Tag Archives: Brooklyn

The Absolute Best Places to Drink Cider in New York

Source: Grub Street NY

Press apples and you get sweet cider. Add yeast, and you’ll make marvelously complex hard cider, an elegant beverage undergoing a ground-up renaissance with farmers and producers working together to create elegant, place-based ferments that rival anything derived from a grapevine. Consider it a return to form for a country …

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How Chef Akhtar Nawab Makes Alta Calidad’s Mind-blowing, Indian-Mexican-European Bone-Marrow Roti

Source: Grub Street NY

Alta Calidad — a sunny corner dining room in Prospect Heights — is billed as “innovative Mexican,” though that description doesn’t tell the restaurant’s entire story. Instead, it’s best to look at the restaurant’s “roti,” which itself is a bit misnamed. A classic Indian roti is just wheat flour, …

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In Loving Memory of Saltie, a Sandwich Shop That Never Got Stale

Source: Grub Street NY

Scuttlebutt. Captain’s Daughter. Ship’s Biscuit. Seadogs might know them as something else entirely, but to the legions of sandwich fans across Brooklyn, these are instantly recognizable as the names of three of Saltie‘s most beloved creations. Now, the sun is setting on their journey, as owner Caroline Fidanza

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Fausto Opens in Old Franny’s Space This Week

Source: Grub Street NY

Restaurateur-sommelier Joe Campanale and chef Erin Shambura, both late of L’Artusi, had been searching earlier this year for the perfect Brooklyn location to open their own place. Then came the call from Francine Stephens, with the shocker that she and her husband, Andrew Feinberg, would be closing local landmark …

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Park Slope Food Coop Staffers in Trouble for Taking a ‘Work Trip’ to Paris

Source: Grub Street NY

Park Slope Food Coop members — who famously agree to scrape gum off of floors and rinse kale for 35.75 hours each year in exchange for their grocery discount — today tell the New York Post that it’s not fair that two top administrators recently jetted off to …

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The Absolute Best Restaurants Near Barclays Center

Source: Grub Street NY

As far as concessions go, there are plenty of options inside Barclays Center, ranging from decent to good. But if you’re the sort of person who prefers not to wolf something down while crammed into a stadium seat and trying to watch a game or concert, you’re in luck: The …

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Homer Murray Has Very Strong Feelings About Peanut M&Ms

Source: Grub Street NY

One year ago, restaurateur Homer Murray and his business partners opened the restaurant 21 Greenpoint with one of the biggest parties of the year. Murray has spent years in restaurants, first at his family’s Murray Bros. Caddyshack in South Carolina and later at Roebling Tea Room. This week, he …

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The Absolute Best Jerk Chicken in New York

Source: Grub Street NY

There’s a reason jerk chicken, which is thought to have originated in Jamaica, is a staple in the cuisines of many other Caribbean islands: When done well, it’s spectacular, a marvel of spicy complexity and textures. We’re lucky, in this city, to have the food of these islands so well …

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That Controversial Crown Heights Bar Finally Took Down Its Bullet-Hole Wall

Source: Grub Street NY

Crown Heights “boozy sandwich shop” Summerhill has been a flash point in the conversation about gentrification in New York since July, when its owner Becca Brennan sent out a press blast advertising a cocktail in front of a wall with what she claimed were bullet holes. Local protesters demanded …

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Reynard’s New Chef Is Retooling Both the Restaurant’s Food and Its Culture

Source: Grub Street NY

Since opening Diner in 1998, Andrew Tarlow has built a restaurant empire that’s arguably defined Brooklyn. He added Reynard to his roster in 2012: a 100-seat restaurant inside the Wythe Hotel that’s bigger than all of his other places combined. It earned one-star reviews and …

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These Burgeoning Supermarkets Are a Mirror of Immigrant New York

Source: Grub Street NY

In a time when traditional supermarkets are on the wane, massive so-called ethnic stores like the Asian-focused H Mart and the eclectic Food Bazaar are on a tear, opening new branches around the city and the country (often in the vacant shells of defunct conventional grocery stores). These aren’t the …

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Inside Ugly Baby, Where an Acclaimed Thai Chef Is Cooking Once Again

Source: Grub Street NY

Chefs Kanlaya Supachana and Sirichai Sreparplarn lit a fire in Red Hook at Kao Soy, where the infectiously good northern-Thai cooking made the restaurant an instant success. Personal issues prompted the duo to leave and open a pop-up nearby called Chiang Mai in 2015. That pop-up closed a year and …

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An Old-world Tonic Gets a Fresh Spin at Brooklyn Bar Honey’s

