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.
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.
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!
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?