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June 08, 2010

Sausages, Pretzels, & Beer In A New Williamsburg Biergarten

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If you’re over Radegast Hall & Biergarten, a new option in the ‘burg will soon be available for you to drink huge beers and eat massive pretzels and/or sausages. The second location of the popular LES spot Loreley is scheduled to open ANY DAY in Williamsburg on Frost Street and Meeker Avenue taking the place of a former gas station.

Thrillist reports:

The new digs boast an 80-seat interior brightened by soaring sky-lit ceilings and imported Baltic maple tables, while the poured concrete bar overlooks a brick-fenced garden with communal seating set in a greens-lined gravel pit. Traditional Deutsche noshes have made the trek, including signature oven-fresh pretzels, sausages served simply w/ mustard & rye, and baskets of curry-ketchup’d pork meatballs, while heartier fare includes sandwiches (the jagdwurst/Prague ham/garlic pepper salami/gouda Loreley Club) and a butcher’s plate loaded w/ smoked pork chops, rib bacon, and smoked sausage, all on a bed of mashed potatoes and sauerkraut. There’s a limited selection of bottles (Augustiner Edlestoff, Erdinger…) and 12 rotating, oft-seasonal taps that fuel half- and full-liter steins with everything from their specialty Gaffel, to Schneider Weisse, to Reissdorf Kolsch.

*Image c/o Thrillist

May 29, 2010

Rejoice! Movie Theater Finally Opening In Williamsburg

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*Image c/o The Brooklyn Paper

May 26, 2010

Opening June 9th: 3rd Ward's Food Truck

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We first told you about 3rd Ward's shiny little food truck, Goods, back in October. Since we're practically neighbors, we've noticed some activity in the lot over the past few weeks and had a chance to take a look. It's classy! And with the rest of the lot, Goods should offer a fun little yard to grab some grub just steps from the Lorimer stop.

The food will be your standard American fare, although prepared by Alex McCrery, identified by the Brooklyn Paper as "former sous-chef at New Orleans’s legendary Commander’s Palace."

The 25-foot 1946 Spartan trailer (they used to make airplanes in WW2!) from a junkyard in Ithaca will serve fare for all three meals. We're looking at burgers, hot dogs, Brooklyn Lager-battered fish and chips, biscuits, sausage egg and cheese, hash browns, and Intelligentsia coffee. They will deliver, offer take-out, and host a 35-seat garden out back.

Opening day: June 9th.

May 20, 2010

Second Stop To Open "Get Juiced" In June

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Our favorite coffee shop Second Stop is opening a small juice bar in early June which will be called Get Juiced. Get Juiced will be located "in the little store next to the Cafe on Ainslie Street" & will feature organic juices and smoothies made from fresh greens from the rooftop of The Brooklyn Grange. We can hardly wait!

*Image c/o Flickr

May 19, 2010

Get Drunk For A Good Cause This Saturday

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This Saturday get drunk for a good cause at The Will Point Pub Crawl. Nine Williamsburg/Greenpoint bars are part of the crawl, each donating $150 to the American Cancer Society as well as $1 for each drink sold. The Pub Crawl kicks off at 3PM at Spike Hill where participants can pick up their “crawl card”. The Brooklyn Ale House, Soft Spot, Mugs Ale House, The Gibson, The Gutter, Shayz Lounge, and The Black Rabbit are all participating & the final stop/after party is being held at Red Star.


L Mag's "Taste of Williamsburg" Video

Footage by the L Magazine's Emmanuel Cruz.

May 18, 2010

Crif Dogs Opening Location Off Bedford This Summer

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Williamsburg will finally be getting their very own Crif Dogs location later this summer off the Bedford Avenue Stop.

Eater writes:

The only surprise in this story is how long it took them. Last night PDT's Jim Meehan confirmed to Metromix that the owners of creative hot dog shop and St. Mark's Place quasi-institution Crif Dogs is expanding to Williamsburg after nine years in business. He doesn't spill specifics but notes it's off the Bedford L stop on either Bedford or Driggs and will open in late summer. If it does well, they'll consider expanding even further.

*Image c/o Flickr

May 17, 2010

Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint A Delicious Success

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Yesterday we were lucky enough to experience all of our favorite Williamsburg and Greenpoint restaurants in one location at the Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint food benefit/festival. Over 34 eateries were in attendance including An Nhau & Banh Mi, Antek, Aurora Ristorante, Bakeri, Bedford Cheese Shop, Blackbird Parlour, DOC Wine Bar, Dressler & Dumont, Fabiane's Cafe & Pastry, Fatty 'Cue, Fornino, Juliette, Karczma, Le Barricou, Lodge, M Shanghai, Manhattan Inn, Mesa Coyoacan, Miranda, Nita Nita, Pies 'n' Thighs, Rabbithole, Rye, Sel De Mer, Sweetwater, Taco Chulo, Teddy's Bar & Grill, Traif, Van Leeuwen's Ice Cream, Walter Foods, Wine Cellar Sorbets, and Wombat. We were unclear about how much food would be given in the vaguely described “tastes” but quickly discovered that there was more than enough food to go around.

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May 16, 2010

Mrs.Kim's emerges from a River Barrel

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When we heard that the recently shuttered River Barrel Café had been reborn as a Korean restaurant named Mrs. Kim’s, we were excited to try out Greenpoint’s only Korean joint. We were slightly confused about the reason for the transformation until we heard the story of what transpired. The story goes something like this: Mrs. Kim was the owner of River Barrel Café. She lost her chef, and asked Brooklyn-Based chefs Jonathan Meyer (who formerly worked at t.b.d.) & Will Griffin to be the new chefs of River Barrel Café with the idea that they’d cook the same American food as before. Meyer and Griffin decided that rather than serve the food that wasn’t selling well before it would be a much better idea to start from scratch with cuisine inspired by Mrs. Kim’s Korean childhood. They decided not to change the interior decoration of the restaurant. Everything remains the same, including the beautiful massive glass chandelier that serves as the centerpiece of the room.

Read more after the jump.

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May 14, 2010

Coffee on bikes!

Ever sit in McCarren park and just wish the cup of coffee would come to you? Well starting this Saturday it will, thanks to the boys at Kickstand Coffee and their custom-made bicycle-powered mobile coffee stands.

For the past few weeks Kickstand founders Peter Castelein, Neal Olson and Aaron Davis (all veterans of Gimme Coffee), have been furiously building, welding and brewing. So far they’re serving coffee from Cafe Grumpy and Gimme, all with as little environmental impact as possible. They'll be officially launching their DIY transformer-like bike kiosks at
Artists & Fleas in McCarren park this Saturday (and every Saturday this summer), but you can also track their location on their website and twitter feed.

