No one needs to tell us that Brooklyn has always had a truly notable, totally unique, and incomparably diverse dining scene, but after years of playing second fiddle to Manhattan, interest in borough-wide eats has exponentially increased, to a point where “Brooklyn” is essentially a worldwide brand (hence the perhaps apocryphally popular Parisian expression, Très Brooklyn).
So what, precisely, comes next, now that pioneering restaurateurs who helped shape neighborhoods are now faced being forced out by rising rents? As Brooklyn restaurants change and mature, do Manhattan restaurants change too, and is one borough leading the way stylistically? Is there a way to encourage meaningful, organic restaurant growth in a neighborhood without irreparably jacking up the barrier to entry? And have we finally reached a saturation point in Brooklyn???
These are only some of the questions that accomplished food writer, Jordana Rothman, plans to pose to her expert panel during “Is Brooklyn the Next Manhattan?” including Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli, co-owners of trailblazing Brooklyn favorites, Frankies 457 Spuntino and Prime Meats, America’s leading Thai cooking authority, Andy Ricker, of Pok Pok Ny, Whiskey Soda Lounge and Pok Pok Phat Thai, and prolific restaurateur Gabe Stulman, whose impressive West Village stable of restaurants includes Joseph Leonard, Jeffrey’s Grocery, Fedora, Perla and Bar Sardine.
So nab those tickets now for this consequential conversation this weekend, because who knows—by the next time we convene for Taste Talks, it might be at some fancy boutique hotel in Queens!
Taste Talks Food & Drink returns to Brooklyn September 12-14, 2014. See the full schedule and buy tickets here.