08/17/15 9:47am
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Reclamation’s Love Shack Shandy beer cocktail will have you singing after you’ve had a couple.

Beer. Cocktails. Combining the two almost seems crazy, but here at Brokelyn we’re willing to experiment with ways to get a good buzz going. Turns out, when beer cocktails are done right, they’re pretty darn good, and even worth venturing out of your usual for (after enjoying your Brooklyn Beer Book beer on the house, of course).

Rather then send you out just asking the bartender to dump some tequila into a Tecate tallboy, we’ve got 9 bars for you to check out that are perfecting the art of the beer cocktail. Beyond the classics like the michelada, more inventive beer cocktails are being thrown together by booze mad scientsts around Brooklyn, like an award-winning gin-and-saison combo that took home “Best Beer Cocktail in NYC” at Brooklyn Brewery’s beer cocktail competition, to a lemon-infused vodka drink topped off with a Budweiser. (more…)

08/14/15 9:39am
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Obviously you’ll miss bagels when you leave, but there’s so much more to miss too. via Bagelsmith

After 4 years of living in Brooklyn, I was excited for a new chapter in New Orleans, but also knew it’d be bittersweet. Having grown up in New York (on Long Island, I’m honest), with most of my adult years in good ol’ BK, missing friends and family was going to be inevitable. I knew that I’d long for the convenience of public transportation and bodegas on every corner. Admittedly, I had preemptive FOMO regarding friends’ parties, the perennial run of free NYC shows and the yet-to-open spots that seemingly appear daily.

One thing I didn’t appropriately account for was food. Lame “I’m gonna miss pizza!” jokes were about as far as I took it, shortly before and after I moved out of Brooklyn. New Orleans, where I now reside, has an awesome culinary scene. It could be a lot worse, but from time-to-time I get the gastronomic blues. No offense to the people I left behind, but you can’t FaceTime with a bagel. Snapchat allows me to hear your voice, but there’s no scratch and and sniff feature when you send over a picture of that legit pastrami sandwich.

Brooklyn ex-pats all could probably give you their own list, but here are the foods that keep me up at night wishing I could have them, and the ones I go out of my way to get when I visit. (more…)

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You’ll probably be able to find a couple Nathaniel P. types while you’re there too.

Splitty
415 Myrtle Ave., Clinton Hill
(718) 643-2867

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What it is: This groovy, Marrakech-inflected bar in Clinton Hill by Andy McDowell of Pete’s Candy Shop features food and beer with an Eastern vibe. It holds events almost every night that truly run the gamut. Go in and relax with a beer or play some of the provided games with friends.

Why we love it: The detail that went in to the bar, which is modeled after a vintage airstream camper, is hugely impressive. It provides a beautiful space to enjoy the nightly free music including their Friday night all-female DJ line up. Get some friends together to have some beers or cocktails while watching CAMPISTA featuring members of Antibalas and Fela Kuti every Tuesday night.

What to order: The Hitachino with a mushroom bao is totally on point. They also have a great happy hour until 7pm Monday through Saturday and happy hour specials all day on Sunday that rock with $3 wells, $4 drafts/bottles and $4 baos.

Regular tip: The name of the bar comes from a term for a VW van with a split front windshield. 

08/12/15 9:47am
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Franny’s has the name and the wait, but should it be where you go for pizza and romance? Photos by Natasia Langfelder

As a born and bred Brooklyn girl, there’s nothing I love more than a cheesy slice of pizza. However, my fiancé can kind of take it or leave it. I don’t know if any of you have noticed, but lately fancy pizza ‘ristorantes’ have been popping up everywhere, especially in Prospect Heights. In an effort to turn her into a pizza lover, I decided to drag her around the neighborhood to find the perfect pizzeria for a romantic date night. Now, I love a classic slice but if there’s no vino and candlelight, then there’s no way it can be date night. Read on to find out which Prospect Heights pizza spot should host your next date! (more…)

08/07/15 3:13pm
There's no ice cream like free ice cream, like no ice cream we know. via Facebook

There’s no ice cream like free ice cream, like no ice cream we know. via Facebook

You know, you make a whole list of where people can go and get their fancy ice cream in Brooklyn and you think you took care of the issue for people, and all of a sudden a whole new fancy ice cream place decides to show up. Not that we’re complaining, since to celebrate their arrival in Williamsburg tonight, East Village ice cream shop Davey’s Ice Cream is just giving away the sweet stuff for three hours tonight. If only everyone coming here from Manhattan was this nice. (more…)

08/05/15 3:15pm

The City Speaks: New York: Yeah Dawg from Plant Based Traveler on Vimeo.

