue

http://troostny.com


Brokenland

Nightlife Bars 5 Best Bars in Greenpoint Brokenland

Brokenland is pretty low-key and also has a great list of creative cocktails. Plus, it’s another bar with a great back garden!

In addition, if you enjoy a low key, laid back environment, you’ll love it here. As they explain, they are a hip bar with wood floors and tin ceilings!

Hours:
Monday – Friday:  4pm – 4am
Saturday & Sunday: 2pm – 4am
Happy Hour: Monday – Friday: 4pm – 8pm

Backyard Hours (open year round):
Sunday – Thursday: Open until 11pm
Friday & Saturday: Open until 1am

Location: 105 Franklin Street

http://www.brokenlandbar.com


Ramona

Nightlife Bars 5 Best Bars in Greenpoint Ramona

As soon as you walk into Ramona, you’ll be in awe. The amazing full bar is definitely something to see! This family owned bar serves innovative original cocktails and re-imagined classics.

The house’s main barista, Jeremy, made us a delicious one named The Handsome Grandson. It’s basically gin, bay leaf syrup, pomegranate, basil, lime, topped with soda and goes for $13.

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 5pm – 4am
Saturday & Sunday: 2pm – 4am

Location: 113 Franklin Street

https://ramonabarnyc.com


Greenpoint Beer and Ale

Nightlife Bars 5 Best Bars in Greenpoint Beer and Ale Fernanda Paronetto

Greenpoint Beer & Ale is our last stop! While exploring Greenpoint, it’s hard to miss this place.

You’ll see countless communal tables on the sidewalks, with beautiful people hanging out in this German-style brewpub. Be sure to come early to get your seat outside.

Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 5pm – 12am
Friday: 2pm – 2am
Saturday: 12pm – 2am
Sunday: 12pm – 12am

Location: 7 North 15th Street

http://greenpointbeer.com


For other great cocktail spots, you might want to check out a super cool interview we did with the hippest Brooklyn couple that know everything about cocktails! Rachel and Kyle Ford shared with us their 7 Best Cocktail Places In NY.

And last, if you enjoyed this post and you’re also the type of local, or tourist, that simply loves exploring New York off-the-beaten-path, subscribe to our YouTube Channel to be part of our Founder’s adventure around NY!


Videography: Black3 Agency
Photo Credits: Renata Meirelles and courtesy of the venues
Beauty: Leila Soldeira
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Jason Naylor: 7 Best NYC Secret Spots By A Multitalented Artist

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We interviewed the multitalented artist, Jason Naylor, and learned about his journey, his upcoming projects and also his 7 best NYC secret spots! Check it all out below!

Today we bring you a fantastic interview with Jason Naylor! We’re sure many of you are already huge fans – as we are – and, have seen his work throughout New York City.

But, did you know that Jason is a multitalented artist? He is not only the Creative Director at his design company, but also a brand consultant, an artist, a designer and also, an illustrator. Phiuf!

He told us a bit about his journey:

“Well, I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. My mother is an artist, and so I spent my youth making art and entering art contests.

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I always did well in art class and that evolved into going to Design School and studying Communication & Graphic Design. This sort of led to the designs I now use in my art, which are very typographic and design heavy.

My work ranges from graphic designs and paintings as well as illustration, to video and digital graphics. I currently am in a very colorful kick and love holographic colors and rich blacks.

I just finished a collaboration with COACH, where I used their logo to create a massive, colorful LOVE mural. The bright colors and blacks came together nicely to shape that piece, and the colors really fortify the message of love.

What better to explain love in a piece of art than bright colors, right?

In addition, I have a pretty cool series of projects coming up this spring, where I’ll work with schools to develop messages of empowerment and then paint the messages as murals on the walls of the playgrounds.

This will start to come together hopefully in the next few weeks, so I’m pretty stoked on that!”

