Most people who live here will tell you they love pizza, some will even say that they’re obsessed with it. Few have devoted their lives to it the way that Scott Wiener has, though. Beyond leading his eponymous pizza tours, the pizza obsessive has made an entire career and life revolving around pizza, from having a column in Pizza Today to consulting for pizzerias and tomato companies on marketing matters. Wiener is also the brains behind Slice Out Hunger (taking place October 7), the now annual charity event where the best pizzerias in the city sell their slices for just $1, with all the money raised going towards City Harvest. We chatted with Wiener about the evolution of Slice Out Hunger, how you can make your life’s obsession your life’s work and even got him to play Pizzstradamus and predict what the future holds for pizza in New York. (more…)
The West has everything a freelancer needs for success: free wifi, coffee, space AND beer. via Facebook
Working from home is hard. You get distracted by your roommates, your cat feels neglected and sits on your computer, you get the insatiable urge to catch up on the latest episode of whatever you’re binge watching, the next door neighbor is rehearsing with their experimental Satanic grindcore band and your walls are made of paper. So, you go to the local coffee shop, but how long can you really hang out in a coffee shop before succumbing to the caffeine jitters and going into debt from all that expensive fair trade coffee? Wouldn’t it be great if, instead, you could bring your laptop to a bar with a great happy hour? Somewhere where instead of getting distracted by your cat, you could take work breaks where you shoot the shit with a bartender, who are known to provide great inspiration?
GUESS WHAT? You totally can do that, because there’s a bunch of Brooklyn bars with wifi, happy hours that start early and best of all, plenty of space for you to get some work done. (more…)
Shalom Japan LOOKS fancy, but you can still eat there without breaking the bank. via Facebook
As they do every year, Michelin is about to announce what they consider to be the best restaurants in New York City. And while we all love a good meal out on the town, sometimes you don’t want to take out a mortgage to be able to afford it. So that’s why we have the Michelin Bib Gourmands, which are the best restaurants the prestigious guide says you can get two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less. Brooklyn is all over the list, with 32 restaurants to eat out at and look fancy and impressive, which is great. However, when it comes to choosing the dessert or the wine, don’t ask us what you to do. It’s your journey. (more…)
We will never argue with another place to get these. via Instagram
Like many Brooklynites, we love Pies ‘n’ Thighs, because who besides people who don’t eat meat or are trying to ward off a heart attack at 40 doesn’t love fried chicken? The only problem with Pies ‘n’ Thighs is that its tiny storefront means that any day you want to go eat there could turn into dealing with a mass of bodies all competing for a few tables and even the simple act of getting a chicken biscuit to go could bring on an anxiety attack. We’ve got great news for those of you who want to avoid the crush though: Threes Brewing, which we also love, is hosting a Pies ‘n’ Thighs pop-up in their kitchen now. (more…)
Union Hall makes us want to light a pipe and tell adventure stories.
We’re probably going to blow our grocery budget on books this weekend, what with the Brooklyn Book Festival finally upon us. We’ll save money for beer, of course, because we want to devour our literary haul with some lagers in one of our favorite reading venues: a bar! Not all bars are equal in the eye of the reader, naturally. Who wants to read where jaeger bombs are the norm? To save you the time searching, we compiled a list of fifteen places we think are the best Brooklyn bars to read in, along with suggestions on what to read.
Since most normies converge on pubs when night falls, these places are best read in during the day. But a good number of them remain quiet enough on weeknights to take in some text. Just remember to take care of your bartender if you’re going to spend a lot of time there. (more…)
Whatcha gonna do with all that shrimp? via Flickr user Max
You might remember when, in 2013, Olive Garden first rolled out the absurd Pasta Pass, an all-you-can-eat pass that got you 7 weeks of unlimited pasta dishes, breadsticks and soda—all for the low price of $100. You might even remember the UCB comedian who documented his experience on the Pasta Pass, to readers’ delight (and nausea).
Well, reminisce no more: the Pasta Pass is back as of 2pm today, and it’s still every bit as grotesque as you could imagine. (more…)
This sandwich from last year getting you hungry? Well, just hold out until Sunday. via Facebook
Who makes the best sandwich in Brooklyn? Wait, put down the bats and other implements of argumentation, we’re not actually here to debate that today. On Sunday September 20, however, you’ll have a chance to decide that question, because Carroll Gardens’ The Amazing Garden is having their annual fundraiser, The Best Sandwich in Brooklyn, in which you chow down on grilled sandwiches all day and hold in your hand the power to vote for which one you think is the best. Leave the bats and implements of destruction at home for this one too though, it’s a family event. (more…)
Third and Seven
3622 Quentin Road
(Corner of E. 37th Street)
What it is: Go-to sports bar and grill of Marine Park.
Why we love it: It’s an unpretentious neighborhood hang where you can watch sports to your heart’s content while putting back brews and getting your grub on. Friendly service and a welcoming crowd round off the experience.
What to order: There’s a full restaurant menu with items ranging from entrees like meatloaf, shrimp scampi, and mac and cheese to bar food regulars of burgers, wings, jalapeno poppers and more. The buffalo chicken wrap and a side of fries, washed down with a pint of what’s on tap, will definitely satisfy.
Regular Tip: If you’re not in the mood for sports, you can avoid the cheering fans by sitting in the restaurant area in the back.
Even worse, they have a series of parties in the yard called Tiki Siesta. via Facebook
Let’s say, hypothetically, you’re interested in opening a pizza place but you’re not very creative. Sadly, the Brooklyn Bar Menu Generator can’t help you with the menu or name here, because it doesn’t deal in pizza. On the other hand, people love Roberta’s, so why not just name your pizza place Roberta’s? Great, good plan, no one will ever even think to check if the actual people who own the rights to a pizza place called Roberta’s would mind. And anyway, you’re in Spain and it’s not like there’s a global communication infrastructure in place that would provide a way for someone to quickly find out that you’re using material that belongs to the Brooklyn Roberta’s. You’re home free!
Because it’s not just a matter of taste. via Extra Fancy
Ahhh, Labor Day: it hastens ever closer, bringing with it the cruel reality of summer’s end, reminding us of winter’s inevitable return. But we mustn’t fret. For here, in the best borough of them all, we have ways of making summer last all year long! We’ve got slushy frozen drinks even in sub-zero temperatures (well we did, at least), tiki bars serving island-style cocktails whatever the season…and best of all, we can enjoy some damn fine seafood anytime we want.
As a New England native, I think I can boast a fair bit of a authority on the shellfish and mollusk offerings here in Brooklyn. And there are a lot of ’em to choose from. So, here’s a roundup of the best Brooklyn spots for lobster, clams, crab and oyster—all available well after this delightful August heat and humidity is a thing of the past. (more…)