Source: Grub Street NY

At most bars, nonalcoholic options run to fruity mocktails and ginger ale. At Honey’s in East Williamsburg, there’s kvass, the ancient Russian beverage and purported health tonic fermented from rye bread. While this Slavic staple might seem an odd thing to stumble across in the wilds of artisanal Brooklyn, it’s …

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A New Brooklyn Gallery Gives Chefs a Stage to Experiment

Source: Grub Street NY

All chefs must balance their creative impulses with the harsh reality of doing business in New York, which starts with finding a space and paying astronomical rent. A pop-up gallery meets café in Park Slope, named Wifey, aims to shine a light on that struggle for the city’s creative …

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First Look at Claro, a Oaxacan-Inspired Restaurant in Gowanus

Source: Grub Street NY

T.J. Steele first dreamed of opening a “farm-to-table” Mexican restaurant over a decade ago, when he was executive sous-chef at Union Square Cafe, and you could probably count all the ensuing years spent traveling, eating, and cooking around Mexico as research. (Along the way, he co-founded a mezcal brand, …

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Maialino Vet Chris McDade Brings ‘Hot Chicken’ Milanese to Brooklyn

Source: Grub Street NY

Italy has many regions, but last we checked, Georgia wasn’t one of them. Still, chef and Decatur native Chris McDade has found common ground between the regional American cuisine of the South, where he first began cooking professionally at Atlanta’s Rathburn’s, and that of the old country, to which he …

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Check Out the View at New York’s Best Rooftop Bar

Source: Grub Street NY

Westlight, on the 22nd floor of the William Vale hotel in Williamsburg, boasts 360-degree views of Manhattan, Queens, and portions of Brooklyn. Plus, the food and drinks (overseen by Andrew Carmellini) are fantastic, and a reservation system manages crowds. Watch Grub Street’s Sierra Tishgart explain why it’s New …

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Why the Young Heir of Katz’s Deli Decided to Expand for the First Time in 129 Years

Source: Grub Street NY

The enduring appeal of Katz’s Deli is predicated on consistency. The same location, the same excellent pastrami, the same mix of seasoned New Yorkers mingling with exuberant tourists, all since 1888. (And since 1989, the same “I’ll have what she’s having” jokes.) As Adam Platt said, while naming …

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Franny’s Will Close

Source: Grub Street NY

This is seriously depressing: Franny’s has long been among the best places in Brooklyn to get pizza — no small feat — as well as a neighborhood favorite for straightforward Italian food, with one of the most impressive wine lists in the city. But according to a note sent …

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The Absolute Best Bar in Bushwick

Source: Grub Street NY

Blame it on Hannah Horvath: She came, she partied, and she left in her wake an explosive Bushwick bar scene. Now, the neighborhood of warehouses, bodegas, and Spanish soul-food restaurants is crawling with crowds. Weekend nights can sometimes look as busy as the scene in Williamsburg or the East Village, …

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Grand Banks Team Debuts Two New Oyster Bars for New York

Source: Grub Street NY

Good news for fans of the excellent, perpetually crowded Grand Banks (which, even on a recent Monday at 4 p.m., was slammed): The team behind the blockbuster oyster-bar-on-a-boat have two new projects opening that promise to retain all the charm of the original.

First up is Island Oyster

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The Absolute Best Brunch in New York

Source: Grub Street NY

In thousands of years, historians may regard modern brunch as the terminal stage of a soft civilization in decline. Now, however, there is no more important social meal, which is less about sustenance and more about making a declaration of leisure. Within brunch, of course, are many subgenres: the …

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A Charming New Brooklyn Restaurant Specializes in Modern Middle Eastern Food

Source: Grub Street NY

Could this be the start of a moment for upscale Israeli food in New York? Hot on the pita-crumb trail of Nur, the American debut of Israeli celebrity chef Meir Adoni, Miss Ada has opened in Fort Greene. (Not to mention last year’s arrival of hummus …

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Landmark Building Once Home to Gage and Tollner Will Host a Series of Food Panels

Source: Grub Street NY

The landmark building at 372 Fulton Street in Brooklyn has lived several lives. The longtime home of the revered Gage and Tollner, where southern-food queen Edna Lewis once cooked. The short-lived but classiest-ever Arby’s. A discount clothing and jewelry store. Now, it will host a series …

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This Is How the Best Cake in New York Is Made

Source: Grub Street NY

This tiny Greenpoint bakery’s takes on traditional cakes have turned a one-time “side project” into a neighborhood spot known for having the best cakes in all of New York. Their latest invention, the vanilla salted-caramel cake, offers the perfect balance of savory and sweet.

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