We got the chance to sit down with the boys pre-launch and geek out about bikes, welding and, well, coffee.

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Neal, Aaron and Peter. Image Taylor Long All other images via Kickstand Coffee.

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May 12, 2010

What Do Williamsburg and Greenpoint Taste Like?

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With the amount of new restaurants constantly popping up across Williamsburg/Greenpoint, the thought of trying them all can be overwhelming. Luckily, this weekends Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint should help you cross a few of them off your list (and maybe help you find a new favorite in the process).

Over 34 restaurants are participating, including An Nhau & Banh Mi, Antek, Aurora Ristorante, Bakeri, Bedford Cheese Shop, Blackbird Parlour, DOC Wine Bar, Dressler & Dumont, Fabiane's Cafe & Pastry, Fatty 'Cue, Fornino, Juliette, Karczma, Le Barricou, Lodge, M Shanghai, Manhattan Inn, Mesa Coyoacan, Miranda, Nita Nita, Pies 'n' Thighs, Rabbithole, Rye, Sel De Mer, Sweetwater, Taco Chulo, Teddy's Bar & Grill, Traif, Van Leeuwen's Ice Cream, Walter Foods, Wine Cellar Sorbets, Wombat and many more will be serving up their specialties alongside a pop-up version of the Greenpoint Food Market. And if you want to rid yourself of some of those calories, you can dance them away with the live music accompaniment on an outdoor stage.

All proceeds from the event will go to benefit the building of the Northside Town Hall Community and Cultural Center a joint project of two longtime North Brooklyn neighborhood non-profits, Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG) and The People's Firehouse, Inc (PFI.) The redesigned building will provide a permanent home for the two founding non-profits to continue to serve, organize, and advocate for the community, a flexible cultural exhibition and community meeting space on the ground floor.

Tickets prices are:

$35 for 6 tastes - Advance* - $40 day of event
$55 for 10 tastes - Advance* - $60 day of event
$95 for 18 tastes - Advance*- $100 day of event

To purchase tickets, visit here.

May 11, 2010

Margo Patisserie Café Opens Their Doors on the Southside

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Continuing with the trend of Southside expansion, a new gourmet patisserie café opened last weekend on Driggs near Fillmore Place. Margo Patisserie Café is owned by baker-couple Margaret and Kris Kozlowska. Currently Margo only sells pastries, cookies, and tarts, but there are plans to expand the menu to include soup and sandwiches in the future. The sunlit café is cozy and has tables with enough room to work (free WiFi is also available). The coffee is pretty tasty. According to Margaret it’s “an Ecuadorian blend from California”. We have our eye on the lemon tart ($5.50), as well as the black forest cake ($5.75). If we could, we’d eat it all!

Margo Patisserie Café, 667 Driggs Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-384-0651

May 08, 2010

Hola Tabaré, nice to have you in the neighborhood.

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With the explosion of South American restaurants popping up in Williamsburg, it can be hard to truly stand out. But the recently opened Uruguayan eatery Tabaré on the South Side will have no problem gaining attention.

Read more after the jump.

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April 22, 2010

Traif: "a paean to foods forbidden by Jewish dietary laws'

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The Atlantic takes a long, hard look at Traif (South 4th b/t Roebling & Havemeyer), "A Promised Land of Pork and Shellfish."

Sitting at the southern tip of trendy Williamsburg on South 4th Street between Roebling and Havemeyer, Traif faces the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, as well as the Broadway Avenue dividing line between hipster and Hasidic Williamsburg, where there have been recent tensions between the two communities. The restaurant's notable characteristics—its explicit irony, its lack of any discernable outdoor sign, the local artwork on the walls, its specialty dishes like strawberry-cinnamon baby back ribs, and its stunning outdoor garden—are assuredly in keeping with restaurants of its ilk in the northern section of Williamsburg, though there's a strong Jewishness that runs through the restaurant and its owners, which makes Traif a unique bridge between the dissonant worlds of North and South.

Read the rest at The Atlantic. Pic c/o Sophie Barbasch.

April 15, 2010

Fancy Wine Bar The Counting Room Opens

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Sound Fix Records has a new neighbor: The Counting Room-an upscale multilevel wine bar that has taken over part of the former seltzer factory at 44 Berry Street.

The Counting Room offers a selection of wines from The Old World. The wines are decently priced at $8-$11 dollars a glass, half bottles which range from $16-$25, and full bottles from $25-$45. Instead of 2 and 4-top tables, long picnic benches are scattered throughout the industrial, airy space. Several retractable garage doors line the upstairs and when opened it almost feels like you’re drinking outside.

Read more after the jump.

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April 14, 2010

WTF KFC: The Double Down

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I reviewed the new KFC Double Down for Tina Fey's internet blog site:

To call KFC's new Double Down Original Recipe® creation a sandwich is an insult to the wheat-centric tradition America holds so dear. This is no standard sandwich, but a two-bird prom dance packed tight around a strip of bacon smothered in Colonel Sanders' magical awesome sauce.

It's a monster. It's like the Colonel is high-fiving your fat, juicy heart.

Check out the full review on NBC & click "furious" so we can pretend we're anarchists.

April 11, 2010

Bánh Mì Replaces Curves Gym on Grand Street

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Great news for all Vietnamese food lovers-Bánh Mì has opened an expanded Williamsburg location in the former Curves Gym on Grand Street. The owners Vu Bui, Dung Trinh, and Thomas Bui are three Brooklyn-raised Vietnamese (“Brooklyn-mese”, as they called themselves) friends who met on a handball court as children. Now they’ve joined forces to open their third Vietnamese restaurant in Williamsburg (they also own the sit-down restaurant An Nhau on Bedford Avenue).

Read more after the jump.

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April 09, 2010

Scrapple, Heart Steak, and Deep Fried Hot Dogs at St. Anselm

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Joe Carroll owner of Spuyten Duyvil and Fette Sau has something new and delicious up his sleeve- “a haute snack bar” named St. Anselm he’s planning to open next door to Spuyten Duyvil in late April. Originally Carroll planned to open a simple hot dog joint, but the menu has quickly expanded to include “Newark-style hot dogs” which are deep-fried, stuffed into split pizza bread, and crammed with crispy potatoes, onions, and peppers.

According to Grub Street:

Other fatty delights will include scrapple, goetta, and sausages, all made in-house; relics like humble pie and chicken à la king; a pork-neck-bone dish the Carrolls fell for in Las Vegas; and the ominous sounding Skin 3 Way. Regional sandwiches include Trenton pork roll (“Spam-ish and salty,” says Carroll) and beef on weck.

A larger selection of wine will be served than is offered at Spuyten Duyvil and Fette Sau, including Red Hook Winery’s Chardonnay and sparkling Brooklynbrusco which will be available on tap.

