This month we teamed up with Bre and Christian the faces behind the Instagram account @hungryhipsters to bring you their favorite NYC restaurants for the perfect Insta shot. Before we dive into the main event, we wanted to learn a little more about who these “hungry hipsters” are.
20something: What makes @Hungryhipsters what it is today, who are the faces behind it?
@hungryhipsters: We’re Bre and Christian, an engaged couple living in East Village, NYC. I (Bre) have a background in fashion and recently began running Hungry Hipsters full time. Christian totally brings the hipster-cool factor since he’s a songwriter and music producer. Though we started as a two person team, we’ve now grown to three with the help of our amazing assistant, Ami (@type.ami). The Hungry Hipsters Instagram and blog are a destination for playfully-refined culinary styling, fashion flatlays and lifestyle stories. We run both small and large-scale photo shoots & partner with brands to develop engaging social content.
What tips do you have for creating the perfect Instagram shot?
1. Try to shoot in natural light: Since our feed is pretty bright, shooting in natural daylight is extremely important to us. If you’re at a restaurant or cafe (and can’t sit outside), make sure to grab a spot directly in front of a window. The best lighting is natural, so you don’t need to mess with editing yellow hues or weird shadows.
2. Do the once-over before shooting: We always spend time organizing the setup prior to actually taking a photo. Spacing out plates a little more evenly, wiping a crumb from a plate, or even refolding a napkin can truly make a difference. It’s all in the details!
3. “Adjust” a photo before it’s posted: Our most-used Instagram editing app the “adjust” feature. Whether it’s slightly changing the perspective or straightening a photo, it will definitely make a huge difference in making your shot look balanced and more corrected.
Now that you have a behind the scenes on these Insta pros and top three tips, let’s get to the main course. Whether you’re looking for a nice flat lay with your cup of chai and pastries, or a room full of pink pastel (my personal favorite) they’ve found it all and then some.
1. First on the menu is Jack’s Wife Freda:
Location: Lafayette Street or Carmine Street in SoHo, Manhattan
Colorful dishes paired back to the most colorful food. These guys just get Instagram.
2. Get in the Italian mind set with Oficina 1000 Miglia
Location: Broome Street in Little Italy, Manhattan
Obsessed with the mismatched plates and super casual vibe. Everything is well-curated from the napkins to the wooden serving trays — and the tables are pretty awesome for a top-down shot
3. Get inspired by Nickel & Diner and their eclectic approach to American cuisine.
Location: Howard Street in Little Italy, Manhattan
Amazing modern diner vibes! Black and white tables and tiles, with a pop of mint/blue in its booth seating. It’s so good. And the entire place is flooded with large windows so every image turns out perfectly.
4. Go back in time with Cafe Henrie
Location: Forsyth Street in Little Italy, Manhattan
Every chair, table, menu and dish is a photo opportunity. The vibe is super retro and everything is colored in shades of pink and blue. Absolutely the cutest spot for a good meal and even better photos.
5. It may be chilly, but it’s worth the perfect shot at The Standard Grill
Location: Washington Street at 13th Street in Meatpacking District, Manhattan
If you sit outside, the marble tables & green plant accents make for a great head on shot.
6. Get your picturesque skyline shot at Fish Bar (at North River Landing)
Location: Pier 81 at 41st Street, NY
Capturing the Manhattan skyline is always a good idea- You can go on a quick sail for dinner (or brunch) & drinks, all of which can be held in front of that gorgeous view.
7. Get all of your pastel vibes at Pietro Nolita
Location: Elizabeth Street in Nolita, Manhattan
This is an all-pink-wonderland. And it doesn’t disappoint. There’s only one small spot by a window, so make sure to grab it if you want to get a good, well-lit photo!