05/27/15 12:53pm
jimmy's famous heros

Don’t just have a hero. Have a famous hero. For free.

The culinary event of the season is upon us. Tomorrow, people from all over Brooklyn will be venturing out to Sheepshead Bay with their stomachs empty, and returning to their homes with their stomach overwhelmingly filled. The Bite: Sheepshead Bay is going to feature over 20 restaurants serving over 50 different dishes. The only thing stopping you from enjoying the best local food in Sheepshead Bay is buying a ticket. Wait, you don’t have money for a ticket? You spent your last pay check on bills and college loan payments. Well perhaps luck will be on your side for being so responsible. We have not one, not uno, but two tickets for The Bite. Do you want a pair of tickets to The Bite? Keep reading. (more…)

05/27/15 11:20am
full moon festival

The best kind of sandwiches, for the best kind of price (free)

We’re into the jorts and jerseys part of the year, which means a person’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of…ice cream. What, did you have another end to that sentence? Anyway, it’s ice cream season, which is good because ice cream is delicious. Even better, you can get some ice cream for yourself for free on Thursday, when an ice cream truck parks in front of Roberta’s and just starts handing out ice cream sandwiches all willy-nilly. (more…)

nuteria

Goodbye, Nuteria. via Instagram user dallekvist

One of Brooklyn’s age-old questions has finally been answered: If you opened a shop devoted entirely to mayonnaise and a shop devoted entirely to Nutella, which one would last longer? The answer, surprisingly, turns out to be the mayonnaise shop, with word coming down from Park Slope Stoop that the Nuteria has quietly thrown in the chocolatey towel. (more…)

Elope with this elote. via Facebook

Elope with this elote. via Facebook

You spent all dang winter staying indoors, avoiding restaurants and cooking out of a crockpot and braising cheap meats. It’s time to get out of the house and eat some food someone else cooked! Of course, you’re still broke, so going out to eat could be a slight problem. No. 7 North, a bar we’re quite fond of, has your back though, because they just introduced a new Tuesday Night Recession menu that has some good eats for as cheap as they come. Well, no, not free, but close to that. (more…)

From left to right, signature cocktails "The Duneagle Castle" and "Handsome Hound" look pretty smokin' together! via Hunter's on Instagram

From left to right, signature cocktails “The Duneagle Castle” and “Handsome Hound” look pretty smokin’ together! via Hunter’s on Instagram

Hunter’s Bar
213 Smith St. (Baltic and Butler)
Boerum Hill

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What it is: Classic cocktail bar and New American restaurant on Smith Street.

Why we love it: The cocktails are all named after famous hunters—Katniss Everdeen, Handsome Hound, Boba Fett—which shows that Hunter’s is a laid-back establishment with a tongue-in cheek bent. But that doesn’t mean they don’t take the quality of their food and libations very seriously. You can get a really excellent meal here of locally and sustainably sourced dishes inspired by Chef/owner Angelo Schifilliti’s Italian heritage.

What to order: Can’t wait for episode VII? Geek out with the “Boba Fett” made with Brooklyn Republic Vodka, pear nectar, Grand Marnier and star anise. Enjoy 2-for-1 cocktails from 4- 7 daily, or anytime with our Cocktail Book, and half-price wine bottles on Sundays. To eat, go for a house made pasta and one of their fresh, inventive salads, such as the farro and bacon. The mushroom pot pie and rolled stuffed pork chop are among the wholesome, delectable entrees. Sit at the bar and share the mussels and a cheese plate made up of selections from Stinky’s just down the street.

Regular tip: Host a private party or event at Hunter’s—pick from their pre-fixe packages “Arrival at the Lodge” “A Hunter’s Feast” or “Avant-Chasse Brunch.”

Enjoy 2-for-1 drinks at Hunter’s Bar with our Cocktail Book, on sale now!

05/21/15 11:35am
Skip the  dumpy salad line at work and feast on this deliciousness instead for just $2.50 a day. Photo by April Greene.

Skip the dumpy salad line at work and feast on this deliciousness instead for just $2.50 a day. Photo by April Greene.

There’s one culprit in New York’s vast selection of overpriced dining options that I’ve made it my personal mission to trounce: The work-week lunch. For a decade, I watched my midtown coworkers shuffle outside every time the clock struck 12:30, in biting cold or stifling heat. They’d cram into bleach-reeking lookalike delis, drop $10 for a wilty salad or couple of greasy pepperoni slices and can of Coke, and trek back to the office, lopsided with their plastic bag meal weighing one arm down. By this time, they might have 30 minutes to jaw and read the Internet before decorum called them back to work (but not before they’d filled the trash can under their desk halfway up with landfill-lacing greasy napkins and clamshell boxes).