Grub Street got a peek at the full menu (re-posted after the jump).

[image via Grub Street]

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April 06, 2010

New Food Joint: Traif

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I first sampled Traif's fare back at the Taco Experiment, and it was pretty darn delicious. At the time, the people serving the crispy little taco to my hungover face said something about a new place opening in Williamsburg in a few weeks. Looks like the time is come: Grub Street reports they're eying a Friday opening at 229 S. 4th St & Havemeyer. For some reason Thrillist has a JPG of the menu, which looks deliciously complicated. We're talking food items like: pancetta, cracklins', kecap, rilletes, albondigas, gastrique, pecorino, fideus, l'ancienne, and crab. Leave a comment if you get a chance to check it out!

March 31, 2010

Creatively Named Carmine's II To Open Come Spring

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Carmine's Pizzeria on Graham Avenue is opening a second location which they have creatively named "Carmine's II" at 436 Union Avenue. New York Shitty reports that there will be "garden seating just in time for spring". We're not sure it's entirely necessary to open a second location within a five minute walk of the original, but the garden seating sounds appealing.

[Image via Brownstoner]

March 29, 2010

Goodbye N.6, Hello Pinkerton

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N.6 has closed, and Pinkteron Wine Bar (yes, it’s named after the Weezer album) has opened in its place. Although the interior and layout is similar to N.6, there are new window treatments, and word is that there will be more of an emphasis on mood lighting. In warm weather patio seating will also be available.

Pinkerton is owned by former New York Times journalist Thomas Hudson who wanted a to open a bar that served “interesting, fun, good wines that are affordable,” with a focus on wines from Washington, Oregon, California, and Australia. Pinkerton also serves microbrews from both coasts, as well as simple small plates like cheese spreads, olives, and hopefully in time will begin to “make full use of the kitchen”.

Pinkerton Wine Bar, 263 N 6th St., nr. Havemeyer St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-782-7171

[image via The Downtown Diaries]

March 26, 2010

The Brooklyn Brunch Experiment

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Instead of eating brunch at your favorite spot this Sunday; try something new and head to the latest installment of The Brooklyn Food Experiments: The Brooklyn Brunch Experiment at The Bell House.

This experiment aims to take brunch to the next level by infusing a bit of "competition" and turning it into a cook-off. The chefs will bring everything to the table from granola to waffles to Hollandaise Sauce, all you have to bring is your appetite. The audience, along with a panel of judges including Sean Rembold, chef at Diner and Marlow & Sons, and Andrew Knowlton, Iron Chef Judge and restaurant editor at Bon Appetit magazine, will name a Brunch King and Queen. One drink is included with price of admission.

The event will be held on Sunday March 28th from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.-tickets are $25 at the door.

[image via flickr]

March 25, 2010

Bedford Businesses Rail Against Endless Summer Taco Truck, Van Leeuwen Ice Cream

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Emboldened in their unified opposition to Williamsburg Walks, a number of Bedford's business owners are turning on the neighborhood's food trucks. It's dog eat dog out here!

The ever-popular Endless Summer taco truck and Van Leeuwen Ice Cream truck were both mentioned in a Brooklyn Paper article by storefront merchants looking to lay blame on falling profits.

“They affect business in the area in a pretty detrimental way,” said Blackbird Café owner Emmanuel Cris. “It’s tough enough to pay rent in this neighborhood.”

According to one restaurant manager, who declined to give her name, merchants are threatened by the carts but “nobody wants to be the one to kick the taco trucks out.”

Mike, the owner of New York Muffins, added, "When you come to Bedford Avenue in the morning, the neighborhood stinks because of them. They drop all their disposals in the sewer."

To the unhappy merchants, Ben Van Leeuwen takes the high road and throws out a zinger on a cone, telling the Paper, "Too many people worry about stamping out competition and do not spend enough time worrying about making their product good."

Shots fired.

photo via pallid7

March 24, 2010

Save The Brooklyn Star!

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Last month one of our favorite Southern food restaurants The Brooklyn Star was badly damaged by a fire and closed “for a spell” pending reconstruction. The costs of the reconstruction are much higher than they had anticipated, and they’re not sure if they have the money to fund it.

That’s where The Brooklyn Star Hootenanny comes into play! This Friday Brooklyn Kitchen Labs will host a benefit for The Brooklyn Star. It will feature Beer from Brooklyn Brewery, whiskey from Whiskey Town and Wilfie & Nell, smoked meats from the Meat Hook, Momofuku Milk Bar sweets, and Brooklyn Star's own brisket and shrimp and grits. All that, plus oyster shucking and hot-dog-eating contests, and the chance to fell an aggressively whiskered Williamsburger in a 350-gallon dunk tank, for $50 in advance, $75 at the door. To buy tickets click here.

March 23, 2010

Momofuku Bakery & Milk Bar Moving [Baking] Shop To Brooklyn

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Momofuku Bakery & Milk Bar have outgrown their East Village space and are planning to move their "baking operations" to Williamsburg off the Bedford stop towards Driggs. Once space is completed (it's currently under construction) everything will be baked in the Williamsburg space, then trucked into to the Momofuku Milk Bar stores in the East Village and Midtown.

Eater reports: "While it will remain a production facility at the outset, there's speculation that it will grow into a storefront in mid-summer. A worker relayed that it's an idea they'll consider after the opening of Ma Peche."

We hope this speculation comes true.

[Image via flickr]

March 21, 2010

Blue Bottle Coffee Comes To Williamsburg

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Northern California coffee company Blue Bottle Coffee has finally arrived in Williamsburg. The massive, minimalist space on Berry Street is primarily dedicated to roasting and packaging the coffee, however there is a small café section with a large communal standing room table.

Blue Bottle Coffee serves lattés, cappuccinos, espressos, and mochas (made with Brooklyn-based Mast Brothers chocolate) alongside their well-known cold filtered coffees. They focus on organic, micro-roasted coffee in its simplest form, no strawberry cream frappucinos, white chocolate mochas, or cinnamon dolce lattes will be found here. Each cup of coffee is individually prepared, and can take up to three minutes per cup to make. There are pastries sold, however we visited in the late afternoon and all that remained was one lonely scone, so don’t show up hungry.

We tried the two types of cold filtered iced coffee offered: Kyoto and New Orleans-style. The Kyoto Iced Coffee ($4.25) is made in a Japanese iced-coffee device, which slowly drips room-temperature water though coffee grounds. This extensive process can take up to eight hours to make one pot. It’s meant to be consumed black and has an extremely smooth and bold flavor with undertones of tobacco and whiskey. The New Orleans-style ($4) contains chicory and is served over ice with a splash of milk and sugar. It’s less bold than the Kyoto, and has floral undertones from the chicory.

