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Most modern-day eateries are passionate about the provenance of their product, proudly relaying the origin stories of their proteins, produce and grains. But at Crown Heights’ BKW, that commitment to craftsmanship and locality even extends to their vino, as every bottle is sourced from Williamsburg’s own Brooklyn Winery. A shrewd offshoot of the borough’s first boutique urban wine producer, BKW aims to be more than a mere tasting room. Sure, patrons can approach it as...
You know where people do not think good wine is made? Brooklyn. But those people have not been to Brooklyn Winery, in the heart of Williamsburg—North Eighth Street between Driggs and Roebling, Williamsburg centrale. Opened in 2010, Brooklyn Winery now cranks out 100,000 bottles of wine (reds and whites) from inside an old dance club, every year. The reason people think wine that isn't made in California or Argentina or France for example is terrible, is...
Believe it or not, there’s a happy medium between being nose to armpit at some cacophonous club with hundreds of novelty eyeglass-wearing, noisemaker-tooting, Bacardi-soused revelers, and duking it out with other inveterate New Year’s Eve shut-ins, over the last box of frozen poppers at the grocery store. Going the restaurant route is still legitimately social (with the benefit of at least a half-foot buffer between you and other tables), you’ll actually be able to...
The fingerprints of America's great industrial past are all over Williamsburg, which was once home to some of the largest factories in the nation, giants like Standard Oil, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, and Amstar and Domino, plus smaller ventures: shipyards, breweries, refineries, mills, foundries, and printing presses (famously, the US publisher of Alice in Wonderland and The Origin of Species). But over the last twenty years, whatever remained of those businesses has wrapped up and, instead,...