There are infinite reasons why people come here, for many it's the spirit of possibilities. Brooklyn evolves in such a way that you can't ever really grasp it. It belongs to everyone and no one.
And there are about 10 bajillion ways to do Brooklyn right. This is Video Journalist & Food Vlogger Katie Quinn's way. You may have seen @qkatie around, maybe on her wildly charming YouTube channel (TheQKatie), perhaps on The Today Show sharing some food tips with Matt Lauer, or a number of other places. The thing I most enjoy about Katie's videos is that person you see on your screen, is really her - engaging, clever, interesting and so damn friendly. "I do videos about food because I believe food can connect people, from anywhere to anyone." Be sure to check out her YouTube page for new food videos every Tuesday and Friday.
So the other exciting thing With the Locals has going is that we've partnered with Brooklyn Bicycle Co. @brooklynbikeco for the week! As always, the places you'll see are picked 100% by this week's Local, but Brooklyn Bicycle Co. has generously provided Katie with one of their Willow bikes to help her explore Brooklyn.
Happy Memorial Day! I'm @qkatie and I'm thrilled to be sharing my favorite spots in Brooklyn with you this week. I had to start with how I begin many of my days: with a bagel from Terrace Bagels (hands-down the best in Brooklyn), and I take it just down the street to beautiful Prospect Park. It's Brooklyn's version of Manhattan's Central Park--but less touristy, and therefore more enjoyable because no one is hawking their cheap gimmicks to you. (Fun fact: the park was designed by the same guys who designed Central Park--and they have said that Prospect Park is actually their crowning achievement.) Once I finish my bagel, I'll take my @brooklynbikeco wheels for a spin around the park's loop and can officially call the morning a delight!
(at Prospect Park)
Hey guys! @qkatie here again, this time to show you just how accessible beaches are in Brooklyn. I hopped on my @brooklynbikeco bike and was at Coney Island in about a half hour. It has much more than what likely comes to mind: amusement park rides and fried food; the sand is smooth and in this pic I'm snacking on a fresh mango from a cart on the boardwalk.
(at Coney Island)
@qkatie here again today, and boy oh boy do I have a Brooklyn goodie for you. Four & Twenty Blackbirds @birdsblack has the best pies I have ever had (sorry, Mom). So after setting an early alarm to edit videos for my YouTube channel all morning, an iced latté and a slice of their Black Bottom Oat pie is just what the doctor ordered. If your schedule allows it, the ambiance inside is the perfect place to bring a newspaper and kick back, too.
@qkatie here with a sandwich that will blow your mind. If you want the best bánh mì (Vietnamese sandwich) you've ever tasted, you've got to go to Ba Xuyên in Sunset Park. Today I got a durian milkshake on the side (#yum!) This neighborhood has yet to be gentrified, and that is evident in the fantastic, authentic ethnic bites here. (There's also amazing Mexican nearby). Well worth the sweaty bike ride.
(at Ba Xuyen)
Hey, guys! @qkatie here again, this time showing you how I maintain my sanity living in this crazy/awesome place: by taking advantage of green places like the Brooklyn Botanic Garden @brooklynbotanic. Here, I'm taking a breather in the beautiful Rose Garden. Thanks to my tripod for dutifully coming along for the bike ride to help with this shot.
In my opinion (@qkatie here again), the most creative, delicious sandwiches in Brooklyn can be found at Saltie @saltieny. Like this one I'm holding, for instance: The Scuttlebutt -- a hard boiled egg, feta cheese, black olives, capers, pickles, and pimenton aioli on focaccia bread. Delight! Saltie is located on a main strip in Williamsburg, so it's likely that you'll be enjoying your sandwich among many a hipster :)
Good morning, guys! @qkatie here again to share my favorite place in Brooklyn to grab a cappuccino and dive into a novel, or meet with a friend, or just people watch. I'm talking about Bakeri @bakeribrooklyn. There's a Bakeri in Greenpoint and in Williamsburg, but the one in Greenpoint has the ambiance that simply can't be beat, and an outdoor area that just makes everything right with the world. Their baked goods and sandwich selection are top notch, too.
So, how about some ramen? ✨🍜✨ At Chuko @chukoramen, don't mind if I do! @qkatie here again to fill you in on one of my favorite pastimes: slurping noodles. Hopping on these @brooklynbikeco wheels to Prospect Heights to indulge in my favorite bowl of ramen is my ideal evening. All of their ramen bowls are awesome, but my favorites are the miso bowl with roasted pork and the kimchi bowl. That, plus the crispy brussel sprouts to start and a cold Sapporo on the side and you've got perfection.
@qkatie here! I'll admit it, I love ice cream even in the middle of winter. 🍦❄️But nothing beats a cone on the gorgeous rooftop patio at Ample Hills Creamery @amplehills on a hot spring day (like today!). 🌷It's my favorite NYC-based ice cream, and their Carroll Gardens location has an incredible view of the city. On this sunny Friday, it's really hitting the spot.
(at Ample Hills Creamery)
I hope you guys like food, because you can probably tell by now that it's my thing (follow me @qkatie to keep up with my eats!). Pok Pok Phat Thai is one of my favorites in Brooklyn! It's street style Thai noodle dishes that hit the spot every time. There's a lovely backyard patio that's perfect to wind down on a Friday evening. Yes, it's originally from Portland, but New Yorkers have really embraced @pokpokpdx.
(at Pok Pok Phat Thai)
Happy Saturday! @qkatie here again to share a real gem in Brooklyn. The Red Hook ballfields have so much more than just baseball diamonds...this is where some of THE best Latin food in NYC can be found. A handful of food trucks gather here to offer outstandingly authentic bites of everything from pupusas to arepas to tacos. My favorite is the El Salvadorian truck, El Olomega, with pupusas that just can't be beat (and friendly service, too!). Sadly, they're not on Instagram, but they'll be at the Red Hook ballfields every weekend this summer. And right across the street is one of the nicest public pools in NYC, if you're in the mood for a dip.
(at Red Hook Ball Fields)
@qkatie here again with a must-go for you beer lovers! Tørst @torst_nyc hit Brooklyn by storm when it opened a couple years ago and has already become a mainstay, with an artful selection of craft beers on draft. Unassuming from the outside, sleek yet comfortable inside, you'll be amazed by their distinct selection.
The weekend is still going strong! @qkatie here again, this time to tell you about Berg'n @bergnbk, in the up-and-coming Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. It's an outstandingly versatile space: it has several awesome food vendors, a coffee bar and an alcohol bar, lots of communal tables inside as well as an outdoor area. You don't get that kind of real estate in Manhattan. During the weekdays, it's a freelancer's heaven, and you'll see plenty of laptops pulled out alongside a cup of coffee (or a pint of beer) and likely Ramen Burger remnants. In the evenings and weekends, it's an ideal spot to meet up with a group of friends for whatever the mood happens to be that day.
Well, guys, it's been a fun week showing you some of my favorite places in Brooklyn! Hope you've enjoyed it, too. Please follow me @qkatie and check out my YouTube and Facebook channels to see delicious food videos! (Link in my bio). I'll leave you with this pic that @cboals took of me, when I rode the sweet @brooklynbikeco wheels to the Brooklyn Bridge Park--which is also one of my favorite places to kick back and enjoy a beautiful day. (Don't forget you can still enter to win that sweet bike!) Hope you guys have a great upcoming week!
(at Brooklyn Bridge Park)