The servings are small at Blue Bottle Coffee, but the quality is excellent, and makes you savor each sip. If you’re wandering through the neighborhood, give it a try; we’ll definitely be going back.

Blue Bottle Coffee, 160 Berry Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-534-5488.

March 14, 2010

The Brooklyn Brunch Chronicles: Le Barricou

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Brunch in Williamsburg is a battlefield. New restaurants and cafes pop up every week, and by weeks end have lines down the block. Armed with a MacBook, an open mind, and an appetite, here are the stories of one brave girl who braved the tight lines, tight pants, and French Toast to offer her unbiased opinion on those restaurants. Welcome to the Brooklyn Brunch Chronicles.

Le Barricou (Grand Street off the Lorimer stop)
The first thing you’ll notice when sitting down for brunch at le Barricou is the basket of croissants swiftly placed in front of you (one butter and one chocolate, if you are with a group of four you only get three croissants-I’m not sure of the logic here). In an economy where the free basket of bread is slowly becoming extinct, they are a welcome addition to brunch. The coffee is strong, and if you haven’t had enough to drink the night before, the Home-made bloody mary is large, and satisfying. The omelets are tasty, as are the three different types of eggs benedict offered.

But without question the best dish is the unparalleled pancake. Covered in fresh fruit, it borders the line between “cake” and “pancake”. You must try it for yourself. It’s more than enough to share.

Now, if you’re one of those people who likes to order lunch items for brunch (not that there’s anything wrong with those people), burgers, chicken sandwiches, and merguez sandwiches are also on the menu.

Cute décor, friendly waiters, and great food, le Barricou comes highly recommended!

Brunch is served Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

— Fiona Goldstein

[image via Flickr]

March 11, 2010

Cupcake Stop Truck in W'burg Today

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The Cupcake Stop will be dispatching its truck full of custom Victoria Secret Pink minis to Williamsburg, and will be "somewhere near Bedford Ave. and anywhere from N. 5th Street to N. 11th Street," for about two hours today, starting at 2:30pm. Follow 'em on Twitter for sweet updates.

March 10, 2010

Shit-Talking & Sausage Making: Just Another Day at The Meat Hook

Meet Brent Young and Ben Turley, two parts to the butchering trio that make up The Meat Hook, a sustainably focused meat shop in Brooklyn, NY.

I spent the day with the two friends (and roommates) to find out all about their obsession with sausages — an art form they are quickly becoming famous for in their local neighborhood. Using pork, beef and lamb from whole animals, they’ve amassed a rotating selection of about 30 unique and traditional sausages that are made fresh every weekday.

From “classy” to “trashy”, it’s a way to express their creativity as butchers; but, more importantly, a way to annoy and shit-talk each other to no end. And that’s the fun of it. Watch and see…

By Liza de Guia

March 02, 2010

Farming & Breeding Fresh Rabbits for NYC Restaurants

In our never-ending quest to show you how local food is raised and brought to market, I’m going to take you on a little tour inside a rabbit farm — John Fazio’s Rabbit Farm.

Yes, he’s the same farmer who raises ducks for big name chefs in New York City. But, you should note, he was known for his prized rabbits even before he started raising ducks. And he delivers them fresh, never frozen to NYC kitchens no more than a day or two after “processing” — offering a service that is really hard to find for local chefs.

So, I wanted to share with you the short tour John Fazio gave me. It was never meant to be a video story, but I just couldn’t pass up the education. I don’t think most people have ever seen a commercial rabbit operation. I hadn’t. And all I can tell you is that it’s interesting, very organized and very clean. So come along as John Fazio tours us through his facility, and shows his methods for raising fresh, local rabbits.

For more info on the farm, please contact me on Twitter: @SkeeterNYC

Or to purchase or taste John Fazio’s rabbits, please visit Marlow & Sons or Marlow & Daughters in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, or Savoy in SoHo.

by Liza de Guia

March 01, 2010

Pies 'N Thighs Open Today! A little bird told me...

Like thighs? How about pies? Or maybe just fried chicken?

According to the masses (read: a Twitter search), Pies N' Thighs is open for business as of today!

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Mmmm. Was it worth the wait, y'all? I may have a date with the deep fryer tomorrow in the name of investigative journalism...

Update: And indeed they are.

February 17, 2010

Motorino takes its place among the star'd

Turns out, Rachel Ray isn't the only star to recently honor Motorino; the New York Times's Sam Sifton awards to the Williamsburg (and East Village) pizzeriarie a brave, solitary star in today's restaurant review. Motorino is the first pizza place to which Sifton has ever given a star, and he assuredly states that “It serves the city’s best pizza.” Hear that? Not debatable. Sorry.

But srsly, if you were planning on eating at Motorino any time soon, I think it's safe to expect a longer wait than usual. Or if you vehemently oppose Sifton's appraisal, feel free to suggest your favorite neighborhood alternative in the comment section below...

February 09, 2010

Eat These Wings

Because you can never get enough: Greenpoint bar Red Star is holding a wing-off this Saturday to determine the best wings in Brooklyn. Brooklyn Borough President/official mascot Marty Markowitz will be presenting the trophies. Come drink beer, lick sauce off your hands, etc. Plus, wouldn’t you rather spend Valentine’s day recovering from a wing-induced hangover?

h/t McBrooklyn.

January 31, 2010

The Underground Lobster Pound: A Purist, An Apartment & The Perfect Lobster Roll

Meet Ben Sargent, a Boston born and bred die-hard traditionalist when it comes to seafood.

Ben's got a bone…actually, make that cartilage to pick with New York City's lobster rolls, claiming that most New Yorkers don't know what a 'real' lobster roll is, the kind he grew up on eating dockside in Cape Cod and Boston.

So, aiming to educate, he opened The Underground Lobster Pound, a questionably legal underground lobster shack out of his basement apartment in Brooklyn, welcoming friends, strangers and die-hard lobster roll aficionados to get a true taste of what “God had a hand in creating”…the true version of the Northeast lobster roll. It's a roll he believes in and the start of a lobster roll and chowder shack he hopes to build in the near future.

Please enjoy this little tale about a man re-discovering his true purpose in life, and take a moment to think if you've truly tasted the perfect lobster roll, if not... well, you've still got time.

To find Ben & his semi-secret underground lobster pound, you can DM me on Twitter and I'll give you his ordering number, or friend him off his website at http://www.brooklynchowdersurfer.com/


**Ben is also a popular radio host on The Heritage Radio Network, tune in to his radio show on Wednesdays, Catch It, Cook It, Eat It**

By Liza de Guia

December 14, 2009

Author Jonathan Safran Foer Doesn't Just Have Sex Whenever He Feels Like It

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The Park Slope author of “Eating Animals" sat down with Gersh Kuntzman of The Brooklyn Paper (who shamelessly ordered a chicken sandwich), to talk about the "fecal soup" baths at factory farms, famous people reading his books, and yep, the parallels of sex and steak.