What was I doing all this time? I, my friends, was enjoying a full 60 minutes of Reddit in the company of my $2.50-a-pop super-duper healthy and tasty homemade lunches! They take an hour once a week to prepare and have spared me countless rides in the office elevator with undesirable neighboring tenants. As if that all weren’t enough, a conservative calculation estimates that these lunches have saved me $14,000 in those 10 years, versus what my esteemed colleagues shelled out. That’s what I call lunch money. Let me show you how you can do it too. (more…)

05/19/15 10:08am
Looks like camp, but with better booze. via Facebook

Looks like camp, but with better booze. via Facebook

Warm weather means lots of things in the city. Beach trips, that garbage smell we all know and love and outdoor drinking. Who needs a roof or walls? Not us! As if there weren’t already plenty of options for outdoor drinking here, we’ve got a whole new special place to do it, because Grub Street is reporting that Kings County Distillery is opening a whiskey-soaked backyard drinking spot in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. (more…)

05/19/15 8:29am
All pink everything. Photo by Madelyn Owens

All pink everything

Summer is coming. Springs blossoms have turned to lush greenery, windows are open, pasty legs are making their annual debut, and everyone is craving their preferred warm weather libation. Maybe you can’t wait for the season’s first Brooklyn Pennant Ale. Perhaps your summer doesn’t start until you’re sipping a margarita poolside. For me, warm weather means one thing: rosé.

I’m not the only one. The blush stuff is blowing up Instagram feeds everywhere. Last summer, the fancy folk summering in the Hamptons guzzled so much rosé that wine stores had to start rationing bottles toward the end of the season. “It’s definitely a summer thing,” says Young Jung, owner of The Winey Neighbor in Prospect Heights. “People are more open minded [about rosé] than when we opened 3 and a 1/2 years ago. Everyone always asked me, “Is it sweet?”

Rosé is not, as I’d previously imagined, what happens when you pour Chardonnay into the same glass from which you drained the party’s last drops of Cabernet Sauvignon. There’s actually a huge variety available, not just the cloyingly sweet Franzia that you drank straight from the bag as a lousy teenager. So how do you find the right rosé for you? “Always ask,” says Jung. “Otherwise you are judging a book by its cover. For me personally, I want a rosé that’s light, crisp, refreshing. Just ask for what you want.”

You can also take our word for it, since we gathered up a panel of rosévanglists, a few staunch anti-blushians, and one token Bro-sé, and did a blind taste test of 11 bottles under $10, while listening to The Pink Print #onrepeat. The panel rated each wine on overall taste, smell, drinkability, and dryness so you can make your summer wine season cheap but tasty.  (more…)

Sip an "Etta James" at the candlelit Great Georgiana

Sip an “Etta James” at the candlelit Great Georgiana

The Great Georgiana
248 Dekalb Ave (at Vanderbilt)
Fort Greene

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What it is: Corner bar and eatery in the heart of Fort Greene.

Why we love it: The space is stunning, with exposed brick, wooden floors and a long zinc bar, elegant at night with candles and drooping white lights. It’s both an intimate spot for a date night—get cozy in one of the front window nooks and enjoy prime Dekalb Ave. people watching—and dancing with friends on regular DJ nites. In warmer months, lounge over bar snacks like “devils on horseback” and cocktails at the sidewalk tables.

What to order: The signature “Etta James” of barrel-aged gin, chamomile and lemon; or ask the bartender about the “daily cocktail.”  Beer-wise, two of the six draft lines are constantly rotating, or a $4 can of Modelo always hits the spot. The food menu ranges from cheese and charcuterie plates to comfort food classics like Shepherd’s Pie; let your appetite be your guide.

Regular tip: The bar is named after the migrant ship Georgiana of 1852 that traveled from co-owner Chris Connor’s native Glasgow, Scotland to co-owner Dominic Tracy’s hometown of Geelong, Australia, ending in a mutiny!

Enjoy 2-for-1 drinks at the Great Georgiana with our Cocktail Book, on sale now!

05/14/15 3:25pm
The grocery of your dreams via NYT, Greenberg Farrow

The grocery of your dreams via NYT, Greenberg Farrow

To those of you reading who have not been to Wegmans, I just want to tell you now that the coming Navy Yard location is going to change. your. life.

Although there are multiple Wegman’s locations in New Jersey, I did not fall in love with the supermarket giant until I went to college. Penn State is known as a party school for a reason, but to be fair, there isn’t much else to do in Centre County, Pennsylvania other than drink. Trips to places like Target or Wal-Mart were exciting. If you had a car, or knew someone with a car, you made frequent trips up and down Atherton St. But no matter what places were on your to-do list, everyone put Wegmans as #1. It isn’t just a grocery store, it’s the Disney World of supermarkets.
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