At the end of the week, we'll officially welcome summer. Ring it in with some off-beat food related happenings this week sure to be more interesting than firing up the grill again.
Restaurants have a hard time standing out beneath the intense glow of the New York City spotlight, which might be why so many entrepreneurs in this generation have launched with a pop-up, testing out their concept in a lower-stakes environment. Some of those ventures, though, have taken on a life of ... More >>
In addition to the Brooklyn D.A.'s office, the Civilian Complaint Review Board is also investigating the alleged June 2 assault by homophobic slur-spewing 79th Precinct police on a gay man in Brooklyn. Victim Josh Williams is at right.
The weekend is almost here, and if you're looking forward to spending quality time with dad on Sunday, check out the roundup of offbeat food-related Father's Day activities we posted yesterday. If you're weekend isn't revolving around celebrating Dad--or if he's game for non-Father's Day-related out ... More >>
Chicharron preparado, a popular Mexican snack, has many guises. All start with a crispy chip of chicharron (fried pork skin), which serves as a blank canvas for various toppings and ingredients, an edible platform that highlights the cook's artistic strokes and sprinklings. Some chicharrones prepara ... More >>
Guru once rhymed about the importance of how a rapper's voice sounds. If ever there were a rapper whose voice was tailor made for hooking listeners before they even heard the entire couplet, it would be Big Daddy Kane's. Kane's baritone was smooth enough to talk your girl out from under you but stil ... More >>
Despite its traditional billing as a winter item, a platter of oysters is ideal for summer snacking on a patio (and with modern fishing practices, you can enjoy the shellfish this time of year without worrying, too). Perhaps that's why the raw offerings have been such a popular draw at Mezini, the I ... More >>
Guy Fieri headed to Brooklyn over the weekend, and he had nice things to say about Roberta's, where he feasted with Mario Batali. That, free rides to Bushwick Restaurant Week, and a heart-warming special celebrating a spelling champ make today's round-up of neighborhood news.
The sun in shining, sangria is flowing, and you're at your desk gazing out your window, contemplating what to do this evening. You could spend the night watching an entire season of Downtown Abbey, but why not take a look at some of the cities unique happy hours to say good bye to Wednesday? The har ... More >>
Setting out on a sunny, 72-degree day, Citi Bike's first users hopped on their loud blue frames at 11 a.m. on Monday and took off. On its first day, the much-debated program tracked some 6,050 trips at an average of 20 minutes per--and added some 772 new annual members to more than 15,000 existing m ... More >>
Crystal Pei acknowledges there's been a Nordic invasion in New York City, but she says most of those spots are of the same vein: "Everything Scandinavian here is minimalist Swedish and Danish," she explains.
We don’t care about history . . .
DIY food- and beverage-related crafts have soared in popularity in the past several years, and we'll bet you can think of at least one or two friends who have at least flirted with a homebrewing hobby. Though equipment-heavy and time-consuming, there are enough people making their own beer in this c ... More >>
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You've gotta have a code. And, for years, a good one that's never failed us is TRUST JAMES IHA. The ex-Smashing Pumpkins and sometimes Perfect Circle guitarist knows things, and when word got out that fiery Brooklyn punk outfit Hunters were in the studio with Iha, well, we knew too. We put them on t ... More >>
At City Harvest's "On Your Plate" luncheon yesterday, quality queen Martha Stewart told the crowd about the sprawling place she lives at in Bedford, New York. "It's rustic but suburban," she said. "We have plumbing and electricity and greenhouses.
A fire has been reported prior to 11 a.m. this morning at 1310 Surf Avenue in Coney Island, Brooklyn, the home of Nathan's Famous, the frankfurter merchant. The building had been undergoing extensive repairs and renovation following Hurricane Sandy, and had not been yet opened for business. The fire ... More >>
Each of these 10 shows shine bright ... like a diamond ... in the sky.
"This is Brooklyn's park. This is America's park. But specifically, this is the Adam Yauch Park," Ad-Rock told the New York City Department of Parks and Rec. The site will go down in city history as one more public space dedicated to a legend who made lasting art in the '80s and died far too young. ... More >>
Contrary to popular belief, the New York Times did NOT discover Brooklyn (again). As evidenced by the capture above, it merely appears that the Grey Lady has discovered clickbait. [@sydbrownstone][email@example.com]
For the past two years, the inhabitants of Brooklyn's finest nabes have been without a major transportation hub. But that'll all end today.
