Rooftop Yoga and Brunch at: Northern Territory

I’m not much of a yogi, but when you combine it with brunch, I can be.

Honestly, if you combine brunch with anything, I’m usually down. They should consider “jury duty + brunch” and I bet a lot more people would be into it. Just saying.

Yesterday I visited Northern Territory, a really cool Australian bar in Greenpoint, for this duo of fitness and food. I had actually never been there, but now I must make it a point to come back! I loved the space – it’s pretty big inside, with couches and a huge bar on the first floor, with a big graffiti style sign on the wall that reads “Northern Territory”. Just in case you forget where you are.

The bar on the first floor doesn’t have a ton of windows, so it has a little dark and dungeon-y feel, but in a cool, hipster way. Then you walk straight back, hang a sharp left and head upstairs to the roof, which is big and beautiful, laced with mini palm trees and strings of those pretty lightbulbs everyone here loves so much.

It’s like a hidden oasis in the middle of a block where factories and warehouses subside. It happened to be a beautiful day for rooftop yoga, so I embraced the moment, put on some sunblock and started yoga. Which is basically extreme stretching. Though my knee hurts a little today and my arms are sore, I really enjoyed it. The class was taught by Kristin of Surf Yoga Beer, a fun company that specializes in fitness/fun retreats. Best part was obviously brunch though, and Chase met me for that part.

As I sat upstairs sipping my iced coffee, I thought to myself, what’s a good post-workout brunch snack? Ham and cheese toastie? Yes that sounds healthy. Chase got the acai bowl. You see why we’re together right? It’s all about balance people. And obviously I ordered two other things because variety. And Instagram.

Ham and Cheese Toastie

Toasted ciabatta bread topped with black forest ham, melted cheddar, & two sunny side up eggs. Served with a side salad. But no one really cares about that when you have buttery ham and cheese on bread, let’s be serious.

Acai Bowl

Acai berry bowl topped with blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, mixed nuts, coconut flakes and granola. This was really pretty, but a bit too sugary for my taste.

Ploughman’s Lunch

The Aussie version of a meat and cheese board. Literally that’s what it says on the menu. I love a good meat & cheese board, and this one actually inspired my dinner for that evening too. Loved the bread and blue cheese/apricot jam.

Avocado Toast

Toasted ciabatta with avocado, feta, scallions, and olive oil. You can also get a fried egg on top. And you can’t do yoga without having avo toast after.



Northern Territory

12 Franklin Street

Website: Northern Territory


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