This week in Cheap Laughs, we meditate on why we've lived in New York so long, rock out to a Weezer cover band, and admire the killing powers of Jesus Christ. We also have shows starring filthy people, shows starring lady people, and shows starring real actual scientist people. We do it all. Here's ... More >>
Offering relief from the sweltering summer.
Another day, another spate of restaurant openings in New York City. Check out our round-up of hours-old joints that are the latest to make entrance into this town's dining scene plus a bonus coming attraction.
Is it summer yet? Not quite. But our dining professionals found themselves in the kind of casually inviting spaces that seem to usher in the warm weather (at least, we hope they will). Robert Sietsema checked in on longtime West Village favorite Cafe Cluny, while Tejal Rao ventured to Carroll Garde ... More >>
Follow the ferry to find out
Spring is ripe with surprises (80 degrees, 40 degrees, you know the drill). This week, our professional eaters explored two curveball restaurants and were pleasantly delighted--though not equally--by each. Tejal Rao appreciated the food at Pearl & Ash more than the dark and noisy space on the Bowery ... More >>
Two new Brooklyn ramen joints break the mold
Xi'an Famous Foods has devoted fans all over the city due to their diverse locations in the East Village, Flushing, and Chinatown. The famously cheap spot known for its cold skin noodles and lamb burgers is ready to conquer Brooklyn. On Saturday, Xi'an Famous Foods' doors will open on Beadel Street ... More >>
Our own Tejal Rao visits former Top Chef contestant Leah Cohen's Lower East Side South Asian restaurant, Pig and Khao, and finds the outcome boisterous and inconsistent. While Cohen's ability to cook is evident in the noodle curry khao soi which is "full of quality crunch and chew," the crispy pata ... More >>
The ramen ride
There's a lot of good eating in bustling Carroll Gardens, where the neighborhood's old Italian purveyor, Caputo's Fine Foods, supplies fresh mozzarella and bread to many of the new Southern-fried sandwich shops and young bistros. Here are my top spots at the moment to stop in for seriously good lunc ... More >>
Joe Isidori brings Italian family cooking back to Carroll Gardens
Andy Ricker draws Thai-food lovers to Truckland, Brooklyn
To create the sophisticated drink menu at the new Bourgeois Pig in Carroll Gardens, Frank Cisneros has been delving into the often mysterious world of European liquor. He told us about his adventures tracking down some of the forgotten spirits and liqueurs from the Continent and mixing them back int ... More >>
Here are some of the latest newcomers to New York City's cutthroat dining scene. If you hear of any new openings or closings, let us know. David's Tea, a Canadian chain, has set up shop on Bleecker Street. No word on whether pountine is served (which would be awesome). [FiTR] Walter Foods ... More >>
This week in the Voice, Lauren Shockey samples the Japanese noodle soups at newcomers Chuko, Tabata, and Ramen Misoya.photo by Liz BarclayMiso happy. Eric Asimov finds hits and misses at Saxon & Parole: "All told, one sits down to dinner at Saxon & Parole anticipating warmth, good times and ... More >>
So long, SiftyAfter two years as the Times food critic, Sam Sifton bid a heartfelt farewell to readers before riding off into the sunset (read: taking over the national desk). In his final review, he pronounced Per Se the best restaurant in the city. Yet, in his recap of two years on the job, ... More >>
Molto wunderbarCarroll Gardens is about to get a new Northern Italian-style tavern. And it might just sport the biggest mouthful of a name this fall's crop of new openings has yet. James McGown, who owns the South Brooklyn Pizza chainlet, is opening Buschenschank Brooklyn later this month, in ... More >>
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Moran's has shuttered after 25 years in operation just two blocks south of the World Trade Center. Owners Brian and Abby Lydon cited business slowing after 9/11. [DNAInfo] The Carroll Gardens ... More >>
Rebecca MarxHubba hubba.Falafel doesn't typically remind people of something found on a Prince b-side, and perhaps that's as it should be. But it seems that the people behind Darna, a falafel bar set to open in Cobble Hill, feel otherwise.
