295 Berry St
Kern C. on Yelp says “Wow. They taste way better than Chipotle,their prices cheaper than Chipotle’s anddd they are seemingly less stingy with the ingredients than Chipotle”.
Dude, Chipotle is owned by McDonalds and although it’s fast food Mexican with debatable quality on par with Taco Bell, this statement isn’t saying much. I’m from San Diego and so it still blows my mind how hard it is to find authentic good cheap Mexican food in New York. If Roberto’s, Alberto’s or King Taco opened up in New York there would be a line down the street like when Five Guys opened in MidTown (at least I hope people would know the difference and that would be the case).
In the meantime you can go down to the soccer fields down in Red Hook, up to the Super Tacos on W96th Street 2/3 subway stop for the tacos, or visit a Mexican grocery deli like Mexico 2000 in Williamsburg. Otherwise you can also opt for hipster Mexican. Hipster Mexican means good Mexican food but not as cheap as you’d get in California or the streets of TJ. La Superior has been around for some time in Williamsburg so it deserves some real props. Tacos are $2.50 each – the Carnitas, Pescado and Carne Asada are all great. While you are out in Williamsburg, be sure to also check out the Diablo truck inside of Union Pool and the burrito cart inside of the Woods are also good. Sorry, I’m not a huge fan of the Endless Summer truck although I know it’s very popular.]]>
Maison Premiere Oyster Bar Williamsburg
298 Bedford Ave (between Grand St & 1st St)
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Williamsburg – South Side
My go-to bodega in Williamsburg for cheap Ben and Jerry’s pints ($4 each) recently became victim to gentrification. But in reality I’m not pissed, because the Maison Premiere Oyster Bar is pretty awesome. Not only can you enjoy fresh oysters on the half shell but you can also wash them down with amazing mixology cocktails, absinthe, wines and craft beer. The designers of Maison Premier Oyster Bar also completely transformed the shit hole bodega into an incredible space with an old New Orleans Prohibition era décor. A hostess greets you at the door and leads you a few steps to the roomy oyster shaped bar that surrounds a large copper plated absinthe water tap (where they drip water over sugar cubes) before a wall of candlelit bottles. Several sharply dressed bartenders are stationed within the enclosed oval space and take their time crafting old” tyme” cocktail classics.
Be sure to try my favorite, the Maison Pimm’s Cup (Pimm’s No. 1, Cucumber juice, simple syrup, fresh mint and lemon juice) You’ll not only look cool drinking what the mobsters drink in Boardwalk Empire, but with the mint and cucumber, the Pimm’s Cup is also a great way to feel cool during the summer heat.
I am a little disappointed that they have a decorative bottle of Suze at the top shelf and won’t allow patrons to drink it. I pretty much ask every time I go if I can have a sip – I mean who’s going to notice if it’s full or empty? I love Suze and it’s really hard to find in the US
On the other side of the bar is the oyster station where you can select your oysters and have the staff shuck them fresh for you while you wait. Further back are a few tables and outside is the garden area staffed with a third bar station allowing you and your guests to relax in the shade under a canopy of trees, ferns and vines.
A few months ago I was up in Boston with my cousins and we had a few really great cocktails at the bar Drink over in Ft Point. There they don’t have a cocktail menu and will create specialty drinks from scratch ingredients. You can get this experience at perhaps Apoteke in Chinatown NY but I kind of like Maison Premiere because it isn’t as much of a scene (at least not yet). Of course, if I can also get my ice cream fix at Maison Premiere, that would be even better!]]>
Le Comptoir Williamsburg
251 Grand St
(between Driggs Ave & Roebling St)
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Le Comptoir is offering a full 4-course dinner, a bar special and a weekend brunch special. The dinner $29 includes a four course dinner with choices including chilled cucumber and mint gazpacho, pan seared hanger steak bordelaise, homemade potato gnocchi with bacon, shrimp & arugula and chocolate mousse or brioche bread pudding with berry compote for dessert.
Chill out at the roof deck with DJs, drink and food specials at Juliette Williamsburg. I go here all the time whenever I get frustrated waiting for a table at Egg.
