The Bedford on Bedford

c/o Nicole Franzen

A few weeks ago while walking on Bedford Avenue we noticed that a new restuarant called “The Bedford” had taken the place of the old Sound Fix location. Jumping on the farm-to-table bandwagon, The Bedford serves local, organic entrees with daily specials inspired by the most recent selection available at local markets. Our favorite dishes from the menu are the Niman Ranch Pork Chop served with summer squash ribbons, crispy potatoes, & sherry vinegar sauce ($25), and the Pasture Raised Burger with Gorgonzola Cheese, Applewood Smoked Bacon, and Grilled Onion ($15). The Bedford also offers a selection of fancy cocktails, including “Satan’s Whiskers” which contains Gordon’s Gin, sweet & dry vermouths, Grand Marnier, & orange bitters and “The Cactus Cooler” which is a tasty mixture of green chartreuse, pineapple & lime juices, and pomegranate molasses. Breakfast will also be served in the next few weeks.

Check out the full listing here: http://www.freewilliamsburg.com/listings/the-bedford

The Bedford. 110 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211.

Cajun Eatery 'Honeychiles' Opens in The Charleston

What do you get when you cross three Southern punk rockers, Louisiana classics like jambalaya, poʼboys, and crawfish, and The Charleston – the oldest surviving dive bar in Williamsburg? Honeychiles!

The opening menu will include Southern bar favorites such as Cajun boiled peanuts and smoked cheddar nʼ green onion hush puppies. Honeychiles will also feature nightly specials that will introduce Williamsburg to lesser known Cajun staples like étouffé and machoux and even lesser known Southern game meats… You know… Gator, turtle, pheasant.

The Charleston, which houses the Honeychiles kitchen, is a full service bar, so patrons can put on a little New Orleans swagger to round out their meal. To welcome his new neighbors, Charleston manager Dorian Delamater is bringing in several single batch bourbons and a selection of Louisiana based micro-brews. Honeychiles partners Jesse Crawford and Josh Martin are probably better known, respectively, as the drummer and guitar player of the Brooklyn punk rock dynamo Exhumans. Jameson Proctor quit working as chef de cuisine then director of operations of Tom Colicchioʼs ʻwichcraft restaurants to play organ and piano in Williamsburgʼs country rock revivalists The Weight. All three, in response to recent tough economic times, have decided to open a restaurant and start working… in their spare time.

Honeychiles will be throwing an opening party, or “fais do do” if you will, on Thursday, July 8th with a crawfish boil!

Honeychiles will be open Sunday to Wednesday from 5 PM to 2 AM and Thursday to Saturday from 5 PM to 3 AM. Delivery will be available during all opening hours. Weekend lunch will start in August.

Bushwick's New Wine Bar: The Bodega

The Bodega

We’re excited about The Bodega Wine Bar that recently opened in Bushwick which features wines from Spain, Argentina, Chile and Portugal as well as from local vineyards in Long Island. When speaking about why they opened the wine bar, Owners Ben Warren and Gina Leone said “We lived in Sevilla for a little while. They have more bars per square foot than anywhere else in the world. When we moved to Bushwick we definitely missed our bars. We liked that the bar and café culture tied into peoples daily life there. In Spain ‘bodega’ means wine cellar and here it’s slang for the corner store where you buy necessities like Twinkies and water – we think good wine and beer is a necessity too!”

We couldn’t agree more. See the full listing here

The Bodega. 24 St. Nicholas Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11237. 646.924.8488.

Apples To Apples To Your Local Bodega

Ever bought produce from your local bodega? Odds are, unless you’re very brave or very stupid, probably not.  If so, you’re painfully familiar with the all too typically limited old apples and wilted lettuce. What if your local bodega was the only option for food purchases? Sadly this is the reality for thousands of people in NYC. As a result, the prevalence of diet-related diseases is on the rise in those communities.

Luckily, Family farm Red Jacket Orchards has taken one big leap forward towards fixing this problem by joining The Healthy Bodegas Initiative.  Their goal? To make local food readily available to everyone.

Formed in 2005 by the NYC Department of Health, the initiative has focused on getting bodegas more interested in selling healthy food. The response from store owners has been positive, however there’s no distribution model in place to actually deliver the food to them. Another hurdle is that even if they’re able to physically get the food, most stores don’t have the proper refrigeration appliances to keep the produce fresh.

