01/08/16 2:51pm
We know you want this. Image via Carpe Donuts

We know you want this. Image via Carpe Donuts

We can see it now, you on the treadmill or the elliptical, or whatever other machines they have at the gym, we don’t know we never go. You walk out after a hard 20 minutes and then you see it, that window. The one with those round treats covered in frosting. You’re easily tempted and why wouldn’t you be? We’re spoiled with great donut options here. You fight it, but it’s no use. Before you even realize it your standing in front of a cashier whose handing you a bag of donuts. You take a bite. It’s delicious and you savor the enormous amounts of calories and sugar put into this wonderful circle of joy.

If this is you, someone who has an addiction to good donuts, well we’re here to help you with your addiction. Not by making you stop, but by putting you near as many donuts as possible. The first ever NYC Donut Fest is happening and instead of spending $35 on fruits and vegetables, how about you put that money into something you really want. (more…)

01/04/16 3:56pm
This used to be a bagel. Via Jordana Z.

This used to be a bagel. Via Jordana Z.

Bagel scoopers, as I wrote in the NY Post yesterday, are treated by some New Yorkers as a loathsome subset of city dwellers, lumped in with people who eat their pizza with a fork or derelicts who ride the subway in flip flops. Passions run high on this subject because New Yorkers care a lot about their iconic foods. Watching someone lobotomize a beloved food item clearly causes physical pain for some who hold the bagel in holy (hole-y?) pride. So for that story for the Post, I talked to people who defend bagel scooping as a way to cut carbs while still getting their beloved bagel taste, and others who would rather eat a scoop of cream cheese with their bare hands than watch someone gut theirs.

The truth is: it’s a matter of taste/diet/whatever, but it’s your food and you should do what you want with it, despite whatever a birthright-waving New Yorker might tell you. But there is one actual reason you shouldn’t scoop your bagel: It’s super wasteful. (more…)

01/04/16 12:49pm
If you wanna go back to Beer Street with the next Beer Book, let us know! Photo by Patrick Phillips

If you wanna go back to Beer Street with the next Beer Book, let us know! Photo by Patrick Phillips

If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to discover more awesome bars and drink more beer this year, you’re in luck: the Brooklyn Beer Book is back!

Thanks to the popularity of the Beer Books’ very simple and very budget-friendly offering — 30 beers at 30 bars for 30 bucks — 2016 marks our sixth year (and eleventh and twelfth editions) of bringing the best beer in Brooklyn to you, our savvy readers, for a buck a piece. Even sweeter is that those beers are served at our (and your) favorite bars and restaurants in the borough. But — we’re looking for more. (more…)

12/28/15 1:38pm
Threes Brewing was new this year. Did you like them?

Threes Brewing was new this year. Did you like them?

Holy crap, 2015 is coming to an end, which means you need to make a resolution you won’t keep, you have a find a party where you’ll cry and make out with someone and most importantly you have to look at your Beer Book and see which tickets you still have left and can realistically use. Once January 1 comes around, your Beer Book 8 and 9 tickets will be as worthless as the scrip they used in the awful, traitorous Confederate States of America, so get out there and use them. We suggest trying out some new places in the remaining days of 2015, since that’s the whole point of the books, to explore new and exciting frontiers in drinking. (more…)

12/21/15 3:32pm
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Which chocolate passed the discerning taste test of our chocolate expert?

In case you hadn’t heard, the Mast Brothers were recently served with some pretty damning accusations of melting industrial-grade chocolate together to make their $10 bars of what has also recently been deemed “crappy hipster chocolate.” So-called chocolate experts and candy snobs have been conducting meticulous taste tests of the Mast Brothers’ bars and deeming them unfit to sell for a two-digit price tag.

In order to settle the chocolate debate once and for all, we conducted an exhaustive taste test of some other options you can go with now that paying $10 for a chocolate bar seems like even a more of an unhinged idea than before. And while they may not all lay claim to being bean-to-bar, their flavors are just as complex and worthy of review. Read on, as Brokelyn’s in-house chocolate expert weighs in on the flavor, texture and overall quality of each one.  (more…)

12/16/15 3:20pm
via Facebook

via Facebook

Are you broke from all the holiday shopping? Bored of the usual seasonal bustle? Take advantage of the decent weather and check out some place new outside your usual haunts. Molasses Books (770 Hart Street, Bushwick) is a unique used bookstore that also serves as a bar and café–and happens to be one of the many awesome venues featured in the Brooklyn Wine Book. With frequent readings, book launches, DJs and other events, the vibe changes nightly, but the small space ensures an intimate shared experience. (more…)

12/15/15 2:27pm
One last shot for bonus drinks at Lowlands Bar

One last shot for bonus drinks at Lowlands Bar

December 15 is a very important day in a year that’s usually not filled with important days. Hm? No, it’s not important because it’s the last day you can buy health insurance for 2016 (although your parents would probably appreciate you doing that). It’s important because today is the last day you can use any tickets you’ve got left from the first Cocktail Book we published earlier this year. Lucky for you that your last night for bonus cocktails is happening on a typically mild and beautiful December night, eh? (more…)

12/03/15 10:09am
The croque madame is a cheaper way to try the food at Le Barricou. Via facebook

The croque madame is a cheaper way to try the food at Le Barricou. Via facebook

Every morning, just checking my phone makes me hungry. I find myself me drooling over the latest additions to the Brooklyn restaurant scene, the Instas, the New York Times reviews, the chef cred … until I check the menu and see the kinds of prices that can really kill an appetite.

One trick I’ve learned for saving money when it comes to trying a new place: brunch. It’s a great way to test out the kitchen’s chops and it’s almost always way cheaper than a dinner bill. Plus, some places offer special drink deals in the morning. Just a note: brunch still gets kinda pricey, but once you do the math, all these meals come out the winner compared to their nighttime counterpart. And besides, it’s the weekend: treat yo’self. (more…)

12/01/15 3:13pm
The ability to destroy a planet is nothing compared to the power of the Dark Side ('s ice cream flavor profile). via Ample Hills

The ability to destroy a planet is nothing compared to the power of the Dark Side (‘s ice cream flavor profile). via Ample Hills

Star Wars fever: huge swathes of America have caught it, throwing any caution we might have learned from the last time we got excited about a new movie to the harsh winds of Tattooine and embracing this shit like an offer of safe haven from our old pal Lando. As you know, Halyards is showing the films in Machete Order (you can catch the unfortunate Attack of the Clones tonight), and adding to Gowanus’ space cachet, you can now pick up Episode VII-themed ice cream at the Ample Hills Gowanus location, provided you order it online first. (more…)

11/19/15 11:25am
Wear your eatin' pants for the Thanksgiving Mac

Wear your eatin’ pants for the Thanksgiving Mac

Thanksgiving can be tricky when you’re away from your family. You and your friends could try to cook a turkey, but your lavish banquet may end up being turkey-flavored ramen if you don’t know how to roast a bird, even if you try following these handy Thanksgiving cooking tips. If cooking consumes time you’d rather devote to drawing handprint turkeys and watching the National Dog Show, check out this list of Brooklyn restaurants that are delivering and serving meals this Turkey Day, updated for 2015. Most require advanced orders or reservations, so be sure to call early. (more…)