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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...
Have you noticed something peculiar about your cocktails lately? Perhaps that they seem a bit, less, well, alcohol-y? Don’t chalk it up to the fact that you’ve finally developed an impressive tolerance, or that bars and restaurants are trying to deprive you of your well earned (and accordingly paid for) buzz. But rather, the rise of low ABV (or low proof, or session) libations, built around aperitifs and digestifs such as vermouth, sherry and...
Some would say it’s not exactly advisable to take a sledgehammer to the walls of your restaurant, but in Tarek Debira and Patricia Ageheim’s case it worked out. The husband-and-wife duo behind Chez Moi in Brooklyn Heights was renovating the place with their business partner Ali Mardassi. Late one night after a few drinks, Debira and Mardassi took a sledgehammer to the wall and discovered two chambers in the basement that were once part...

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