Check out his breathtaking work on his website: http://jasonnaylorcreative.com

Now, take a look at his 7 best NYC secret spots:


Best unexpected date spot – LGA Airport

“Watching the planes land at LGA. Ok, if you don’t know about this, its SPECTACULAR.

Across the street from the Enterprise car rental at LGA, there’s a small park that overlooks both the freeway and the runway… and it’s the closest place you can get to the planes landing.

It’s literally like 100ft from where they land, and you can sit on the bench and watch / listen to the planes come in. It’s riveting. Great date spot too!”


Best hotdog – Anchored Inn

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“The Anchored Inn is in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Little “divey” metal bar with a great kitchen. Amazing hotdog – a must try. Get the cheese fries too, you won’t be bummed.”

Their menu serves Mexican-American food, the décor is pretty cool, they have a few pool tables (FYI, we LOVE playing pool) and pinball machines.

As they say, it’s “a place to get fed and drunk”.

Who’s in!?

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 12pm – 4am
Saturday & Sunday: 11 am – 4 am

Location: 54 Waterbury Street

www.theanchoredinn.com


Best inspiring lunch – Carthage Must Be Destroyed

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“I am not even going to say anything about Carthage Must Be Destroyed. You just have to go with at most one other person, or maybe just by yourself, and have lunch. It will change your perspective on the word beautiful.

This place doesn’t have a street sign, so pay attention when you’re looking for it. It’s really something! From the outside you’d never expect to see what’s inside.

As Jason said, we’ll let you go and experience it yourself!

Hours: Open 7 days a week and holidays: 9am – 4pm

Location: 222 Bogart Street

http://carthagemustbedestroyed.com


Best place to people watch – SoHo Park

“This is an obvious one, but this a place I like to go to sit and get fashion inspiration. Good place to sit and hang and soak in the beautiful people of SoHo.”

We have to agree! SoHo is one of the best neighborhood in New York City to people watch. You’ll be able to experience every style in only one place.

So, grab your coffee, sit back and enjoy!

Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 12pm – 10:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 12pm – 11pm
Sunday: 12pm – 9:30pm

Location: 62 Prince Street


Best dinner – Beco Bar

Curiosities Insider Interviews Jason Naylor Beco Bar

“I always order the Brazilian Steak at Beco Bar, in Greenpoint. Bring cash, for it’s cash-only. Put plenty of salt on your meat and be sure to order their famous Pão de Queijo too!”

We’ve written about Beco before and posted about them countless times, and our Founder, Fê Paronetto, is also literally always there.

They have been chosen by locals as one of the neighborhood’s favorite to-go spots and it can get quite busy! Besides the fantastic food and specialty Brazilian cocktail drinks – like the Caipirinha and the Batida de Coco, they still have awesome live music performances.

One of our favorites bands is Regional de Nova York that plays the traditional Brazilian “Chorinho” music. This happens every other Sunday afternoon!

Hours:
Monday – Friday 8am – 12am
Saturday 10am – 12am
Sunday 10am – 11pm

Location: 45 Richardson Street

www.becobar.com


Best secret place to watch NYC fireworks – Parking lot at Western Beef

“At the edge of Ridgewood there’s a grocery wholesaler called Western Beef. The parking lot sits on a hill and has a view of the entire city.

You can see ALL the fireworks that happen just by parking in the parking lot and hanging by the fence. It’s not the closest view, but you can see them all, as well as the NYC skyline, and it’s pretty quiet.”

Location: 47-05 Metropolitan Avenue


Best Bar – Boobie Trap

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Photo Credit: Nicole Dissier for Bedford + Bowery

“My friend owns this bar called Boobie Trap, and I designed a lot of the stuff in the place including the logo, which has boobs!!! You can also sit in my chair which is covered in art!!!”

Yes, this place is quite something!

Be sure to observe the details around the bar…you’ll certainly have a great time uncovering each one of them!

Have fun!

Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 12pm – 4am
Sunday: 12pm – 12am

Location: 308 Bleecker Street

www.boobietrapbrooklyn.com


We also uncovered a few other curiosities about Jason:

Read below to get deeper into Jason’s journey. He shared more about his murals, his inspirations, what he enjoys working on the most, where we can find his murals around New York, which are his favorite artists and still, his passion with tattoos!


How did you start working with painting murals and what was the first one you did?

“The first mural I did was in 2013 – a producer friend called me in panic with an event for Microsoft at SXSW and their graphics for the event fell through.

She asked if I could get graphics up on the wall for the space as I had done that a lot before for brands – you know, design graphics to be printed on vinyl and wrapped on to walls.

But there was no time to have them printed so I offered to paint a mural on the wall during the event. I assumed it couldn’t be that hard? Get the right supplies and get to work?

So, I did, and it was a huge success, and they brought be back the next year to do it again! Meanwhile, I was hooked on large scale. Never looked back.”

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What are your inspirations to create these fantastic art works? Does your hometown of Salt Lake City have a part in it?

“Well, I’m inspired by anything uplifting. I like a ‘feel good’ vibe, and I like to brighten things with color and positivity. So quotes, motivational speaking, self help… these things inspire me, as well as anything colorful.

My upbringing I’m sure plays a big part, but that is a very long story, LOL. Suffice it say that I am happy about where I came from and happy about where I am now, and I feel inspired by anything that is optimistic or positive.”

You are gifted with so many expertise, from doodles, logos, typography, design, etc…what do you most enjoy doing?

“First of all, thank you! I honestly enjoy the range of things I do. The variety enables me to put all my love into each project, as it keeps things fresh and never feeling tiresome or old.

I think diversity in mediums and tools and projects keeps me on my toes, as well.”

Where can people find your murals around New York?

“On 16th Street with 6th Avenue, 60th Street with 2nd Avenue, Houston with 1st – 2nd  Avenues (in the park), Orchard & Houston (the ice cream shop gate), Bowery & Hester, Suffolk & Delancey,  (collaboration with HekTad).

Also, in Queens, on Queens Blvd with 46th Street and in Brooklyn, across from Kings Plaza.”

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This is tough, but what are some of your favorites works?

“Ohhh. Well. I love Tristan Eaton murals. Insanely cool and well planned. I love the photography of Nick Knight. I love Kaws, so smart and James Jean, his magical illustrations make me swoon.”

How about your tattoos? Are they all your drawings? If not, how do you choose the tattoo artist to be part how these drawing come to life?

“The only tattoo that I drew is the first one. I drew and re drew it 100 times before getting it tattooed.

Now, I’ve learned that you have to enable the tattoo artist some creative liberty, if you want a good tattoo. So, I try to selects artists based on their portfolio, style etc…and talk it through with them.

They know how your ideas will come out on the 3D surface of your body. Sometimes flat art doesn’t translate, and it’s best to let the artist do his/her thing!”


Jason, we had a great time interviewing you and learning more about your journey, your work, your 7 best NYC secret spots and all the upcoming exciting news!

Keep up this fantastic work and continue leaving your mark throughout our beloved New York City!

If you want to know who else is talking about Jason Naylor, read this interview with the Foodie Influencer, Cheryl Wat. And still, if you’re into street art, check out this Bushwick graffiti tour and last, for the curious ones out there, take a look at a few more city secrets.


Video Credits: @FreshNewYorkers and Test Truck by NotBeAfraid2Fail
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jason Naylor, Nicole Dissier for Bedford + Bowery, @HeyDavina, @SheraStClair and all venues
*Last Update on April/2020.*

Epistrophy: A Restaurant Where The Owner Plays Jazz For You

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SoHo is a neighborhood with some of the most amazing businesses and stories! We found Epistrophy, a charming restaurant, where the owner plays Jazz music to his clients! How awesome is that!?

