Bushwick has blown up -- but it's still dirty and fun, and it still resembles a 70s New York crime movie outside. But inside, spots are cozy, warm and decorated beautifully and quirkily. The bars are really great, and the tacos are cheap. It's also huge -- these are just some of my favorites for getting to know its artsy gentrified scene.
Cheerful and clean, with Barry White crooning out of the speakers, this great neighborhood taqueria serves savory chivo, al pastor, cecina and hongos tacos, along with hearty breakfast fare like egg tortas and chilaquiles with your choice of toppings.
My favorite Bushwick bar (by far) features cocktails, like the Uncle Touchy, that spin the conventional cocktail on its head like a breakdancer gone wild. Tequila, ginger beer, bitters, lemon and honey sound like too much -- but really aren't in Pearl's magic glass. The warm knick-knacky vintage atmosphere and hot bad boy bartenders don't carry the weight of attraction here -- but they sure are nice plus signs adding up to something very special.
Just a salad bar? That's just what the real estate agent ordered. This neighborhood was until a few years ago sorely in need of basic restaurants. Try the Southwest Flank Steak Salad, but don't forget the daily soups and paninis.
Lovely little Bushwick newcomer Mazelle has a pretty interior, solid drinks, brunch and bar snacks, and fun video art projections at night.
Yoga and pilates during the day, friendly bartenders, a small welcoming space and a little backyard -- what's not to love about Cobra Club?
This is much more than a place to get your hair cut. Make an appointment to get your nails did by art school-trained Fleury Rose -- she can do practically anything. Get styling and cuts done by Kristin, who competed on Hair Battle Spectacular with amazing hair sculptures. And shop a fun collection of jewelry and vintage and new clothing picked out by owner Chantal. Then explore the hip mall Tomahawk is in.