What it is: Surf shack stronghold and neighborhood cultural center of Rockaway, where folks stop in for a time out from the elements, or to top off a great beach day with a night of partying.
Why we love it: From the surf boards on the ceiling, to the hanging sculptures of puffer fish, to Endless Summer playing on the TV behind the bar, to the crowd of actual surfers—or at least those embodying the surf aesthetic—we are in beach bar heaven. It’s the perfect place to replenish your thirst after a day in the sun, or to rally for a live band or DJ at night. Art exhibitions and film series will stimulate your wave-wracked brain. Stop in for post-surf beers with your ocean partner. If you want to really get into character, take a lesson before hand at Locals Surf School; then, maybe you’ll feel like less of a groupie (probably not).
What to order: Fish tacos and a watermelon juice from Tacoaway Beach, Rockaway Taco’s new home in RBSC’s backyard. At the bar, order a Bloody Mary or one of the rotating drafts.
Regular tip: In the wake of Sandy, the Surf Club was one of the largest grass roots relief centers in Rockaway, mobilizing over 5,000 volunteers to distribute supplies and clear debris.
Brooklyn’s glorious spring just got even better: Introducing our first ever Brooklyn Cocktail Book, your ticket to keeping cool and well-lubricated at some of the best bars from Bed-Stuy to Red Hook. For $20, you get a pocket-sized, smartly-designed collection of 2-for-1 drink tickets at 20 tip-top bars.
Whether your palate runs to old-fashioneds or kombuchatinis (we don’t judge… much), you know a cocktail habit doesn’t come cheap. The Cocktail Book is a triple-A investment* because the book pays for itself in just two bar visits — and then you’re practically making money just by drinking margaritas! Not a bad summer job at all.
Tickets are good through Dec. 15, 2015, so you can take the time you need working your way through those 40 cocktails. (But don’t take too much time ordering yours — they may not last.) Where will your Cocktail Book take you? Here’s the full lineup of fine boozeries:
This could be you, just making everything yourself.
Spring is here and we’re green with plans for change and personal growth, cutting our jeans into jorts, potting herbs on the fire escape again (despite having neglected them last year and every year before that) and designing our own swimsuits, or at least thinking about it. Well, here’s another opportunity to begin anew: Brooklyn Craft Company is giving away $250 to spend on classes and kits, exclusively to Brokelyn subscribers. (more…)
What it is: Fort Defiance is a locally-sourced breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch bar and restaurant with a strong New Orleans bent (owner St. John Frizell lived and worked there for many years). It’s a welcoming neighborhood hangout that plenty of non Red Hook locals will make the trek for again and again.
Why we love it: In addition to serving up delicious food and drink every day of the week, the Fort offers nightly specials: Monday-Friday is oyster happy hour from 3-7; Monday is burger night; and Thursdays is all Tiki with “The Sunken Harbor Club,” featuring creative tropical drink specials (Samoan Fog Cutter anyone?) and a Polynesian-inspired food menu. It’s an establishment that equally favors New Orleans and Brooklyn, making it a safe-haven for NOLA expats and Brooklyn diehards alike.
What to order: Choose from a mix of local craft beers, like Sixpoint and Other Half, and New Orleans favorites Abita and Bayou Teche, on tap. Creole red beans on toast is a NOLA-inspired brunch favorite—pair it with perfect brunch cocktails Ramos Gin Fizz or a Bourbon Milk punch. At lunch or dinner, definitely try the lauded chicken liver pate with a Sazerac. And don’t forget the aforementioned Thursday night Sunken Harbor Club, where you can order tiki drinks such as the “Gunga Din,” a g ‘n t with cardamom and a twist.
Regular tip: Fort Defiance is named for Red Hook’s Revolutionary War stronghold where General Washington and his troops shot down British boats in the harbor during the Battle of Brooklyn.
What it is: Clinton Hill craft beer stronghold, in the top 12 of Zagat’s 2014 list “Hottest New Beer Bars in the USA.”
Why we love it: At Hops Hill, beer is the main affair. There’s nothing to distract you from the mission of drinking good beer, plenty of it. Serious foam-heads will feel like they’ve finally arrived. Host to regular tap takeovers and themed drinking events like ‘Imperial Stout night.’
What to order: Pick from 12 constantly rotating taps, 53 bottles and 11 cans. Expect to see local NYC breweries like Single Cut and Barrier Brewing represented among American crafts like Evil Twin and Thirsty Dog along with an assortment of international selections. Whiskey-wise, the Hill boasts 80 different high end and small batch bourbons, ryes and single malts. Charcuterie and cheese plates will help you soak it all in.
Regular tip: Try one of the beer cocktails!—like the Nightcall, made with bourbon, imperial Stout, honey syrup and mole bitters—to mix it up.
Birfday girl, about to hyperventilate because she thinks Weezy is at the same restaurant as her
This post is dedicated to all our readers who are 23 and under.
In the season 2 finale of Broad City, we celebrate Ilana’s 23rd birthday! And boy has she learned a lot in her short time on this planet—after all, hanging with her older, wiser amiga Abbi has made Ilana downright precocious. We compiled a list of Broad City life lessons from the season finale for our baby readers. Bonus—quite a few are New York-specific. (more…)
What it is: Cozy corner bar from the folks behind Lowlands, Skylark and the Adirondack, with great bar eats, board games, cocktails and brews.
Why we love it: Everyone feels at home here thanks to a low-key, unpretentious vibe and comfortable retro-living room decor. When it’s nice out, having a beer or cocktail with friends at one of the sidewalk tables makes for a lazy, lovely afternoon.
What to order: Seven out of eight draft lines are reserved for rotating crafts, so see what’s on tap and take your pick. They’ve got a mighty fine cocktail menu as well; try the “Rolls Royce” martini, with Beefeater gin, sweet and dry vermouth, Benedictine and an orange twist. Feast on anything from burgers to burritos, wings to nachos, and feel the wave of comfort wash over you.
Regular tip: Abilene is also a great spot to host a party or event; inquire here.
In season 2′s penultimate episode, Abbi and Ilana explore other women. Ilana’s narcissism fully realizes itself when she falls for her doppelganger (Alia Shawkat), while Abbi spends a wild night getting fucked up with Kelly Ripa. But their dream crushes turn to nightmares, fast. (more…)
What it is: German bier hall and tavern with Italian influences in the heart of Cobble Hill.
Why we love it: With the fireplace, exposed brick walls and reclaimed wooden tables, it’s a relaxing and romantic place to grab a bite and a drink with a date after seeing a showing at Cobble Hill Cinema just down the street.
What to order: The house-brewed beer, Buschenschank Pilsner or Heffe, or one of the German brews on tap. Order pizza and a plate of wurst, because where else will you get the chance to eat both those cuisines under one roof? Also, homemade pretzels and bier cheese.
Regular tip: The “Ratskeller,” their elegant downstairs lounge, is available to reserve for private events.
Ilana Wexler: libertine, pothead, feminist, molder of young minds….Huh? In Episode 8, we see Ilana as the babysitter of a precocious, privileged boy Oliver, whose refined Manhattan mother (played by Amy Ryan) finds Ilana charmingly bohemian. She’s doing it for extra cash, right? Why else does anyone babysit?
Maybe, but Ilana has another objective: “Oliver is at a tipping point. If I don’t step in now, he could go to Yale, and then, Yale Law, and then kill a stripper and settle out in court….If I don’t do something, he could turn into another useless, rich old white man.” In her dealings with Oliver, Ilana is nothing if not a focused, systematic, purposeful leader of youth. But what kind of lessons are there to learn at the Ilana Wexler School of Parenting? (more…)