Buttermilk Channel (524 Court Street, Brooklyn; 718-852-8490) is an excellent place to be when it's dark, cold, and rainy -- the Carroll Gardens restaurant glows warmly, and pulsates with chatter and buzz from parties huddled close together at tightly packed tables. Charming any night of the week, i ... More >>
As testament to Top Chef alum Elizabeth Falkner's star power (or, perhaps, because of the simple fact that there aren't a lot of great, buzzy restaurants on the Upper West Side), the neighborhood quickly embraced newly opened Corvo Bianco: The restaurant was so packed with people clamoring for a tab ... More >>
Anheuser-Busch was accused of watering down its beers and misrepresenting the alcohol content in Budweiser, Bud Ice, Bud Light Lime, Natural Ice and other lines. But after class-action lawsuits were filed in federal court, NPR commissioned a lab to test several samples. The lab found that while the ... More >>
After 92 years of business, Greek diner St. Clair has closed in Brooklyn. Brownstoner reported that the dive on the corner of Smith Street and Atlantic Avenue closed last week, and now the windows are covered in paper -- never a good sign. According to Grub Street, developer Joe Sitt bought the bui ... More >>
Crab Spot in Park Slope opened this week and is serving seafood pots and surf and turf. According to their Twitter, the grand opening special is Maryland Blue Crabs. Free drink with your entree, they promise. 33 Union St.
Giovanni Rana Pastificio E Cucina opened in Chelsea Market and is the first full-service American outpost from Italian pasta company Giovanni Rana. [Grub Street]
Dish #19, a simple hot chocolate that's lovely on a rainy day (or any day) Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, the tasty countdown leading up to our "Best of 2012" issue. Tune in each day (weekends too!) for a new dish from the Fork in the Road team. [See More 100 Dishes: What Is NYC's Spiciest Dish ... More >>
The Jewish deli goes reform
Bacon bakery Baconery has opened their very first shop inside Books of Wonder on 18th Street. According to their Twitter feed: "May 1st begins world domination with #bacon treats in #NYC .. Let the #bacon party begin.."[Eater NY] Chelsea's Table, from the founders of Stonyfield Farm, opened at Che ... More >>
Hollaback!, the Boerum Hill-based anti-street harassment campaign, will get $20,000 from New York for research and app development. Right now, Hollaback! already offers iPhone and Android apps where women and men can upload pics of street creeps along with harassment stories. The basic idea is both ... More >>
Doppio Senso, an Italian restaurant on the Upper East Side, begins service this week. [Diner's Journal]The 5 Napkin Burger chain opened a new post in the Union Square area on Monday. [Grub Street]
Boerum Hill gets itself a new Neapolitan pizzeria
Lauren ShockeyThe Laura pizza, the must-order pieFor this week's review, I headed out to Boerum Hill to visit Sottocasa, a new Neapolitan pizza place from Kesté alum Luca Arrigoni. I had stumbled upon the spot somewhat by chance early in December, and quickly fell for the sausage pizza and c ... More >>
The shark-infested waters of New York City's restaurant industry are not for the faint of heart. In case you're into keeping tabs, here is a list of those who took the leap and opened new establishments and those who were forced to bow out this month.
Lauren ShockeyOne of the many pies at SottocasaSottocasa opened this past fall in Boreum Hill from Kesté alum Luca Arrigoni, who has brought a wood-fired oven from Italy to make his Neapolitan-style pies. The sunken, white-washed pizzeria offers a selection of pies, both classic (margherita ... More >>
Quentin BaconBoerum Hill gets a jelly belly. While potato latkes--pancakes--are the most popular of the finger licking foods consumed during Chanukah, sufganiyot should be the jewel of the party. The jelly-stuffed donuts are uber-popular in Israel, but haven't reached their full potential on ... More >>
Building on BondA friend of FitR writes in with the news that Building on Bond was broken into last night.
Do we smell cedar? Maybe not. But garlic—you bet.
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Gonzalez y Gonzalez, a lively Mexican joint near Broadway and Houston, is shuttering after 22 years in business. [Paper] The West Village beer and burger spot Stoned Crow has also closed, due ... More >>
10. Smoked Meat Poutine at Mile End - It's hard to imagine an American restaurant improving on this working-class Montreal standard, but Boerum Hill's Mile End has done the trick, by garnishing the poutine with another Quebecois specialty, smoked meat, in addition to curds, fries, and gravy. ... More >>
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Bossa Nova Brazil in Hell's Kitchen has closed to make room for Flavor, which looks like it could be a martini bar. [Life with Food and Drink] Donald Sacks in Battery Park is closing do ... More >>
As Foster mentioned earlier today, going to vote is not only about civic responsibility -- it's also about the opportunity to impress others with your "legendary prowess" and maybe even meet a cute politico, or someone who doesn't care that much about politics but has decided to vote anyway o ... More >>
Robert Sietsema, Sarah DeGregorio, and Rebecca Marx recap their respective years in food
Along with South Brooklyn Pizza's expansion to the outskirts of Boerum Hill, Brooklyn is about to get a big ground beef infusion, courtesy of Smashburger. The Real Deal reports that the chain is currently hunting for spaces "between roughly 1,500 square feet and 2,000 square feet in size" in the b ... More >>
Beginning today, the Department of Health is implementing its new letter-grading system, which will require restaurants throughout the city to display their grades -- A, B, or C -- near their entrances.
Restaurants, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Burger At Its Best has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection, following a lawsuit brought on by former employees over labor law violations. [Crain's] Graceland, the Avenue A gourmet deli, ha ... More >>
A city probation officer was shot and seriously wounded this evening in the 84th Precinct in Brooklyn, law enforcement sources say. The officer is not believed likely to die. Not much more on it right now. The 84th precinct includes the areas of Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill, Vinegar Hill and the F ... More >>
French-Canadian ex-pats and roving carnivores, rejoice: Mile End, Boerum Hill's very own Montreal-style Jewish delicatessen, will open next week.
International aid agencies are saying that a United Nations summit on food security that kicked off in Rome today could be a "waste of time" as it won't commit donors to provide more money to end world hunger. [Bloomberg] Companies like Nestle and Frito Lay are offering "mommy bloggers" all- ... More >>
The five largest chain stores in the city have grown this past year, despite the recession. Dunkin' Donuts opened 88 outlets, Subway went from 335 to 361, McDonald's from 248 to 258, Starbucks ended up with 23 more locations even with widespread closings, and Duane Reade is up to 229 from 216 ... More >>
The classic--sort ofAs Hailey pointed out, the new Hanco's on 7th Avenue in Park Slope, which opened on Saturday, is peddling banh mi at the inflated price of $7 each. The other, older Hanco's in Boerum Hill sells the same sandwiches for $5.25. For comparison, the most awesome banh mi in the city (i ... More >>
Fucked in Park Slope blog (via Eater) reports that the highly anticipated Hanco's in Park Slope (350 7th Avenue, Brooklyn) finally opened this weekend, but all is not right beneath the pate. A look at the menu for the new Hanco's location reveals that the sandwiches are going for $7, and an original ... More >>
Overload of the senses
San Francisco’s front yard is also being turned into a food haven for a Slow Food Nation festival. With worries of economic and food crises, your yard could provide much needed food in the future, and you don’t even have to touch dirt to make it happen. Companies in major cities such as My Far ... More >>
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