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Luca and Georgia came to NY many years ago for a quick 3 months experience. They worked in a few bars and coffee shops before moving back to Sardinia. On the side, Luca also played Jazz music for some extra cash – he plays the trumpet!

After a while, they couldn’t get New York City out of their heads, decided to come back and in 2005 opened Epistrophy – a restaurant with Sardinian-inspired recipes.

A huge portion of the restaurant was actually built by Luca and his former boss and friend, Leo. Luca explained that:

“Every year we revamp the place without losing its soul. This way, our customers won’t be upset and we maintain our essence.”

The dishes we tried were:

  • Quinoa Salad with kale, beet, squash, chickpea, avocado and radish
  • Avocado Toast
  • Vegan pasta with vegetables
  • For dessert, a banana muffin with fruits

We can’t forget about the beautiful rustic décor! Just like we enjoy it, with beautiful metal and wooden tables, a gorgeous full bar, and a cute waiting area that reminds us of a home.

For the lovers of the traditional 20’s-30’s Jazz, every Sunday night they offer live music!

And the coolest things is: every 1st Sunday, Luca himself plays too! I mean: How cool is it to have the owner himself play music to his guests!? We love it! By the way, he has a few records already if you want to check these out!

We’re sure you’ll love this place and we can’t wait to go back!

If you’re going to explore Brooklyn, be sure to visit their sister restaurant in Greenpoint called Le Fanfare! And take a look at the YouTube video we’ve done there as well!

Do you live in New York, or will you be in town to celebrate an important date? Well, if you’re looking for a great place to host your event, contact our experts to understand how our Concierge Services works!

Are you a company looking for location for your upcoming event or to host clients? Our team behind our Corporate Services can help you out!

Hours:
Happy Hour Weekdays: 4pm – 7pm
Monday – Sunday: 9am – 12am

Location: 200 Mott Street

http://epistrophynyc.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Brussels Vegan
*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

The Secret Restaurant Luksus At Tørst, In Greenpoint

Dining Luksus at Tørst Tasting Menu

This is one of the several hidden restaurants in Brooklyn! The secret restaurant Luksus at Tørst is located in one of our favorite neighborhood: Greenpoint!

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UNFORTUNATELY LUKSUS IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED, BUT TORST REMAINS OPEN!

This is exactly the type of spot we love exploring when we’re on our hunt for new spots in New York! Just the thrill of finding a hidden place, that not many people know about, is exciting.

The fact that there are no crowds of tourists, is even better! You agree?

To start off, the entrance is quite “camouflaged” if you’re not paying attention as you walk by.

At the back of the Danish craft beer bar named Tørst, you enter a small Nordic eatery in Greenpoint – Luksus. It’s actually right on Manhattan Avenue that is the dividing line between Williamsburg and Greenpoint.

Chef Daniel Burn – ex-Momofuku, ex-Noma and ex-Fat Duck – is the talent behind the artistic dishes you will order. His prior experience? Pretty awesome resumé, right?

Also, if you enjoy tasting menus, they offer a unique seasonal tasting menu that go for $125/person and you can add drink pairing for an additional $55.

Wondering about Tørst? This beer bar is a great option to experiment different beer styles. Even if you’re not very fond of beer, we’re sure you’ll find one that suits your palate.

Oh! They offer some small bites, sandwiches and other dishes to share!

In conclusion, it’s certainly a haute Brooklyn dining experience in the 26 seat restaurant.

Plus, since you’re already around the neighborhood, be sure to explore more of Greenpoint and Williamsburg. You can take a look at our Self-Guided Tour of Greenpoint too! Want to stop for a drink, go to the super low-key spots locals love around the neighborhood.

Hours for Tørst:
Sunday – Thursday: 12pm – 12am
Friday & Saturday: 12pm – 2am

Location: 615 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn

www.torstnyc.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Luksus, @jmoranmoya, The Infatuation

Sunday in Brooklyn restaurant is where you’ll find the cool kids

Dining Sunday in Brooklyn Restaurant Squash

Last Friday, I had an incredible dinner at Sunday in Brooklyn, a new restaurant that opened just around 1 month ago, in South Williamsburg. This is the place where the cool kids hang, so be sure to check it out!