Yes, Jonathan Safran Foer misses a good steak. He said it. But for him, the key for the future of humanity is to simply stop seeking to gratify all of our worst cravings just because we can.

“I love having sex, and I love it a lot more than I like having a steak,” he said. “But I curtail that craving. I don’t act on it whenever I feel like it.”

Everybody loves a good piece of meat from time to time, but you'll help save the planet if don't just go and hump it. Park Slope, you're so sexy these days!

December 10, 2009

Williamsburg's Fatty 'Cue

Usually when you think of BBQ, you think of richly sauced, sweet, slathered meats dripping with barbecue sauce. But not this place. Not Fatty ‘Cue — where mostly what’s dripping is fat. Deliciously cured and intensely smoked meat fat…

Meet Andrew Pressler, the Chef de Cuisine at the soon-to-launch Fatty ‘Cue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He’s showcasing a new concept for delivering high quality, heritage breed meats on the barbie. Introducing the unique spices and flavors from all over Malaysia and Thailand to the bbq lover’s palettes, a passion set in motion by the Fatty ‘Cue founders, Executive Chef Zac Pellaccio and BBQ Pitmaster Robbie Richter. These are flavors they’ve come to master through years of testing and perfecting. A menu full of new ideas that they say, “Americans are ready for”.

So, get ready to get your hands greased up on animal lard, because this, my friends, is their specialty…

by Liza deGuia

October 15, 2009

Delivery Week

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I never get to enjoy Restaurant Week; I am too busy at lunch to go out and have no interest in staying in Manhattan for dinner. But now all of us Manhattan-by-day-folks get to enjoy a week of tasty prix-fixed meals--delivered! Check out the map to see whats near you and follow them on twitter for Delivery Week giveaways.

October 07, 2009

The 2010 Michelin Guide Picks Mesa Coyoacan & More

It's a good time to be eating out in Williamsburg. The famed Michelin Guide recognized a handful of spots in our neighborhood as their "Bib Gourmand" picks for the 2010 season. Basically, it's a list of Michelin's favorite spots in the New York City area for good value food (under $40).

Local mentions include: Mesa Coyoacan, Baci & Abbracci, Brooklyn Star, Egg, Marlow & Sons, Motorino & Rye. You can check out local reviews on our restaurant guide.

And if you want a little recipe to take home, Chef/Owner Ivan Garcia of Mesa Coyoacan in North Williamsburg is featured in this new video making his famous Mexican Esquites recipe for corn season:

Mesa Coyoacan's Most Popular Corn Dish: Mexican Esquites from SkeeterNYC on Vimeo.

Get out there and eat.

September 23, 2009

LOCAL EVENTS: GREENPOINT COMMUNITY FOOD MEETING

My CSA just sent me this notice:

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Anyone in Greenpoint and Williamsburg who is interested in food justice, access, sustainability and security is invited! This first meeting will be a chance for people who are working on food issues in the neighborhood and those who would like to be more involved to meet, share experiences, and talk about how we can pool our resources and knowledge to build on the amazing food activism that is already taking place here and to talk about how we can connect with food activists in other Brooklyn neighborhoods.

DATE & TIME: Thursday, September 24th 7:00 p.m.

PLACE: Lutheran Church of the Messiah 129 Russell Street (btw. Nassau and Driggs)

We are inviting anyone in Greenpoint and Williamsburg who is interested in food justice, access, sustainability and security to join us. This first meeting will be a chance for people who are working on food issues in the neighborhood and those who would like to be more involved to meet, share experiences, and talk about how we can pool our resources and knowledge to build on the amazing food activism that is already taking place here and to talk about how we can connect with food activists in other Brooklyn neighborhoods. This is an outcome of the Brooklyn food conference, which has been instrumental in getting these neighborhood meetings organized all over Brooklyn: "After an incredibly successful and exciting Brooklyn Food Conference we are morphing into a grassroots-based Brooklyn Food Coalition. So far 10 Brooklyn neighborhoods (and hopefully many more) are creating local, neighborhood-based groups that are choosing 1 or more projects to work on to improve the food situation in their communities. Each neighborhood will send 2 reps to a Council of Neighborhood Groups so we can share strategies, projects and campaigns across the Borough." For more information, check out http://brooklynfoodconference.org/

September 11, 2009

Caracas

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My favorite neighborhood restaurant, Caracas, recently got their liquor license. Go get the Classic Hemingway Mojito and the La Del Gato Arepa if you know whats good for you.

Farm Fresh Meals for Delivery: Meet Brooklyn's Sweet Deliverance:

The Farm-to-Table Chef for Busy New Yorkers: Sweet Deliverance from SkeeterNYC on Vimeo.

A cool, local video about Chef Kelly Geary, founder of Sweet Deliverance in Brooklyn. A Blue Hill trained chef with a soft spot for small organic NY farms and New Yorkers with busy schedules.

She's on a mission to help locals who want to take advantage of the farm-fresh produce in their area, but just don't have the time to cook. Sound familiar? Plus, all the food gets delivered right to your doorstep.

You can sign up for the winter season food deliveries that start in October. It's organic. No stress. Worth looking into...

September 04, 2009

EAT Cafe Helps Locals Eat Fresher

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Greenpoint's transformed little record shop, EAT Cafe, is now doling out CSA shares to neighborhood locals looking to enjoy farm fresh goodness.

Until November, you can sign up (on a weekly basis) to pick up a "Straight Out of the Ground" box full of the latest vegetables coming into season in the NY area. And, apparently, the food is picked the same day it's delivered. We just signed up. It set us back only $30. Looking forward to seeing what comes in next week!

FYI - Weekly pick-ups happen on Wednesdays from 6-10pm.

August 17, 2009

NYC's Cool New Backyard Farms: Growing More Than Just Produce

Urban NYC farmers have set their eyes on a new prize: transforming privately owned backyards into lush, fruitful farmlands.

By signing up to share your yard with a urban farmer, you can eat fresh from your own personal farm during the harvest months, and even sell produce to your neighbors - growing a community built around fresh local food. The best part is, you don't even have to lift a finger, BK Farmyards does all the farming for you...

Find out more at bkfarmyards.com

Shot & Edited by Liza de Guia.

August 12, 2009

La Superior, One Year

Check out this interview with La Superior where they talk an outdoor area (next summer), their favorite New Yorkers, and NYPD chill pills.

