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You know what is hot these days, but also icy cold? Tiki. Since the country's first Tiki bar—Don the Beachcomber, opened in the 1930s, which served up rum-based drinks with fruits and syrups—Tiki has come a long way, especially the last couple of years in New York. Bartenders are no longer concocting drinks that remind you of Tiki in the 90s, i.e., too sweet, cheap, and not that delicious. Instead, an increasing number of bars in Brooklyn...
Bars are hardly trend-averse, particularly here in Brooklyn, where there's always some new concept—whether related to design, food, or the drinks themselves—that people latch onto, all in some effort to be a part of something larger than themselves, something cooler, something to which they feel like they can belong. Gross. No! Kidding. Actually, we get it. Who doesn't want to be a part of the zeitgeist? Isn't that why we all live in Brooklyn to...

Tiki Chic: El Cortez

El Cortez 17 Ingraham Street, Bushwick On the surface the menu for El Cortez—an instant industry hotspot with a seedy 70s-motel bar vibe—reads like a haphazard mashup of New York’s latest, most pervasive lowbrow trends, Tiki and Tex-Mex. But El Cortez is more than just ersatz Mexican; diners are in the ultra-capable hands of chefs Stephen Tanner (The Commodore) and Dennis Spina (River Styx), whose abiding love for trash cuisine of all origins, is lovingly perfected. You...
While we ran a guide to Brooklyn’s best fried foods earlier in the summer, we also acknowledge that, unlike us, not everyone has given up on themselves entirely, their bodies ravaged by seven-some odd years of professional eating and 11 more of marriage. That’s why we thought we’d do due diligence by rounding up some of the borough’s tastiest salads as well, from The Finch’s tumble of burrata, chocolate peppermint, and tiny wild strawberries,...

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