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…)

sidra house

Tobey Maguire PROBABLY won’t be there, but you never know!

While the end of summer is inevitably a downer, don’t resort to hibernation mode just yet. We still have one more (albeit short-lived) season of decent weather before seasonal depression officially begins, so make it count!

Kick off the fall festivities Spanish style at the Sidra House Rules pop-up bar in Boerum Hill. On Thursday, September 25 hit up Building on Bond (112 Bond Street) for unlimited cider starting at 6pm. This $25 deal includes all-you-can-drink cider until the barrels run out (there will 3 kegs containing 80L of alcohol, you’ll get your money’s worth, relax) and a mix of Spanish tapas. (more…)

09/18/14 9:58am
Colonie's salad uses ingredients you may have thrown away via Melissa Kravitz

Colonie’s salad uses ingredients you may have thrown away via Melissa Kravitz

If you’ve been busy pickling, you probably haven’t had time to cook much else. But if that’s not the case, there’s a good chance you’ve been tossing (composting maybe?) your apple cores and corn cobs without a second thought as to how you can save a few bucks on meals with this supposed trash. Well, Chef Andrew Whitcomb of Colonie is back and here to help us eat our (potential) food waste. “There are lots of ways to be thrifty when you have to be,” Whitcomb said. And who doesn’t have to be, even with Brooklyn’s alleged rent decrease. (more…)

09/17/14 2:42pm
Amazing Garden

Look at all the fun people had their last year. via The Amazing Garden

Community gardens are just one of the multitude of reasons why Brooklyn is so amazing. Unfortunately these gardens are not just designated open spaces that grow and maintain themselves, but that’s okay because raising money for one of them this weekend involves you listening to live music and enjoying the best grilled sandwiches in the borough. (more…)