There are certain things that you can expect from a new restaurant opening in Brooklyn. Post-industrial details. Succulents. Edison bulbs. A rotating farm-to-table menu that features the farms by name. Craft cocktails. Instagrammable lighting. Instagrammable artwork. Instagrammable dishes.
And it works because it’s what we have come to expect. And because it seems that every single new restaurant is doing it, no one can cut corners. From the cocktail garnish to the bathroom wallpaper, the whole experience needs to be flawless and cohesive; one that we’ll post about, talk about, and revisit. Continue reading →
If you’ve ever worked in a cafe, you’ve likely seen first-hand the large amount of food that gets dumped straight into the garbage at the end of the day. If you haven’t, then you’ve definitely walked by piles of trash bags on our neighborhood sidewalks, and maybe not realized that many of them contain still totally edible food. Around 20% of trash in NYC is actually, and unfortunately, food waste.
Now, a new app has launched in North Brooklyn to help connect everyday people to day’s end food at cafes, gourmet grocers and more—the app alerts you daily at the exact moment food is up for grabs at a much lower price. In our neighborhood, you can get discounted Polish home cooking from Polka Dot(726 Manhattan Ave), fancy donuts from Du’s(107 N 12th St), pastries and sandwiches from Woops!(both Williamsburg and Greenpoint locations), gourmet bread from Marlow & Daughters (95 Broadway), pizza from DiFara(at N 3rd St Market), and coming soon, even grocery items from the Key Food on McGuinness. There’s at least a dozen more shops and restaurants participating in the area, and lots more are signing on every day. Continue reading →
The wait is finally over. Starting at the end of this month, you can get Paulie Gee’s famous ‘za by the slice at his new Slice Shop on Franklin (110 Franklin Street). Paulie formally announced the August 29th opening on Instagram this weekend, to thousands of thrilled fans, with many offering to taste test before the official opening.
Despite the hoards of psyched-as-hell foodies, the pizza shop originally faced neighborhood opposition from Noble Street neighbors when the plans for the shop began a few years back. Almost 300 residents signed a petition in an attempt to prevent the shop getting a liquor license, out of concerns about late night crowds and excessive noise.
The ‘hood’s whole animal butcher The Meat Hook (397 Graham Ave) has brought back their summer backyard BBQ series on Thursdays through mid-September. Each week they’re collaborating with a different restaurant and brewery to bring you some tasty grub and bevs. This week, Thursday, August 16th, they’ll be collaborating with Okonomi/Yuji Ramen(150 Ainslie St) and local KCBC beer. Continue reading →
If there’s not enough heat in your summer, stop by Selamat Pagi to further spice it up. Right off idyllic McGolrick Park at 152 Driggs Avenue, Seamat Pagi is one of Greenpoint’s few Indonesian restaurants, serving dishes with a kick and — as of this summer — sundaes infusing Van Leeuwen Ice Creamto help you cool down.
Under the direction of new executive chef Jack Roche, these delectable new treats include the Sumatra Sundae (vegan cold brew ice cream, coconut whip cream, cacao nibs, and luxardo cherry sauce) and the Subtropic Summer Sorbets (strawberry and soursop, mango sorbet, coconut whip cream, and house-made candied fennel brittle). Continue reading →
Formerly a rubber factory, BIBA is now home to an original beer hall that leads out into an outdoor patio that borders the East River State Park. With vintage charm and spectacular views of the NYC skyline, we are expecting thousands of visitors to come celebrate the local community around creativity, food, and drink!
We are looking for beautifully designed, high quality, handcrafted goods of the recycled, upcycled, ethically produced, environmentally friendly variety. Sound like you? Apply here or down at the bottom of this post.
CBD seems to be all the rage these days, with CBD-infused coffees found many North Brooklyn cafes, CBD vape oils sold at local smoke shops, and potent vials of the stuff sold everywhere from yoga studios to gourmet grocers. What is CBD exactly? It’s the non-THC stuff in marijuana, so it won’t get you blazed, but is said to help with relaxation, anxiety relief and pain management. And for now, it’s legal.
Freehold (45 S 3rd Street) is hosting a CBD-infused farm-to-table outdoor dinner tonight at 7:30pm. Tickets are $75, which gets you a chef’s 4-course dinner created with the organic CBD products—like olive oil—from the brand Plant People. The dinner will be held outside in Freehold’s courtyard. To reserve your space, email [email protected]
Wine can indeed be made without grapes; when you do it with honey you’ve got mead. And even though mead is made with honey, not all meads are super sweet—often the brew is fermented with other fruits and herbs so the end result can be very dry and tart, depending what the brewer is going for. Almost every early civilization has made some form of mead, making it the world’s oldest alcoholic beverage, and today it’s the fastest growing segment of the alcohol market. There’s a huge range of flavors of mead, which is why it can be so interesting to taste and learn about.
This Sunday August 5th, five NY meaderies will come together at Honey’s (93 Scott Avenue) for a mini mead fest where they’ll celebrate the bee-inspired bev by offering free samples, and sharing tips with home brewers. Mead Day includes interactive workshops for aspiring meadmakers, as well as tastings by five local NY meaderies: 810 Meadworks, Honey’s own Enlightenment Wines, Salt Point Meadery, All Wise Meadery and Mysto Mead.
From the organizers: “From sour meads, to sparkling meads to black currant and botanical meads, New York is making some of the best honey wine in the country. Come taste for yourself!” The free event starts at 12pm for industry folk and 2pm for the public, and will be hosted inside Enlightenment Wines’ meadery among working fermentation tanks and oak barrels, right next to their tasting room/bar Honey’s.
Many restaurants have a craft cocktail menu, but few have their own craft cocktail bar. Wanpaku — the ramen powerhouse at 621 Manhattan Avenue — is one of the rare eateries to succeed in creating two distinct ambiances in one compact space. Nestled in the back of the restaurant, The Hidden Pearl is a transportive 20-seat speakeasy–style cocktail bar created in partnership with Leif Huckman, owner of Williamsburg’sDonna Cocktail Club.
Between the restaurant’s food and the bar’s drinks, it’s hard to say which is better. Luckily, they pair perfectly. Stop by the bar before having a meal, or vice versa, but be sure to make a reservation at the bar; given The Hidden Pearl’s size, it’s best to put your name in ahead. If you’re starting at the bar, a special to begin with might be the $10 shooter — a savory and seaside concoction that blends fish eggs, a quail egg, and more. Simultaneously briny and refreshing, it’s yummier than you might think, and it tastes of the ocean. Continue reading →