Friday night lights. #brooklynciderhouse #bushwick #patio #outdoordrinking #fridaynights A post shared by Brooklyn Cider House (@brooklynciderhouse) on Jun 8, 2018 at 6:33pm PDT You can now add Brooklyn Cider House to the list of places to drink outside this summer. The lovely restaurant and bar has been open since December, serving up Basque-style cider. […]
A modern, distinctively Vietnamese-American version of pho — like the kind found in Houston — is finally available in New York via Di An Di.
A modern, distinctively Vietnamese-American version of pho — like the kind found in Houston — is finally available in New York via Di An Di. The Greenpoint restaurant, located at 68 Greenpoint Ave. near the intersection of Franklin, is owned by An Choi vets Dennis Ngo, Kim Hoang, and Tuan Bui, the former two hailing from Houston and Bui from northern Virginia.
The premises was formerly Hail Mary, an experimental diner that closed in early 2017, and the space still has a small but welcoming front porch, where a neon bowl of pho blazes. Plants hang in profusion from the ceiling. Further in, find a high-ceilinged room with a glassed-in kitchen running along one wall. Tables are arranged in the remaining L-shaped space, which is lit magnificently with natural light via windows in the ceiling, perfect for pre-sunset Instagramming. The space is attractive, with no kitsch or sentimentalism…But the pho is what makes Di An Di particularly unique to the city. Most of the pho found in NYC dates from the decades following the 1975 fall of Saigon, when refugees, many from the Mekong Delta, came to the U.S., bringing the soup with them. Their version, often associated with Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City), sported a complicated set of add-ins, including multiple sauces and vinegars, leafy fresh herbs, sprouts, green chiles, and a variety of beef cuts, as if the basic recipe begged for customization. Nevertheless, it was delectable and New Yorkers quickly grew to love it.
Even the most promising new restaurants in Greenpoint take a while to catch on – people usually don’t want to travel for a spot they’re not totally sure about. Di An Di is different. This attractive, plant-covered new Vietnamese restaurant is already slammed, but the better news is that it’s also already worth waiting for. They serve a pretty big menu that’s a mix of traditional Vietnamese dishes, like summer rolls and pho, and Di An Di originals, like a Vietnamese “pizza” made with grilled crispy rice paper for the crust. Everything we’ve tried is great – but you absolutely shouldn’t leave without getting at least one bowl of pho (and make sure to add the fried donut for dipping). The cocktails are great too. Overall, this is the most excited we’ve been about a new Vietnamese restaurant since Hanoi House.
Oxomoco is a beautiful Mexican restaurant in Greenpoint from the owners of Speedy Romero. The focus is on inventive, wood-fired Mexican cuisine and fancy cocktails. Admittedly, the food is stellar but we find it to be a little fussy and unnecessarily expensive.
Tacos, which arrive in pairs, form the largest section of the Oxomoco menu, and here are the four varieties we ate on consecutive nights last week, ranked: the beautifully funky Pork Cheek Carnitas with crackling chicharron; the Swordfish Achiote, the big, tender chunks of fish holding their own under a barrage of lively flavors, including habanero salsa; the rich and earthy Grilled Asparagus, which comes with fat morels, chipotle, and ramps; and the overwhelming Chicken Al Pastor, which was the only real “miss” in any category over two large meals.
There’s a lot more great food to eat here, too. The Tlayuda is terrific—a thin, crisp tortilla layered with lardo, refried beans, melted salty “string” cheese, and a grassy pipicha salsa. Even the Guacamole offers fresh thrills, thanks to a liberal sprinkling of queso fresco and whole smoked cherry tomatoes. And after all that smoke, salt, and heat, your table will need at least one of the Oxomoco desserts. Either of these will do the trick: the tart and tangy Hoja Santa Curd with smoked strawberry, lime drizzle, and raspberry ice; or the Oaxacan Chocolate Cake, a sweet and wonderful tower of dense pastry, a sticky disc of cajeta, walnut crumble, and vanilla ice cream.
Oxomoco is an exciting, enormously appealing restaurant, a big winner on all fronts that will likely be hopping all summer. And if you have to wait for a table inside, the comfortable front terrace is not a bad spot at all for a drink or two while doing so.
