10/28/14 10:06am
pies'n'thighs

Chicken, waffles, satisfied nap afterwards. All photos by Joanna Purpich

Chicken and waffles hold a strange place in the food pyramid. They’re neither a true breakfast dish nor a lunch item despite the role chicken and waffles separately play in our diets. Have we found the holy grail of brunch? Regardless of when you choose to stuff your face, chicken and waffles are wonderful. Unfortunately, they can just as easily empty your wallet as fill your stomach.

Armed with the belief that chicken and waffles can be both affordable and delicious, I checked out eight Brooklyn restaurants all offering the dish for $13 and under, and ranked them for each individual component and the value of the meal as a whole. (more…)

10/27/14 2:04pm
A whole buffet of these bad boys

A whole buffet of these bad boys. via Facebook

Birthday parties are the best, except for the whole having to choose a gift or, even worse, split a check at some awful overpriced birthday dinner. We have great news for you though, because for once a birthday at a restaurant doesn’t have to involve painfully split checks and endless fractions. Veselka (144 2nd Ave, East Village) is having their 60th birthday bash and they want all their friends to come celebrate with free hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, and champagne. (more…)

skylark

Look at all these do-gooders. via Facebook

We know that you’re all a bunch of ethical consumers out there, who take very seriously where you’ll be drinking your next Golden Spike or Trend Piece. So in that spirit, let us recommend you do as much weekend drinking as you can at Skylark (477 Fifth Avenue, Park Slope) in November, because they’ve just announced they’re giving 10% of their weekend sales to Doctors Without Borders. (more…)

10/24/14 12:10pm
swtichel

The Waco Kid didn’t drink switchel. He drank whozzle

In case you hadn’t heard, the hot new drink in Bushwick that all the cool kids are drinking is switchel, a cocktail made of apple cider vinegar, ginger, water and maple syrup. Since farmers and frontiersmen used to drink it, it has a lot of old timey cachet for the kinds of people who love fetishizing the simple farm life but inexplicably live in a major metropolis. Well, it used to be cool and have that old timey cachet, but now that it’s been reported on, switchel is totally over. What’s the new drink that Bushwick will be chugging? We looked around in a dusty old file for old forgotten drink recipes, and we found all of these. (more…)

people's republic of brooklyn

Let’s eat. Photo by Joanna Purpich

Neighborhood bars feel like your home away from home. You get to gossip with the regulars about Michelle Williams driving up rent. The bartender doesn’t even tell you to shut up when you go off on a slurry tangent about that one time you found five dollars. Except, maybe this time you actually did find five dollars, and you have wisely decided to spend it on food at the People’s Republic of Brooklyn (247 Smith Street). Specifically, you’re gonna spend it on chicken and waffles, because holy shit they’re only $5? (more…)

10/17/14 12:08pm

Here at Brokelyn, we’ve kept a vigilant watch on the threat that robots pose to your job prospects in fields ranging from bartending to acting and even being a handsome lifestyle blogger. In most cases, we’re trying to sound the alarm to fight back against the machines, because we care about your job prospects. In the case of the robot barista seen above though, we think Brooklyn’s baristas have nothing to worry about. Could you imagine waiting that long for a damn coffee? At least if a hot but dumb human is doing it, you can develop a barista crush, which everyone needs. Unless you’re some kind of literal robot-humping jerk, there’s no way you’re gonna stand around and wait for this stupid robot to finish making coffee. You need caffeine damn it, you might fall asleep by the time you get your fix. So, congratulations baristas, at least you’re safe from the robot threat. For now.

[via Daily Coffee News] (more…)

10/16/14 2:41pm
Dine in Brooklyn offers gourmet dinners and a discount (via Facebook/kiwiana.restaurant)

Dine in Brooklyn offers gourmet dinners and a discount (via Facebook/kiwiana.restaurant)

New York Restaurant Week may still be prohibitively expensive but fortunately, you can get some actual good deals soon. That’s because Dine In Brooklyn, a three day celebration of local dining is back from October 20 to October 23 and October 27 to October 30.

Over 150 restaurants in the borough are planning to offer two-for-$15 lunches (so yes, you’ll need a friend or perhaps just take a meal to go) and $25 prix-fixe dinners. This may stretch your typical meal budget a bit, but you’re definitely getting a good value for the cost. (more…)

park slope two boots

More of this in Park Slope? Sure, sounds good.

It’s no surprise with the sky high rent in this city that restaurants are constantly opening and closing, and from time to time they seem to be playing their own version of musical chairs. To a certain degree that is what’s happening in Park Slope with Cajun pizzeria Two Boots Pizza, which Park Slope Stoop noticed is coming back to Park Slope. (more…)

mimi's hummus

Mimi’s Hummus is just one of the places on Cortelyou where things taste better at twilight. via Facebook

So as you may have heard recently, Faye was “warning” everyone off of Ditmas Park because it’s seedy and has a soaring crime rate. “Naw, that can’t be,” you thought to yourself. Well, you can find out just how bad things are down there next Tuesday, October 21, when shops all along Cortelyou Road offer free tastings, special deals and longer hours at Cortelyou at Twighlight(more…)

10/15/14 7:00am
pumpkin beer

For journalism! All photos by Patrick Phillips.

Ahhh, autumn. The satisfying crunch of leaves under your favorite boots that you’ve missed wearing all summer. The existential crises that result from seeing literal death all around you. And, of course, the influx of pumpkin flavored EVERYTHING. Your local bodega may have been stocking pumpkin beers since your last few summer Fridays, but it’s finally seasonally appropriate to indulge. Like it or not, autumn is here to stay (for the next 3-4 weeks until we enter the next ice age that will last for goddamn-ever-ugggghh-winter-you-are-the-WORST), so it means that pumpkin beer is too.

There has been an explosion of pumpkin beers in the last couple years, so to determine which (if any — ed.) one was worth your hard-earned drinking dollars, we gathered a group of 11 beer experts, appreciators and self-proclaimed PSL-loving #basic bitches to test seventeen of these autumnal brews we rounded up at Prospect Heights Beer Works, the NSA Supermarket on Washington Avenue, Covenhoven and the Park Place Deli. In a blind taste test, we rated the beers on a 1-5 scale by “pumpkiny-ness,” overall taste and drinkability. Here are our findings. (more…)