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December, 2008

Award winning fruitcake?! It is possible — with our latest Sweet Melissa recipe

Dining: For most of us, eating fruitcake never sounds like a good idea, so making it would be a complete waste of time. And under normal circumstances, there really would be no reason to even try to make it better because the ingredients on their own: the funky red and green cherries, the unidentifiable weird crunchy nuggets (whose idea were those?), and the strong liquor just aren’t appealing. And, its sooooo dark that you can’t help but feel that there must be something hiding in there. Comment

Hot dog!

Dining: Sausage lovers, rejoice! You’re about to get your own restaurant! Comments (2)

Noodle town

Dining: There’s a new nightcap in Williamsburg, and — gasp! — it’s not alcoholic. Comment

Corn meal! Beloved arepa joint opens

Dining: Grand Street is about to get a whole lot cornier — thanks to the opening of Caracas Brooklyn — a Venezuelan restaurant specializing in stuffed cornmeal arepas. Comments (1)

Tequila sunrise! A great booze is back in Park Slope

Dining: La Taqueria on Seventh Avenue is showing off its tequila collection. Who says no one likes a show-off? Comment

Breaking chews! Bar Tano/Bar Toto empire expands in Slope

Dining: The owners of Bar Toto and Bar Tano — the sleek, Euro-modern bar-cafes — are expanding their mini-empire to include an all-day cafe in the Eighth Avenue storefront just vacated by the failed Pumpkins Organic Market, The Brooklyn Paper has learned. Comments (6)

November, 2008

Brooklyn’s Thanksgiving heroes!

Dining: Brooklyn has many heroes. But on Thanksgiving, these are the giants. Comment

No mis-steak: Morton’s opens with big party

Dining: The grand opening of Morton’s the Steakhouse last Thursday night was a venerable who’s who of Brooklyn royalty — and even Mayor Bloomberg made a rare appearance in the borough, acknowledging that it would be a mis-steak not to “meat” the new neighbors. Comment

Jive Turkey owner is Miss Thanksgiving!

Dining: It is the best of times, it is the most exhausting of times. Comments (2)

The best apple pie ever

Dining: The chef/owner of Sweet Melissa Patisserie in Park Slope and Cobble Hill gives us — yes, gives us! — the recipe for her sublime apple pie. Comment

‘Live’ from Dyker Heights! It’s Thanksgiving dinner

Dining: Still insist on roasting, frying or barbecuing your own turkey this Thanksgiving? Skip the supermarket and head straight to La Pera Brothers in Dyker Heights — the oldest live poultry market in the city. Since 1946, La Pera customers have been taking a gander at the merchandise and picking out their dinners for themselves. Find that a bit intimidating? Don’t worry. Just call over manager Carlo Formisano, and this professor of poultry will give you all the pointers you need. Comment

Meat me — at Five Guys burgers

Dining: The age-old assumption about restaurants is that there’s fast food, and there’s fancy food, and nothing in between. But denizens of Bay Ridge are the latest to discover how incorrect that old maxim can be. Comments (5)

Brooklyn’s best stuffing

Dining: Sure, Thanksgiving is the ultimate American holiday, but it took an Aussie restaurant — Williamsburg’s The Wombat — to save the tired ol’ traditional stuffing. In this scintilating recipe, chef Joe Pounds shares his trade secret: liver and myrtle (it’s an herb, silly!). Comment

New eatery is a team ‘Playa’

Dining: Drinks at the Cabana, then seafood on la Playa. Comment

Morton’s offers sneak preview — and The Brooklyn Paper is there

Dining: Morton’s the Steakhouse — a national chain that will open on Nov. 21 in hopes of taking the legendary Peter Luger by the horns — offered The Brooklyn Paper a sneak preview of its Adams Street dining room and menu this week. Our full-team coverage — including Gersh Kuntzman, Ben Muessig, Sarah Portlock, Mike McLaughlin and Vince DiMiceli — bring you inside for a mouth-watering exclusive look at their lunch that you’ll only see on BrooklynPaper.com. Comments (3)

