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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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Cheryl Rogowski grows potatoes and many other vegetables at her farm in the black dirt region of upstate New York. Many chefs say her produce is notably rich in flavor. We visited Cheryl at the ...
Today, on the never-ending but almost always rewarding search for good cheese, we stop by Stinky Bklyn, where Smith Street’s only jamon bar and an always-rotating selection of craft beers on tap for growler ...
Today, we stop by Court Street Grocers – the Carroll Gardens home of quirky, hard-to-find and often inspiring specialty items and a legendary lineup of modern-yet-faithful interpretations of classic sandwiches – for a chat with ...
Today we kick off a new series in which we explore the borough, asking makers and purveyors of good things to eat and drink a very simple question that’s been asked for generations – “What’...
Photographer Valery Rizzo shows us Carroll Gardens' true culinary soul, with a look inside a few of the neighborhood's old-school Italian bakeries, restaurants and specialty shops. Carroll Gardens, once home to a ...
Peter Freeman of Carroll Gardens' Brooklyn Farmacy was looking for a fight. He found one in a disappearing New York classic - the egg cream. The egg cream: For many it evokes dreams of ...
At Arthur on Smith, Chef Joe Isidori reinterprets the Italian-American dishes he grew up on with his own more modern (Michelin-starred) sensibilities and techniques. Chef Joe Isidori grew up in the Bronx, in a home ...
Chefs Walker Stern and Joseph Ogrodnek at Battersby, their high-flying new restaurant on Smith Street in Carroll Gardens Most chefs dream the same dream: To work in the best kitchens they can, under the best ...
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 ...
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 ...
Peter Shelsky of Shelsky's Smoked Fish in Carroll Gardens is bringing 'Appetizing' back to Brooklyn “The Dutch think that’s crazy – ‘Pickled herring with cream sauce!? Heresy!’ But ...
Matt Ross behind the counter at Court Street Grocers in Carroll Gardens. “People like the fact that these are classic sandwiches. Sandwiches they grew up with. Before you eat one, you know what you ...
Local Roots CSA Founder Wen-Jay Ying Suddenly, winter is gone. Instead of finding ourselves hunched against swirls of snow, we’re dazzled by flurries of cherry blossoms wafting through the streets. For those of you ...