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Hometown Bar-B-Que

Arguably the best BBQ in New York City, the picture below speaks for itself. Hometown BBQ in Red Hook, Brooklyn is doing things right. Yes, it’s a little bit of a trek to get there (for all you Manhattanites), but it’s worth the journey. The menu is filled with brisket, pulled pork and lamb belly, as well as artery-clogging sides like mac and cheese. Top it all off with a brunch Bloody Mary with candied bacon and you’ve got yourself quite the meal.

Tip – check them out on weekends when there is live country music, but get there early or you’ll be stuck waiting in a VERY long line.

Hometown BBQ

Hometown Bar-B-Que Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Donut Fest

Get ready, New York City. This Saturday is the inaugural Donut Fest. Some of New York City’s best restaurants and bakeries will compete to take the title of the best donut in the city. Participating establishments include, Dun-Well Doughnuts, Erin McKenna’s Bakery, Du Jour Bakery, Mike’s Donuts, The Doughnut Project, Clementine Bakery, Glaze Donuts, Carpe Donuts, Irving Farm Coffee Roasters, Cafe Grumpy, Brooklyn Roasting Company and D’Amico Coffee Roasters.

The event will take place at Verboten in Brooklyn. General admission tickets are $35 and include entry plus three coffee tickets.

 

Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pie

If you’re craving some key lime pie and don’t feel like hopping on a three hour flight down to Key West, jet over to Red Hook, Brooklyn, follow the signs and end up at Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pie.

This Brooklyn outpost is mainly a commercial bakery but they’ve opened their doors to serve visitors craving some lime goodness.

The shop is modest and eccentric. Scattered among tons of knick-knacks and a lovable shop dog, there are a few signs detailing your order options. There are only a handful of choices, and they’re all mainly variations of one thing – key lime pie – you’re not getting anything else here so don’t try to ask. Be prepared to grab your pie and take a walk too. There aren’t any tables or chairs, but there is a scenic pier nearby that is the perfect eating spot.

Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pie Brooklyn, Red Hook, NY

In general, key lime pie doesn’t rank high on my list of favorite types of pie (hello apple and pecan). Steve’s may have me changing my tune though. It had just the right amount of tartness and sweetness, with a buttery graham cracker crust. These key lime pies are made from real limes and they’re the real deal.

 

The Best and Worst of 2015

2015 was another food-filled year. Below are three of the best and worst of 2015. If you’re looking for that place to try in 2016 or more importantly, that place to avoid, this is a good starting point to help point you in the right direction.

The Best

The Worst

  • Marleey’s – OK food, terrible lighting, incorrect spelling on their menu and waiters that didn’t understand what they were serving.
  • Treat House – Innovative Rice Crispies treats, but lacking flavor and leaving a bland taste in your mouth.
  • Joe’s Bar – Nothing overly wrong with Joe’s except they tried to outdo themselves at their grand opening. Think step and repeat and inviting D-List celebrities.

An Italian Feast: Patrizia’s of Brooklyn

Want to have an Italian feast with a few hundred of your closest friends? Head to Patrizia’s of Brooklyn and you too can experience the party that takes place in Williamsburg.

This place is amazing and ideal for large groups. It’s a celebration all night with diners waving their napkins in the air as table after table celebrates a birthday, anniversary or just a fun night out on the town.

Come hungry. A family-style menu is available for around $55 per person that includes an all-you-can-drink feast with multiple courses of cheeses, veggies, pizzas, pastas, seafood, meats and desserts. There’s so much food that it never seems to stop – course after course after course comes out. Luckily, you have endless amounts of wine and beer to wash it all down.

I highly recommend Patrizia’s of Brooklyn. I definitely will be going back and encourage you to check them out for your next celebration!

Patrizia's Pizza and Pasta Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Marleey’s – Greenwood’s Newest Restaurant

Marleey’s, the newest restaurant to hit the Greenwood section of Brooklyn’s 5th Avenue, opens this Friday, December 11th. I recently was invited to check them out and sample some of their dishes.

Interior of Marleey's Brooklyn

Interior of Marleey's Brooklyn
Interior of Marleey’s

First impressions – the interior is VERY bright. The lights were turned on in full force creating an almost blinding effect. I’m not sure if this was on purpose or not (it made for great photos) but I recommend Marleey’s turns down the lights in the future and puts some candles on the tables for any extra light they’re looking for. The room is very nicely decorated with some great wood floors and exposed brick. It would look great in dim lighting.

Marleey’s puts a unique spin on American and Caribbean cuisine. Their sample menu took us through some of the appetizers, entrees and desserts the restaurant will be featuring when they open later this week.

Marleey's Sample Menu Greenwood Brooklyn New York
Marleey’s Sample Menu

From the butternut squash soup to the dulce de leche creme brûlée, the food was good, but not overly exciting.

On the plus side, the highlight of the meal was the butternut squash soup. It was perfectly creamy with great flavors – exactly what you’d expect from this soup. The jerk chicken was equally as good, sitting on a bed or rice with a slight kick to it.

On the negative side, the scallops were slightly soggy and watery and the creme brûlée was more of a cake than a custard.