When it comes to vegan street food, Yeah Dawg has made quite a name for themsevles by serving meat-free, spiffed up twists on the classic New York dog. It turns out that beyond just wanting to provide hot dogs that people can eat without worrying about snouts and hooves, Yeah Dawg owner Marina Benedetto sees the business providing “food as medicine,” to animals, the environment and the human body.

The interview, from Plant Based Traveler‘s mini-documentary series The City Speaks covers everything from Benedetto’s philosophy behind hiring the kids she used to counsel to work with her company to the struggles of permitting and operating a small business in the city and why she went into the healthy hot dog racket. And if you’re not big on words, the video also shows you how the sausage is made, so to speak, following Benedetto through the Yeah Dawg factory and the assembly of one of their meat-free dogs. Which taste excellent, by the way. (more…)

Swim in liquor at the Sea Witch Tavern

Swim in liquor at the Sea Witch Tavern

Sea Witch Tavern
703 5th Ave (21st & 22nd)
South Slope

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What is it: South Slope stand-out with unique seafaring décor and a maritime-tinged food menu that specializes in fried clams.

Why we love it: Sea Witch gains major points for its mythical name alone. But the bar manages to pull off a theme without buckling under its own kitsch. Highlights include a behind-the-bar saltwater aquarium and a large backyard featuring other sea souvenirs. Add to that a thoughtful menu and a kitchen with its own dedicated window, and you’ve got the kind of place that we could imagine Captain Ahab taking a comely wench for, like, the third or fourth date.

What to order: Select from 20 taps of American craft beers from the likes of Bells, Founder’s, Sixpoint and others. The $5 beer and shot special won’t disappoint. To eat, the fried clam belly sandwich is probably the way to go here, though they also have specials that grab your eye. The buffalo fried oysters with bleu cheese are pretty decadent and amazing. Obviously those who appreciate seafood will enjoy Sea Witch but their landlubber fare (especially the hamburgers) has been developing a stellar reputation.

Regular tip: The original Sea Witch was known as the fastest clipper ship to leave from NYC for China during the tea trade. It set a round trip record to Hong Kong of 74 days. So this bar really has fast food.

Enjoy 2-for-1 cocktails at Sea Witch with the Brooklyn Cocktail Book!

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What lurks behind the door tonight? Something cool we bet. Photo by Sarah Bibi

Freddy’s Bar and Backroom   
627 5th Ave., (between 17th and 18th Streets), South Slope, 718-768-0131

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What is it: A Brooklyn staple nestled in the South Slope, boasting both cult celebrity and a history stretching back to Prohibition. Freddy’s, with its trademark comfortable and casual flavour is friendly and endlessly interesting.

Why we love it: Whether you’re there for the acid-tavern experience (TVs run award-winning video montages 24/7) or to see a free music, comedy, or art show show in the back room, Freddy’s always has something to revive a sleepy night. This neighborhood favorite hosts a welcome mix of locals and far-flung visitors, thanks to its beautiful other worldly decor, bustling vibes and charming staff. Just a few reasons why it was voted one of the best bars in the country by the likes of Esquire and others.

What to order: Aside from the whiskey and craft beers, Freddy’s offers a solid menu of what it calls “Pan-Brooklyn.” This includes burgers, fish tacos, local Polish kielbasa (meaning that they’re actually made across the street by two great Polish butchers), a curious twist on a BLT sandwich, and much more. All tasty and cheap as hell.

Regular tip: The intoxicating video collages you’ll see all over the bar are actually edited/created by co-owner Donald O’Finn.

07/28/15 10:48am
Hang out with the rest of these beer and wine lovers, since you're one. via Tap + Cork

Hang out with the rest of these beer and wine lovers, since you’re one. via Tap + Cork

It used to be someone who made their whole life around the enjoyment of beer and wine was called “a drunk.” These days though, society has grown up, so now we call these people “snobs” or “Brooklynites,” and there are plenty of events that cater to their (your/our) tastes. One of the best events catering to lovers of beer and wine is the Brooklyn Beer and Wine Festival, which is returning to the Bed-Stuy Restoration Plaza in August for a third straight year of a full day of sampling the best local beer and wine the borough has to offer. Or actually, two days this year, as there’s a first day that’s shrouded in secrecy. (more…)

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Looks good, huh? Image via The Sandwich Shop

Grand Street Restaurant Week has returned! After a very successful restaurant week this past February, the Grand Street Business Improvement District is setting up a summer week for you to fill those bellies with great deals on delicious food from various Grand Street restaurant in Williamsburg. From August 3-9, you can visit anyone of the 16 participating restaurants for lunches as cheap as $10 to dinners that will only run you about $30. We know, you’re probably drooling all over your phone, keyboard, or stranger on the train while reading this. So much so, you don’t know which ones to choose. You can’t go wrong with any, but let us offer some recommendations to help you out. (more…)