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Brooklyn Farmacy News and Summer Hours

By , 10 May, 2011, No Comment

Amazing what a year can do. Just last spring we were wondering when the newly renovated Brooklyn Farmacy and Soda Fountain would open to the public in Cobble Hill for egg creams, organic ice cream treats and general merriment (helped along by the crew of Discovery Channel’s Construction Intervention). Today, most folks in the neighborhood will tell you what an amazing spot it is to sit, play some Monopoly, grab a sundae and hang with the family. So it was a joy to hear the sweet shop will be open for new warm weather hours as follows: Monday to Thursday: 11am to 10pm, Friday and Saturday: 10am to 11pm and Sundays: 10am to 10pm. In addition, you can help yourself to free wireless AND they’re now serving lunch. The “Grumble Grumble Grilled Cheese” made its debut this month with sharp cheddar cheese and multi-grain bread from Caputo’s Bakery. Served as a special with tomato soup and an egg cream, or solo with a crisp deli pickle from Ric’s Picks you may want to bring your laptop and park it for a while.

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Cobble Hill’s Breuckelen Takes a Break

By , 25 April, 2011, 2 Comments

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I noticed a few weeks ago that newcomer restaurant Breuckelen (268 Clinton St. next to Cobble Hill Park) was not open for business and sent a quick email to owner Andrew Karasz to get the story. Though I never heard back, I saw this sign today, claiming that “Breuckelen is taking a breather. We’ll be back shortly.” Anyone know the real deal? We do like this locavore, seasonal cafe and will be sad to see it shut down for good.

Dine In Brooklyn-For Less

By , 8 March, 2011, No Comment

By Jennifer Kantor
Frugal foodies, start salivating. The 8th Annual Dine In Brooklyn, BK’s answer to New York Restaurant Week, will once again offer diners the chance to sample some of the borough’s best eats at incredibly palatable prices. From 21 to 31 March, more than 200 restaurants will be whipping up spectacular prix fixe lunches ($20.11), dinners ($25) and two-for-one brunches. Today, Borough Prez Marty Markowitz kicked off Dine In Brooklyn (where there’s food, there’s Marty) with a tasting from some of the this year’s participants.

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Waterfront Ale House’s pastrami” sliders (house-smoked, on pretzel rolls with homemade mustard) put Katz’s to shame. These, by the way, are mere appetizers.

There's a reason "devil" is in the name.

Panko-crusted, deep fried deviled eggs, from Water Street Restaurant in Dumbo, may be a cholest-fest, but you’ll die happy.

Our fave of the day. On the menu for lunch and late night.

Strong Place’s comparatively virtuous lobster tacos, are a sumptuous take on Cal-Mex cuisine. Crazy good.

Come for the sausage, stay for the beer.

Williamburg’s Loreley Restaurant and Beirgarten, redefines the term “sausage fest.”

Comfort food at it's best.

Over in Park Slope, Benchmark’s melty braised beef short ribs will be a featured starter on its Dine In Brooklyn menu.

Classic NY. Nothin' like it.

Cheesecake. Junior’s. Yum.
Other (but not nearly all) Dine In Brooklyn standouts include: Quercy, Bino, Alma, Chestnut, Seersucker, and Broken English (Bococa); and Stone Park, al di la, Applewood, Blue Ribbon, James and Peaches HotHouse (Park Slope and beyond). And don’t forget to make your reservations early (unless you like dining at 6pm–without kids).

President’s Week(end) in Brooklyn

By , 18 February, 2011, No Comment

Yet another holiday is coming our way, though this one keeps the kids home all week. Looking for stuff to do? Here’s a few things–for adults and the children–to look into.

Shen Beauty is offering a FREE Spring fling makeover by a Becca make up artist on Saturday, 26 February. First come first serve at 315 Court St.!

The New York Sword Dance Festival is coming to Brooklyn Heights. Head to First Unitarian Church of Brooklyn, Pierrepont & Monroe Streets, at 12:30pm on Sunday to enjoy some dancing–with swords.

