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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.
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...
Can a place be a destination bar and a neighborhood spot? That’s what Diamond Reef aims to be, according to Dan Greenbaum, managing partner. “I think it can be both,” he told me as I sipped a rum concoction he had prepared. “I think to excel here, we need to be a neighborhood bar. Those are the people who are gonna come out on cold winter nights." Opened on March 1st, the buzzed-about new spot...

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