A breezy new Mexican restaurant is setting up shop this week, bringing wood-fired dishes from across the country to Greenpoint. The chef behind popular Bed-Stuy and Lower East Side pizza spot Speedy Romeo, Justin Bazdarich, has teamed up with his lifelong friend and restaurateur Chris Walton to open Oxomoco at 128 Greenpoint Ave., between Franklin Street and Manhattan Avenue, on Tuesday, June 5.
The menu centers around the wood-fired grill, which touches the tacos, meats, seafood, vegetables, tostadas, and ceviches that fill out the menu. Those tacos are the main focus: The corn tortillas are sourced from Mexico, and fillings include vegan beet “chorizo,” fried soft shell crab, chicken al pastor, pork cheek carnitas, and lamb barbacoa. The oven even makes its way to the drink menu, created by consultant Eben Klemm, with a toasted pineapple cordial, or a mole smoked in the oven and infused into mezcal.
The menu is a grab bag of Mexican dishes: It traverses from Tijuana (via the Caesar salad, for which they’re grilling half the romaine) to Ensenada (from which they’ve borrowed their style of tostadas) to Oaxaca (tlayuda with lard) over to the Yucatán (skewered swordfish achiote with habanero salsa for tacos). There’s also a nod to modern Mexican cooking in the tuna tostada, the style of the famous Contramar. “Everyone has sort of ripped off their tuna tostada,” Bazdarich says.
Here, it’s served with mashed avocado, thinly sliced radish, yellowfin tuna that’s brushed with soy sauce, and then topped with a smoky, sesame-based salsa macha and toasted sesame seeds. Speaking of toasting: “We’re just trying to make sure everything touches the grill somehow in some element of a dish,” Bazdarich says, an approach he’s imported from his pizzeria. Just as they make mozzarella at Speedy Romeo, they’re making giant balls of quesillo at Oxomoco, as well as a Valentina-like house hot sauce of arbol and guajillo chilies, vinegar, garlic, and salt.
The event this year is at Brooklyn Steel. Tickets start at $55 in advance, $60 at the door. More information here. For one night only, an incredible array of dozens of Bushwick restaurants, bars, shops and businesses gather to celebrate the neighborhood’s vibrant culinary life while offering tastes of their food and drink. Venders this […]
UPDATED: It’s a busy weekend in Williamsburg. The Northside Festival is taking over dozens of venues in the neighborhood and the much-anticipated Domino Park is opening! Check them out this Sunday at 15 River Street along the East River in Williamsburg. Tacocino, the new Danny Meyer open air taco joint will be open this Sunday as […]
According to their Instagram page, Wyckoff Beer Garden will be an “all outdoor pop-up beer garden that celebrates the beauty of art, food, & beer.” No specific date has been announced, but they will open in June. There’s also no word on which brews they’ll be serving, but we’ll keep you posted as details roll […]
If you’ve been in Greenpoint recently, you’re likely already familiar with the looming monstrosity known as The Greenpoint and its ugly neighbors Stephen Levin Towers. The once-quiet neighborhood has been menaced by the construction of these new towers for the last year two years. Now, these out-of-scale condos for the rich are getting some neighbors […]
ROBYN GIVING IT TO US BABY! A post shared by Kevin O’Donnell (@odtron) on May 21, 2018 at 9:51pm PDT Fans of Robyn freaked out last night when she made a suprise visit at a Robyn-themed dance party, This Party Is Killing You at Brooklyn Bowl. She performed “Love Is Free” and “Honey,” the […]
Friend of the site and sometimes contributor Andy P. Smith has a new book coming out in June. Co-written with Jason Gershuny, Smith’s new book is called 100 Things Phish Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die and to celebrate the occassion he’s having a book release party at Brooklyn Bowl on June 1st with the DeadPhish Orchestra. Show […]
The “Midnight Cowboy” star and notoriously right-wing actor has been spotted on Bedford Ave and popular breakfast spot, Bakeri. Don’t expect to see Angelina though since they don’t really get along: Angelina Jolie’s dad is renting an apartment in a fancy waterfront building in the trendy Brooklyn neighborhood, Page Six has learned. The “Midnight Cowboy” […]