[Translate] Blanca is the 12-seat, ambitious, 2* Michelin sister restaurant of Roberta’s in Bushwick, Brooklyn. (Roberta’s is more known for its pizza but I digress.) I was elated when I managed to get book a seating with one of my closest friends to share this exciting, experimental meal on the weekend of my birthday since I’ve read over the past almost 3 years, how serious but interesting the food is. When it comes to any Michelin-starred restaurant, the price comes with that status — $195 per person, not including tax, gratuity and additional beverages. You are subjected to a strict..
[Translate] MatchaBar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is a hip matcha tea bar and brand founded by brothers Max and Graham Fortgang. Matcha tea was “discovered” by the Fortgangs out the necessity of a caffeine alternative that was healthier for them since they led stressful lives when they were college students. Their Williamsburg storefront offers drinks made with the fine-ground tea, including hot and iced matcha teas, iced specialty drinks, and Matchaccino, a matcha “cappuccino” made with almond milk and vanilla powder. Besides peddling the typical matcha lattes (they are almost everywhere in Manhattan), they want to introduce and educate the masses..
[Translate] For someone who does not live in Brooklyn, it takes a certain restaurant for me to haul my fanny and make a trek past Williamsburg or Dumbo. (To those who are not familiar with NYC geography, both neighborhoods are the first subway stops in Brooklyn.) However, I did make it far into Clinton Hill for Emily. Why? The food is great. Despite the fact it’s a pizza-forward restaurant, they do create some very good small plates and an insanely great burger. (The latter I will get to soon.) The style of pizza is essentially the New York-Neapolitan. It’s thin..
[Translate] Luskus at Tørst is a unique, 1* Michelin tasting menu only restaurant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. When you’re around this particular neighborhood, Tørst is a beer-only bar and it’s certainly no dive bar either. My friends and I hanged out with a mix of locals, hipsters, yuppies, and to our relative surprise, business people from Denmark in casual suits while waiting for our table. So you’re wondering, where is Luskus? It’s actually behind the heavy sliding door in back. Luskus is a small shoebox dining room that might fit around two dozen diners with an open kitchen with three cooks..
[Translate] Ample Hills Creamery Gowanus: Exterior, front retail part of the shop, and the rooftop Ample Hills Creamery opened their new location at Gowanus about two weeks ago. It’s exciting for ice cream lovers since Ample Hills churns out some insane ice cream. I meant insane as a good thing for creating pretty imaginative flavors and techniques to create their ice cream and appeal to both kids and the adults who still have their inner kid. They also have a rooftop that you can sit outside and get a view of the Gowanus. We sampled a couple of flavors that..
[Translate] I have read and heard very good things about Glasserie for the past several months under the helm of Chef Sara Kramer. As some of us found out, Chef Eldad Shem Tov has replaced her but the food we had was excellent. The menu is tightly edited and filled with heavily Mediterranean inspired dishes that would satisfy the omnivores and the vegetarians. My friends and I finally made it by driving over there by car. It makes more sense to drive (or cab it) over to Greenpoint, Brooklyn since the nearest subway stop (of the G train) to the..
[Translate] Bakeri is an ambitious, charmingly small bakery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. They bake their own bread – and forming the loaves in front of you nearby. They are constantly rotating the various creative pastries baked what seems almost every hour. Since we did pigged out on the huge (but amazing) Dough doughnuts and Ramen Burgers at the Brooklyn Flea and planned on heading to Patisserie Tomoko, we went on the lighter side and ordered these three items. (more…)
[Translate] This past weekend, we had an intense craving for doughnuts and since the snow was holding off until later that evening, we made the trek across the East River to the Brooklyn Flea in Williamsburg and headed straight to Dough‘s stall. Dough does have a brick-and-mortar store in Greenpoint but it’s a bit of a trek for me to head out there. So, Smorgasburg is closest to get my doughnut lovin’ self to get their delectable sweets. These doughnuts were made by the talented hands of Chef Fany Gerson (yes, the same woman behind La New Yorkina). These dessert..
[Translate] Patisserie Tomoko is a relatively new bakery and dessert bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The proprietor Chef Tomoko Kato, who helped open a favorite Japanese tea and dessert house (at least for me) in East Village, Cha-An, who bridges the Japanese and French influences into pastries. The space itself feels futuristic with the large U-shaped bar yet cozy from the warm blonde wood. One half of the bar is the bakery take-out section while the other half is for the dessert bar, where there are mid-back stools that line up lets you peer at the chef plating and creating the..