Pit Stop for Coffee: Kinfolk Studios

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What do you do in Williamsburg when you’re hanging out in the East River State Park and it suddenly begins torrential down pouring? The key is to get inside and get inside somewhere fast. The closest place for me was a place called Kinfolk Studios, a mix between a coffee shop and surf shop (?), which I noticed because the front was basically an opened garage door. I had to get something since I was going to be there for a while so I bought an iced coffee for $3.50. Painful. I tried to tell myself it was okay though because it was really strong. Kinfolk Studios seemed cool although the interior decor was slightly confusing. Wooden panels, palm trees, and seventies-style lighting fixtures make it look like a scene from Anchorman or a mod Malibu bachelor pad, but the old chalkboard with the menu and the countless espresso machines scream Brooklyn. I’m not quite sure what the scene is like here not on a weekday when it’s full of people on their Mac Books, but from what I’m gathering on Yelp it looks like there is a DJ on weekends and I’m not sure how I feel about that. However, the more I watch Girls, the more curious I am about going back to Kinfolk Studios at a busier hour to see exactly what it’s all about.

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Restaurant: Cafe Colette

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Confession: I came across this place by accident. I was wandering around Williamsburg with my boyfriend and I had to go to the bathroom so badly that we just stood at the intersection of Berry St. and N. 9th and picked the corner restaurant that looked  most appealing. I’m glad to say, though, that we made the right decision because Cafe Colette is quiet, charming, and has great light fixtures (points for lights!). There is a really cute back garden patio and if we hadn’t been in such a rush (it was kind of a pit-stop) I would have spent more time snooping around. I had the grilled flatbread with kale, ricotta, and prosciutto. The burger looked great as well and the fries were on point. FYI, you can always tell if a place is good or bad almost instantly based on the fries. Also, after doing some research it looks like Cafe Colette has an amazing Instagram account, which I’m all about! I’m definitely coming back here for brunch.

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Smorgasburg

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A few weekends ago my friends from Boston came down to visit. They had never been to Brooklyn, so I decided to take them to Smorgasburg in Williamsburg, inadvertenly participating in stereotypical Brooklyn activities. I think Williamsburg is really cute and on occasion, I think seriously about moving out there (although I recently heard it’s more expensive than Manhattan – not cool). There were fly looking hipsters left, right, and center, and trendy bars and restaurants lining every street. We all felt instantly cooler about our decision to make the trek.

Smorgasburg is a foodie’s dream – about 100 of the best vendors all in one spot. Two of my friends and I immediately made a beeline to get pigs in a blanket (who doesn’t like gourmet hotdogs?). We then had sliders (amazing) and I had an overpriced $5.00 caramel ice cream cone (worth it) and all felt great/disgusting. I’m planning on making at least bi-monthly trips to Smorgasburg and if you don’t do the same, you’re seriously missing out.

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