09/10/14 9:31am
shinobi ramen

Enjoy the shinobi ramen at Shinobi Ramen with your own hand-selected booze. via Facebook

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could go out to dinner and be certain that your favorite alcoholic beverages were available, for around $3 per drink? Have we got news for you: Brooklyn has some awesome BYOB restaurants, so going out to eat and drinking cheap doesn’t have to exist only in your dreams.

A BYOB restaurant is a beautiful, cost-effective option often overlooked in a city where you’re constantly stuck $12 for something you already have in your fridge and could’ve poured into your own mason jar. We’re obviously not taking any kind of anti-bar stance here, but if you have a few odd beers at your apartment and want to get rid of them, why not take them out for a night on the town at at one of Brooklyn’s best BYOB restaurants? (more…)

09/08/14 9:31am
We love seeing people with their priorities straight.

We love seeing people with their priorities straight.

1. Side Ponytail Comedy Show is headed back to school. (Monday)

2. powerHouse Arena is celebrating the release of a book about women and their outfits, and is holding a swap meet before and after the reading, just in time for your seasonal fashion shift. (Monday)

3. Stand up for Manifesto! comedy at the People’s Republic of Brooklyn. (Tuesday) (more…)

08/04/14 10:28am
Well are you gonna go or what?

Well are you gonna go or what?

1. Get a free glamour shot for your LinkedIn (or Tinder, or however you wanna use it), courtesy of Mesh. (Monday-Friday)

2. Head to Videology for the premiere of Covert Bacon’s four original webseries pilots. If the shows are as good as they sound like they taste, you’ve got a great night ahead of you. (Monday)

3. Bribe and blackmail your friends into going with you to Coney Island to see American Hustle. (Monday) (more…)

07/15/14 9:00am
j'eatjet? brunch

At j’eatjet it’s more like moremosa, Photo by Dave Rosado

Brunch: it’s that magical meal that’s somehow both over- AND underrated. It’s a great way to start a weekend or coast through a Sunday morning hangover, a meal where you can order a boozy drink and loudly proclaim “It’s five o’clock somewhere, right? Who cares? It’s brunch o’clock here!” to the hearty enjoyment of nobody, because come on. Brunch can also be expensive, as day drinking is apparently a fancy affair once you introduce a fruit cup to the occasion.

Still, there’s no need to be one of the five richest kings of Europe to get your boozy brunch on. Instead of buying a sixer of Milwaukee’s Best to drink alongside some hastily-made scrambled eggs at home, class it up by heading to these eight restaurants which offer the best Brooklyn unlimited brunch drink specials. And even though we’ll be focusing on the bottomless, don’t forget The Saint Catherine’s excellent 2-for-1 brunch cocktail deal we recently alerted all ye brunching faithful to. (more…)

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…)

sue smith

Sue laughing at the concept of adding some dudes to the line up. via Facebook

Female comics are making gains and causing laughter all over Brooklyn, with names like Jo Firestone, Charla Lauriston, Sasheer Zamata, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer standing out as some can’t-miss names in comedy. Our pal Sue Smith, who you might know from Brokelandia, her useful and informative posts or even Best Week Ever, belongs on that list too, especially since she hosts Tits & Giggles, a free show featuring the best female standups in the city every other Wednesday at Cobble Hill’s People’s Republic of Brooklyn (247 Smith Street). And hey, tonight is one of those Wednesdays. (more…)

gowanus yacht club

Rex Banner always gets his man. Photo illustration by Chris Giganti

Just as the groundhog portends winter, the opening of the Gowanus Yacht Club portends a sweet, sultry summer filled with suds and cheap burgers. Alas, this year the Gowanus Yacht Club is missing something other than watercraft: Duff Beer. Duff — you’d recognize if you were born in the Reagan administration — is the infamous cheap mass-produced beer of The Simpsons. For the GYC regular, Duff was the mystery watery beer that was just $4, a couple bucks cheaper than all the other draft beers. But the Duffman has turned off the tap, via a cease-and-desist letter from Fox. (more…)

05/12/14 11:55am
daily press

The Daily Press in Bed-Stuy is one of just 122 great places to get coffee in Brooklyn. via Facebook

Last week, the Times posted an interactive map of 101 spots to get great coffee in NYC, including a meager 29 coffee shops in Brooklyn, and leaving entire neighborhoods blank. While the map paid even less attention to Queens, Staten Island and the Bronx, we felt compelled to right their egregious oversights in our borough. So, we put together a map representing the motherlode of BK coffee hubs, from as far south as Sheepshead Bay to the northern tip of Greenpoint.

Thanks to everyone who contributed, including Team Brokelyn’s Tim, Rebecca, Isaac, Conal, Sam, Dan, and Ned Berke from Sheepshead Bites. Let us know in the comments if we missed your favorite spot!

gowanus yacht club

It’s waiting for you… via Facebook

This maybe wasn’t the coldest or the snowiest winter we’ve ever had, but the fact that it just never seemed to die made it feel more miserable than most. But let’s forget all that bullshit like scarves and hats and gloves and cranky rich people and focus on the important things in life: The Gowanus Yacht Club opens today at 5pm, which means that we’ve officially lived through the most bitched-about on social media winter ever. We did it guys, so let’s drink! (more…)

black gold records

This is a marquee sale, if we’ve ever seen one. via Facebook

If you enjoy digging through crates and elbowing people out of your way to find something cool, we’ve got a great idea for you. On Saturday, head down to Carroll Gardens, where Black Gold Records (461 Court Street) will be having another one of their awesome Gold Dig record sales. Why is it awesome? Thousands of LPs and 45s will be priced at just a dollar. That’s right: records for $1. (more…)