August 04, 2009

Glass Half Empty: Rise of the $4 Iced Coffee

dunkin.jpgLike many of the newly employed-ish, I am always searching for ways save a little cash. I have expanded my definition of the acceptably soft avocado, abstained from fancy imports such as Olde English, and I make my own coffee as often as my days allow. However, on torpid summer nights, I usually lack the foresight and/or sobriety to brew a pot and refrigerate it. As such, I am generally willing to drop a couple of bucks on a large iced coffee to make an inexplicable 15 minute wait for an L that much more pleasurable.

But I mean a few dollars. When the L Stop Cafe opened last Saturday at 490 Metropolitan, I had hopes that anyone heading to Lorimer from the west would have an efficient, affordable alternative to Sunac, and their occasionally hot-to-the-touch iced offerings and limited counter space. But at $4, L Stop's large iced is 60 percent more expensive than that at Sunac, Atlas, and almost any other shop nearby, where the going rate is $2.50. Even at Oslo, Grumpy, and your other ethos-included joe slingers, you're talking $2.75 or so. (Smaller maximum size, perhaps, but a darn sight better.) At the chains, you'll pay up to $3.03 at Starbucks, $2.65 at Cafe Europa, and about $3 for a large at Dunkin' which, I believe, is roughly equal in volume to your recommended daily intake of oxygen. In fact, the only other place I've ever seen a $4 iced is Espresso 77 in Jackson Heights. As the lone upmarket coffee shop in that 'hood, I was willing to chalk that up to supply and demand, but the L Stop, with plenty of competition nearby, has no such excuse. So is this the way the world is headed? Seems like only yesterday, before Neapolitan pies, people ate slices of pizza and the ever-rising cost of those had the city all worked up, talking inflation this, income disparity that. Is our ritualized, warm-weather caffeine boost any less important? Why get mad when our newly-arrived street urchins ask for our change if we're willing to throw it away on such grossly overpriced refreshments? And does anyone have any other examples of the $4 and up large brewed iced from around town to add to my nascent blacklist?

(Bonus: If someone can explain to me how the refrigerator space and ice require the huge markup on iced coffee to begin with, I'll buy you one myself. The $2.50 kind, that is.)

July 29, 2009

Kellogg's Beware: Jersey Diner Grub Taking Over

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Following announcements that Caroline Fidenza's Saltie is opening down the block and Stephen Tanner will take over Black Betty across the street, Spuyten Duyvil and Fette Sau owner Joe Carroll has further bolstered his claim to the corner of Havemeyer and Metro, as if it were ever in doubt. He tells that he has been quietly preparing a haute snack food joint in the building adjacent to his legendary bar, 355 Metropolitan. (Not to be confused with the ongoing Knitting Factory transformation at 361.) Though the menu is far from finalized, as a loyal son of Bergen County, Carroll will assuage the needs of Garden State natives with Jersey diner-inspired fare such as hot dogs, homemade sausages, White Manna-style burgers, disco fries, and pork roll, AKA Taylor ham. Major construction has yet to begin, so expect a mid-fall opening, at which point one of the only remaining reasons to jump on NJ Transit or a PATH train will to bribe an underpaid, unqualified elected official. (Too soon?)

July 24, 2009

Bonita Is Closing

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Meanwhile, the shittiest burrito place in the city, L.A. Burrito, somehow still remains open. We're going to miss you Bonita!
Says Brooklyn Based, via Gothamist

Bonita I on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg will serve its last taco on August 15. Owners Andrew Tarlow and Mark Firth, of the Marlow and Sons/Diner empire, have long had a contentious relationship with the landlord (”He hates me,” Tarlow tell us. “Always has.”) and the restaurant has never been able to get a full liquor license for the space, so they’re closing up shop. Get your plate of pork nachos and your sidewalk spot while you still can (or head to Bonita II in Fort Greene).
At least we still have Papacitos and La Superior. That said, Gothamist is totally right about La Superior's tacos being a little too precious.

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July 11, 2009

Under the Radar: Sel de Mer

sel-del-mar.jpgTucked away on Graham Ave., the new seafood restaurant Sel de Mer has been overshadowed by its less understated neighbor Mesa Coyoacan. That's a travesty, because Sel de Mar offers great seafood at reasonable prices and the best fish-'n-chips in the neighborhood. Plus, now they're open for brunch. We just feasted on the Salmon Eggs Benedict—the salmon was cured with a touch of Sambuca which perfectly complemented the saltiness. Delicious. Decorated to look like a pier-side seafood shack, Sel de Mar is a welcome addition to the neighborhood. Highly recommended.

This is what Grub Street says:

Think of the menu at Sel de Mer, a new seafood-focused restaurant in the old Najeeb’s space, as “a Mediterranean–meets–Long Island kind of thing,” says chef-owner Jeff Slagg: whole roasted dorade and three moules-frites preparations, but also steamers, fish-cake sliders, and fish and chips. That goes double for the new bar. “I wanted it to look like an old dock,” says Slagg, who did a stint at Oceana and more recently ran the kitchen at Sweetwater. “I’m just really into the water.”
We've got more information and a menu in our restaurant section.

Also new to the neighborhood: Hachi. The entrees are on the meh side, but the sushi is great and very affordable.

image c/o Grub Street

July 10, 2009

Motorino 2, And Other Edible News

upn.jpgThere has been word of a strange liquor license swap between Motorino and its pizza-topia predecessor, Una Pizza Napoletana, for a while now. Finally some clarity: it looks like our Motorino, one of the neighborhood's biggest success stories, will be taking over the the UPN space when chef, er, pizzaioli, Anthony Mangieri, takes off for the West Coast. The news comes just as Bruni declared both joints to be among the city's best, so I suspect the East Village will eventually learn to cope with their loss. [Eater]

Meanwhile, on the waterfront: Jimmy's No. 43 owner and cook-off maven Jimmy Carbone is throwing a locally-sourced BBQ contest at the LIC Water Taxi Beach on July 21, from 6-9pm. For $35, you'll get to gorge yourself on not only the contestants' fare, but that of Fette Sau and the upcoming Fatty 'Cue as well. As The Feedbag points out, and Eater recently surmised, this could be your last best chance to try the 'Que before you actually have to get your hog-loving self down to South 6th Street.

Hachi, the 'hood's newest pan-Asian joint, is now open, and surprisingly not on the Bedford strip. The decor of the Grand Street spot may be about as subtle as a Jack Black, but early reports from the FreeW crew suggest that the very affordable sushi is well worth the visual affront, though the entrées don't fare as well. Full menu and pics at Grub Street.

For a heartier meal, you can head over to Pop's at North 8th and Bedford to catch their hot dog-eating contest tomorrow, July 11, at 4pm.

