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Chefday Delivers Fresh Ingredients for Gourmet Meals in Brooklyn

By , 23 April, 2013, 2 Comments

Chefday, a new food/tech start-up based in Brooklyn, wants to give you all the tools to create recipes designed by the best chefs of NYC–in the comfort of your own home. This 360 service delivers fresh, organic ingredients straight to your door, along with a recipe and a link to a short video tutorial. And they are not messing around. You not only get beautiful proteins and pre-washed fruits and veggies, but every last herb and spice (even salt, pepper and oil) meticulously measured and packed in a pretty brown bag.
Iron Chefs and Michelin Star chefs design the recipes you’ll find at chefday.com and you don’t have to make any weekly or monthly commitments. Just take a look at videos online, pick one at your leisure and sign up. You can watch the video before you buy in case you’re feeling gun shy and each recipe tells you exactly what you’ll get in the bag. Ingredients can be delivered for two, four, six or eight people and most recipes run approximately $15 a head.
So not only do you get to cook a gourmet meal without the hassle of shopping–but for every recipe basket purchased, Chefday donates a full meal to a family in need through the Food Bank For NYC. Convenience and helping others–what more could a home chef want?

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Dine In Brooklyn Starts Next Week

By , 6 March, 2013, No Comment

It’s BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaack. Dine In Brooklyn, our borough’s version of Restaurant Week, begins 11 March. Yesterday, flanked by Brooklyn restauranteurs, bureaucrats, and freeloading journos (guilty as charged), Boro Prexie Marty Markowitz kicked off the well-loved event–which happens to be 10 years old this year–with a gut-busting tasting and press conference. There he announced approximately 200 of the borough’s restaurants which will be dishing out three-course dinner menus for $28, three-course lunches for $20.13.

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The list of participating eateries can be found here, and BoCoCa has a large chunk of the action, including some faves like Boca Lupo, Brooklyn Crab, Chez Moi, Hibino, Buttermilk Channel, Watty & Meg and Jolie Cantina. But make sure you check which meal is being offered as some places only do lunch, brunch or dinner (look for the L, B or D in front of the listing).

Can you say “Oysters”?

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After browsing the options, you may want to consider venturing out of our hood for well reviewed destinations like Ditmas Park’s The Farm on Adderly, old-school Italian Areo in Bay Ridge, Park Slope’s Applewood or rustic PT Restaurant in Williamsburg.
Certain restaurants will also be offering “two-fer” options, where you’ll get two meals for the one set price–like Atlantic Chip Shop, Sottocasa and Jake’s Bar-B-Que. Beverages, tax and gratuity are not included, and it’s important to remember to cancel reservations you can’t keep. Now get out there and put on some winter, depression fat before it’s too late.

Mooburger Begets Competition in Cobble Hill

By , 25 February, 2013, 5 Comments

It was only a matter of time before the smashing success of organic burger joint and family fave Mooburger got some serious competition. Serving up organic, specialty burgers and fare since fall of 2011, Mooburger is perennially packed with everyone from screaming babies to moustachioed hipsters, and soon, just a few blocks down the block at 145 Court St., Bareburger will be giving it a run for its money. Literally.
As you can see from the pic (left) the lights are on, though nobody’s home. A quick Google search showed us the history of Bareburger–a “micro-chain” which began in a Brooklyn music venue’s basement with locally sourced, organic burgers and snacks. Now open in several locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, Cobble Hill will be its newest stop. From the website, it looks eerily similar to Mooburger, though I don’t see zucchini sticks or fried mac n cheese. They do, however, add a buttermilk fried chicken burger to the mix. Also expect salads, sandwiches, sides, beer and wine. And a good mix of children’s meals. There’s no prices online, so we’ll see if that is also comparable. Projected opening is “Spring” so looks like we won’t have to hold out too long to do a little taste testing.

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New Summer Concessions to Look Forward to @ Brooklyn Bridge Park

By , 20 February, 2013, No Comment

More awesome food and drink is coming to Brooklyn Bridge Park this summer as four new concessions have been announced for the Pier 5, Pier 6 and Fulton Ferry Landing/DUMBO sections of the park.
The Smokestack Building, under the Brooklyn Bridge, will feature a joint operation by Luke’s Lobster and No. 7 Sub. In addition to lobster rolls, Luke’s Lobster will offer options like grilled cheese sandwiches and gluten-free soups. No. 7 Sub, an offshoot of No. 7 restaurant in Fort Greene, will be working alongside them serving fare like Turkey Meatloaf, Zucchini Parm, and Roasted Delicata Squash, as well as cold-pressed juices and breakfast sandwiches for early morning park visitors.
Over at Pier 5, you’ll find Ample Hills Creamery–known for sophisticated flavors such as Salted Cracked Caramel and Butter Pecan Brittle. Starting Memorial Day weekend it will offer a sampling of eight flavors of ice cream and a variety of beverages, baked goods, and snacks.
And finally, say farewell to Bark Hot Dogs at Pier 6 and hello to the Williamsburg-based Fornino-The Art & Science of Pizza. The eatery will be serving wood fired pizza, boccacino sandwiches, as well as frozen yogurt, snacks, and beverages. And thankfully, it will serve beer on the rooftop beer garden.

