• The Designer’s Guide to Brooklyn

    Deciding where to take our UX Intensive workshops is usually based on demand, requests from would-be or past participants or suggestions from AP staff. A large majority of our AP staff is either originally from the east coast, studied at east coast schools or worked somewhere along the eastern seaboard. Needless to say, the announcement of Brooklyn as our next UXI location was definitely met with some excitement and an abundance of suggestions of not to miss local hot spots. Since our team is heading out next week and possibly some of you will be going as well, we thought it would be great to assemble a Designers’ Guide to Brooklyn. We did some sleuthing and here is the list we came up with.

    Restaurants:

    Pok Pok – Michelin-starred Thai restaurant that originated in Portland, Oregon
    Roman’s – brother restaurant of Marlow and Sons
    Walter’s – seafood, meat, cocktails, happy hour
    Olea – pan-Mediterranean menu
    The General Greene – veggie and vegan restaurant
    St. Anselm – delicious steakhouse
    Bozu – Japanese tapas lounge
    Rye – fancy comfort food in a hip & rustic atmosphere
    Aurora – Italian food…“Buon Appetito!”
    Le Barricou – French, really well-designed everything
    Pates et Traditiones – French with a Mediterranean spin…cash only
    Tabare – traditional Uruguayan food – recommend if you want to try something new
    Marlow and Son’s – ever-changing American blend menu

    Bars:

    Spyten Duyvil – a cozy bar with rare Belgian beers and a lovely backyard
    The Ides at the Whythe Hotel – Sleek hotel roof lounge with amazing views and upscale cocktails and wine
    Hotel Delmano – bring a sweater and enjoy a Delmano Spritzer on their patio
    Night of Joy – herbal infusions are the specialty at this antiques-filled lounge with a roof patio
    Metropolitan – gay dive bar
    Berry Park – European beer bar with weekend brunch
    Battery Harris – beach themed bar with craft cocktails and Caribbean bar bites
    Manhattan Inn – vintage style piano bar

    Snacks:

    Spirited – An adult only bakery
    Stinky – Cheesy delights

    Fun:

    Walk across the East River into Manhattan by way of the Brooklyn Bridge
    Understand Brooklyn’s creativity by checking at the Crossing Brooklyn exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum
    Find a beautiful treasure at the The Brooklyn Flea, Saturday only in Fort Greene
    Eat everything at the Smorgasbord Food Market, Saturday on the Williamsburg waterfront & Sunday at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 5
    Knock down some pins and maybe even see live music at Brooklyn Bowl
    Get inspired at BAM – The Brooklyn Academy of Music “…is the home for adventurous artists, audiences, and ideas—engaging both global and local communities.”
    Imbibe with a fellow designers at Brooklyn Brewery…cheers!
    Hang out and enjoy Brooklyn’s autumn colors in the Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux designed Prospect Park

    Finally, two of our designers shared their personal favorites in Brooklyn:

    Ayla

    Mast Brothers “best damn chocolate anywhere (and tasting!!)”
    Five Leaves “where I first discovered the affogato (also good for brunch)”
    Spoonbill & Sugartown “art + design bookstore”
    Egg “if you can handle the line, the brunch is outstanding!”
    Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. “the 826 Valencia counterpart”
    Dear Bushwick “local’s favorite in the heart of Bushwick”

    Brandon

    “I liked the Pencil Factory when I lived there from ’99 to ’03”

    Stay tuned for our next guide featuring San Francisco, which is the site of our next UX Intensive, December 2-5. Tickets are on sale now.

    Banner Image by Billy Hathorn



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