06/27/14 1:00pm
The Saint Catherine

Why have one Lillet Rose when you could have two? via The Saint Catherine

Our love for The Saint Catherine is well-established, what with the a whole post declaring it loudly. Still, there’s always room to love a place more, especially if they do something like make it much easier for you to drink your weekend away. And what do you know, The Saint Catherine is doing that, with an email they sent alerting us to the fact that they’re offering two-for-one specials on their brunch cocktails starting this weekend. (more…)

06/25/14 11:18am
Caribbean Restaurant Week

It’s a good idea to eat at Ideya during Caribbean Restaurant Week. via Facebook

Food is good and necessary for your continued biological function and all that, but sometimes you just don’t want to be the one who makes it. The problem is, that adds up eventually. Not this week though, because as DNA Info reports, it’s Caribbean Restaurant Week, and that means awesome deals on Caribbean food around Brooklyn. Also in Manhattan and Queens, but there’s enough deals here to keep you from traveling too far. (more…)

06/24/14 9:58am
good and cheap leanne brown

Yes you can make awesome looking pulled pork sandwiches with a budget of just $4/day

If you’re heavily reliant on Seamless, or even the bodega around the corner, to provide most of your meals, you probably know by now that you’re throwing a way a huge portion of your hard-earned money on take-out. If you’re not a cook, even preparing a few basic recipes (that don’t really require actual cooking) can help you save a bunch of cash, and be healthier!

You can do that with help from Leanne Brown, who wrote and developed recipes for Good and Cheap: How to Eat on $4/Day, a free guide to eating well on budget. While the book itself is a free PDF, Brown has also raised over $70,000 on Kickstarter to print hard copies of the book to sell to non-profits that work with SNAP families and other low-income people who might otherwise not see the book. Brown talked to us about how the project got started, how you can still buy organic on a budget and what to start off making if you think you lack culinary skills. (more…)

wreck room

Say goodbye to this. via Flickr user *Bitch Cakes*

Now that the likes of Zosia Mamet and Penn Badgley live there, Bushwick doesn’t have room for graffiti-filled cesspools of beer-and-shot combos and terrifying bathrooms. Specifically, we’re talking about Wreck Room, a stop on the “Hey, I’ve puked in front of here” tour that you soon won’t be able to bring friends to, because according to Bushwick Daily, the dive is closing its doors on Saturday(more…)

06/19/14 1:42pm

It’s already good food, but it’s even better when its so cheap it’s practically free. via Facebook

[UPDATE: It's happening! Wednesday, July 23 from 6pm to 6:54pm, per Veselka's Twitter account]

Keep some change in your pocket after those nickel cocktails, because we’ve got more throwback prices for ya. East Village staple Veselka is celebrating their 60th anniversary with a throwback to 1954, [h/t New York Observer] featuring their original menu and prices!  And back in the day, nothing was priced over $1.60 (the highest item being bigos and mashed potatoes), a big change from a $14 brunch plate accompanied by an infamous wait on Sunday mornings… (more…)

06/18/14 7:00am
louis valentino park

Lunch, with a view of forever. via Flickr user Gene Krasko

With sunlight hours at their peak, it feels depressing and outright cruel to eat your lunch at your desk, whether you’re stuck in an office or working from home. Sure, there are plenty of outdoor restaurants and cafes but you don’t always want to spend $20 for lunch. You’re also not interested in jostling for a spot in more crowded, well-known parks like McCarren Park, East River Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park. So, in order to help you get as much sun as possible this summer, we picked a few public outdoor spots where you can relax and enjoy some fresh air, along with some nearby places to grab some cheap, tasty food if you don’t feel like brown bagging it. (more…)

06/13/14 11:35am

Maybe we should call them Phraudsties. via Facebook

Well, guess it’s “Alcohol in Pop Culture Debunking Week.” Hot on the heels of Mike D telling us all that we’ve been drinking the wrong brass monkey this whole time, New York Magazine went and used science to test out what’s really in Phrosties, the cult frozen alcohol drink causing America’s latest moral panic. Wouldn’t you know it, Phrosties are nothing special, coming in at just 25 proof, which is 45 less proof than the empty bottle of Old Mr. Boston Lemon & Gin product sitting on our desk. (more…)

06/11/14 12:46pm
brass monkey

Ohhhhh… THAT funky monkey. via Phil Are Go

The brass monkey is the kind of beer cocktail we can get behind, in that it combines two things we love (malt liquor and orange juice) together into one thing we love. We were under the impression that the Beastie Boys shared our love of the brass monkey as well, considering they wrote a whole song about it. Or so we thought. In a conversation with Studio 360′s Sean Rameswaram, Mike D claimed that the brass monkey the Beastie Boys were rapping about was actually a pre-mixed cocktails made of dark rum, vodka and orange juice. This is very upsetting news. (more…)

06/10/14 12:12pm
Why does everybody call me Crazy Eyes?

Why does everybody call me Crazy Eyes?

OK, here’s some food truck #branding we can get behind. Taking a page from last year’s Arrested Development banana stand promotion, Netflix is rolling out a “Crazy Pyes” food truck that will hand out free fruit-flavored pies and free chocolate and vanilla swirl cones this week around Manhattan and Brooklyn. Crazy Pyes is of course a nod to Crazy Eyes (played by the great Uzo Aduba), who wifed up Piper in season 1, and dropped the famous “I threw my pie for you” line. Also Crazy Eyes (aka Suzanne. She’s a person, people) has a great back story in season 2. So far at least! I’m only on episode 4 so don’t ruin anything even though I’m ashamed at how long it’s taking me. Find the truck at these locations below, Dandelion. (more…)

06/10/14 8:00am
Thank Goodness It's For Branding

Thank Goodness It’s For Branding.

This weekend is Northside Festival, when sweaty, music-loving New Yorkers will flood Greenpoint and Williamsburg to bounce from venue to venue checking out a pretty sweet lineup of bands. It’s also a great time for #brands doing that thing #brands do when they give out free stuff, take pictures of cool Brooklynites holding said stuff, and therefore feast on your urban cultural cachet like a logo-slathered dementor. But surely, in an era where artisanal is long dead and Johnny Rockets is considered “hip,” there is no more life left in the Brooklyn artisanal corpse to even fingerbang these days?

Well, no, because TGIFridays, the restaurant chain that first tried to bottle and export quirkiness like it was a box of frozen potato skins, is unearthing that corpse and fucking it some more by entering the food truck business. Said monstrosity of Guy Fieri-approved fried apps will park at Northside this weekend, giving out free samples to all you youngins in its Target Demographic. Don’t worry, in case you doubted its authenticity, Fridays set up a Tumblr featuring a tattooed barista too. (more…)