Stylish Hip Weddings
38 Covert St., Bushwick
With a background in editorial, photojournalism, and fashion photography, Jennifer MacFarlane adds a cool, unrehearsed edge to traditional wedding photography. Based in Bushwick, MacFarlane brings an exuberance that’s all her own to the day. Weddings carry a heavy logistical load from the outset, but MacFarlane is a seasoned pro at planning out the scheduled shots and ensuring that none of the intimate moments are missed.
261 Moore St., Bushwick
COVID-19 update: Open for pickup, delivery, and outdoor dining. The combination of puffy, charred crust, and sweet-salty tomato sauce at Roberta’s in Bushwick is, to us, the perfect pizza. Along with those still-delicious pizzas, the restaurant is delivering make-your-own pasta kits, too, complete with detailed instructions. For those who like their pies piping-hot, check out Roberta’s thoughtful how-to-reheat illustrations on the site. COVID-19 disclaimer: We are working hard to keep our listings as up to date as possible (deliveries, outdoor dining, etc.), but given the evolving nature of local COVID-19 restrictions, we recommend double-checking the information in this guide with any business you plan on visiting. Also, please note that we have not vetted any businesses listed within our guides for their compliance with applicable safety regulations.
For the mornings when only a French baguette will do, there’s Bushwick staple L’imprimerie. The bakery is keeping up with bread and pastry orders, plus pantry items like sauerkraut, dried beans, coffee, granola, yogurt, and wine. L’imprimerie is giving free pizza assembly kits to essential workers (which means anyone keeping the city running—drivers, medics, restaurant workers, etc.), and you can buy them as well. And all those looking to master the art of sourdough should make a beeline for the bakery’s starter kits.
The Four Horsemen
295 Grand St., Williamsburg
COVID-19 update: Open for pickup, delivery, and outdoor dining. We’re crazy for the Four Horsemen at the best of times, and now our craving for the niche biodynamic wines (available) and lemony bottarga pasta (sadly not) is in full overdrive. The restaurant is delivering a robust selection of natural wines and cocktails hand-batched by head bartender Orlando Franklin McCray. You’ll have to buy a snack to take advantage of cocktails or beer delivery, per the law; we strongly recommend the Spanish ham chips. Place your order through nextdoorspacebk.com. COVID-19 disclaimer: We are working hard to keep our listings as up to date as possible (deliveries, outdoor dining, etc.), but given the evolving nature of local COVID-19 restrictions, we recommend double-checking the information in this guide with any business you plan on visiting. Also, please note that we have not vetted any businesses listed within our guides for their compliance with applicable safety regulations.
The Brooklyn Kitchen
100 Frost St., Williamsburg
Cooking nightly dinner at home is a fairly radical concept to many New Yorkers, but blessedly the Brooklyn Kitchen (with two locations, Williamsburg and Sunset Park) has made realistic home cooking its mission. The Williamsburg property is a renovated warehouse with a stunning loft kitchen and ample space for ambitious gourmands to command their own stations. Classes are themed and truly, there is something for everyone whether you want to master the art of French cooking (pick the Julia Child class), acquire the basics in knife skills 101, learn to butcher your own meat or just rustle up some quick pickles to perk up your work lunches al desko. Aside from being seriously practical, cooking classes are a fun change-up from the normal restaurant-dinner-and-a-drink date or post-work routine.
Sogi’s Honey Bakeshop
Brooklyn-based Sogoal Zolghadri turned her love of watercolor and baking into a full-time gig a couple of years ago quietly launching Sogi's Honey Bakeshop on social media and starting a Kickstarter to help her get the business off the ground. (Check out her hilarious Instagram here.) Her exacting hand takes food coloring and a paintbrush and applies it much like watercolor onto delicately glazed sugar cookies. The result? Cheeky phrases, like "Sorry for things I said when Mercury was in retrograde," edible emojis, and ones painted to look like avocado toast that are almost too pretty too eat.
67 West St., Greenpoint
Liza Lubell has more than a decade's experience working with botanicals–and her experience shows. Every bespoke piece she and her team creates has an ethereal, organic, whimsical quality, reminding us that to stop and literally smell the roses–and revel in their ephemeral beauty. Simply gorgeous arrangements for wedding, parties, or any occasion, for that matter.
Paper Finger Calligraphy
463 Lincoln Pl., Prospect Heights
This super-versatile design studio works with a team of skilled calligraphers, offering essentially any and every style of lettering conceivable. Far beyond your standard envelope, Paper Finger makes very cool maps for destination events, as well as sophisticated programs, menus, and table settings for special meals. They also sell non-custom stationery online and host calligraphy workshops.
Bindle & Keep
This Brooklyn-based suiting shop is the subject of a Lena Dunham-produced HBO documentary coming out this fall (we’re eagerly counting down the days). The concept is to create bespoke suiting for all genders. Not only are their suits tailored with the finest craftsmanship, they’re also filling an enormous gap in the wedding market by creating a bespoke, fitted suiting option for women and non-gender-conforming people, who—for myriad reasons—are not interested in a traditional wedding dress.
Brooklyn-based Roberta’s has been warmly flourishing for years. They cater events and weddings throughout the five boroughs (and will travel beyond the city). Their catering menu is fairly similar to their Bushwick restaurant menu: wonderful pizzas, seasonal veggies, meat and cheese plate apps—with raw bar additions. You can also host an event in their attached garden space (holds up to 180 for standing events and 120 for seated weddings).