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We’ll gladly go almost anywhere for a good meal; from transportation-deprived neighborhoods like Vinegar Hill and Red Hook, to an unmarked bar basement and the roof of Urban Outfitters, if the food is good, we will go. That being said, we never imagined we’d be dining directly under the BQE, after hastily criss-crossing a menacing, car-riddled intersection, sparsely surrounded by neon-lit gas stations and odiferous auto body shops. Obviously, the unlikely location has done little...
The Rucola team has been on a roll lately, branching out with projects that have all but dominated Brooklyn’s bar scene, including Julian Brizzi’s Grand Army (which rocks an especially righteous cocktail program), and Henry Moynahan Rich’s luscious wine mecca, June. And now, longtime chef, Joe Pasqualetto, is getting in on the action too, putting food back at the forefront by joining forces with Rich, and opening the French Catalonian bistro, Cassette, on a...
At first glance, the venerable Long Island Bar (formerly family-run for over 50 years) seems utterly frozen in time with its buffed terrazzo floors, formica tables, and original pink and green signage illuminating the corner of Henry Street and Atlantic Avenue. The latest owners have gone to great pains, after taking up the abandoned lease back in 2013, to restore one of the borough’s last remaining Art Deco diners to its glory days, when it was...

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...

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