Reminder: Brooklyn Waterfront Beer Festival

Thirsty? If it’s beer you crave, then you’re in luck! This Saturday, June 16, is the Waterfront Brooklyn Beer Festival, held at 5 North 11th Street.

This beerfest includes lots of food (The Morris Truck, Cornelius, Cool Haus, Sheep Station, The Brooklyn Star, Sigmund’s, and South Brooklyn Pizza) and live music (The Nepotist, The Suit & TYree & BiggThurrsty, Isle of Rhodes, In Like Lions, and Vinyette).

Also, this Sunday, June 17, is Father’s Day. If you didn’t know that already (you’re welcome for the reminder), you probably haven’t gotten him a gift yet. So, this could be your answer – spending quality time downing beers with Dad will probably make him much happier than a new tie or the classic “World’s Best Dad” mug.

Tickets are on sale now, with two sessions and three different ticket packages. Happy Beer Day!

Anthony Bourdain Says Brooklyn is the ‘nexus’ of world cuisine… visits Roberta’s

Of course we already knew this was true.

Earlier this month, the “No Reservations” star wrapped up the week-long Kings County taste tour for a final fall show.

The brash New Jersey boy turned celeb chef told The News his trip to the borough was prompted by cooks he’s met from across the globe raving about Brooklyn’s eating scene.

“Brooklyn is the nexus where everything is going on right now,” said Bourdain.

“Brooklyn is a melting pot. There are traditional Jewish delis. Caribbeans are a huge part of the culture.

There was an attempt to embrace the features of what makes the Brooklyn picture.”

Sheepshead Bay got the Hollywood treatment hosting Bourdain and his camera crews at two spots: Jay & Lloyds Kosher Delicatessen on Avenue U and Randazzo’s Clam Bar on Emmons Avenue.

Bourdain also spent time in the borough’s hipster and brownstone pockets eating at Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, the pricy three Michelin-starred restaurant on Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill. And at Roberta’s on Moore Street in Bushwick.

Brooklyn Waterfront Summer Craft & Specialty Beer Festival

It’s still a couple weeks away, but we’re of course very excited about this event on the Williamsburg waterfront. Organizers promise at least 150 Summer and craft beers from 75 brewers, food and live music. In short, it will be beer nerd heaven:

From the established craft brewers to the mid-majors and up-and comers, the diversity and creativity of the Craft and Specialty Brewing Community has proven to be limitless. For our Grand Tasting, we will be featuring an extensive variety of these artisanal creations from the worlds Top Breweries. Participating breweries from across the country are each expected to showcase 2 to 4 of their finest offerings with a strong emphasis on their Limited Release and Seasonal selections. Taste the flavors of the Summer season in liquid form.


Session I
VIP/Connoisseurs: 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM
General Admission: 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Session II
VIP/Connoisseurs: 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
General Admission: 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

For tickets, visit

This Weekend: Bon Appetite Grub Crawl

This looks way more interesting than GoogaMooga.

Bon Appetit Grub Crawl will take you on a hands-on, interactive food tour at ground zero of the artisanal-food universe. In true Brooklyn form, you’ll experience food and drink up-close, hang with the chefs, get your hands dirty, roll up your sleeves, and peek in the kitchen in the back, as opposed to just being served in the front. And if that’s not enough, on Saturday it culminates in can’t-miss music performances.

FRIDAY: Carroll Gardens
Clover Club, Frankies/Prime Meats, Seersucker, Treats Truck

SATURDAY: Williamsburg
Meatball Shop, Maison Premiere, Allswell, Brooklyn Winery, Rye, music at the Knitting Factory

SUNDAY: Red Hook
Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Fort Defiance, The Good Fork, Mile End, Sunny’s

Belvedere Vodka Lemon Tea will served be at each stop. Tickets can be purchased here.

Marty Markowitz Defends Your Right To Have Sunday Bloody Marys (War On Brunch)

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The New York Times has picked up on the War on Brunch taking place in our area, an epic battle between churchgoers and eggs benedict-eaters that has already claimed casualties, including Lokal and Five Leaves.

The article mostly covers what we know already, but offers up some choice quotes from borough president Marty Markowitz: “As many lifestyles as there are in the universe, we have them in Brooklyn and then some…You have the right to go to church and the right to sit outside people-watching and have bloody marys.”