Atomic blast! City wing joint comes to Brooklyn

Dining: Just in time for that other bird holiday, Atomic Wings opened its first outlet in Park Slope on Nov. 4, giving Brooklynites a taste of what many believe has been the most-elusive snack in the borough — the perfect Buffalo chicken wing. Comments (3)

Morton’s sets the date; steakhouse to open on Nov. 21

Dining: Morton’s is best known for its $53 porterhouses, but when the chain’s first Brooklyn location opens on Nov. 21, its bar will actually be a great place to ride out the recession. Yes, we are talking about three cheeseburgers for $6. Comments (2)

Deli good

Dining: Downtown office workers, starving for a delicious lunchtime sandwich, can now have their day on Court — F. Martinella’s has opened. Comment

Awe shucks!

Dining: A DUMBO eatery is reconnecting the nautical neighborhood with its seafaring roots — with oysters! Comment

Grimaldi’s to go (to Manhattan)

Dining: Finally, Manhattan will get a taste of what Brooklynites have been devouring for years. Comments (9)

October, 2008

Tiki your fancy

Dining: Spencer Rothschild has a dream to make the corner of Fifth Avenue and President Street in Park Slope into a “Latin American beach resort.” Comment

Say hello to Kevin’s

Dining: Is the revitalization of Red Hook back on schedule? Consider the latest evidence: a former Van Brunt deli is now the upscale New American bistro Kevin’s — a sit-down eatery with a local feel. Comments (4)

Vegetarianism is dead — long live meat!

Dining: Even the organizer of next week’s Brooklyn vegetarian restaurant week admits that vegan and vegetarian cuisine is going the way of the dodo bird (which, apparently tasted good). Comments (18)

Tea Lounge to become Viet sandwich joint

Dining: Park Slopers who are still bemoaning the loss of the Tea Lounge will be able to satisfy a different craving when the beloved Vietnamese sandwich shop Hanco’s opens in the Seventh Avenue space. Comment

No meat, please

Dining: Just in time for Brooklyn’s vegetarian restaurant week, here’s our round-up of veggie and vegan eateries in the borough, culled from The Brooklyn Paper’s astounding dining pages. Comment

‘College’ education

Dining: The New College Restaurant looks like it’s been taking finishing classes. It’s now a hipster hot spot called “South Slope.” Comment

Brooklyn wins at Burger Bash!

Awesome: Our burgermeister Gersh Kuntzman brings you to the Burger Bash in this exclusive video. Comment

Let go my momo

Dining: So a Tibetan restaurant has opened in Ditmas Park, prompting at least one important question: What is Tibetan food? Comments (2)

It’s fare game

Dining: The proof is in the pupusa for a beloved Latino food vendor from Red Hook Park whose simple snacks may be named the best street food in the city next week. Comment

Brooklyn goes two the dogs

Dining: Meet two men of meat. Comments (3)

The greatest gelato — in a tanning salon?

Dining: The best gelato doesn’t come from a cooler in Sicily, but rather a tanning salon in Bensonhurst. Comments (3)

September, 2008

Pour it on

Dining: Anyone who’s seen “Sideways” knows the basics of wine tasting — swirl glass, stick in nose, inhale — but how do you go about tasting a Jim Beam? Or a Basil Hayden’s, for that matter? Comment

Heath bar? No, it’s Ledger’s luncheonette

Dining: In the end, Heath Ledger’s legacy is not an A-list life lived in the fast lane, but a cozy little restaurant in Greenpoint. Comments (4)

OK, maybe brunch ain’t so bad

The Search: Our columnist admits that some brunches are OK. Comments (1)

Naked brunch

The Search: Our dumped columnist finds a silver lining in the cloud of romantic despair: He’s done with brunch, baby! Comments (6)

Eat a tour of Seventh Avenue

Dining: Here’s an offer you can’t pass up: Free food. On Sept. 18, dozens of eateries along Park Slope’s Seventh Avenue — the dowdy older brother to hot hip restaurant rows on Fifth Avenue and Smith Street — will be doling out hors d’oeuvres and other toothsome samples in the latest phase of the Park Slope Chamber of Commerce’s “Buy in Brooklyn” campaign. Comment

Chop chop

Dining: Come on, admit it: you want to learn how to butcher a pig. Comment

Deli-vered! It’s a sandwich shop for Court St.

