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We’re four days into Passover—are you burned out on matzo yet? If so, lay down those cream cheese and jelly “sandwiches,” and seek unleavened solace at the following Brooklyn spots; they are currently making magic with the spiritually significant flatbread. Blue Ribbon/Brooklyn Bowl Passover or no, the secret to Blue Ribbon’s acclaimed fried chicken (which actually inspired a dedicated, East Village restaurant) has always been the ultra-fine, exceptionally crunchy, matzo meal-based batter. 280 5th Ave., Park Slope; 61...
We can all get a bit emotionally invested in our longstanding local spots, and that was undoubtedly the case with Cobble Hill residents when it came to their go-to corner café, the brother-and-sister-owned Ted & Honey. But if anyone could take over the eight-year-old institution with the bare minimum of neighborhood grumbling, it would be Alex Raij and husband Eder Montero, whose instant classic La Vara—a wholly original Spanish/Jewish tapas joint—had already accrued a...
If you can get the Easter bunny out of your head, there’s good reason to make rabbit a regular part of your diet. Not only is it more easily digestible, as well as lower in cholesterol, calories, and fat than most other proteins, but rabbits—which notoriously reproduce in epic numbers in the spring—have a much smaller carbon footprint than cows and pigs, maturing quickly and requiring little in the way of food (they’re mostly...
If you're in need of a gastronomic escape, consider attending the Spanish Basque Cider House Dinner at Txikito this Sunday, March 29th—no passport required. Organized by chefs Eder Montero and Alex Raij (also of Cobble Hill’s La Vara), as well as filmmaker Sarah Lobsenz, the immersive meal will celebrate Spanish culture, community, and of course, cider, by mimicking Basque sagardotegis, old farmhouses where locals purchase cider and congregate over small meals. Drawing from stories and characters...

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