I loved every single detail, from the house they’re in, the décor, the R&B style music with a fantastic playlist…to the drinks, the food, and certainly the dessert!

The space is beautiful, with a full bar, rustic wood decor, dim light (but not too dark…just perfect) and a great counter at the front, where you can see the preparation of the dishes.

The entire staff is very polite and happy…the original Brooklyn service style!

I was lucky enough to meet the owners of the restaurant, Todd Enany and Adam Landsman, that were mingled within the waiters and staff, serving every table and making sure everything was working seamlessly! Jaime Young, the Chef, was at full speed in the kitchen!

They told a bit about their story and how it all started.

Both of them worked in the restaurant business and had a great background on how the entire business works.

Back then, Sundays was their only “day off”, and they were tired of trying to find a place where you’d have a great cup of coffee, amazing cocktails, good food, beautiful crowd and a unique playlist…all in one!

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This is what Adam told us about how it all started:

So, for my former job at Major Food Group, walking through the green markets were always good inspirations for food and trying to figure out what is was. One day I suddenly I hear someone calling my name and I turn around at it was Jaime. He was working at one of the farmer market stands helping out one of the farmers since he had just left his job.

He wanted to open a restaurant in Brooklyn that was very vegetable focused, that was something close to home and that was relatable, fun and accessible.

I thought it was all very crazy and serendipitous. I hadn’t seen him in years. We saw that our our values were the same, the sustainability practices and our relationship with farmers and foragers was so important. Right after that, he came to cook for us and just crushed it. This dish (FYI: the one I was eating – the honey nut squash), was the second dish he did, and it was created during a 5 minute conversation. We just couldn’t believe it. It was awesome!

Here is what we had:

  • Buckwheat sourdough with beet butter
  • Black cod pastrami, rye sour cream and garden pickles
  • Honey squash, cultured cheese, crushed nuts and seeds
  • Minute steak, spigarello and charred red onions
  • and an “off the menu special, made with cabbage, that was to die for

I was so amazed with the entire dinner experience that I decided to go back for their first brunch weekend…so, Sunday of that same week I went back!

And guess what?! Everything obviously exceeded my expectations.

This is what I had (sharing with a friend, of course, lol):

  • Carrot bread with ginger cheese
  • Grain bowl with barley, eggs, spices kale, mustard greens and avocado
  • Cheddar scrambled eggs with home fries and sausage
  • Special version of the avocado toast
  • Malted pancakes, hazelnut maple praline, brown butter
  • Black coffee

There were countless tables ordering their famous Bloody Mary, which is one of the best sellers, called Sunday Bloody Sunday! So, you should try it if you’re into cocktails!

Be sure you add them to your top places to visit when you come to New York and visit Williamsburg, in Brooklyn! Maybe, you’ll even bump into me, since I just became their #1 fan!

They just launched their newest restaurant called Rule of Thirds, in Greenpoint, Brooklyn! And, if you feel like exploring the area, you can head up a few blocks to Greenpoint!

Hours:
Breakfast: Monday – Friday: 8am – 11am

Brunch:
Monday – Friday: 11am – 3:30pm
Saturday – Sunday: 10am – 3:30pm

Dinner:
Sunday – Thursday: 6pm – 10pm
Friday – Saturday: 6pm – 11pm
Bar is Open Late

Magnum Happy Hour: Weekdays 6pm – 7:30pm

Location: 348 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn

www.sundayinbrooklyn.com


Videography: Renata Meirelles
Photo Credits
: Renata Meirelles and courtesy of 
Gary Landsman and Bess Adler
Beauty
: Leila Soldeira

*Last Update Feb/2020.*

Milk and Roses: Another Italian restaurant In Greenpoint

Dining Milk & Roses Restaurant Garden

Milk & Roses restaurant in Greenpoint, located at the far tip of Brooklyn, is one of our favorites. They offer a fine American cuisine with a Southern Italian influence in a fantastic, low back environment.