211 Dekalb Ave · Brooklyn
Need something a little more funky and more flair? Come down and check out 13-Yr Anniversary of Chez Oskar with live music, $29 3 course dinner including selections of pate, escargot with tarragon beurre blanc topped with puff pastry shell, frissee au lardons with poached eggs, chicken bouillabasse, cold poached salmon, roasted leg of lamb served with country potatoes and tomato provencale. Dessert: nutella crepe, creme caramel, or mixed sorbet.
The Gallery Cafe
108 Jay Street, Brooklyn NY 11201
Sat-Sun Brunch 9am-4pm
We don’t have too many casual walk in restaurants in Dumbo (The Dumbo General Store café went to table service a few years ago) so I was a little disappointed when the laid back cafeteria style Choice restaurant located diagonally across the street from the York Street F train stop in Dumbo switched owners to a higher end restaurant now called The Gallery Café. But overall the changes are quite remarkable and the evidence of returning Dumbo residents to the restaurant further imply it’s a good fit for the neighborhood. Some things have not changed such as the intricate molded ceiling and the wood panel window booths, but the long communal benches (which I liked) have been replaced with white napkin candlelit tables accompanied with an occasional jazz quartet on some nights throughout the week. You can credit the owner Michael for the transformation of the space. On most nights you can see him at the restaurant tableside attending to guests and soliciting feedback – something you don’t really see anymore.
But let’s get down to the food shall we? The overhaul of the menu has replaced simple lighter fare of burgers, salads and sandwiches to more fanciful dishes such as skirt steak, braised ribs, Saffron Arancini and grilled cod (the menu seems to change quite often).
I shared a dinner meal with two others and we were able to sample a variety of dishes including crab cakes, braised pork ribs. The ribs were amazing – tender, juicy and meaty.
I also went back for brunch and tried out the fresh juice bar where you can literally hand pick the fruit off the counter and they’ll magically transform it into a juice of your liking. I ordered a plate of waffles served with walnuts and a rich buttercream that was also very good. Enjoy!
Hey everyone, surprise the endless rain officially ends on Sunday and what better way to enjoy the outdoors than checking out a dozen or more of your favorite food trucks?!!!
From 11am – 5pm, Food trucks that serve coffee, ice cream, slushies, dumplings, lobster, falafel, and more will be available at Grand Army Plaza.
Here’s the line up so far:
Kelvin Natural Slush Co.
Red Hook Lobster Pound
Eddie’s Pizza Truck
The Frying Dutchmen
The Treats Truck
Vanleeuwen Ice Cream
This Food Truck party is being organized by the Prospect Park Alliance with the NYC Food Truck Association.
See you there!]]>
44 Henry Street
Brooklyn Heights / Dumbo
New York 11201
718 834 1776
Maybe you can say you’re adventurous and sampled some wild boar or perhaps some wild buffalo steaks. What about Kangaroo? What about Elk? What about all the above in one night! Well, you can have the whole hunter’s feast for the rest of March over at Henry’s End famous Wild Game Festival. No need to gear up and head upstate to the backwoods, Henry’s End is just steps away from the landing of the Brooklyn Bridge and at the edge of Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo.
Henry’s End also has a great selection of wine pairings so if you want to sample and truly have a feast you can check out the $25 Fixe Prix menu (Mon-Thu) which includes an appetizer, entrée and dessert and for an extra $14 you get wine pairings with all three dishes. I tried the one with the Wild Boar Ragout. I started with a pair of massive Maryland style Corn Crab Cakes stuffed with spicy cayenne spice, scallions and served with a side of tartar sauce. I forget the wine but it was a sweet Riesling from upstate that was perfect with the heavy tartar and deep fried batter of the crab cakes. Next was the entrée: Wild Boar Ragout. Served in a deep and wide bowl, the large chunks of tender boar meat in a sweet and spicy tomato sauce with a truffled polenta definitely made a very hearty meal perfect for a cold spring night. Finished with the Mud Pie which is a blend of coffee and chocolate ice cream laced with Kahlua and espresso on an Oreo cookie crust topped with hot fudge sauce. Yeah, don’t know what else to say about that but that it was obviously awesome.
