Posts tagged ‘Drink’

Wow, Sandwiches Are Hot in Cobble Hill

By , 12 November, 2010, 1 Comment

Just yesterday, we reported on a new sandwich shop to open in early 2011 on Baltic and Henry Streets. Then today, I walked by the shuttered Cafe Ribant (formerly Cafe Mei Mei at 231 Court St.), to find a sign on the storefront window announcing the Van Horn Sandwich Shop. The gentleman outside told me the owners hail from North Carolina and hope to open early next month. And though there will certainly be sandwiches, it will be more of a cafe with BBQ, fried chicken and other specialties from the South. The plan is to open for lunch and dinner, pouring beer and wine, then graduating to cocktails in a few months. More to come when we get it.

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Tapas on Lower Court

By , 3 November, 2010, No Comment

Add tapas to the list of grub you can now get on Court St. Newly opened Palo Cortado is being billed as a wine and sherry bar, but serves a menu of engaging tapas as well. The freshly sliced Jamón ibérico is a treat and other traditional tapas includes potatoes bravas, meatballs, stuffed peppers and a meat and cheese plate. It’s located at 520 Court St. between Huntington and Nelson, and I suspect it may get some of the run-over biz from Buttermilk Channel and Prime Meats. Not a bad place to grab a glass of wine and snack before dinner.

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Sosta Opens on Atlantic

By , 29 October, 2010, 1 Comment

Well, that was quick. From an empty storefront on Atlantic Ave between Henry and Clinton rises Sosta, an Italian eatery that promises to be both a restaurant and a bar. It wasn’t open when I walked by this morning but the menu out front written in script announces its intentions fairly well. With appetizers, salads, panini (lunch only), and a long list of gourmet pizzas–should be worth a pop in. Looks like a list of beers as well but I didn’t see any wine. Also not sure about delivery. Let us know if you get in before we do.

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Shhhh…Be Very Quiet, I’m Hunting Chili

By , 27 October, 2010, 2 Comments

Though it’s been, like, 75 degrees out for the past few days, we all know the weather’s going to change on us–and quick. Looking for some comfort? Go no further than Char No. 4, our wood paneled whiskey den at 196 Smith St., which is declaring November as the opening of Chili Season–which will run through February. Got this from them today:

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Every Tuesday night for those 4 months, we will serve a bowl of our Texas style smoked short rib and pork shoulder chili with a side of bacon-jalapeno corn bread and honey butter accompanied by a bottled craft beer and a 1oz taste of one of our favorite bourbons, all for $22. Each week will feature a different beer and whiskey selection, which will be posted on our Facebook page every Monday. The kick-off night is next Tuesday, November 2nd and we will offer Lake Placid Ubu Ale and Blanton’s Single Barrel bourbon.
The Chili will be served either in the dining room or at the bar, beginning at 6pm until the kitchen closes at midnight.
Additionally, we will make our chili available for purchase at the restaurant during these months. It will be sold by the quart for $20 and serves approximately 4 people. It lasts for up to a week in the fridge and freezes nicely.

Halloween List!

By , 22 October, 2010, No Comment

Didn’t get much help from you dear readers, but I did my homework best I could. This is what I gots for you–please click on the links for more info. If I couldn’t find one, I tried to include everything I know about the event. Boo!

23-24 October
Harvest Festival at Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6

New York Aquarium: Halloween at the A-Scarium


Brooklyn Botanical Garden: Ghouls and Gourds

27 October
Dodge YMCA Halloween Family Fright Fest!! Stop in from 5:30pm to 7:30pm for an evening of free family fun. Enjoy healthy treats, scary stories, arts & crafts, face painting and take your picture in the Harvest Patch.

29 October
P.S. 58 is having a Costume Carnival in its schoolyard from 4pm-6:30pm. It’s a fundraiser for the PTA so admission is $6 (under 2 years is free). Includes music, crafts, games and food.

30 October
Brooklyn Heights Halloween Parade starts at 10am at the Pierrepont Playground

All Hallows Eve Bash at One Brooklyn Bridge Park

Costume Karaoke Party in Carroll Park

8th Annual Brooklyn Howl-o-Ween Doggie Costume Parade/Contest on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, 1pm to 3pm. If you want to be part of this bow-wow, the pre-registration is at Perfect Paws, 102 Hicks St, for $25.00 per dog–however it is free to watch. Parade participants will gather by the Brooklyn Heights Promenade’s Remsen Street entrance at 12:45pm and starting at 1pm promenade to the costume judging table, which this year for the first time will be at the circular north end of the Promenade. Local area celebrity judges will be charged with selecting the best dog costume ensembles.

The Brazen Head, 228 Atlantic Ave, will celebrate from 8pm onward with Halloween Punch, three Great Halloween Beers (Post Road Pumpkin, Young’s Double Chocalate St & Coney Island Sword Swallower), complimentary sweets & treats and $50.00 Bar Tab for Best Costume at Midnight.


Doggie Costume Parade in Cobble Hill

An abundance of Halloween activities at Prospect Park. You can find them all listed here.

