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Laura Itzkowitz

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Laura Itzkowitz is a freelance writer and editor based in Brooklyn and an author of New York: Hidden Bars and Restaurants.
Photography by Nicole Fara Silver Top Chef and Taste Talks alum Dale Talde is known for many things, but sugar coating his opinions isn’t one of them. When I mention I’ve been seeing a bunch of recent press coverage predicting Filipino food will be the next hot thing, he responds emphatically. “To me that’s bullshit,” he retorts, “I don’t give a shit if Filipino is the next thing. I’m not flying the flag. Our culture’s...
Ah, summer—time to finally come out of hibernation. Unlike denizens of sun-soaked cities like L.A. and Miami, we Brooklynites actually appreciate summer. The temperature rises, the days are longer (more time for drinking!), and we rediscover the joys of living in this glorious—if sometimes infuriating—city. And what better way to soak up the summer than by reconnecting with your friends (remember them?) over drinks at one of Brooklyn’s best new bars? We surveyed the...
No one—least of all first-time restaurant owners Sara Schneider and her husband Demetri Makoulis—could have predicted what a fly-away success Egg Shop would become. When they opened the 32-seat spot in Nolita in 2014 with Nick Korbee (formerly the executive chef at Smith & Mills in Tribeca), they just wanted to open an eatery dedicated to the ingredient they were most obsessed with: eggs. Two-and-a-half years later, Egg Shop is an Instagram sensation with...
As I write this, I’m browsing swimsuits for an upcoming trip to the British Virgin Islands, where I’ll be escaping New York’s winter for four blissful days of lounging on white sand beaches, sailing on a yacht, eating fresh seafood, and drinking fruity cocktails (I’m so sorry). But if you cannot do the same, do the next best thing: plan a Caribbean-themed dinner party and channel that island spirit. The team behind Bushwick’s favorite...

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