I was secretly hoping for some exciting new Caribbean cuisine I’d never had before, but instead was faced with the usual jerk chicken and some pasta.

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Marleey’s has lots of potential and I’m hopeful they’ve worked out some of the kinks and are ready to hit the ground running this week.

Once open, Marleey’s hopes to appeal to all types of diners by hosting occasional nightly events, including speed dating, live DJ’s on weekends, and movie nights.

If you’re in the neighborhood, Marleey’s is a decent option to relax with hopefully some live entertainment starting in the near future. If you’re not in the area, I wouldn’t make a special trip to visit. I’m envisioning Marleey’s as more of a neighborhood spot.

I’m curious to see how things go for Marleey’s since this area of Brooklyn is starting to become more developed with the Park Slope crowd expanding out into the neighborhood.

Marleey's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tickets Available for 5th Annual Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival

The Village Voice’s 5th annual Brooklyn Pour craft beer festival is coming up on Saturday, September 26th and you can snag your tickets now.

Brooklyn Pour will feature more than 100 craft brews from New York and beyond. The event will be held in Greenpoint, Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Expo Center from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m., with VIP hour starting at 2 p.m. The event will host the Brooklyn Pour Game Zone with life size pong, cornhole and more, and an outdoor food court featuring Keste Pizza, Papaya King and Coney Shack, among others.

Only a limited number of tickets are available so grab yours today. More event details are outlined below.

  • DATE: Saturday, September 26th
  • TIME: 2:00-6:00PM with staggered entry as follows:
  • 2:00PM – $85 – VIP Ticketholder Doors
  • 2:30PM – $65 – Early Entry Ticketholder Doors
  • 3:00PM – $55 – General Admission Ticketholder Doors
  • VENUE: Brooklyn Expo Center | 72 Noble St, Brooklyn, NY 11222
  • TICKETS: On sale – http://bit.ly/BKPour15Tix

Brooklyn Passport Offers 2-for-1 Drink Deals All Summer Long

What’s your plan for the summer? If it involves going on a bar crawl to check out some of Brooklyn’s most popular bars, listen up. The Brooklyn Passport, a summer-long program giving you 2-for-1 drink specials throughout bars in Brooklyn, is now available.

Brooklyn Passport

The Brooklyn Passport is $20 and deals last through Labor Day. You can check out the full list of specials as each bar is offering a different drink that’s included in this deal. Redeem each special, and a bartender will imprint their bar’s passport page with an official Brooklyn Passport stamp. Just two trips to choice local bars will cover the price of the Passport. Meanwhile, you can hop (skip and jump, too) from bar to bar trying the latest creations from bars across the borough.

The 26 participating venues are below:

  • Black Bear Bar
  • Brooklyn Public house
  • Cafe Moto
  • Chez Oskar
  • Concord Hill
  • Enid’s
  • Fabbrica Restaurant & Bar
  • The General Greene
  • Grand Ferry Tavern
  • Hanson Dry
  • Hoja Santa
  • Jify’s
  • Lake Street Bar
  • Lola BKLYN
  • Luz Restaurant
  • Moonlight Mile
  • No Name Bar
  • No. 7
  • No. 7 North
  • Over the Eight
  • Passenger Bar
  • Pequena
  • The Richardson
  • Sip
  • St. Mazie
  • Troost

HENRI on Fifth

HENRI on Fifth – 279 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, New York

I recently was invited to check out HENRI on Fifth, a new restaurant and bar in Park Slope. Located in the space formally occupied by Aperitivo, HENRI On Fifth is serving Brooklyn with an eclectic fusion of small bites, shared fare, locally sourced staples and bespoke cocktails.

HENRI on Fifth in Park Slope Brooklyn

HENRI on Fifth in Park Slope Brooklyn

HENRI on Fifth has a fun selection of retro board games to play. We immediately jumped on Operation (remember how awesome this game used to be?) and Jenga.

HENRI on Fifth Jenga in Park Slope Brooklyn

The space is casual, yet very energetic, and I can see the board games as a perfect way to spend a night.

HENRI on Fifth Menu in Park Slope Brooklyn

The restaurant has innovative dishes that reflect the owner’s, Binh Douglas, heritage – Vietnamese, Native American, African American, German and French. Seasonally-changing and comprised entirely of small plates intended for sharing, the menu ranges from Banh ‘Mini’ Tacos to Sriracha Deviled Eggs, with a creative Grilled Cheese Soldier selection, plus salads, soups and sliders.

HENRI on Fifth Grilled Cheese in Park Slope BrooklynThe classic grilled cheese is made of cheddar and fontina cheeses on buttered Pullman bread. In one word, delicious. Sriracha deviled eggs join the party with a devilish kick.

HENRI on Fifth Grilled Cheese in Park Slope BrooklynOne of the hits of the night was the Die Klassische, an incredibly cheesy grilled cheese served on pretzel bread.

The Verdict

Live near Park Slope? HENRI on Fifth is a great new bar/restaurant. Bringing international fare, craft cocktails and retro board games to Fifth Avenue, HENRI on Fifth joins a casual atmosphere, great service and upscale food for a perfect combination. 

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