Fresh off the release of her band’s second single, Katie Ortiz shares her favorite bar, bodega, breakfast and more
Described as “your depressive episode personified, sweet and sour and wrapped in a dirty-bubblegum aesthetic,” Debbie Dopamine is the new songwriting project of artist Katie Ortiz (also of the band Batsbatsbats Ghostghostghost and one of the not-actually-elderly bookers behind Booked by Grandma), featuring bassist Dylan LaPointe on bass and Zach Rescignano on drums.
Following the release of the trio’s second single “Get Better” and the music video for “Eat Cake” (filmed at BK venue Purgatory) and ahead of the release of the forthcoming EP Pets (out later this month), we asked Katie to share her favorite spots in Brooklyn—and beyond.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAVORITE…
I like activities, so Wonderville for arcade games and Milo’s Yard for pinball. I got locked out of my apartment in the freezing rain one time and spent, like, 30 bucks in quarters waiting for Zach to get home.
Al-Yemeni on Woodward and Gates. They have an impressive selection of baklava and different kinds of dates, plus all these crazy foreign chip flavors.
Technically it’s in Ridgewood, but Cute Cat Cafe is my favorite spot to work and read at! They take care of their neighborhood strays, so there are frequent feline visitors. There are usually bags of treats on hand inside to bribe them into loving you.
Prospect Park station. I love that it’s outside, and in the rain it looks like something straight out of a Studio Ghibli movie.
Knickerbocker Bagel. Tofu scallion cream cheese on a pumpernickel everything with tomato. The after-breath is not for the faint of heart, but it’s worth every savory bite.
Deep Cuts!! I’ve been crushing on a Britney Spears record there for weeks now.
Coconut water, kombucha, crying in the shower, and drunken noodles. In no particular order.
Feature image provided by the artist.