Brooklyn has become a brand name. A byword for alternative, an existence out of the mainstream. Coming late to the story, it’s different to how I expected it to be. The architecture is much smaller in scale: it could be on the outskirts of of a smaller East Coast city.
Bellocq Tea Atelier is an early stop. Seen on many an Instagram and Pinterest feed, that atmosphere is even more beautiful in real life. Calm & serene, an oasis in the bleak post winter environment. The design is spare but full of ideas. The treatment of the walls, the rich deep purple in one room and the blue ombre in the fern room show how strongly paint and colour affects a space. Each pitch perfect element of the interior leads you into a frame of mind where you can focus on the ritual of sampling tea.
Further in the urban landscape, a myriad of bars and restaurants, just past the offices of Vice, the gallery/cafe/shop Kinfolk (not the magazine) and the Wythe Hotel which has distilled best of Brooklyn industrial.
Downstairs at the Wythe is the restaurant Reynard, the oversize windows filter the morning light at breakfast and the patterned tiled floors and Bentwood chairs give just a suggestion of a Paris brasserie.
Everything just works, – a cafe to linger in…