Dining: Downtown Brooklynites will be unsuspecting guinea pigs at a new deli on Court Street: the Italian-sounding F. Martinella delicatessen near State Street is actually a retail concept store for the Boar’s Head cold-cut conglomerate. Comments (2)

Aw, shucks! City reverses itself on oyster bar

Dining: The city reversed itself and halted work on an embattled raw bar being built on a residential block of Hoyt Street in Carroll Gardens. Comment

From Russia with love

Dining: Are you craving a big night out, but feeling the pinch of inflation? Do you want to get away from it all, but can’t bear to get on a plane and witness how little the U.S. dollar now buys? Well, as close as Gravesend, there is a Russian nightclub where your dollar seems to have all of the purchasing power of the ruble, circa 1989. Comments (1)

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August, 2008

Check your Gage … and Tollner

Dining: Restaurateur Joe Chirico plans on reopening the historic Gage and Tollner chop house somewhere in Brooklyn. Comments (5)

Downtown is soul-less!

Dining: The legendary Harlem fried-chicken-and-waffles joint, Amy Ruth’s, may not open in Downtown as planned, leaving many soul-food-lovers empty-stomached. Comments (1)

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Curds and wha?

Vox Pop: Court Street is officially the most cultured block in the borough. Three frozen yogurt shops — all offering the same sweet-tart treat — are opening within a span of three blocks between State and Remsen Streets. Does Downtown really need so much frozen yogurt — or will the battle to win over dessert-loving pedestrians end up as so much curdled milk? We hit the street to find out. Comments (1)

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July, 2008

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Our man grills the commish

Brooklyn Angle: Our columnist went to the official “Welcome Back” ceremony for the Red Hook vendors — but found himself getting nauseus from all the politicians taking credit for “saving” the vendors from the very bureaucracy they set up to ensnare them! Comments (3)

Red tape tastes bad

Editorial: Our editorial board think the city could have done better in dealing with the Red Hook vendors. Comment

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Raising the ‘Bar’

Dining: Spencer Rothschild’s two-month-old Mexican restaurant, “Barrio,” gets a warm reception in Park Slope. Comment

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Fancy schmancy

Dining: Sweat dripped from customers’ chins into their mugs of Sixpoint beer. The fumes of grilling pork rose to meet the smell of close, hot bodies. And then it began to pour. This was the second annual UnFancy Food Show, a celebration of Brooklyn food artisans and small producers in a defiantly un-fancy setting in Williamsburg. Comment

Bastille Day beckons

Dining: Fort Greene bistro Chez Oskar to celebrate Bastille Day — and its 10th anniversary — with live music, fire-eating, a prix-fixe menu and more! Comment

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Brooklyn goes fancy

Dining: Food producers from all over the world flocked to the annual Fancy Food and Confection show at the Javits Center, but Brooklyn companies came out in full force. We tasted everything and present this year’s report. Comments (1)

January, 2008

Coffee talk

Dining: Sandy Miller’s new book, “Cafe Life New York,” takes an in-depth look at 21 New York City coffee shops — six in Brooklyn — and what makes them special. Comment

June, 2008

‘Hot’ damn!

