10/14/14 9:46am
shot and a beer

Really not that complicated, guys. via Flickr user Marshall Astor

When you go to bars, do you usually order a shot a beer? Makes sense, since beyond being a good way to start a night with two alcohols instead of one, it’s a tactic that at least feels like a deal if you get it for say, $5. Have you considered the meaning of a shot and a beer though? About how Joe Alcoholic drinks them at his dim, depressing House of Beer? Oh, you haven’t? Well, craft cocktail bars and the the New York Times have, and now a shot and a beer is being tarred as some fancy bullshit. Cheers! (more…)

10/10/14 2:53pm
caleb kola

Just you and your buds and some flannel and some totally not PepsiCo-brand refreshment. via Facebook

Hey all you totally cool dudes in your flannel and you rad girls wearing cut-off jeans with tights under them, you love soda, right? How about we all sit down and rap about the new Imagine Dragons album and argue about whether or not The Lumineers or Mumford and Sons are a better band while drinking some Caleb’s Kola? It’s totally unaffiliated with any PepsiCo products, because we here at Caleb’s Kola know that big soda is lame (kids still say “lame,” right?). (more…)

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…)