Sure, it could be a coincidence that the Smith-9th Street station reopened one day before Red Hook's superstar vendors from El Salvador, Mexico, Guatemala, and the DR set up around the ballfields. But I think the universe is conspiring to bring you a perfect sunny afternoon of horchata and tacos in ... More >>
The team behind Seersucker and Smith Canteen open a noodle shop
Follow the ferry to find out
Vegetarians: Enter at your own risk
When Hurricane Sandy lay into Red Hook, my neighborhood liquor store was pummeled. But Dry Dock picked up the pieces, saved the bottles it could, and quickly shuffled over to temporary digs farther up the street.
Better Than: Wherever Bjork wasn't (!!) A punk show at Bowery Ballroom (in this day and age, anyway) is always more show than punk. Especially when the bill stirs the hearts of critics yearning for a spiritual rebirth of the genres that have fed them since childhood; especially when industry types ... More >>
Because the NYPD has video this time. Police said that the suspect sexually assaulted two women roughly two months apart. During the first attack, which took place on February 1, the suspect grabbed a 39-year-old woman walking down Woodbine Street in Bushwick, pushed her down, and grabbed her brea ... More >>
The "stuffies" at Kittery are wonderful. Overflowing with fennel-flavored Italian sausage, they're Brooklyn on the half-shell. In the 1630s, when the first Dutch settlers started poking around in the swamps between what are now Carroll Gardens and Park Slope with an eye toward turning it into agri ... More >>
Joey Bada$$ and friends kick it on the beast coast
The dream of the ’90s is alive at Brooklyn Zine Fest
Monday, April 15 French Roast Downtown's 20th Anniversary Celebrate French Roast Downtown's twentieth anniversary with a three-course menu priced at $19.93, the year it opened. Peter Hudson will serve a classic French menu from April 15 to 18 that includes escargots, roasted bone marrow, and moules- ... More >>
A few months ago, we sadly had to write a post entitled "Brooklyn is No Longer The 'Budget-Savvy' Alternative to Manhattan." It revolved around the news that Brooklyn was now the second most expensive place to live in the country, falling only below its skyscraper neighbor, Manhattan. But what happe ... More >>
When dishes travel, they often change. It's why the spiedie, a simple sandwich of grilled marinated meat, popularized by Italian immigrants farther upstate, is now being served in Brooklyn with the addition of American cheese. "WTF?!," our commenters responded. Though many natives were delighted to ... More >>
North of New York City, close to the Pennsylvania border, old-school Binghamton restaurants like Sharkey's, Lupo's, and the Spiedie and Rib Pit have championed the humble spiedie for decades. Popularized by Binghamton's working class Italian immigrants in the 1930's, the grilled meat was tradition ... More >>
Who can argue with bacon-wrapped bone-in chicken parts as perfect picnic fare? The first picnic of the spring season is pending. I recommend the Brooklyn beaches, as laid-back as they ever get, including plenty of places to hunker down and dine with a surreptitious bottle of wine, with sand or wit ... More >>
Oh, Vito. Even amid an overshadowing investigation and unprecedented creepiness, the Daily News reported yesterday that former Assemblyman Vito Lopez has submitted a campaign committee claim with the state Board of Elections. He plans to run against Brooklyn Councilwoman Diane Reyna, who's legally ... More >>
Three Letters' revolutionary poutine replaces cheese curds with shelled mussels in the Quebecois classic, and then sluices the platter with mushroom gravy lite. This week, Counter Culture slides into Three Letters, a new bistro in Clinton Hill that seeks to render the usual bistro menu in Brooklyn ... More >>
The Brooklyn Flea is back outdoors
Where to watch the NCAA championship
At Fork in the Road, we love kolaches -- the delicious Eastern European pastries that landed in Texas via the state's Czech immigrants and eventually made their way out to Brooklyn. And we're not the only ones! A new Smithsonian video features Autumn Stanford, owner of Brooklyn Kolache Co., who rece ... More >>
Monday, April 1 Kale-essi Tastings at Chez Khalessi Chez Khalessi, the new Game of Thrones-themed bar in Dumbo, already serves King Joffrey Juice and Sansa Screwdrivers. But the pub recently added new items to the dinner menu, and will be serving a "Kale-essi" tasting on Monday night, as a tribute t ... More >>
We haven't forgotten about the CitiBike plan. Even after it got delayed once (thanks computer glitches). And then again (thanks Sandy). Now, the expected release date is this July for New York's first citywide bike share - a program that Mayor Bloomberg is still whatever about. Keyword: expected. B ... More >>
Friday, March 29 Founders Beer and Field Trip Beef Jerky Tasting Head to Nolita Mart and Espresso Bar to sip Founders Brewing Co.'s All Day IPA and nosh on Field Trip beef jerky from 6 to 8 p.m. And bring friends, because this tasting is free. 156 Mott Street