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Ilan Hall maintains something of a public persona, as the spirited host of Esquire’s bracket-style cooking competition, Knife Fight, but he’s hardly the cocksure Top Chef winner that many of us remember. Nor is he only the purveyor of bacon-wrapped matzoh balls, “peas many ways,” Vidalia onion-studded brownies, and other highly conceptualized dishes, that all but defined his LA-to-Brooklyn transplant of the Gorbals. Nowadays, since transforming his avant-gardish Williamsburg eatery into the relaxed Israeli barbecue spot,...
One day in 2009, Rachel Coleman was sitting in a hotel conference room in Manhattan with two companions: a friend, Theresa Smith, and a bowl of cottage cheese mixed with pasta—her own version of macaroni and cheese. She was there for hours and hours, patiently waiting. Coleman was 24 years old, had her black hair cut into a shaggy bob, wore big rose-framed glasses, and was living in Bushwick. She’d brought the food, based...
As signs of spring and warm weather finally emerge, we can all agree that it's time to fully embrace all the best parts of Brooklyn at this time of year. By which we mean drinking and eating (but mostly drinking) outside. And so in that spirit, we filled you in on all the best new Brooklyn backyards to while away your afternoons and evenings, and now want to highlight the best of the borough's...
In general, we’re on board with the many amenities the 21st century has to offer, but once winter rolls around, the thought of slow roasting our food over live, open flames begins to sound awfully appealing. And while most Brooklyn apartments can’t accommodate fire pits, more and more restaurants (and we’re not just talking pizzerias) have begun structuring their menus around yawning, wood-burning ovens. So cuddle up this season with these rustic, smoke-kissed dishes. Photographs...

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