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Emily came to New York almost 3 years ago from North Carolina in search of better job opportunities. A creative by day, she likes to cook (she helps run a supper club, Whiskey & Salt), bake, people watch and go to museums, plays and concerts in her spare time. A resident of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, Emily works in Manhattan’s Garment District and likes to hang out in Clinton Hill, Cobble Hill, Fort Greene, Brooklyn and Prospect Heights in Brooklyn– as well as Manhattan’s East Village (for the food!).
Do you have any secret talents?
I can read a lot about someone’s personality by the way they order food. Whether it’s a large group, family-style dining or single dish ordering, personalities reveal themselves easily. I can also whip up one of the best homemade marshmallows in the city. There are so many great little places in this gigantic city. I love sharing my finds, quickly and easily, in hopes that it then becomes someone else’s finds.
What’s your favorite Google event you’ve been to and why?
I really enjoyed the Pizza Bus tour of Brooklyn. Not only did we eat some rather amazing slices, but the Levys were so full of interesting stories and facts, about Brooklyn, pizza and everything. They were entertaining and a lot of fun.
If you were going to draw a Google Doodle, what would it look like?
It would be painted with spices and sauces, condiments and jams. It would be Google, but edible!
What’s your ultimate guilty pleasure?
It’s a whole day event – a long, lazy brunch, manicure, pedicure and massage, more drinks, a cupcake or two. With friends, of course.
Have any embarrassing moments you’d like to share?
I’ve had Marilyn Monroe over the subway grates moment (but way less glamorous)… more than once.
Share an ultimate insider tip for New York City:
The outer boroughs are amazing. If you live in Brooklyn – explore your borough more. If you live in Queens – do the same! If you live in Manhattan – make the trek across the bridges more often. There are so many amazing small businesses, restaurants, shops, beautiful streets and parks. I live in Brooklyn and I’m amazed at how much there is to do and see in my lovely borough.
There ARE a ton of great places in the outer boroughs. Speaking of great places, how about sharing some local favorites with us?
Clover Club – Fantastic drinks: check! Delicious food: check! Amazing atmosphere: check! Holy cow, I love Clover Club. Whether you cozy up to the bar and watch the tenders to their job or cozy up to your boy/girl on one of the comfy banquets, there’s no bad place to sit here. Drinks are strong and awesome and lamb burger is crazy good.
Culture Espresso – Lovingly made espresso drinks, strong and delicious iced coffee, interesting and yummy (albeit a little overpriced) sandwiches, warm out of the oven chocolate chip cookies. Yes, you’re in Midtown! It’s my one saving grace of working in the Garment District.
Sahadi Importing Co. – If you live in Brooklyn and don’t shop at Sahadi’s, you’re completely missing out on a gem of a store. Bulk nuts, dried fruits, olives, cheeses, coffee, spices, along with all the house made foods. Prices that really can’t be beat (not even by that big store across Atlantic). Friendly and helpful employees make it worth the madhouse.
Brucie – This restaurant, woo boy, is a keeper. Go with a group so you can eat as much of the menu as possible. Lard bread, charcuterie, house made pasta, just about everything I tasted was deeelightful! Amazing owners who are welcoming and friendly, make yourself at home and come back often.
Greenlight Bookstore – So you live in the neighborhood, walk by the store, maybe even peaked in the window and haven’t been inside yet? What the HECK are ya waiting for?! It’s a cute shop, bigger than expected, with great employees. If they don’t have a book you’re looking for, they’ll order it for you. Book signings, readings, awesome events happening too. Shop local. You’ll love it.
Posted by Esther Brown, New York City community manager