31 October
Per usual, the Halloween Parade in Cobble Hill Park starts at 4pm!


Carroll Gardens Halloween Parade begins at 12:30

Halloween Bash at Mother Cabrini Park

Hairy Scary Tales from around the world with Tammy Hall takes place at GUMBO (493 Atlantic Avenue) from noon to 12:45pm.

DPO’s annual Halloween Party at the Archway Under The Manhattan Bridge includes free craft activities and games. Lunch will also be sold in case your goblins get hungry. Goes from 1pm to 3pm.

Festivities at Garden Place-I know there’s some great activities here but don’t have the info. If you know what’s doin’–give me a yell.

Can Beer REALLY Be Scary?

By , 21 October, 2010, No Comment

I don’t know, I’d have to be fairly far gone to be scared by beer, but I appreciate Shmaltz Brewing (makers of HE’BREW – The Chosen Beer) giving it their best effort with the seasonal release of Coney Island Freaktoberfest (Blood Red Lager), part of its sideshow-inspired beers. When asked recently in an interview if Shmaltz Brewing was “going mainstream” by adding a new line beyond the Jewish celebration ales under the HE’BREW banner, proprietor Jeremy Cowan countered: “I guess if circus sideshow freaks are more mainstream than Jews, Shmaltz is going mainstream!” Either way, I’m looking forward to adding a four-pack (sorry, no sixes here) to my Halloween list.

Discounted Membership THIS WEEK @ BWE

By , 13 October, 2010, No Comment

C’mon, you’ve seen them. You’re coming out of Trader Joe’s, loaded with good stuff to eat and all those folks are headed into the Brooklyn Wine Exchange at 138 Court St., ready to taste and learn about all things vino. Now’s your chance to be one of those lucky oenophiles by taking advantage of the store’s membership drive. This week, through Sunday 17 October, you can get 20% off the regular price of memberships, which get you access to wine classes, chef demonstrations and other cool events. Here’s the 411:

Trial (3 Mo.): $48 (reg. $60)
* 30+ Classes (less than $1.60/class)
* 5% off at all times on still wine.
* Reserve a seat for classes.
*20% off after attended classes on still wine.

Preferred (6 Mo.): $80 (reg. $100)
* 60+ Classes (less than $1.30/class)
* 5% off at all times on still wine.
* Reserve a seat for classes.
* 20% off after attended classes on still wine.

Deluxe (1 Year): $144 (reg. $180)
* 120+Classes(less than $1.50/class)
* 10% off at all times on still wine.
* Reserve two seats for classes.
* 20% off after attended classes on still wine.

Coming soon for all members: Online web forums, discussions, and tools!

Free Cocktail for Columbus Day Brunch

By , 8 October, 2010, No Comment

Got the day off Monday and feel like kicking back with a cocktail? Char No. 4 at 196 Smith St. (btw Baltic & Warren) is offering brunch, accompanied by a complimentary chipotle bourbon bloody mary or mimosa. Just mention to your server that you saw this and sorry–only one (free) per guest.

A Taste of Brooklyn-in the West Village

By , 8 October, 2010, No Comment

image via Daily News

Here’s one to ponder. Two Carroll Garden dudes have decided to open a restaurant/bar which will serve all Brooklyn-based grub and drink–on W. Houston St. According to the Daily News,

“If you’re a tourist from Madison, Wis., do you think you’re going to go to Brooklyn? No,” said co-owner Billy Waite, who makes his bed in Carroll Gardens.
“There are a lot of people who have this mentality that you have everything you need in Manhattan,” said his business partner, Aron Watman, 32, who also lives in Carroll Gardens. “We wanted to showcase what Brooklyn has to offer.”
The bar will serve beer from Brooklyn Brewery, pickles from Brooklyn Brine and kielbasa from Steve’s Meat Market in Greenpoint. The bar and tables will be made from Coney Island boardwalk.

Of course, will a tourist give a toss that their kielbasa is from a Polish/hipster outpost? Will they realize that a trip to Coney Island takes about 45 minutes on the F train? Nah, they’re just going to see the word “Brooklyn” and think it’s kind of cool and “different.” Maybe the Brooklyner should offer discounted tours of the borough–or create a place-mat with 10 things to do in Brooklyn? Anyhow, it’s an odd decision, but interested to see how it works out for them.

Bacon & Beer Baby

By , 1 October, 2010, No Comment

Yesterday we reported the pork-tastic Pig Island taking place on Governor’s Island this weekend. And now, we’re happy to give you some info about another swine-related event you might want to check out. Saturday evening, 2 October, the crowd-pleasing Ted & Honey on Clinton St. next to Cobble Hill Park will be serving up all kinds of bacon-related grub alongside a sampling of local Brooklyn beers. The website sites bacon-wrapped shrimp stuffed with Gorgonzola, meatloaf sliders, BLT’s and BLAT’s, and even crispy bacon dipped in bittersweet chocolate and caramelized honey. Though an RSVP was requested by last week, you might want to go by and see if you can fight your way in. The event is $25 per person and there will be live music by Emily Einhorn.