07/07/14 9:10am
pok pok ny

If you can get a seat at Pok Pok, you can experience one of New York’s best cheap eats. via Facebook

As befitting Brooklyn’s reputation as a place for good food (for everyone but Vogue anyway), it’s been popping up in “Best Of NYC” food lists like New York Magazine‘s Best Cheap Eats more and more. After having 15 and then 18 spots the last couple years though, Brooklyn had 31 of the 100 Best Cheap Eats this year, with restaurants spanning from Brighton Beach to Greenpoint. While on the one hand this could mean longer waits at your favorite spots, on the other hand, more places on this list means a bigger cut of appropriations from the City Council. Or at least that’s how we understand it. So there’s that. (more…)

07/03/14 12:06pm
The United States of Alcohol. Via.

The United States of Alcohol. Via.

It’s America weekend, and as we all know, Summer America is the Best America. Summer America means drinking cold cheap beer in the hot outdoors. We’re suckers for clever beer can branding in the summer time, the kind that plays off our patriotism, our nostalgia or our desire to at least not look like your average frat bro/basic bitch when guzzling mass market hops. So using our expertise as cheap beer consumers, we present: Brokelyn’s definitive ranking of the throwback and AmeriCans of summer 2014. (more…)

ice cream takedown

Can you do better than Captain Scummy? We hope so.

It’s ice cream season (well, it’s always ice cream season but it’s especially so now) but you don’t limit yourself to that corporate ice cream like Baskin’ Robbins or Ben & Jerry’s. You make it yourself, with love and effort, and your friends love it so much that sometimes they ring your buzzer at 3am asking you for some of your homemade stuff. If that describes you, than the Ice Cream Takedown, going down at the Bell House on July 27, wants you to put your best ice cream up against other Brooklynites confident enough to proclaim that their ice cream brings all the boys to the yard. (more…)

06/27/14 1:00pm
The Saint Catherine

Why have one Lillet Rose when you could have two? via The Saint Catherine

Our love for The Saint Catherine is well-established, what with the a whole post declaring it loudly. Still, there’s always room to love a place more, especially if they do something like make it much easier for you to drink your weekend away. And what do you know, The Saint Catherine is doing that, with an email they sent alerting us to the fact that they’re offering two-for-one specials on their brunch cocktails starting this weekend. (more…)

06/25/14 11:18am
Caribbean Restaurant Week

It’s a good idea to eat at Ideya during Caribbean Restaurant Week. via Facebook

Food is good and necessary for your continued biological function and all that, but sometimes you just don’t want to be the one who makes it. The problem is, that adds up eventually. Not this week though, because as DNA Info reports, it’s Caribbean Restaurant Week, and that means awesome deals on Caribbean food around Brooklyn. Also in Manhattan and Queens, but there’s enough deals here to keep you from traveling too far. (more…)

06/24/14 9:58am
good and cheap leanne brown

Yes you can make awesome looking pulled pork sandwiches with a budget of just $4/day

If you’re heavily reliant on Seamless, or even the bodega around the corner, to provide most of your meals, you probably know by now that you’re throwing a way a huge portion of your hard-earned money on take-out. If you’re not a cook, even preparing a few basic recipes (that don’t really require actual cooking) can help you save a bunch of cash, and be healthier!

You can do that with help from Leanne Brown, who wrote and developed recipes for Good and Cheap: How to Eat on $4/Day, a free guide to eating well on budget. While the book itself is a free PDF, Brown has also raised over $70,000 on Kickstarter to print hard copies of the book to sell to non-profits that work with SNAP families and other low-income people who might otherwise not see the book. Brown talked to us about how the project got started, how you can still buy organic on a budget and what to start off making if you think you lack culinary skills. (more…)

wreck room

Say goodbye to this. via Flickr user *Bitch Cakes*

Now that the likes of Zosia Mamet and Penn Badgley live there, Bushwick doesn’t have room for graffiti-filled cesspools of beer-and-shot combos and terrifying bathrooms. Specifically, we’re talking about Wreck Room, a stop on the “Hey, I’ve puked in front of here” tour that you soon won’t be able to bring friends to, because according to Bushwick Daily, the dive is closing its doors on Saturday(more…)

06/19/14 1:42pm

It’s already good food, but it’s even better when its so cheap it’s practically free. via Facebook

[UPDATE: It's happening! Wednesday, July 23 from 6pm to 6:54pm, per Veselka's Twitter account]

Keep some change in your pocket after those nickel cocktails, because we’ve got more throwback prices for ya. East Village staple Veselka is celebrating their 60th anniversary with a throwback to 1954, [h/t New York Observer] featuring their original menu and prices!  And back in the day, nothing was priced over $1.60 (the highest item being bigos and mashed potatoes), a big change from a $14 brunch plate accompanied by an infamous wait on Sunday mornings… (more…)

06/18/14 7:00am
louis valentino park

Lunch, with a view of forever. via Flickr user Gene Krasko

With sunlight hours at their peak, it feels depressing and outright cruel to eat your lunch at your desk, whether you’re stuck in an office or working from home. Sure, there are plenty of outdoor restaurants and cafes but you don’t always want to spend $20 for lunch. You’re also not interested in jostling for a spot in more crowded, well-known parks like McCarren Park, East River Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park. So, in order to help you get as much sun as possible this summer, we picked a few public outdoor spots where you can relax and enjoy some fresh air, along with some nearby places to grab some cheap, tasty food if you don’t feel like brown bagging it. (more…)

06/13/14 11:35am

Maybe we should call them Phraudsties. via Facebook

Well, guess it’s “Alcohol in Pop Culture Debunking Week.” Hot on the heels of Mike D telling us all that we’ve been drinking the wrong brass monkey this whole time, New York Magazine went and used science to test out what’s really in Phrosties, the cult frozen alcohol drink causing America’s latest moral panic. Wouldn’t you know it, Phrosties are nothing special, coming in at just 25 proof, which is 45 less proof than the empty bottle of Old Mr. Boston Lemon & Gin product sitting on our desk. (more…)