What better way to celebrate Lulu’s birthday than with a city break to our favourite skyscraper-fest with the most elite vibes of all time? That’s right – New York! Our third trip to New York City, marked the first time we’ve visited while having our #FLIGHTSANDFEELINGS platform so you already know we had to pack as much as we possibly could in. We know that no matter how many times we visit, we’ll never be short of things to discover, things to see or places to eat at because The Big Apple is exactly that – BIG. We found so much to do that we hadn’t before, but because of the sheer size of the city we thought it would be helpful to break our “Eat, See, Do” series down into smaller chunks. We started with Lower Manhattan, then Midtown Manhattan, now here is our guide for Brooklyn:
Eat at the Dekalb Market Hall
The great thing about food halls is that they are PERFECT for groups. With a range of food spots to choose from all under one roof, the likelihood that someone is going to be unhappy with what’s on offer is virtually zero. Plus, if you fancy eating a bit of this and a bit of that, you get to try different things all at the same time! The Dekalb Market Hall on Albee Square has around 40 different food vendors meaning all your stomachs will be completely spoilt for choice. We were up for a bit of a mix and match, so we opted to grab rice and peas and jerk chicken from Likkle More Jerk, as well as beef brisket and fries from Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue; both were the embodiment of yum.com.
Other places to eat: A short walk from our Brooklyn accommodation in Park Slope, we stumbled on a Mediterranean restaurant called Seed. We ate here towards the end of our NYC trip, and the food was grilled and steamed which was a welcome break from the indulgent dining we had been involved in up to that point. The restaurant was super quiet for a Friday night of Memorial Weekend, which was the opposite of Negril BK just up the road – a Caribbean restaurant where the music was jumping and people seemed to be partying as they ate. The wait for a table at Negril BK was too long, but it’s on our list for next time. Happy Hour at The Butcher’s Daughter was also a shout! At $7 dollars each, the mimosas we had (watermelon, lime and lavender and the pineapple, orange and passion fruit) went down an absolute treat.
See the Biggie Smalls Mural
Notorious B.I.G’s memory lives on (and on and on), in the beautiful, hypnotizing form of an art mural on Bedford Avenue, Bedford Stuyvesant (Bed-Stuy) where he is crowned the King of New York. NYC is home to so many rap legends, past and living, and one of our personal favourite and juicy brands of tourism includes taking in the neighbourhoods where legends hail from, and Bed-Stuy is the origin of two of the greatest rappers the world has ever known; Big Poppa himself as well as Jay-Z.
Other things to see: There is a particular street where you’ll find many NYC visitors have taken a picture with Brooklyn Bridge sitting pretty in the background; that street is Washington Street and it is found in a neighbourhood known as DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass). We only had enough time to get our shot and go, but we hear it’s a great place to hang out for food, drinks as well as some fairground rides. Without a doubt we’ll be back in NYC at some point with a return to DUMBO on our list!
Do Shake a Leg at Brunch in Woodland
London is finally catching on to the wave that is brunch in a day party setting, and it’s clear for all to see that New York City provided the inspiration for this movement. If you’re in NYC, no better place to enjoy a Caribbean brunch and wash it down with bottomless prosecco than at Woodland in Brooklyn.
Other things to do: The Barclays Center is to Brooklyn what the o2 Arena is to Greenwich, London. In 2014 we watched a Brooklyn Nets and Oklahoma City game here, and in 2016 we had the honour of securing tickets to the Bad Boy Reunion Tour! Be sure to check the events schedule in case there’s something happening during your trip to NYC.
Do you plan to spend time in Brooklyn on your upcoming trip to New York? Let us know!