Brooklyn Faves Offer Wedding Wine and Cake Tastings

By , 13 February, 2013, No Comment

If you already tied the knot, pass this info on to some soon to be wed pals. Brooklyn Wine Exchange and One Girl Cookies, two well-known names in the BoCoCa hood, have joined forces to offer a super wedding day tasting of both wine and cake. Here’s the info you need:
The consultation will be held on two separate occasions at Brooklyn Wine Exchange’s Learning Center and will last from 2pm to 4pm on Sun, February 24 & Sun, March 24.
The cost is only $10 per couple.
At the tasting, staff from Brooklyn Wine Exchange will explain the role of wine at a wedding and the types of wines that pair best with particular foods. During the explanation, a variety of wines at different price levels will be poured for each guest. BWE will also offer special discount pricing for large-quantity purchases and free delivery to Brooklyn and Manhattan on the day of the wedding reception. Rebecca Lovett from One Girl Cookies will detail the wide range of custom wedding cakes the award-winning bakery offers and serve a variety of sample sweets.
To reserve space at either session, please contact Tim Farrell at tim@brooklynwineexchange.com. Payment for each couple can be made at Brooklyn Wine Exchange on the day of the tasting.
Space is limited to twenty couples per session.

For $10, BoCoCaland may decide to renew our vows. Could be worth the goodies at this event.

Brooklyn Fish Club Brings Fresh Fish to Your Table

By , 10 February, 2013, No Comment

In an effort to bring ultra-fresh, restaurant caliber fish to the masses of BoCoCa dwellers, Gabe the Fish Babe of Point Judith, RI has started the new Brooklyn Fish Club. Sort of a CSA for the seafood set, you’ll get four weeks of seasonal fin fish and shellfish for $180, or you can join on a weekly basis for $45 per week ($30 for fin fish only share). Pick up is Wednesdays at Buttermilk Channel (524 Court St.) from 3pm to 10pm. Sign up HERE.
Four or eight week membership cycles, packages include:
Approximately 20 clams, 12 oysters or the equivalent in other shellfish
Shellfish selection may include: littlenecks, topnecks, oysters, scallops, squids, mussels, steamers, crabs

1.5 pounds of fresh local fin-fish
Fin-fish selection may include: fluke, striped bass, porgies, bluefish, black sea bass, swordfish, tuna, dogfish, bonita, black back flounder, yellowtail flounder, skate, monk, ling

Fairway to Reopen in Red Hook on March 1

By , 8 February, 2013, No Comment

If you miss Fairway Red Hook as much as we do, you’ll be ecstatic to know it will be reopening for Brooklyn business on 1 March. A Twitter announcement was made on 5 Feb, and The Village Voice reported that small businesses in the Red Hook hood are also super psyched to see the market roar to life after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.

“…store officials said the restoration cost nearly $10 million. For small-business owners in Red Hook, Fairway’s rebirth could mean a resurgence of tourists, as well as the return of one-stop shopping in the neighborhood.”

Intriguing Valentine’s Gift: How About We Date Night

By , 6 February, 2013, No Comment

Whether you’re a romance junky or the Valentine’s Day equivalent to Scrooge, you’ll want to check out HowAboutWe for Couples–a fascinating website dedicated to finding the most unique dating experiences in the hood.
Though the site has been around about four months, it recently unveiled a new feature which allows members to surprise their significant others with curated, one-of-a-kind dates–a perfectly precious way to get around the crowded restaurant experience or box of chocolate blues.
Think Game Night at the Brooklyn Strategist, where you’ll land a private table, gourmet snacks and some time to destroy, um challenge, your partner in a little friendly competition. Or stay in with Breakfast in Bed, made for you in your home by the Brooklyn chef dubbed the Breakfast Bachelor (may want to send the kids to grandmas).
Whether you join as a member to book dates once a month or want to try it out for specific experiences, you can find all the fine print here.

Carroll Gardens Slow Cookin’ Mexican: A Love Story

By , 15 January, 2013, No Comment

Shame on us for not venturing all the way down Court St. often enough. Can’t believe we missed the opening of the wonderful sounding new Mexican called Slowteria (548 Court St., near W. 9th St.). Luckily, my pal and Danka Panka-owner Dan Sharp told me all about it last time I was in. Seems the owners, Stephanie Heinegg and Hugo Orozco, met when she walked into his restaurant in Tulum, Mexico and asked him to teach her the cooking techniques of his region. He did, and they fell in love and moved that restaurant to our corner of Brooklyn. Kind of a culinary fairy tale.
What Slowteria brings to Carroll Gardens is a different kind of Mexican. Sure, you may find some tacos and tortas for brunch on the weekends, but evenings bring an array of slow-cooked stews, many made with duck; broiled steaks, shrimp and tuna, and even a “deconstructed” Mole duck dish with pickled onions. Starters include fresh salads, like La Sandia with watermelon, cucumber, crunchy hibiscus flowers, peppermint infusion and smoked salt. Call me intrigued.
And if you just want a high-class accompaniment to the craft beer on draft, go for the raw, Long Island oysters with citrus wedges and worm salt (yup, it’s got the same ground wormies as the ones at the bottom of the tequila bottle). No cocktails yet, but here’s to hoping some funky margaritas are coming soon.

Chanukah Celebrations Coming Your Way Soon

By , 4 December, 2012, No Comment

Lighting the giant menorah in Brooklyn Heights

Barely December and Chaunkah is upon us already. This year’s festival of lights comes a bit early, beginning Saturday, 8 December. Want to celebrate with the family? A “Gigantic” Chaunkah Celebration will take place Monday, 10 December, beginning outside the Borough Hall Court House at 5pm. Co-sponsored by Borough Prez Marty Markowitz and Chabad of Brooklyn Heights, there will be menorah lighting, donuts, latkes and presents for every child. You heard me. Every child.
Kane Street Synagogue also has a few festivities, like A Very Maccabee Chanukah Party on Sunday, 9 December from 10am to noon. Perfect for families with kids age 1-6. Come for the puppet show and stay for sufganiyot and gelt. Crafts and cookie decorating are included in the $10 per child.