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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.
When Benjamin Sormonte, Elisa Marshall, and Armand Arnal opened the third New York location of Maman in Greenpoint last summer, they quickly saw how much the café’s rustic-chic style and French-inflected food resonated with Brooklynites. I, for one, was happy to welcome the cozy café with its free wifi, wholesome sandwiches and salads, pretzel chocolate chip cookies, and other hard-to-resist pastries. Oh, and matcha lattes. Finally, Greenpoint has a café that serves matcha lattes! But...
I don’t know about you, but sometime around November 9, I realized my tech addiction was worse than ever. Every morning during the months leading up to the election, the first thing I did upon waking up was pick up my iPhone and scroll through my Facebook feed, click on the New York Times and New Yorker articles lambasting the latest insane thing Donald Trump had done, and find myself spiraling down further and...
Andrew Tarlow’s new cookbook, Dinner at the Long Table, opens with a sort of poem, the first two lines of which are “read / don’t follow recipes.” I found this somewhat ironic as I prepared his version of Risotto Milanese, a dish I’ve made many times without a recipe. In the introduction, Tarlow’s wife Kate Huling writes that he and his business partner “opened Diner because they wanted a place to eat and hang...
Part of the fun of year-end “best of” lists is undoubtedly tallying up the buzzy new spots you’ve been to and adding a few more to your bucket list. But if there’s a deeper observation to be made by looking back at the best new bars that opened in Brooklyn this year, it would have to be the way the nightlife scene reflects growing trends in our borough as a whole. This year, many...

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