And last, a venue so new all we can tell you is the name: Bakeri. Work on the old St. Helen's Cafe spot on North 7th and Wythe has managed to come quite far without attracting any attention. More info when we have it. [Thanks, Skeeter]

July 08, 2009

Green Canteen Restaurant: Our Very Own Green Zone

Green Canteen.jpgSurrounded by some of the loudest, sidewalk-hogging-est places in the neighborhood—Zabloski’s, Sea, Hugs—it’s not a huge surprise that the nearly month-old Green Canteen, on North 6th between Berry and Wythe, has flown a bit under the locals’ restaurant radar. But, like a too timid carbon cap-and-trade bill (I’m looking at you, House of Representatives) the place has something going for it that will either finally get the eco-ball rolling or deter future attempts, depending on its success: the state’s first silver-LEED certification granted to a restaurant.

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July 02, 2009

Bushwick's Phorum Now Open

Interior2.jpgA funny thing happened on the way to opening Phorum, the one-week old pan-Mediterranean restaurant on Starr Street in Bushwick. Enzo Gugliuzza and his wife Anna Maria Palmiotto, Italian natives and long-time foodie travelers, were so in love with the idea of opening a restaurant in the building they owned and lived in that they ended up building it in what had been their own living room. “I evicted myself,” said Gugliuzza, now a Queens resident.

Their loss looks like Bushwick’s gain, though, as the menu does have that labor-of-love vibe: house-made mozzarella, at least one pasta that can be tailored for vegan palates, and a couple of wine options for less than twenty dollars a bottle. With the guidance of head chef John Ciccinelli, the couple even went so far as to create some wholly original recipes themselves. A green apple and cinnamon ravioli is paired is served in a Hudson Valley duck ragu and a lamb sausage with panelle (Sicilian chickpea fritters) and mint yogurt blends Middle Eastern, Italian, and Greek cuisines.

Those dishes, along with appetizers of braised artichoke hearts in olive oil, mint, and garlic and PEI mussels with chorizo, white wine, cilantro, and smoked paprika, as well as a pork chop stuffed with spinach, asiago, and prosciutto have been the early hits. The biggest draw, however, might be the surprising affordability: no entrée is over $16 and diners can have pizza or pasta for as little as $8. (Note: the older menu on their website lists significantly higher prices.) In the age of the more profligate Rye and Walter Foods--something even Bruni commented on recently--such low prices alone may elevate Phorum to part of a holy trinity of Bushwick dining, alongside Roberta’s and Northeast Kingdom.

Phorum
50 Starr Street, Bushwick
718-417-7830
phorumonstarr.com

June 22, 2009

Papacitos Robbed

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This really sucks, so go give Papacitos some business. From Gothamist:

Papacitos, the wildly popular Greenpoint Mexican restaurant with the best vegetarian tacos in town, was the victim of a brazen robbery Saturday night. Co-owner Cody Utzman tells us that thieves broke into the establishment after it closed, hopping the courtyard fence and entering through the back. According to Utzman, the robbers smashed open the cash register and made off with a safe that had $10,000 inside, as well as the restaurant stereo and some employees' personal belongings. Police have dusted for fingerprints and are investigating the incident.

But there's also good news for Papacitos fans; Utzman tells us he's doubling the size of the place by expanding into the adjacent storefront, which is part of the same building and was the former home of a palm reader. He adds that a "very high profile" designer is overseeing the expansion, which will include a 12 foot tequila bar (whenever Papacitos' liquor license finally gets renewed) and a new mosaic fountain in the spacious courtyard. Work is expected to start next month, with the expansion complete by the end of July.

Atlas Rings The Dinner Bell

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At Atlas, you've been able to nosh on savory pastries, salads, and sandwiches--and down wine or beer with your brunch--for some time now. But starting this Friday, you and your MacBook have reason to linger after dark when the Italian-owned cafe completes its transformation to full-fledged restaurant. Chef Andrea Milazzo, who did indeed work under Ducasse in Monte Carlo, and later opened the slightly less glamorous PT on Bedford, will be serving up a small selection of roughly four appetizers, four pastas, and a handful of desserts. (Menu details coming soon.) Owner Enrico Lorenzetti also confirms that prior to dinner, you will be able to deaden your coffee buzz with aperitivo service, starting around 6pm, and that he will be offering a few incentives--free beer and coffee, say--to lure diners away from Lodge and all the newcomers on Grand Street's restaurant row. If it works, dinner service will stick around, despite the advertised end-of-summer cutoff. Watch your back, Fiore: you dethroned Baci & Abbracci but now someone is gunning for you.

June 18, 2009

Yakitori Takedown At Sui Ren

Sui Ren.jpgJoining Zenkichi and Bozu, you can add Sui Ren to the pantheon on neighborhood izakaya hotspots. The menu, put together by owner Morgan Chang, formerly of Kai and chef Jun Hiroshima, from Bond St. Sushi focuses mostly on yakitori (the grilled skewers) and kushi katsu (fried skewers) though the concoctions—light on the tongue, hearts, and offal in general—aren’t likely to be found on a traditional Osaka menu. Of the cold skewers—perfect for summer—the bachi maguro to udama (marinated big eye tuna, soft yolk quail egg, and Korean seaweed; $8) and the tomobara (24-hour slow poached shortrib and baby turnip; $7) have already proven themselves popular, as have the nasu dengaku (Japanese eggplant with mascarpone sweet miso; $7) and the yaki gaki (grilled Malpeque oyster with spiced beurre blanc; $8). With dishes ranging from $3 to $12, Sui Ren can skew either towards cheap snack joint or--thanks a nicely-lit room and rather romantic wooded exterior, a la Bozu--a splurge on date night. If you go for the latter, be sure to order the panko-fried mackerel or grilled Japanese smelt. Nothing says “I love you” more eloquently than supporting sustainable fisheries.

Sui Ren
302 Metropolitan Avenue (Roebling)
718-218-7878
Sun-Thur 5pm-1am
Fri-Sat 5pm-2am
www.suirennyc.com

June 16, 2009

They Like It Raw: Rockin' Raw Opens

rockinraw pics.jpgMy introduction to Rockin' Raw, the neighborhood's first raw vegan restaurant, was a mocktail called the "Maca Apple-Icous," something like a milkshake with apple, ginger, honey, and maca. This Andrean plant has been shown to increase male libidos and is apparently Peru's natural answer to Viagra. Soon after, flushed and a tad lightheaded, I found myself wishing I could sit with my date in the lush outdoor area where, rain or no rain, some very private tables sat partially obscured by trees. It seems raw food can provide some heat after all.

