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When John McCormick opened his first restaurant, Café Moto, back in 2002, he was a pioneer in the Williamsburg scene. Since then, he has designed neighborhood favorites like Maison Premiere, Five Leaves, St. Mazie, and now Witlof. Here, he dishes on the design process and what Brooklyn style means to him. You recently finished Witlof in Williamsburg. What was the process like, in terms of the design concept and the build process? The concept was a...
  The question “what’s that smell?” usually carries a negative connotation when you live in New York, but Lori Labedz, owner of At Wilderness, a luxury apothecary and gift shop in Boerum Hill, welcomes the inquiry with a soft laugh. It’s a question she’s grown accustomed to since opening a year ago. Labedz carries items she’s handpicked from a combination of local brands and artisans, but she also brings back items from her travels, like the...
Somehow, Jon Glaser has never seen Renegade. Once I tell him about the existence of long-haired basic cable hunk Lorenzo Lamas’s long-running early-90s action drama, the actor flips up his laptop and searches, eyes widening at each new bit of info returned: “Holy fuck.” As a specimen of pure, macho-dude confidence, Renegade seemed like something Glaser, a master at playing unrepentant assholes, would cherish. In the low, faux-jerk voice that’s become familiar to fans...
  White Tiger 601 Vanderbilt Avenue, Prospect Heights It’s been years since Korean fare made its great escape from the tight borders of K-Town, with restaurants of all stripes stocking their pantries with kimchi and gochujang, and classically trained chefs like Hooni Kim (Danji) and, more recently, Tae Kyung Ku (Oiji), relaying a refined and modern side of their native cuisine. But save for Red Hook’s much-loved The Good Fork (and its admired Korean-style steak and eggs),...

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