Come to Char No. 4 for President’s Day brunch at 196 Smith St. and get a complimentary chipotle bourbon bloody mary or mimosa by mentioning you heard about the special.

Mini Max Toys and Cuts at 152 Atlantic is offering free “presidential” arts & crafts all week (Mon. to Fri) from 11am to noon. Come on, you know you’ve been dying for your own powdered wig.

The Irondale Ensemble Project is running it’s production of Treasure Island until 26 March. Take your eight or older pirate fan Monday through Friday at 7:30 at 85 South Oxford St (between Fulton St and Lafayette Ave).

Kid’s Week at the Fort runs from Monday 21 Feb to Friday 25 Feb. Head to Fort Greene Park to learn about history and nature, then make crafts to take home. Ages 12 and under.

Montreal Bagel Cafe Coming to Atlantic Ave.

By , 10 February, 2011, 3 Comments

Since the Marius Cafe closed down on Henry and Union a few months ago (for, like, the fifth time) we haven’t found a new home for family, weekend bagel noshing. Hot Bagels on Court is fine, but it doesn’t have a ton of seating and the bagels are a little too doughy for my taste anyhow. So it was with a feeling of great anticipation that I read this sign (left) for Empire Bagels & Bakery Cafe this morning on Atlantic and Clinton (where the old walk-in medical clinic was). So, what can you expect from Empire? The main attraction will be freshly-baked Montreal-style bagels from a wood-fired brick oven on-site. If you haven’t tried the Canadian-run bagels from hot spot deli Mile End, which are also billed as Montreal-style (and actually brought over the border to Brooklyn on an overnight road trip every weekend), you can expect a sweeter, denser bagel that sports a larger hole and a slightly smaller footprint. The new cafe also promises gourmet bread and rolls; fresh-squeezed juices and smoothies; and of course, organic, healthy grub for both breakfast and lunch. Coming soon is as good as it gets right now–no date confirmed.

Valentine’s in Bococa

By , 8 February, 2011, 1 Comment

I swear I just saw a Christmas tree sitting on the curb–is it really February already? Judging from the plethora of Valentine-related emails in my inbox, I’m guessing my last eight weeks are buried with the trash under the snow. So, ready or not, here it comes–the heavyweight champion of Hallmark Holidays. Hope these links will help you celebrate right (ahem, SPA TREATMENTS!). I’ll probably be getting more so will try to share as they come in.

The Art of Natural Beauty (239 Court St.) is offering spa specials for couples, ranging from $200 to $760.

Brooklyn Farmacy (513 Henry St.) has created a Valentine’s Day Mailbox. Just come by and inscribe a Valentine to a loved one, then place it in the mailbox on the counter top. On February 11th your ‘heart’ will be in the window for everyone to see. Great way to celebrate with the kids.

Shen Beauty wants to perk up your beauty regime. Buy any perfume in the month of February and receive a free tub of bath salts. Here’s a few V-day ideas for you boys.

Go old-school at Marco Polo Ristorante (345 Court St.). This Italian mainstay is offering A Night in Venice candlelight dinner from 12 to 14 February with a special menu of antipasta, salad, pasta and seafood entrees. If you’re wondering where the Venice part comes in–the staff will also be dressed up as Gondoliere.

T-Mobile wants YOU. To celebrate romance, it will offer all its phones free at T-Mobile retail stores with a qualifying plan on a two-year contract. So stop in 76 Court St. on 11 or 12 February if you’re looking to dump your carrier–even the fancy 4G MyTouch mobiles will be available. Not a bad deal.

To this day, one of my favorite half hours of TV is the Vitameatavegimin episode of I Love Lucy. Though I tend to split that with the “What does a yellow light mean” bit on Taxi. What can I say, I’m a sucker for a good drunk. Want to give your kids some old-time, black & white fun this Valentine’s Day? Bring them to Big Movies for Little Kids (Cobble Hill Cinemas, 265 Court) on the 14th and let them enjoy the chaos and red-headed wonder of Lucy on their own with 66 minutes of the beloved sitcom.