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Milk & Roses is one of the delicious Italian cuisine restaurant in the Greenpoint and is certainly one of the neighborhood’s sweethearts.

Their decor is amazing and quite unique! Inside it looks like an old library, with a wall full of books and a beautiful grand piano.

At the back they have a gorgeous garden that will make you stay want to hang there for hours. It’s definitely perfect for a special night far away from the chaos of Manhattan. But note: The garden area gets obviously super busy, so be sure to arrive early or call for a reservation.

All the ingredients are carefully sourced and they make sure they come from the best suppliers on the market.

One of the dishes we always order there is the poached eggs with avocado toast! We’re always in search of the best one in NY, and their avocado does have a very tasty spice mixed in it, making it rank on the top of our list! It’s really fantastic!

If you enjoy cocktail drinks you will have a great time with their mixologists. They are pretty creative and the might just get you started on a great, long, Brooklyn-night! Plus, they offer boutique wines and craft beer too.

You can go there for brunch, lunch or dinner. If you just want to grab a drink, be sure to get a spot at their beautiful, rustic, library-décor bar!

Are you’re looking for a unique place to celebrate your birthday or even a small, intimate wedding?

This can be the right place for you! It’s surely very charming and we’re sure you’re going to love this restaurant in Greenpoint!

Did you check out our YouTube video we did with them?

If you need help organizing your private event, let us know! We will certainly make it memorable!

Lastly, since you will already be in the neighborhood, why not take the day to explore it! Be sure to download our Greenpoint Self-Guided Tour to explore the best hidden secrets and spots in Greenpoint.

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 9am – 12am (kitchen closes at 11pm)
Saturday: 10am – 1am  (kitchen closes at 12am)
Sunday: 10am – 11pm (kitchen closes at 10pm)

Location: 1110 Manhattan Avenue

http://milkandrosesbk.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Milk and Roses
*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

Troost Bar: One Of Greenpoint’s Treasures

Nightlife Bars Troost Bar Appetizers

Troost Bar is one of Greenpoint’s treasures and we’re there, a lot. Yes, we love it! It’s one of these place you walk in and never expect to see what’s inside!

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Yes, we’ve said it a thousand time, and we repeat: We Love Greenpoint! The so many new places always opening that we are always UnCovering, the older, traditional spots are some of our favorites. And, Troost Bar is one of them.

They have a relatively small, but great place, with a beautiful outdoor garden. It’s completely full of plants and flowers everywhere you look.

At night they get pretty full with very good music, a great crowd, a full bar, coffee till 2am and a the relaxing outdoor area is obviously super coveted.

It’s an unpretentious, low-key place, with lots of charm where you’ll have great bites and drinks!

If you like wine, this is the place to go in Greenpoint. Why? Well, the owners John Ortiz and Jaime Eldredge opened this place due to the lack of a good wine bar in the neighborhood. And, they’ve done a great job!

They don’t have an extensive food list, but they do offer a few snacks, as they call it. You’ll be able to nibble on something, while drinking to help you hold your alcohol. They have, for example, a very nice cheese platter with a meat of choice, also sardines and mixed olives.

They have a no wifi and laptop policy, that we think it’s perfect! It makes people actually talk and enjoy the present moment with friends, right?

Take a look at their Music Calendar and plan your visit. Plus, you might want to consider a reservation for any upcoming celebration you might have.

Hours:
Happy Hour: 4pm – 8pm
Daily: 4pm – Close
*Closes between Midnight – 2am*

Location: 1011 Manhattan Avenue

http://troostny.com


Photo Credits: Courtesy of Troost
*Last Update on March/2020.*

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