Popupla's Daniel Schwartz hasn't stopped eating since he moved to Bushwick, Brooklyn. Follow him on a food- and alcohol-fueled tour of the neighborhood.
BUSHWICK, Brooklyn – Call Bushwick what you'd like: A melting pot of artists who love to brunch, a destination for tourists who want to take street art tours, a working class neighborhood at the forefront of gentrification, or a free-spirited community where everything changes and anything goes. I've been calling it home for the last year, after taking too many inconvenient train rides from my hometown in Queens. On the weekends, I'm trying to keep up with all the creative and culinary happenings this neighborhood has to offer.
8 A.M. DECISIONS, DECISIONS
There's a reason why I'm up at this ungodly hour. Jog around ? (Get real.) Early morning photo shoot by graffiti on Troutman? (Maybe another day.) Disco yoga at ? (That doesn't start until noon.) No, it's to decide on breakfast, which is either an egg-and-cheese biscuit at or a breakfast burrito at . Both spots deliver on coffee (and other wonderful culinary delights), but I decide to head down to for an iced espresso sweetened with coffee blossom honey from Guatemala.
Editor's note: Supercrown Coffee Roasters is now permanently closed.
11 A.M. WINDOW SHOPPING
I jump on my bike and pedal toward Morgan Avenue in East Williamsburg. There are plenty of reasons to stay put here — solo ramen slurping at , upscale Mexican food (and burlesque shows) at , waiting in line for , the list goes on. But I'm here to check out the wares at , my favorite vintage shop, and the happenings at , a new exhibition space bordering a mushroom growing facility. There's also an appointment-only design studio and shop specializing in bikes and high-end apparel called , a small-batch mead operation and cocktail bar called , and the new warehouse location of .
2 P.M. STRATEGIC BRUNCHING
Even at such a lax hour, it's a struggle finding seats for brunch. I, of blind faith, try squeezing into (for mole and tamales), (for mofongo), and (for comfort classics inspired by Appalachia), but have better luck at , a casual bar with sidewalk seating and a kick-ass Cajun restaurant, , tucked within. A healthier alternative can be found nearby in East Williamsburg at , an Aussie cafe decked out in millennial pink, but I don't mind the grits-induced nap.
7 P.M. OUT ON THE TOWN
Dining out in Bushwick is a trip. There's vegan fare and live music from Ethiopia at , comfort food and cocktails from the Caribbean at , smoked brisket pho (my favorite in the city) at , and punchy plates inspired by the cuisines of Colombia and northern Spain at . On any given night, there's a good chance I'm at , a new modern Italian joint with handsome interiors, a great wine selection, and a menu of sourdough pizza pies and antipasti that changes on the regular. Speaking of pizza, Tony's Pizza (336 Knickerbocker Ave.; +1-718-456-7020) does serious old-school slices that are way easier on the wallet.
10 P.M. HAND ME A DRINK
Somehow, I still have enough energy for a night on the town. Maybe not enough juice for a free-spirited gathering at House of Yes, an experimental musical performance at , or a progressive benefit party at , but certainly enough for a round at a few of my favorite bars. Namely, , where craft cocktails are poured from a wall tap, , where the mixed drinks are inspired by scientific topics, , a park-like oasis of microbrews and margaritas and music, and the back room and patio at , where eveyone around here seems to take shots and rub shoulders before calling it a night.