10/10/14 11:00am
j'eatjet? brunch

You don’t want this? Fine. Photo by Dave Rosado

Brunch brunch brunch. The only thing people like more than eating brunch is arguing about whether Brunch Is Bad. Leave it to the New York Times though, to pay David Shaftel to do a sub-replacement level David Brooks impression on the subject of how Brunch Is Bad and is a sign of Our Society’s Moral Failures. Brunch is Bad and a sign of avoiding adulthood and is ruining New York City, says Shaftel, except not the awesome brunches he ate:

I admit that I’ve found myself among the hordes on plenty of occasions. A particularly memorable fondue brunch in Chelsea that began at noon and broke up in a dive bar 15 hours later comes to mind. And there was the hedonistic all-day affair in Dubai, where I topped off courses of Japanese, Chinese and Lebanese food with a full English roast beef dinner, all consumed while hovering above the desert in an air-conditioned five-star hotel restaurant and guzzling a jeroboam of Veuve Clicquot….But now that I have a young daughter, brunch is completely impractical

Oh sure, Dubai, everyone’s been there. For a guy who says his daughter brings him introspection, this column contains precisely zero self-examination.

10/09/14 1:43pm
lakeview jamboree

A good old fashioned hootenanny, waiting for you at Prospect Park

If you’re looking for a cheap way to fill up and get a little exercise this weekend (but not too much), Prospect Park has the solution: Lakeside’s Backyard Jamboree!

This family-friendly autumnal festival will bring southern-style BBQ, pumpkin decorating, caramel apples and of course a photo booth to South Prospect Park Saturday, October 11 from 11am to 5pm. Oh and did we mention there will be country line dancing? We’re expecting more than the Cha Cha Slide. (more…)

10/08/14 11:09am
arrogant swine

You certainly won’t regret any of these in oh, let’s say, a day. via Instagram

If you’re going to open a restaurant in Bushwick, now the neighborhood of restaurants, you’re going to have to stand out in some way to get people to notice you. Arrogant Swine, a new BBQ spot opening on Morgan Avenue, is offering the chance for patrons to come get marked for life at their opening party with free tattoos from Gnostic Tattoo. Free tattoos of pigs, as seen above. Hey man, its your life. (more…)

10/07/14 2:10pm
italian restaurant week

Mmmm…sauce. via Flickr

A great thing about living in New York, as opposed to other places, is that other places don’t have oodles of great Italian food. You trip on the sidewalk in the right neighborhood around here and you’re liable to fall into a delicious plate of pasta or an eggplant parm sandwich. The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce doesn’t want you discovering Brooklyn’s Italian food by injury though, so starting Wednesday October 8 and running through Wednesday, October 15, they’re hosting Italian Restaurant Week. That means cheap lunches and dinners for you, and new customers for Italian restaurants. Everyone wins! (more…)

10/06/14 3:07pm
slice out hunger

Mmmmm…pizza. via Instagram

If you live in New York, you most likely love pizza. If you don’t, we don’t wanna hear about it. This love for pizza most likely extends to wondering how you can use it to make an impact for good in the world, and so the annual Slice Out Hunger is here to help. Just like in years past, this Wednesday you can pay $1 slice for pizza from the best pizzerias in the city and have a portion of those dollars go towards the Food Bank for New York City. It’s rare doing good gets to be this delicious. (more…)

brewklyn

And no, it’s not from McDonald’s.

To celebrate the opening of their new Clinton Hill cafe on Friday, October 3, Brewklyn Grind (557 Myrtle Ave) will be sharing free coffee and an assortment of pastries (delivered fresh from Balthazar!) starting at 8:30am and running until 10am. If you miss the free festivities, a cup of drip coffee is only $2, so you’re not breaking the bank supporting a local business. One that presumably will talk less about the Illuminati and Jews than some other coffee shops. (more…)

09/26/14 9:17am
smorgasburg

This, but indoors. via Flickr user Steel Wool

Do you like Smorgasburg but hate going to Williamsburg for it? Well great news, because Eater reports that Smorgasburg and the Flea are moving their indoor set up from Williamsburg to Crown Heights this year, setting up shop around the corner from Berg’n once it gets too cold to enjoy stuffing your face outdoors. (more…)

09/25/14 11:00am
gladys brooklyn

Gladys: Fancy enough for Michelin, but not too fancy for you. via Gladys

Appearing to be fancier than you really are is an important trick in life, especially when you’re trying to impress a date or a business associate or a parole officer. Don’t bother by trying to do it by putting on a suit, instead head to one of these restaurants that were given a Bib Gourmand rating for 2015 by Michelin. It’s not an official Michelin star, but it does mean Michelin inspectors determined you could get two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less. There are 36 such places to choose from in Brooklyn, and the person you’re trying to impress will probably stop listening after you mumble something about “Michelin approved,” because people just don’t listen these days. (more…)

09/25/14 7:00am
brooklyn oktoberfest 2014

It’s that time of year again. The oompah-oompah time of year. via Radegast

Start slipping on those lederhosen and practicing your oompah–Oktoberfest 2014 is upon us here in Brooklyn and there is much beer guzzling fun to be had.

If you missed the official Oktoberfest 2014 kickoff last weekend, not to worry–there are lots of free and affordable fall-themed Oktoberfest events, dinners and drink specials still happening around the borough between now and the appropriate month of October (appropriate, at least, for those of us who are ignoring the significance of the German holiday and using Oktoberfest as an excuse to ramp up post Labor Day drinking). (more…)

09/22/14 9:59am
ample hills

Finally, a reason to look forward to the mail. via Facebook

Ample Hills is great, but sometimes if you feel like shoving some of their ice cream in your mouth, you wind up waiting on a line that lasts longer than “Stairway to Heaven.” Which you know because you’ve listened to it wile standing on line. If you hate waiting on lines that much but have the patience to wait a whole day or two for a lot of ice cream, good news: Ample Hills will FedEx you six pints of ice cream now, according to the Wall Street Journal. It’ll cost you though. Oh will it cost you. (more…)