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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...
If LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy can run a wine bar, Lady Gaga can open an Italian restaurant, and Snoop Dogg can collaborate on a Jewish soul food speakeasy (that matzoh meal fried chicken is off the hizzy), why shouldn’t a handful of synthpop artists, rappers, and NYC natives launch a Brooklyn appetizing shop? Taking inspiration from the city’s notable roster of tribe-run eateries (Shelsky’s, Mile End, Sadelles, the ever-innovative Russ & Daughters), and their valiant...
We were pleased to be asked to serve on the planning committee for Brooklyn Bounty this past Wednesday; the annual tasting event/fundraiser to benefit the 150-year-old Brooklyn Historical Society. Which, far from being the solemn shrine to musty borough archives that you might expect, frequently hosts inspired, all-ages (i.e., non-septuagenarian set) programming, paired with plenty of beer from their friends at Brooklyn Brewery. And while we admittedly had a hand in recruiting many of the...
Lord knows, we never thought we’d see the day when Jewish food became cool. Growing up, it seemed as distant and improbable a possibility as Brooklyn itself becoming cool; an age when Sephardic or Askenazi delacies (when not prepared at home), were the exclusive purview of no-frills, track-lit places like Theresa’s (blintzes), Mrs. Stahl’s (knishes), and Mill Basin Delicatessan (chopped liver, stuffed cabbage, corned beef). But in the last five years or so, it’s...

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