Rocco Ancarola has broken off his partnership with Greenwich Village gastropub Rabbit in the Moon and is now working with Lavo. Rabbit was quickly sold and renamed The State Room. [NY Post] More details on David Chang's Toronto venture: The first floor will feature "some type of rendition of ... More >>
EaterLucy, enjoying pizzaEveryone's a critic these days, ourselves included! But this city's breed of restaurant reviewers keeps getting younger. First was Penelope Xin Yao Platt, daughter of New York magazine critic Adam Platt, who wrote up a four and a half star review of Ramen Takumi. A ... More >>
Having conquered Greenpoint, Red Hook, the streets of Soho and Williamsburg, and Brooklyn Bridge Park, Calexico is expanding its kingdom to Carroll Park.
davidstanleyredfern.comWhy buy wine when you can bring your own?Restaurants generally mark up wine bottles at three times the price they paid for them wholesale. Meaning that you, the customer, are getting screwed. Throw in some pricey cocktails and you're really in trouble. Hence the beau ... More >>
Janice Pullicino Naidre's, the Carroll Gardens café beloved for its sandwiches, muffins, and very lenient laptop camping policy, has closed. A consummate neighborhood café that had been a fixture on Henry Street for years, it closed its doors last Wednesday after its owner, Jani ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyA Brooklyn take on the Cuban. Court Street Grocers (485 Court Street, 718-722-7229) isn't scheduled to open its main dining room until mid-December, but this Carroll Gardens shop, which opened two weeks ago, is already doing a brisk business selling sandwiches. I popped in on Fr ... More >>
Saucy Salad/FlickrBridge to the land of milk and U-Bet.It's been more than a year since Sarah waged a battle of the egg creams between Russ & Daughters' and Katz's, but both Nikki Cascone's forthcoming Octavia's Porch and the folks at Brooklyn Farmacy are giving us all sorts of reason to want ... More >>
In this week's Village Voice, a (literally) bleeding-heart story: Julia Amparo-Alvarado, an illegal Guatemalan immigrant who escaped her country's internal strife for a better life, isn't well. The figurative nature of enlarged and battered heart manifested in the physical form. And now, beca ... More >>
Some South for your mouth at two new restaurants
Sarah DiGregorioFultummy's chicken cutlet sandwich.Back in April, Sarah DiGregorio proclaimed her affection for Fultummys, a new sandwich shop on the Red Hook/Carroll Gardens border. Lost City also enjoyed its "international" sandwiches, which it proclaimed "very good."
Cobble Hill BlogThe Vermont Pharmacy, resurrected.For years, the Vermont Pharmacy was a source of fascination and mystery to many residents of Carroll Gardens: boarded-up and neglected, it appeared as both a relic of a distant, more eccentric past and a monument to contemporary urban neglect. ... More >>
Channel your inner pilgrim . . . or turkey vulture
Daniel Boulud reportedly raced back from the Epicurious.com Entertains NYC event last week when he heard that a very recognizable Sam Sfton was at his flagship Restaurant Daniel. [NY Post] Costco has struck a deal with Tyson for testing for the pathogen E. coli. Costco will start buying beef ... More >>
...Josh Morgan (Houston's) and Robert Werhane (Dell'anima, L'Artusi) talked about their plans for the former Bar Q space at 308 Bleecker Street: Their "Chesapeake Bay-inspired fish house" will feature seasonal small bites and weekly specials. Morgan and Werhane have spent three years planning the co ... More >>
Carroll Gardens' Buttermilk Channel (524 Court Street, Brooklyn) has been open about two months, and it's drawing raves from both Yelpers and professional critics. Chef Ryan Angulo (Stanton Social) and his comfort food earned five stars out of six from Time Out this week, and Yelpers have been equal ... More >>
Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn alerts us that Craig Hammerman has declared for the city council seat presumably to vacated by Bill de Blasio, who is running for Public Advocate. Hammerman has for 15 years been the District Manager of Community Board 6, and is a member of the New York Hall of Fame. Non ... More >>
Lard breadBrooklyn Bread Café is a newish Italian bakery in Park Slope. The vibe is disconcertingly franchise-like (there's a second branch at 436 Court Street in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn) and the service is off-puttingly slow. But the fact that all the breads are expertly made in-house by a maste ... More >>
Mayor Bloomberg's lawsuits against out-of-state gun owners may have inspired East Villager Calvin Gibson, who was shot by a schizophrenic man at Avenue D and East 7th Street in July. Gibson blames Craigslist in part for enabling the sale of a gun to his assailant, and is suing the website for $10 mi ... More >>
Inventive, idealistic rockers stick it out in BoCoCa
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 >>
Feel like indulging your apartment neurosis? Behold the Rentometer, to which spahagirl of Above The Doorframe tipped us. Rentometer seems to think the monthly on our godforsaken Brooklyn hellhole is "much lower than the median rent in your area. Your unit seems to be a great deal!"...
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