Where to Go This Pride Month – Brooklyn, NY
Celebrate Pride Month this June at Ursula Brooklyn, a queer-owned bakery and cafe created by Chef Eric See in 2021 with the initial goal of bringing his grandmother Ursula’s New Mexican cuisine to Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Restaurant goers can look forward to select menu items benefiting the community, as well as a queer speed dating event upcoming at Ursula’s new Bed-Stuy location on June 12th at 6:30pm. Ursula will also be participating in The Infatuation’s Pride Bake Sale featuring the restaurant’s rosewater concha to benefit the Queer Food Foundation and help support those impacted by food insecurity in the LGBTQ+ community. Chef Eric, who is committed to cultivating an LGBTQ+-friendly environment for workers and guests alike, relocated and opened Ursula’s new Bed-Stuy location in April. As he and his team worked to re-open their fan-favorite New Mexican concept into a larger space with more service capabilities, they also documented their journey across the second season of Opening Soon, a podcast that shines a light on the ins and outs and ups and downs of operating a restaurant – hosted by the founders of the premium hospitality workwear brand Tilit. Over the season’s twelve-episode arc, Eric shares insights on how he pulled together enough capital to open his second location, how he navigated NYC’s competitive commercial real estate market, and how he intentionally supported the LGBTQ+ community throughout the process. For example, Eric ensured that 80% of his staff were queer, hired queer interior designers to decorate the Bed-Stuy location, and brought on queer cocktail and wine consultants to design the drink menu, and he continues to buy from queer-owned spirit and beer companies. Visitors to Ursula this June can enjoy standout menu items like green chile fried chicken sandwiches, breakfast burritos, and stuffed sopapillas in an LGBTQ+-friendly setting.