If you don’t make it for Henry’s End Wild Game Festival in time, I’d also recommend the Honey and Ginger Duckling. At Henry’s End they braise the ducks in their natural juices to retain the flavor and tenderness. The meat is deboned and the skin is broiled to a crisp. Maybe not as exotic as Kangaroo or Wild boar, but who cares – it’s great!!
#1 Jerk-off Jerky Competition at the BellHouse
Sun Jan 23rd 4pm
Come on down to the Bellhouse in Brooklyn to learn all about making your own jerky while competing for awesome prizes from Wusthof, Anolon and Microplane. $10 admission ticket allows you to sample all kinds of jerky.
The Bell House, 149 Seventh St.
#2 Fourth Annual Pie Contest at The Bedford (Williamsburg)
Enter your baked pies (sweet or savory) for a chance to win prizes or pay the $10 admission (purchase tickets at the door) and sample all-you-can-eat forkfuls of at least 50 pies. The competition benefits Growing Chefs, which connects people to food through farm-based education.
The Bedford, 110 Bedford Ave. (at N. 11th St.)
Last year I checked out the food truck Vendr.TV bday party at the Cove in Williamsburg. Despite the cold and the long lines, it was a blast with great food, music and beers.
Well another year has quickly past and Daniel is setting up a 2nd party. Here’s his invite and link to register:
See you there!!!
Last year, many of you came to Williamsburg, Brooklyn to celebrate VendrTV’s 1st Birthday. The Party was a huge success. Tons of great food, killer music, and lots of dancing. Best of all, was that I got to hang with so many of you!
Well, VendrTV’s approaching it’s second birthday, and we’re trying to figure out what to do! We think we’ll do something a bit more low key this year, but we’re still figure it out.
I’m trying to get a head count of who might be around, and interested in attending. The party will probably be sometime in February.
If you think you’d like to come, please click the link below and add yourself to the list. I’ll update you with information when we start to lock things down.
Hope you’re all doing well, and I hope I get to see you all soon again!
Almondine Bakery DUMBO85 Water Street, Brooklyn NY 11201
Monday – Saturday 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am -6:00 pm
Almondine Bakery Park Slope
442 9th Street, Park Slope NY 11215
Monday – Saturday 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am -6:00 pm
Looking for some great baked goods for the holidays? Come down to Dumbo and check out Almondine Patisserie Bakery. Voted the Best Bakery and Best Croissants in NY by New Yorker Magazine in 2009, Almondine is just across the street from the Jacque Torres Dumbo chocolate shop so you can double up on great sweets.
It’s hard to start on what to recommend because the menu does rotate and change. You can’t go wrong with the triple layer cakes such as the one that has berry jam, pistachio cream and topped with a crispy sugary meringue.
If it’s not too cold outside, grab a coffee and sit on the bench outside next to the vent from the bakery in the basement – the aroma is simply intoxicating.
Dizzy’s Finer Diner
819 8th Ave (at 9th St)
Brooklyn, NY 11215
I was at Dizzy’s Finer Diner over the weekend for a brunch with some visitors from Germany. They really just wanted to experience the American diner and have a typical American breakfast. We thought about going out to Juniors or my recent favorite Lulu’s on Smith St (amazing pancakes) but because they also wanted to stroll around Prospect Park so we decided check out Dizzy’s. Unfortunately as we pulled up to the restaurant, we noticed that we weren’t the only ones with the same idea – there was a huge line for a table inside the small cramped diner.
It wasn’t too cold, so we took a table outside. Most of the table ordered the deluxe plate that includes eggs, pancakes, toast, home fries and choice of meat but I’ll hand it off to Christina who ordered one of their signature plates: Pistachio Crusted Banana Stuffed French Toast ($9.50) on Dizzy’s challah french toast lightly dusted in pistachios and filled with banana slices. It was pretty amazing and I would definitely come back for this again.
I got one of their specials: 2 eggs over easy on a fresh baked butter biscuit smothered with a smoky chorizo sausage gravy. This, my friend is a heavy meal and was perfect for a cold and windy fall day. Also great for hangovers. Enjoy!]]>