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Bar food has sure come a long way beyond buffalo wings and burgers. Especially when you consider Bar Uni, whose fare of choice is sea urchin. That said, the Greenpoint newcomer is hardly styled as a Coors-dispensing dive—rather, it’s an homage to Japanese drinking culture, craftsmanship and hospitality. Suntory Whisky ads from the 70s overlook the handsome, bespoke bar, itself stocked with spirits such as Hibiki Harmony and Ichiro’s Malt & Grain, as well as sake...
Chez Ma Tante may be named in honor of a Montreal frankfurter stand, but it happens to be the ideal Brooklyn restaurant. Small wonder, considering it’s owned by Josh Cohen and Blair Papagni (bonafide borough royalty), is situated in a window-ringed Greenpoint corner (that formerly housed Jimmy’s Diner and Calyer), and shares unmistakable DNA with their first baby, Anella—which helped forge a blueprint for the ultimate neighborhood establishment. It also keeps with their tradition of providing...
We abhor crowds, are apathetic about mimosas, have a minimum of oozy egg pics on our Instagram feed, and are resistant to waking early on the weekends in search of the above. So we figured we’d dutifully squeeze a year’s worth of waffle-eating and bloody mary-sipping into a single Sunday, by braving Brooklyn’s first iteration of a roving tasting event called BrunchCon. And while none of the assembled vendors took the bait, by cranking...
For me, writing a menu is not unlike writing an essay: I spend hours sitting on the couch with books—cookbooks in this case—and handwritten notebooks splayed out around me like a pack of sleeping puppies. Sometimes there’s a literal sleeping puppy thrown in there, too. I open each book to a certain image or flavor combination so I can easily shift my eyes between the recipe for green onion powder, a step-by-step pictorial guide...

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