We’re totally smitten with Bembien, a collection of woven handbags from artisan communities around the world. Founder Yi-Mei Truxes gave us the scoop on how she spends her Sundays in Greenpoint, the Brooklyn neighborhood she calls home.
GREENPOINT, Brooklyn – Since launching a little over a year ago, my work and home lives have blended into one. With just four blocks separating my apartment from the office, Brooklyn's Greenpoint neighborhood has come to be home. I spend most of my time working, but Sundays are for re-grouping before the long week ahead.
My first stop is usually . The freshly baked sourdough bread, magnificent vaulted wooden ceilings, and signature bowls of coffee makes it my ideal Sunday start. Best when I can commandeer a high seat at the bar in the back, order one of the delicious teas, and watch the bakers work their magic. I like to keep my eyes peeled as they whip up the most delicious egg and cheddar biscuit sandwich with nothing more than a whisk and a hot plate.
Next stop: , a stunning French café on the northern corner of McCarren park. Perfect to meet close friends for a quiet breakfast. Something about this place just feels right — from the antique brass lighting fixtures to the coffee mug. Sitting inside is like being on a mini vacation from life. If my meal doesn’t include bacon, I order it on the side.
Back to reality and time for a few housekeeping items. Sunday is the only day I have time to take care of my home. My favorite way to do so is by overloading the place with plants, flowers, and any other wildlife I can get my hands on. My Greenpoint go-tos are and ; if I'm down in Williamsburg, I'll go to .
Another one of my favorite Sunday activities is a late and leisurely lunch. My all-time favorite go-to is a little spot in the northern corner of Greenpoint called . With a vintage grand piano in the front, book-covered walls throughout, and the most darling garden out back, it’s hard to go wrong with the French bistro. The simple green salad is to die for. I pair it with one of the baked goods from Balthazar and I’m good to go. Other great lunch options: (owned by Bill Murray’s son) and (order the tuna fish sandwich).
From Greenpoint's north end, it's just a quick jaunt over the Pulaski bridge (there is a walking and biking path) to reach two excellent museums: and . Both are calming, therapeutic, and overall just good for the soul.
Once back, it’s time for a pre-dinner drink. My go to is the local watering hole called , on the corner of Greenpoint and Franklin, which offers the greatest people-watching in Brooklyn. The most magical time to visit is right as the sun is sinking — since the bar is on the corner of a very wide street, you can get a steady stream of sun while sitting at an outdoor table. In the winter I'll go to for a drink by the fire. My favorite place to get snowed in is at . is a bit fancier, but still fun.
For the true Greenpoint experience, sometimes I'll end the day at . They have famously good brick-oven pizza. I don’t even look at the menu anymore, as my order hasn’t change in years: One Hellboy (a new and improved take on pepperoni that includes soppressata piccante, mozzarella, and chili-infused honey) and one Milk & Honey (a chamomile-infused beer from the brewery down the street). I enjoy my meal with a side of Classic Rock B-sides.
On my way home, I stock up on wine and say hi to the neighborhood dogs at . If you’re like me and are looking for a solid bottle of red between $11-13, there is no better selection in all of New York.
Happy and full, I’m ready to charge into the week ahead.