OK, so a little backstory here. I feel like I've had a close relationship with Brooklyn Decker for a while now, mostly because I follow her on social media. We've never met, but damn does she give good internet. There are very few celebrities who actually have a sense of humor when it comes to social media. BK Deck is one of them. Yes, I just called her that. We're friends now.
Brooklyn has impressively parlayed her modeling career, which included the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, into a budding acting career which includes her role on a hilarious new show, "Grace & Frankie," premiering on Netflix today.
She splits her time between NYC and Austin, and eats across the country, so we gave her the green light to pick restaurants from all over for Friday Fives. Speaking of eating, big congrats going out to Brooklyn on her recently announced pregnancy. (I told you we were close).
Follow her on Instagram to keep up with the latest, and see below for her picks. Thanks BK Deck. See you soon and by soon I mean via my phone on my couch.
Brooklyn's "Perfect For" Picks
Campagnolas (1382 1st Ave.) - "Italian restaurants are a dime a dozen in NYC but trust me when I tell you this place is on another level. It's a very traditional New York Italian joint, you'll find all the staples- they're just done so much better than anywhere else. Ask for Frankie D, he'll give you the best wine recommendations. And tell everyone hello, these guys are family- not only is this where my husband and I had our first date, but after Andy would play night matches at the US Open they would keep the kitchen open until 1am for us so we could come straight from Flushing Meadows to stuff our faces with delicious gnocchi. Watching tennis requires a lot of carb loading."
Classic Austin Establishment
Uchiko (4200 N Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX) - "You wouldn't think to get sushi in Texas, but this is the best sushi I've ever had. Their specialty is 'farm sushi.' Think: Maguro sashimi with goat cheese, Japanese Seabream with olive oil, basil and lemon zest. If you can only pick one restaurant in Austin - let it be this one. It is hands down my favorite restaurant in the world. Try the masu, the komaki roll, do. not. miss. the brussel sprouts- I could really go on for hours about this place… not to mention the staff is cooler than I could ever be. It's a Canadian tuxedo (jeans and a denim shirt) wearing, cool kid's dream."
Brunch/Spotting Hot Gals
Josephine's House (1601 Waterston Ave., Austin, TX) - "Another Austin joint. This is the best brunch in Austin. Not only could I move into this cozy, beautifully designed tiny spot, but I could eat here every day and not repeat a meal. The menu changes regularly and they always use seasonal, local ingredients. Get the bread basket and cheese plate to start, try one of their salads and finish with a hearty entree. Yes you'll be stuffed for the rest of the day- but after hours of drinking rosé in this gorgeous spot you won't need much else to keep you satisfied."
Unique Dining Situation / Outdoor/Patio Situation
Canyon Kitchen (94 Lonesome Valley Rd., Sapphire, NC) - "Good luck finding this spot. It's tucked away in the tiny town of Cashiers in the Carolina mountains. The restaurant is a giant barn nestled against a giant rock face mountain. Sit in the back yard, enjoy the view and have one of the homemade cocktails- the bartender takes a year to conjure up his own homemade elixirs, moonshines, etc...I've been known to go through the entire drink menu in one night. Don't judge me, It's usually only four to five cocktails. After your drink, enjoy a farm to table - grown in the back yard of the barn - hearty meal."
Amaya (Halkin Arcade, Motcomb Street, London SW1X 8JT) - "I LOVE Indian food and this is the best indian I've tasted. It's unique "contemporary indian." They're vegetarian menu is surprisingly filling and delicious. My suggestion is to let the chef order for you- they'll bring out whatever they're conjuring up that day, you might not know what you're eating, but I promise that it'll be worth it. I would give you a recommendation but I really have no idea what I ate...all I know is I want more of it."