Just an L Train ride from Union Square, Bushwick is a neighbor well worth giving a chance. Aristists, musicians, broke post-grads (me!), families, immigrants, and culinary geniuses live side by side, collectively grumbling about the state of the Subway.
Here’s my guide to have the best day in my home corner of NYC, the Morgan and Jefferson stops off the L train. I hope you wore stretch pants because there is so much food coming your way.
Your Day Starts with Brunch
Brunch is perhaps Bushwicks specialty. Every best brunch of my life has truly been in my neighborhood, and I am not biased. I promise. You can get off at either the Morgan or the Jefferson stop, based on where you chose to eat – note the M or J next to the food list.
Don’t get distracted by all the amazing street art/murals you are going to see (yet). That is an entire activity in itself yet to come.
Top Place: Forrest Point (M)
This is the place I bring every single person who visits. I have brought my mom here twice. The outdoor garden area is the most Brooklyn thing you can think of, and the food is so good. I’m partial to the Ruben Benedict and the Mediterranean breakfast, but this place doesn’t know how to make a bad meal. Their pre-fix gets you this plus a drink and coffee/tea, so it’s 100% worth it.
Other amazing options:
Bushwick’s Living Room (M): Bushwicks’s Living Room is my other favorite brunch spot in Bushwick. It has an extensive menu and can make any dish vegetarian/vegan. I always end up getting a burger – I believe in the “put an egg on it” mentality. Drink wise, they have a Vokda, Grapefruit and Cucumber Cocktail that keeps me coming back for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
House of Yes (J): If you’re having a hummus craving, then House of Yes is the place for you. Specializing in
Heavy Woods (J): Southern comfort food style brunch. My friends from the south have all given this place their seal of approval. We’re talking grits, gravy, biscuits, meat, bacon, everything. I’m not quite sure you can get a meal like this anywhere else in the city. Oh and did I mention they make bacon bloody marys?
Seawolf (J): A newer place, and quickly becoming a staple. You might be saying, Paige, it’s weird to get seafood for brunch, and I am going to counter with the worlds best grilled cheese dipped in a cup of clam chowder. No such thing.
Mominette (J): There’s always a short wait for this French place, but the owners are so nice about it. We once got free champaign for having to wait 15 minutes. They have the best benedicts, and I’m told the best veggie burger on this planet. They also have a pancake that is a full on cake made with pancake batter about as big as your head. Beware, Cash only, ATM in the back.
The Rookery (J): Limited menu but delicious, and has the cutest outdoor garden and the indoor décor is straight out of a vintage London pub. It also has great beer options to go with brunch.
Street Art Strut
After brunch, you get to wander and see all the art you passed. Seriously just wander up and down Jefferson and Troutman, or down Bogart Street by Morgan. The art is always changing, so you never know what you’ll see. The Bushwick collective is the main contributor to the street art, and it’s one of the highlights of wandering in Brooklyn.
Bloody Marys sent from god
Now that you have wandered and walked off some of that food, I am going to send you to a great daytime bar for Brooklyn best Bloody Marys. Pine Box Rock Shop has an entire specialty bloody mary menu – I admit I’m there once a month if not more for them. The bar is pet friendly so most likely you’ll be enjoying your drink alongside a few puppies.
By Pine Box are some great thrift stores and boutiques, so make sure to check out Friends, Beacons Closet, L train Vintage, and Risk.
Bushwick at Night
If you’re in Bushwick for the night, Robertas is a MUST. Constant hopspot of celebrities and locals alike, Robertas boats some of NYCs Best pizza. Be sure to check out their garden and extensive wine list while you wait for a table (count on that wait at most times of the day).
Syndicated is movie theatre which shows older movies for $3, and serves booze and food in the movie via waiter service.
Gold Sounds has a different live music show every night, so be sure o check out the bands there, and head to the bar across the street, Yours Sincerely, a cocktail laboratory with cheap boozy cocktails.
House of Yes also promises a great time if you’re looking for something more dancey and a little out of the box. Between trapeze artists and drag shows, you never know what you are going to get.
Welcome to the Johnsons is an interesting decorated bar with $2 cans of ice cold beer.
If by the end of the night, you are somehow hungry and sober, I think I’ve done my job wrong. There’s so much more to Bushwick than I can ever capture in a post, so I really hope everyone comes and experiences the weirdness first hand.