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peter.hobbs Dec 12
The conundrum is clear. New York is a coastal city, surrounded by seas rich with life and towns where fishermen have been harvesting the ocean’s bounty for centuries. Yet it’s next to impossible to buy fresh fish, caught locally, anywhere, even at many docks themselves, where fishermen have exclusive deals with distributors who pump the [...]
peter.hobbs Jun 09
“On Evan’s very first brew day here, he got heatstroke.” -Craig Frymark Simply put, local upstart Barrier Brewing is killing it. The year-old, two-man operation has already made a name for itself by brewing an impressive variety of notably well-crafted beers on a tiny single-barrel brewing system, out of a small garage-like space in Oceanside, New York. Evan [...]
peter.hobbs Jun 03
Christopher Nicholson’s day job is interesting enough. His daily commute takes him from his Greenpoint home to the Red Hook harborfront, where he’s a winemaker at the Red Hook Winery , shepherding Long Island and Finger Lakes grapes through the long and complex journey from vine to barrel to bottle. But his other work may be even [...]
peter.hobbs May 25
When Annie Novak of Greenpoint’s Eagle Street Rooftop Farm put the word out that she’d be opening the roof for a night harvest last night, we knew we’d have to stop by. No, not gonna miss a chance to pick a trove of fresh salad greens on a rooftop farm while basking in the glory of [...]
peter.hobbs May 20
“Good meat is homemade, it’s freshly ground spices, and it’s care for the method. It’s not looking for shortcuts, and that’s what the average deli became – ‘how can we shortcut everything to lower our costs, because people won’t pay more money but want bigger portions?’ I did this my way and I kind of gave the [...]
peter.hobbs May 17
“We use local, organic ingredients as often as possible” For today’s discerning diners, that once-reassuring line on a menu doesn’t cut it anymore. It seems like it’s almost de rigeur for new-school Brooklyn restaurants to reserve a spot on their menus to proudly name the farms from which they source their meats, produce, and cheese. You’ve [...]
peter.hobbs May 12
Most of us don’t contemplate much beyond, “Cappuccino or Latte?” when it comes to coffee. But coffee can be complicated. A particularly complex supply chain makes it easy for us to to skip the questions we’ve begun asking more frequently about our food: Who grew this? Where? How? The Crop to Cup Coffee Company was [...]
peter.hobbs May 12
Rumors have been swirling over the past year about Bacon Marmalade, an elusive and highly sought-after invention supposedly created by a chef in Greenpoint. Wide-eyed devotees of the mysterious marmalade talk about its almost magical, mystical properties when added to a sandwich, stirred into pan with greens or seafood, or used as a marinade on [...]
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Editor’s note: Scott Bridi of Brooklyn Cured takes inspiration from the cultural traditions of New York City — Italian-American pork stores, the Lower East Side deli, the French charcuterie, and the German beer garden. ...
Editor’s Note: Noah Bernamoff of Boerum Hill’s Mile End needs no introduction. His Brooklyn take on Montreal Jewish Delicatessen and smoked meats have garnered rave reviews and devotees citywide. For our Thanksgiving Potluck, ...
Editor’s Note: Evan Hanczor is the chef at Williamsburg’s Egg restaurant, a spot renowned for its Southern-inspired fare and its use of truly farm-fresh ingredients. The restaurant owns Goatfell Farm, a small farm ...
Editor’s Note: The Italian-inspired Brucie has become a sensation in Cobble Hill, delighting the ‘hood with its creative, ever-changing menu and dedication to locally-grown ingredients. For our Thanksgiving Potluck, chef and owner Zahra offers ...
Editor’s Note: Do or Dine’s original (and elevated) take on ‘fine diving’ has generated quite a buzz since opening this summer. The Bed-Stuy restaurant, opened by a crew of veterans of The Modern, ...
Editor’s note: Colonie is killing it, bringing friendly but elevated bistro fare to Brooklyn Heights, a neighborhood notorious for its dearth of dining options. Executive Chef Brad McDonald is a veteran of some of ...
Editor’s Note: At Purple Kale Kitchenworks, chef Ronna Welsh puts an innovative spin on cooking classes. Rather than focusing on recipes, she teaches a way of approaching cooking that allows developing home cooks to ...
Editor’s note: Court Street Grocers, opened just over a year ago in Carroll Gardens by two art school buddies turned food fanatics, is a neighborhood favorite for many reasons, but it’s their sandwiches ...
Editor’s Note: With so much focus on the food, and so many dishes hitting the table during the Thanksgiving feast, what to do about wine? We asked the pros at a few of our ...
Editor’s note: With a rotating selection of fourteen local and global craft beers on tap, a couple of cask beers on barrel, hundreds of bottled varieties in the case, and homemade mad-scientist contraption that ...
Morimoto vets David Koon, James Sato, and Jamison Blankenship serve up serious ramen in Brooklyn at Chuko in Prospect Heights. Ramen. To the uninitiated, the word might conjur thoughts of the instant variety, that MSG-laden ...
Brooklyn Brewery founder Steve Hindy on the brewing floor in Williamsburg “There’s a lot of pressure to constantly be reinventing yourself for new generations. But I think the beer speaks for itself. The ...
Editor’s Note: Dekalb Market feels a little like something out of a Mad Max film – a futuristic-yet-rustic (and totally charming) bazaar featuring an array of artisanal food and craft shops housed in ...
Wen-Jay Ying, founder of the Local Roots CSA, at one of her weekly produce pickups at 61 Local in Boerum Hill As CSAs have gained popularity as a way for Brooklynites to source fresh, local ...
Cheese makers and lovers are serious about semantics when it comes to how the cheese is made, cared for, and aged. A lot of the people here who are calling themselves affineurs are working with ...