Take a look at these beauts! Brooklyn’s best V-Day gift goes on sale tomorrow, but lord knows you don’t have to be coupled up to buy one. Perhaps you already know how our world-famous Beer Books work: 30 beers, 30 great bars, just 30 bucks. So many groovy places signed up this year (full reveal tomorrow) that we even threw in a coupla extras. We can’t say exactly what time the Brokelyn Beer Books drop, because we have commitment issues about such things, but watch this space to find out more. A word of warning: if the past is any guide, the books will be gone by the weekend, possibly by Friday. Miss them and risk spending too much of 2014 sober.
This romantic gift doesn’t bespeak Dave’s weird cultural obsessions or millennial inside jokes. A fondue pot for two isn’t cheeky, smirky or smart assy in any way—it insists upon its cuteness, and that is all. To give someone this is to say fuck irony, fuck ’90s nostalgia, fuck that comedy show at the Bell House we missed, fuck your tattoos and mine too. Fuck it all, and possibly me too, if maybe you want to? But first, let’s get some stinky cheese and fire up this adorable little thingy! It took us so long to get that out, the $24 pot is now on back order at UncommonGoods (a Brooklyn-based mail order outfit) but get in now line for Valentine’s Day. However, know that by then you’ll have some other stupendous gift options.
What it is: A small burger-and-beer joint with an inventive menu that invites you to stray from the script.
Why We Love It: For all the hype about the purportedly Smith Streetish food scene in Ditmas Park, there are gaping holes in the neighborhood menu. Ox Cart fills the hearty pub fare niche without resting on its lack of competition. Plus, it’s a rare and welcome destination on underdoggy Newkirk Avenue, a quiet cousin to Cortelyou. (more…)
Welcome to the first in our “Ask a Headhunter” interview series, in which we grill recruiters on what it takes to get a real job. Today’s expert is Brooklyn’s own Kristy Hurt, a luxury fashion and retail specialist whose clients include Alexander Wang, Loeffler Randall, Miu Miu and Prada, among others. We asked her to identify entry-level opportunities as well the best longterm gigs other than completing a series of unpaid internships until you’re ready to retire or opening an organic handbag storefront in Bushwick that shutters two short months later, after lots of great parties but only three sales.
1118 Cortelyou Rd. between Stratford and Westminster
What it is: Sycamore calls itself the “coziest bar in Brooklyn,” and while we aren’t ready to throw Brokelyn’s editorial might behind that assertion, we’ll put it squarely in the running, with its bricky, woody, wool-sweatery feel, friendly bartenders and one’s tendency to get sucked in and never leave. (more…)
Hey, that wig is pretty smokin’. Photo courtesy of LookGoodFeelBetter.org.
We know good hair is a primary concern of Brokelyn readers because of the response we got on this cheap men’s Brooklyn haircut post and this one for the ladies, and also Bill de Blasio’s mullet. Next Tuesday, Oct. 22, a Park Slope salon is offering a chance to get a half-price ‘do and do right by someone with cancer. (more…)
What is it: The snazzy, woody bar and restaurant is a pillar of “the new Smith Street,” as Marty Markowitz has described Cortelyou Road.
Why we love it: Rustic but not pig-farmy, trend-conscious but not precious, Castello Plan is highbrow modern Brooklyn but not achingly so. Castello’s wide-ranging menu has an adventurous side (gazpacho with white peach and seared squid) but doesn’t thumb its nose at updated classics (tagliatelle with tomato pesto and pecorino.) (more…)
I know some of y’all are going to be like, what’s this Upper East Side looking thing doing on Brokelyn? OK so it’s not a WORD Bookstore tote, and about 95 percent of you won’t give a SHIT about this, but for the five percent who do, it’s essential public service on a par with no-insurance medical care or how to find an afforable lawyer or yay for free birth control! This classy little Tory Burch lunchbox is one of the 50 holiday gifts that drop in stores on Saturday (TOMORROW!) as part of the Target-Neiman Marcus holiday collabo. If you haven’t been keeping up with this, it’s where designers including Rodarte, Alice + Olivia, Skaist-Taylor, Phillip Crangi, Lela Rose, Marchesa, Marc Jacobs (don’t get too excited, he phoned it in) and yeah, Tory, came up with an exclusive line of limited edition gifts bowing at both stores. Here’s the whole freaking collection. And YES, I’m drinking that Kool-Ade, out of an Oscar De La Renta dog bowl in fact. Whether you order online or get behind me online at the Brooklyn Junction store at 8 a.m., there’s a limit of five items per customer. The Philip Crangi trinket box (#30) is for my mom, but you can have these Rag + Bone shotglasses: (more…)
What to get the friend who eats all of her freshly microwaved meals in front of Honey Boo Boo marathons? Or the one who doesn’t like all the different foods to mingle on her plate because she has OCD or some other eating issues? (Who doesn’t?) A duo of stoneware TV dinner trays make a great, oddly romantic gift for screen-side diners, as long as the recipient can withstand the pressure of having to come up with five discreet food items per meal. No, the beverage doesn’t count, and sadly, unlike its Swanson, foil-trayed ancestors, these trays don’t come with the apple cobbler built in. $24 for set of two at Uncommon Goods.
Mad props and an extra slice of sweet spud pie tonight to the good people of Occupy Sandy, who coordinated the prep and delivery of 4,000 Thanksgiving meals to residents of Canarsie, Red Hook, the Rockaways and Coney Island. And what an effort it was: some 300 to 400 volunteers worked continuously from 9 am Wednesday chopping, cutting, packing and organizing at Occupy HQ, at St. John’s Parish Hall, 461 99th St. in Bay Ridge. The last Thanksgiving meals were going out today at 4, but Occupy’s work is far from done; coordinator Waldemar Albrecht-Lunn told us that volunteers will be needed to help prepare food at the church indefinitely, “until the need is met.” He said to show up starting at 9 am any day. Or see the Occupy site for more on how to help. More (sorry, iPhone) pics of the OSers in action after the jump. (more…)