That’s where Red Jacket Orchards comes in. Their goal is to build a Healthy Bodegas network that stretches from Bushwick to Bed Stuy by providing produce from their farm (eventually including their neighbors’ farms and their products into the mix).

They’re off to a great start.  They’ve already partnered with a number of bodegas who are interested in selling local products and being involved in their project.  But they need help/funding to really get the Healthy Bodegas Project going. Any help they can get will go towards the purchase of refrigerators, since the soda and beer sponsored refrigerators typically found in bodegas can only hold the sponsors’ products.

Here’s the kicker: their project will only be funded if at least $20,000 is pledged by Tuesday August 3rd at 5:59 EST. Help them make every market a Farmer’s market!

To donate and read more about their project visit http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/888795336/healthy-bodegas

Carmine's II To Host Outdoor Italian Film Screenings

We love summer outdoor movies, but they’re even better when good food (especially pizza) is involved. Our dreams came true when we found out that beginning tonight at 8:30pm Carmine’s II will screen six nights of Italian films in their back garden. The full schedule of films is below:

TUESDAY,JUNE 22:BICYCLE THIEF



WEDNESDAY,JUNE 23:MARRIAGE ITALIAN-STYLE



THURSDAY,JUNE 24:IL MOSTRO



FRIDAY,JUNE 25:LA DOLCE VITA



SATURDAY,JUNE 26:CINEMA PARADISO



SUNDAY,JUNE 27:BIG NIGHT



Carmine's II. 436 Union Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11211

New Gelato/Italian Ice Shop: Union Ice of Williamsburg

Union Ice

It was heartbreaking earlier this year when our favorite local Italian Ice shop Ralph’s closed and was replaced with a bodega. Now that summer is here in full force, we’re happy to announce that there’s a new place to fill your gelato and Italian ice cravings!  Union Ice opened last Friday on the corner of Union Avenue and Grand Street. Temporary buildings seem to be the hip new thing (Goods anyone?) and Union Ice has followed suit by opening their store in a giant shipping container. There are currently a few chairs out front available for seating, but in a few weeks a small side garden will be open with tables and chairs. Over twenty flavors of gelato and ices are offered, we tried the pistachio which was incredibly tasty. Toppings are .50 each and range from imported Italian cookies to classic rainbow sprinkles. An espresso machine is on the way as well, it should be up and running within the week.  Union Ice is open from 12pm-midnight daily.

St. Xavier's Juices, Smoothies, & Local Farm-To-Table Program

Last month we posted about a new juice bar that was moving  into the space next door to Second Stop which is finally open and ready for business! Originally named “Get Juiced”, it’s now named Saint Xavier after the giant statue of the Saint in their storefront window.

Using only locally famed organic produce, Saint Xavier offers smoothies, juices, wheatgrass, and a few vegan baked goods. They’re also in charge of making all the salads and lemonade for Second Stop which explains the recent expansion in their menu as of late. The smoothies are anywhere from $5-$7.50, while the juices are a bit pricier ranging from $6-$8. There are plenty of additions juices and smoothies available including ginger, lemon, garlic, whey/rice protein, almond butter, pumpkin seed, cocoa nibs, & wheat grass.

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Mode Bistro

Mode

Lately it’s been hard to walk from one block to the next without passing a new restaurant.  From “locally farmed” to “minimal interior”, they all begin to blend into one giant, organic enclave. As much as we love all the new cuisines appearing in Williamsburg, from time to time it’s refreshing to sit back and enjoy a meal that combines home-cooked comfort food with a French influence. Enter: Mode Bistro.

Mode Bistro is co-owned by Olivier Morange and Jenny Brooks. New to the restaurant scene, Olivier spent the past thirty years of his life working as an interior decorator in Los Angeles. He decided he needed a life change and moved to Brooklyn to open a bistro, combining his love of French and American cuisine.  The split-level interior of the bistro is warm and inviting and even has a wood burning fireplace (a welcome addition for the coming Winter months). All the artwork in Mode’s is by Palm Springs based artist Robert Tahar, but will be rotated with artwork from other local and international artists throughout the year.

Read the full review after the jump.

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