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Excellent Dinner at Beasts & Bottles (Brooklyn, NY)

[Translate] Beasts & Bottles is a newcomer to Brooklyn Heights. This place is equal parts wine bar and rotisserie restaurant, this Brooklyn Heights comes from the team behind Atrium Dumbo, the Provence, France–bred duo of Leslie Affre and Laurent Kalkotour along with master sommelier Alexander LaPratt. The wine list spotlights smaller French producers and biodynamic (or environmentally responsible) wines. For the restaurant’s focus, Kalkotour fires up three breeds of rotisserie chicken: Crystal Valley birds from Indiana, served Provençal style; Sasso chickens from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, slow-roasted and sauced with black truffle jus; and a Goffle Road Poultry Farm bird from New..

Dinner at Rider (Brooklyn, NY)

[Translate] Rider is a new restaurant from chef Patrick Connolly in Williamsburg, Brooklyn performance space National Sawdust. Chef Connoly won a James Beard Award while at Radius in Boston before decamping for Bobo here in New York City several years ago. The restaurant is named after the hospitality contract musicians have with performance venues that covers food and beverage. Roughly 65 seats are divided between two floors, with a marble bar downstairs, a wall of windows above, and a bench made of timber salvaged from the building’s former life as an actual sawdust factory. This restaurant is the sharing, small..

Amazing Birthday Chef’s Tasting Dinner at Blanca (Brooklyn, NY; 2* Michelin)

[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..

Matcha with Lots of Possibilities at MatchaBar (Brooklyn, NY)

[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..

Emily (Brooklyn, NY)

[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..

Luskus at Tørst (Brooklyn, NY; 1* Michelin 2015)

[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..

Ample Hills Creamery Gowanus – Amazing, Decadent Ice Cream

[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..

Delicious Dinner at Glasserie

[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..

Eclectic Baked Goods at Bakeri in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

[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…)