The husband and wife owners, Luis Salgado, of Peru, and Tere Fox, from New Orleans, serve raw interpretations of their native cuisines that walk a very fine line. Such dishes can be pleasant experiences, politely challenging you to think about tastes and what you like so much about them to begin with, or they can just remind you what you're missing. Thankfully, and despite the silly moniker, the food here tips towards the former.

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June 05, 2009

Good For What Ales Ya: Brooklyn Beer Experiement This Weekend

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Have your Advil bottles at the ready because this Sunday is the First Annual Brooklyn Beer Experiment, a beer cook-off and tasting competition put together by two Times-approved stars of the circuit, Nick Suarez and Theo Peck. Twenty-five chefs, armed with all sorts of recipes involving beer, and a small army of local home brewers will descend on the Bell House and compete for your inebriated attention. Now, while the event already has a celebrity panel of judges (Beer Table owner Justin Philips, Brooklyn Brewery brewer Tom Price, PDT/Crif Dogs owner Brian Shebairo, Times food writer Peter Meehan, and others) we here at FreeWilliamsburg will be offering our own comically-biased assessment through one of the competitors and friend of the site, Kyle Spencer. He will have live reports (OK, fine: tweets) from the scene, starting around 1pm. Then, on Monday, we’ll have photos, commentary from chefs and brewers, and a giveaway or two, so be sure to check back then. Just not too early, ok? Things might be hazy for a while.

June 04, 2009

This Week In Williamsburg Food

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A few bits of news to catch you up on.

If you get tired of the crowds at your favorite haunts this summer, head up to slightly-less-densely populated Camden, Maine for "The Maine Event," a foodie's celebration of New England recipes featuring instructions on pig butchering, pie making, shellfish shucking, and some good ol' fashioned chicken slaughtering, among other essential practices. Your instructors will be Tom Mylan and Caroline Fidanza of Marlow & Sons, Dennis Spine of Roebling Tea Room, and Millicent Souris of Egg, all taking up residence with you at the 17-acre Salt Water Farm, run by New York expats, from August 12th to 17th. It ain't cheap, $2500/couple, $1500/individual, but just imagine how many lobsters you can get for that price. They practically grow on trees up there. [From Brooklyn Based]

Meanwhile...

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June 03, 2009

Brooklyn Star Gazing

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It was the more-than-century-old wood brick oven that led Joaquin Baca, co-founder of the Momofuku empire, to chose the diminutive space on a lightly trafficked stretch of Havemeyer Street for his new Southern restaurant, Brooklyn Star. And indeed, framed alluringly in the exposed kitchen like the altar in a Gothic cathedral, diners and chef alike seem eager to worship at it. But while the oven grants distinctive flair to these modern takes on Dixie staples, Baca has said that it is also an “organic machine,” with hot spots and cold areas, and requires some finesse. The same could be said of Brooklyn Star itself. The menu, divided between small and big plates, with oddly overlapping price ranges, offers plenty of eye-catching choices and seems affordable, on average. But a meal comprised of only the intriguing, buzzed-about (and, yes, most expensive) dishes, can still cost you, and will pass over some of the more subtle standouts.

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May 29, 2009

Mesa Coyoacan Open

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Tonight marks the official opening of Mesa Coyoacan, a traditional Mexican restaurant from chef Ivan Garcia, original menu designer for Barrio Chino and most recently chef de cuisine at Mercadito. There’s nothing avant-garde about the menu, most of which will seem familiar at first glance--his “grandma’s recipes,” as Garcia put it, down to house-made tortillas--albeit with modern touches such as Berkshire pork in the carnitas tacos and grass fed beef for the carne asada. Look for tacos (3 for $9), a sampling of ceviches, sopas, and tamales, as well as entrees, including enchiladas de mole, pork-and-fruit-stuffed poblanos topped with walnut sauce and pomegranate seeds, and spiced lamb in chile ancho, chile guajillo, and avocado leaves steamed in a banana leaf, none over $15. Those price points and the warm interior (Chino-style wood tables for up to 14; salvaged 1940s wallpaper; and actual family photos hovering over the dining space like a glowering abuelita) you can expect Coyoacan to finally turn the former Pampa Grill space in Graham Ave’s “Fish Tank” building into the destination those architects clearly meant it to be.

Beer and wine only for now, including red and white sangria. Brunch due next week. Full menu here.

Mesa Coyoacan
372 Graham Avenue
718-782-8171

May 27, 2009

Calexico does Hope Lounge

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Though it's technically a rain-or-shine event, this evening's inclement weather may keep some of the crowds away from Hope Lounge and this year's kick-off of the Finger On the Pulse barbecues [via Eater]. Head on over at 7pm for $2 dollar PBRs and, infinitely more enticingly, $5 plates of Mexicali deliciousness from 2008 Vendy Award-winning Calexico. (In the slight chance you missed their recent appearance on "The Martha Stewart Show," check it out here. The FOTP folks are also giving away iPod covers from sponsor Incase to those that get there at the crack of cocktail hour, but admit it, you'd trample your own mother's iPhone for access to cheap Calexico with, possibly, shorter than usual lines.

May 20, 2009

Gimme Butt Crack

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Is this a crack in Gimme Coffee's armor? An Eater reader sent in a photo of a pants-sagging coffee barista, writing, "Reason 12 why Second Stop is better than Gimme. This is a Gimme barista working while sporting the pants below ass look. Has to be a violation, no?".

Not sure. But it cracks me up. No, actually that joke doesn't work because I see no crack. Is this barista buttless? I think the violation lies in the photographer's pocket, as srsly, who gets someone to make them a latte before snapping an iphone photo of their ass?

May 18, 2009

The Deadliest Catch

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Sure, you’d like to join one of the neighborhood CSAs, shop at the greenmarket, and limit your consumption to Long Island wines and Brooklyn brews, but your accounts currently require limiting yourself to Bud Light wishes and taco truck dreams. Isn’t there any way for you hop onto that whole “local” thing all your annoyingly employed friends are into? Enter the New York State Department of Health. Yes, Albany is, for possibly the first time, working for you.

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May 14, 2009

"I Love Delis"

We'd all agreed over here to never mention white boy rapper Asher Roth on this site. We'd prefer to just sort of let him fade away into cultural obscurity on his own. His retarded ode to pizza, frat boys and jelly shooters, "I Love College," was just too much to bear.

Thankfully, this hilarious and, um, high concept remix by Landline somehow seems highbow in comparison. And yes, fuck the Quizno's, fuck the Subway!!



DOWNLOAD THE MP3

Check out Landline's "Obamtourage" after the jump

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May 07, 2009

Luger's & Dumont Rank High With Burgers

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Peter Luger burger image c/o gastronomyblog

In this New York Times article, the "Burger of the Month Club" awards Peter Luger's for having the best burger in New York. Dumont holds the impressive #11 spot on their list. Yahoo!

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