Dining: Four months is a long time to go without decent General Tsao’s chicken, but South Slope’s patience will be rewarded when a new Chinese restaurant opens in the former Red Hot Szechuan spot on Seventh Avenue at 10th Street this summer. Comment

May, 2008

Good ‘Eats’

Dining: On Wednesday, April 30, over 500 hungry people crowded into Steiner Studios for the 11th year of “Brooklyn Eats,” a celebration of food and entertainment from throughout the borough. Comments (3)

April, 2008

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February, 2008

Food for the home team

Dining: Recipes for Super Bowl snacks from local chefs. Comment

January, 2008

Golden Triangle

Dining: In a town with plenty of hole-in-the-wall, so-so Mexican joints, Piramide delivers carefully seasoned “modern Mexican” cuisine in a warm setting. Comments (3)

June, 2008

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May, 2008

Step up to the plate

Dining: ”The American Cancer Society doesn’t like tobacco, that’s for sure,” said Sally Cooper, the regional vice president of the American Cancer Society, but that didn’t stop her group from throwing an over-the-top fundraiser at DUMBO’s Tobacco Warehouse on Tuesday. Comment

January, 2008

Taste for travel

Dining: Visit any of these eateries and you can dine like a globetrotter without leaving the borough. Comment

June, 2008

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May, 2008

Little Bangkok

Dining: Park Slope is turning into a veritable Little Bangkok. On Seventh Avenue, between Eighth and 15th streets, GO Brooklyn has counted at least four Thai restaurants. This reporter likes pad Thai as much as the next guy, but is there really room for all of these eateries? Comments (1)

Growing Gowanus

Dining: Ever wonder how the letters in alphabet soup are made? Across the country they are created with extrusion dies made at Maldari & Company in Gowanus. Comment

April, 2008

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May, 2008

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March, 2008

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A finer diner

Dining: ”It’s been crazy,” Spero Katehis, owner of the New St. Clair Restaurant, told GO Brooklyn as he worked the register and answered phones on Feb. 25, the first day that the Cobble Hill stalwart was back in business. After a five-month break, the diner opened its doors under the watchful eye of Katehis (who also owns the Carroll Gardens Classic Diner on Smith Street), and on its first day, it was indeed swamped. Comment

February, 2008

Mad for Madiba

Dining: ”Every restaurateur has to grow up at some stage,” laughed Mark Henegan, and with this month’s re-launch of Madiba, his eight-year-old South African restaurant in Fort Greene, Henegan is doing just that. Comment

May, 2008

’Green’ day

Music: If you saw these billboards cruising all over Carroll Gardens and park Slope last weekend, they were literally pedaling this weekend’s “Gowanus Goes Green” festival. Comment

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April, 2008

What’s new for Passover

Dining: As kosher kitchens busy themselves in preparation for Passover, the Center for Kosher Culinary Arts in Midwood is on hiatus for a few weeks — so they were able to kibbitz with GO Brooklyn about Passover food trends. Comment

Arty party

Dining: ”Japanimated” — focusing on the art and culture of the land of the rising sun — is the theme of the Brooklyn Museum’s “First Saturday” on April 5. Comment

March, 2008

Brooklyn on a budget

Dining: Borough President Marty Markowitz kicked off Brooklyn’s restaurant week with a startling revelation to his wife, Jamie: He has secret trysts at the Downtown Atlantic restaurant, where baker Fran Sippel dishes up what he can’t have at home. Comment

Tasty restaurant gossip

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February, 2008

Club ‘Med’

Dining: Last summer, Turkish restaurant Alaturka opened on Fifth Avenue in Park Slope. Not long after I finished my last bite of “shwarma,” it closed. In November, Mediterra took its place. Comment

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June, 2008

Save the receipt

Dining: Historic cookery specialist Carolina Capehart shared three “receipts” — or recipes — which she believes will be “fairly easy for readers to try.” Comment

On the ‘Marco’

Dining: As guests sat down to dinner on Tuesday night at Marco Polo Ristorante’s 25th anniversary celebration, a group of musicians crowded around the piano and launched into the theme from “The Godfather.” Live music, endless amounts of wine and a jaw-dropping menu of Marco Polo’s famous Italian dishes? Now that was an offer few could refuse. Comment

May, 2008

Let’s do luncheon

Dining: Toro, the formerly Spanish-Asian fusion restaurant inside the white Italianate building on DUMBO’s edge, is back in business — losing the Latin flavor and adding an awesome lunch deal. Comments (1)

