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Until a few years ago, I didn't understand the appeal of Brussels sprouts. At my house growing up, they were usually one of many side dishes at Thanksgiving or Christmas, steamed or boiled and redolent of unpleasant cabbage-ness. But on a crisp, fall day several years ago, I had my "Eureka!" moment of Brussels sprouts, the kind of personal discovery that everyone else knew all along, like "whole milk tastes better!" and "cherries the...
Brooklyn wasn’t much of a contender in the top ramen scene before Chuko came along, which has both inspired and cultivated other local noodle stars over the last three years (we met Yuji Haraguchi at their collaborative Brooklyn Ramen dinner in 2012). So we fully expect their newest venture, Bar Chuko, to spark a borough-wide interest in the izakaya—the Japanese version of a gastropub—which, unless you count Izakaya on Smith (and we can’t currently...
If you’re like seemingly everyone else we know, you’ve been battling some dastardly hybrid head/chest/stomach-related sickness this week. And with temperatures fluctuating between 50 degrees one moment and -7 the next, something tells us that we too will eventually fall prone to a debilitating airborne illness. But we simply refuse to subject ourselves to hyper-colored pharmaceutical cocktails, chased down by cans of Campbell’s chicken noodle. Because that powerful homeopathic remedy, Jewish penicillin, comes in a...
Prospect Heights is an interesting, diamond-shaped tidbit of a neighborhood; hemmed in by Flatbush Avenue to the west, Atlantic Avenue to the north, Eastern Parkway to the south, and Washington Avenue to the east. So when it comes to restaurants in the far reaches of any one direction, it’s hard to say whom they really belong to. Is Tom’s diner actually in Crown Heights? Is Franny’s truly in Park Slope? But there’s no question...

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