But according to NYT, many locals involved in the church have no problem with brunch. “I like to see young people enjoying their Sundays and whatever they’re doing,” said one local pastor. Another said that “the integration has taken place very comfortably” between the neighborhood’s new school and old school communities.

A hearing on the issue will take place next month.

Are You Eating Free Big Lebowski-Themed Pizza Right Now? (4/20)


Specialty pizza chain Two Boots is giving away free samples of their The Dude pizza (Cajun bacon cheeseburger pizza topped with tasso ham, andouille sausage, ground beef, cheddar, and mozzarella) right now. If you’ve never been to Two Boots, the chain was started by two filmmakers in the Village in the late ’80s. Today’s The Dude samples – named after the protagonist in The Big Lebowski – is one of their many special pizzas named after movie icons. One of the locations even doubles as a video rental store.

Stop by any of the Two Boots locations between 4:20 (ahem) and 6pm for your free half-slice. Closest to North Brooklyn are the ones in Park Slope and on Avenue A in the Village.

War On Brunch in Williamsburg: Group Tries to Ban Outdoor Dining on Sabbath

Via Brooklyn Paper

A Williamsburg neighborhood group is waging a war on brunch — pressuring restaurants in one of the city’s mimosa-strongholds to open later, hush their patrons, and keep their diners inside.

Community Board 1 members want the city to enforce a little-known rule prohibiting restaurants from serving diners at outdoor sidewalk cafes on Sunday mornings.

“This would keep the sidewalks open for Sunday morning walks to church,” said Community Board 1 public safety chairman Tom Burrows. “Lokal, Enid’s, and Five Leaves consistently open their sidewalk cafe hours before noon on Sundays.”

But cafe owners say they will continue to defy a regulation barring them from serving poached eggs with duck hash to hungry outdoor diners before noon rather than risk losses to their bottom line.

“This is bulls—, it’s not good,” said Lokal owner Gino Kutluca, who starts serving sidewalk patrons at 10 am. “We get 60 percent of our business on Saturday and Sundays.”

The front lines of the bloody mary battlefield is a three block area near the northern tip of McCarren Park where several restaurants operate sidewalk cafes.

The community board has already fired its first shots at Greenpoint brunch mainstay Five Leaves, which preemptively removed two sets of unsanctioned outdoor benches last weekend after a warning from the neighborhood group.

The eatery’s owners hauled away the wooden planks from their 20-seat sidewalk cafe to avoid heavy penalties after residents complained the benches draw a cacophonous crowd that lingers while waiting to order ricotta pancakes, egg sandwiches, truffle fries, and brussels sprouts beginning at 8 am.

“Do they need a threat to be good neighbors?” said Burrows, who has adopted the rule of General Patton in the board’s war on brunch. “Take reservations so there aren’t hordes standing around not moving out of the way!” […]North Brooklyn’s brunch lovers — the foot soldiers in the conflict — vowed to continue dining in the face of a law they consider unjust.

“It doesn’t seem very relevant for city life,” said Williamsburg resident and brunch fan Jay Tate. “People in New York work a lot and if they want to be able to enjoy brunch on a Sunday, they should.”

Empire Mayonnaise Opens Shop in Brooklyn for all of your Artisanal Mayonnaise Needs

c/o The Brooklyn Ink

Move over, Hellmann’s. Prospect Heights is now home to the borough’s newest (and only) artisanal mayo shop brought to you by the good folks at Empire Mayonnaise. After great success selling their creamy concoctions to fatties foodies at Smorgasburg, the brains behind the operation decided to open their first brick-and-mortar store at 564 Vanderbilt Avenue. Now, I know what you may be thinking, “How can there be a whole store devoted only to mayonnaise?” First off, you should know that these mayo-lovers mean serious business. Empire utilizes their tiny (almost 100 square foot!) spot to produce all of their products as well as a place to sell their 4-ounce jars of spreadable deliciousness. There’s really something for every discerning palate in their long list of exotic and intriguing flavors, which include White Truffle, Saffron, Wasabi, Lime Pickle, and everyone’s favorite, Bacon. To hardcore mayo-haters, this may sound like a nightmare, but to me it sounds like a damn good reason to cook up some burgers and fries. (If living up to the Brooklyn foodie stereotype is wrong, I don’t want to be right.)

(via The Brooklyn Ink)