Char No. 4 wants to add smoke to your fire (I just grossed myself out). Come in on Valentine’s for a special menu (in addition to the regular menu) which will include an optional whiskey pairing with each course. Think beef cheek tortellini, olive oil poached tuna, maple-glazed duck breast and chocolate banana pudding ($60 a person; $25 extra for whiskey pairing).

Restaurant Review: Karloff

By , 7 February, 2011, 1 Comment

Back in the fall, a new cafe opened on Court Street between Kane and Degraw in Cobble Hill. Though we did report on Karloff’s joining the neighborhood, I hadn’t had a chance to test the waters just yet. Luckily, Paper Magazine wanted a review and I was happy to oblige. My faves? House-made pastrami (either in a sandwich or rolled in the all-day breakfast wrap); chicken stroganoff with kasha; and those fabulous hand-made vareniki filled with savories (potato or meat with caramelized onions and sour cream) or sweet fruit (cherry with wild berry sour cream). Perfect for breakie with the kids or a quiet, comfort-driven meal on a winter night.

Full-time Ferries Coming in June

By , 2 February, 2011, 1 Comment

image via NY Times

I dream of Governor’s Island. Last summer, we took the ferry there more times than I can count–enjoying the ride on the East River and the awesome feeling of a short vacation away from NYC. So I am thrilled with the idea of a proper, full-time ferry service–set to launch year-round this coming June. According to the NY Times,

ferries will travel along a seven-stop route that stretches from Long Island City, Queens, to the Fulton Ferry landing by the Brooklyn Bridge, and includes Manhattan terminals at Pier 11 in the financial district and East 34th Street. During peak hours, boats will arrive at each stop every 20 minutes and travel in both directions. Boats will travel far more frequently, running from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends.

The city has promised to pump $9 million into the program and will run it for at least three years. Pier 6 will get stops in the summer–both to Manhattan and to my fair Governor’s Island. Prices will be either $3 or $5.50, depending on where you’re headed.

PS 29 Benefit for the Arts

By , 11 January, 2011, 1 Comment

Ok, a little odd that to hit this little PS 29 Benefit for the Arts, you have to leave Brooklyn for the evening. But it’s only the Bubble Lounge in Tribeca–you won’t need your passport. Touted as an Evening of Short Readings and Tall Cocktails, this night in Manhattan features plays, poems and other art-related shenanigans along with special guest Lili Taylor. Tickets for the 1 February party are $40 a person, $70 a couple and it runs from 6:30pm to 9pm–leaving plenty of time to come back to the hood for a few extra cocktails at the Clover Club if you can keep the sitter.
UPDATE: Someone pointed out that a PS 29 parent owns Bubble Lounge, which is why this event is taking place in Manhattan.

Economic Downturn Doesn’t Bother Bococa Rents

By , 6 January, 2011, 2 Comments

image via Brownstoner

If you thought that whole recession thing was going to help you find a cheaper rental in Bococa, you were sadly mistaken. According to Crain’s New York Business, rents have gone up in 10 brownstone Brooklyn hoods–with Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill leading the pack.

The 10 neighborhoods, which are collectively known as brownstone Brooklyn and include Clinton Hill and Park Slope, recorded a $36 average increase in monthly rent last year, according to Ideal Properties Group, a brokerage firm specializing in Brooklyn. The uptick took place across all apartment sizes and types. The neighborhoods of Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens saw the biggest increases. In Brooklyn Heights, rents went up an average of $143 a month; in Cobble Hill, they rose $96 and in Carroll Gardens, they increased by $63. Gowanus was the only Brooklyn brownstone neighborhood to record a decline, dropping an average of $22 a month from 2009 levels.

Gotta love Gowanus taking one for the team. Of course, with the sheer volume of real estate agencies up and down Court St., Montague St. and even Columbia St., is it really any wonder? The article also mentions Brownstone Brooklyn apartments renting out more quickly. “…one-bedrooms and studios in Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens and Park Slope flew off the shelf within two to eight days of being listed. Rents for apartments in these areas ranged from $1,556 to $2,008 a month in 2010.” Hey, when you’re hot, you’re hot.