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Fred and I went out to see 3rd Ward and stopped at Saraghina for lunch on the way there. 

A total DIY place.  Chairs hanging from the ceiling when you first walk into the coffee/dessert bar area.  The vibe is mellow and the look is edgy in a very cool way.  The menu is simple.  Salads, pizzas, paninis and desserts.

We started with fregula (an italian version of israeli couscous), roasted tomatoes, chunks of tuna, pieces of arugula and a light dressing.  This is my kind of salad.  I will be duplicating this all summer long.

The pizza is just fantastic.  Thin crust with a light tomato sauce, pieces of fresh mozzarella and a spicy ham and a few sprigs of basil.  This is called the capocollo.

While I was in the bathroom, Fred ordered a flaky yet dense plum cake.  It was perfect with my americano coffee.  Lunch was so good.  Keep in mind, cash only.  I was so incredibly full that for dinner I basically had a few oysters and that was it.  Worth every bite.

We made our way over to 3rd Ward which is located in Bushwick.  What can I say?  I love this place.  A continuing education hub for the DIY generation where you can use the equipment, take a class, become part of the community and be creative.  A pretty good combo. 

Wood shops.

Lockers for rent.

Photography studio.

Jewelry shop.

Friendly dog hanging out.

Groovy office areas with chandeliers.

More wood shops. 

Brilliant place.  Looking forward to more conversations with the people behind 3rd Ward.




Comments (Archived):

  1. Emily Merkle

    I heard of 3rd Ward a while back – awesome model. Are you looking into working with them? They are a force for good. 

    1. Gotham Gal

      They are definitely a force of good on the cutting edge of a new type of education that was cut from our system a long time ago. They create community creativity and opportunities for new business models all under one roof

      1. Emily Merkle

        …and Bushwick has a super communal-cool vibe. rock on.

      2. Adrian Sanders

        building successful creative communities ends up building new business models. that’s something that the tech community gets, but so many other communities seem to not’s amazing how much mechanical engineering and manufacturing in general could do with a budding art / artisan creative surge and 3rd Ward is definitely an example of that success. 

        1. Gotham Gal

          i hope that the food industry follows suit.

          1. Adrian Sanders

            yeah!Pop up kitchens / bbqs and food trucks are great and all but there’s so much more that could be done.Where do you think the food industry needs to go? 

          2. Gotham Gal

            the food industry, at least in nyc, is definitely going down the right path. food is one of the leading factors in the “new economy” from restaurants, new consumer products, all local. even if it means just taking a class so that you know how to cook healthy food in your house will make a difference.

  2. Adrian Sanders

    I love 3rd ward and what they’ve been doing. The new kitchen initiative looks really exciting too. Next time you guys go out there, you should go to Roberta’s!

    1. Gotham Gal

      Love Robertas. Very excited about the food model of 3rd ward

  3. ellen

    the pizza and plum cake…. yummy looking 3rd ward sounds wonderful. Can you take individual classes like our Lexington Arts and Crafts or our Museum schools  or is it a program like the North Bennett School where you are in a full scheduled program to hone your craft?What are you serving for passover?  Any recipes to share?

    1. Gotham Gal

      yes you can take individual classes. getting ready for passover. the menu is:brisket, roasted carrots, parsnips and asparagus, matzo ball soup, macaroons, sponge cake and all the regulars…

  4. daryn

    I’m a big fan of 3rd ward, very cool concept, and that salad and pizza look just about perfect!

  5. Adam Ghilchritst

    I’ve been a long time fan of 3rd ward. The pizza looks delicious. I hope I could visitthat place someday and enjoy their items. Thanks mate. :).

  6. Wendy Read

    Love the look of the 3rd Ward…fantastic resource.

  7. Jay Trien

    Where did the place get its name? Any connection to the Fellini dream sequence of his youth at the seaside and the lady of the night Seraghina?

    1. Gotham Gal

      could be.