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April, 2008

’Zen’ masters

Dining: I’d heard rumors about the building forever. Perched on the corner of North Sixth Street and Wythe Avenue, completely encased in vertical wood planks, some people said it was a restaurant, others claimed it was a private dining club and still more swore it was a warehouse with some dark, nefarious purpose. What’s inside of 77 N. Sixth St. was quickly growing into a Williamsburg urban legend, like the affordable studio apartment or pleasant rush hour commute on the L train. But it’s a Toyko-style Japanese restaurant. Comment

January, 2008

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Digesting 2007

Dining: Let it be known that 2007 was the year of the cocktail in Brooklyn. Lists of “elixers” concocted by “mixologists” were as important in some restaurants — more important sometimes — than the entrees. Here is a fond look back at a year of indulging in bacon and booze in Brooklyn’s restaurants.  Comment

June, 2008

Vintage victuals

Dining: For Carolina Capeheart, slow cooking isn’t about basting a chicken in fat and leaving it in the Crockpot all day — it’s about plucking that bird, churning that butter and roasting the whole thing herself over an open fire. Comment

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March, 2008

Big flavor

Dining: Bay Ridge’s Austin’s Steakhouse offers rich slabs of beef in a sophisticated setting. Comments (2)

Grape expectations

Dining: Actress Lorraine Bracco unveils her new wine in Bay Ridge Comment

Challah back girls

Dining: The Center for Kosher Culinary Arts brings classes in fruit and vegetable carving, sushi-making and more to Midwood. Comments (4)

May, 2008

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March, 2008

Food for thought

Dining: Ted Allen’s one lucky foodie. On Monday, March 10, the Clinton Hill resident and television personality — he calls himself “cable famous” — will have a chance to combine two of his great passions, food and philanthropy, when he hosts “Savor,” an evening of fun, fundraising and French fare held to benefit the Gay Men’s Health Crisis. Comment

January, 2008

No buffalos were harmed

Dining: In an event that can only be called revolutionary, timid, tree-hugging, animal-loving vegans are being invited to take off their gloves (organic cotton, of course) and get up to their elbows in spicy wings for a “Vegan Buffalo Wing Eating Contest.” Comment

April, 2008

Knish upon a star

Dining: “Yiddish food is the Rodney Dangerfield of cuisine,” said Park Slope cookbook author Arthur Schwartz. “It doesn’t get any respect.” With the release of his newest book, “Arthur Schwartz’s Jewish Home Cooking,” the Marine Park native is hoping to change all that. Comments (2)

March, 2008

Brooklyn Eats is back!

Dining: Dust off your bibs and elastic-waist slacks, “Brooklyn Eats” is back! The ultimate smorgasbord celebration of the borough’s restaurant scene, which was an annual event from 1997 through 2006 at the Brooklyn Marriott in Downtown Brooklyn, has announced its 2008 date and a new locale: April 30 at Steiner Studios in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Comment

February, 2008

Handcrafted hearts

Dining: As we write, the heady scent of homemade chocolate treats is wafting from every corner of the borough. Among the sweets emporiums we visited for freshly made Valentine’s Day gift-giving ideas were a 61-year-old chocolate shop in Midwood that has been handed down from father to son, a less-than-year-old-kosher chocolate store in Park Slope, and everything in between. Comments (1)

Love bites

Dining: There’s nothing romantic about spending Valentine’s Day in front of the stove. And while making dinner for your sweetheart is certainly an admirable gesture, why not leave the cooking to the professionals? Across the borough, chefs are preparing meals that might prove once and for all that the way into someone’s heart is through his stomach. Comments (2)

January, 2008

Cuckoo for cocoa

Dining: Dec. 21 marked the first official day of winter, the season of snowball fights, roaring fires and wooly sweaters. There’s one beverage that celebrates the feelings that this time of year provokes: hot chocolate. Comments (1)

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