With a carefully curated selection of emerging and directional labels from around the world, Bird, a Brooklyn-based chain of boutiques for men and women has set the tone for Brooklyn style. And owner Jen Mankins knows the best places to go in the coolest city in the world. So we asked Jen where some of her favorite places are to hang out in the BK. She gave us a good mix of under the radar locals, and of-the-moment hotel scenes.
For breakfast I love the dining room in the Wythe Hotel. The light is just gorgeous, as is the staff and the clientele, and the modern comfort food and the exacting, but still casual service is exactly what you want. Andrew Tarlow is particularly skilled at figuring out what people want and giving it to them before they even know they want it. He's like the Apple of Brooklyn restaurants.
For cocktails I love Long Island Bar on the border of Cobble Hill and Brooklyn Heights. It's a perfectly restored landmark bar from the 60s, run by one of the most influential mixologists of the past 20 years Toby Cecchini. It's a perfect bar.
For sushi and hand-pulled noodles I always go to Samurai Mama in Williamsburg. I can't get enough of their AB crunchy, shrimp tempura roll.
And my favorite new organic wine and snack bar is The Four Horsemen, owned by LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy. It is the literal incarnation of food, wine and music that I love.