Must-See Street Art in NYC (& the Grub to Grab on the Way)

This post is from our new contributor Connie Hu, a Seattle based DJ and event producer with a love of travel and good eats! Stay tuned for more travel guides from her in the future.

When I think of New York, a couple things come to mind: delicious food, great shopping, and awesome street art. My second time in NYC, I made it a point to take note of and capture the beautiful walls I encountered. Two hot spots I explored most were Bushwick and Williamsburg in Brooklyn. It was amazing to me how in my quests for food, I would stumble upon countless pieces, stopping to admire each one.

On this particular Saturday, I was on my way to eat at Santos Anne: a Mexican restaurant with a French twist. During happy hour, well drinks are only $4 – such a steal in the Big Apple – but I myself opted for a refreshing White Sangria at a modest $6. In need of burning off the duck tacos I just devoured, I headed deeper into Williamsburg.

Street Art in Brooklyn

My walk led me to the bustling Bedford Ave where I found some stunning art. My favorite walls were on N 6th St., N 7th St., and N 8th St. off of Bedford. Be sure to look on both sides of these streets to see all of the pieces! Also on Bedford Ave. and N 8th St. is a to-die-for chicken and waffles spot called Sweet Chick that I tried on my first trip to NY, seeing it brought back some fond memories.

The following Tuesday was my last day in New York. It was 85 degrees, but I was still itching for some pho. I made my journey to Falansai in Bushwick, a Vietnamese restaurant that makes their own “Around the World” sauces to spice up the regular chicken or beef based broth. Also, their matcha green tea was divine.

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On my way there, I discovered some gems. The walls can be found between the Myrtle Ave metro station and the Morgan Ave station. They are also in the vicinity of another restaurant I enjoyed: Samurai Papa. I highly recommend this spot because I had the best ramen I have ever had there!

Harrison Pl. and Morgan Ave

I would say my most recent trip to NY was a success. I was able to come across a lot of artwork as well as indulge in some good eats. The best part about wandering the streets of New York is that art will find you. Like I did, plan a food destination then, while en route, keep your eyes peeled and camera ready for what you are about to see!

Have any NYC street art spots or restaurants to share?

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