Monthly Archives: July 2011

NYT: Whiskey, Whiskey Everywhere at Brooklyn Store

From the NYT’s Diner’s Journal:

“Whiskey nerds” is how George Ruotolo and his brother, Justin, describe themselves. With another partner, Rob Magill, they own bars, including The Whiskey Brooklyn, next to which they have carved out a wee dram of a shop with more than 100 different whiskeys. (They like to say 99 at any given time.) Most are bourbons, ryes and blended whiskeys made in America, often by craft distillers from Brooklyn to Berkeley, Calif.

They also stock their own smooth, fairly light-bodied blended Kentucky whiskey, called Tom Lawless after a Ruotolo maternal grandfather. Whiskies from Ireland, Scotland, Canada and Japan also line the towering shelves, along with a couple of gins, a vodka and a rum. Down the road, some brandies will be crammed into the compact space. Jonathan Wingo, who runs the store, can tell you everything you need to know. He will pour tastes of the ones he has opened, but the bar next door, the Whiskey Brooklyn, has more of them, and will serve tasting flights.
The Whiskey Shop, 44 Berry Street (entrance on North 11th Street), Williamsburg, Brooklyn, (718) 384 7467, is open 3 to 11 p.m. weekdays, except Tuesday, when it is closed; and 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Tom Lawless is $38 for a liter. A tasting flight of three whiskeys is $18 at The Whiskey Brooklyn.


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gardens and villa: black hills

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A Twee Grows In Brooklyn (a cautionary tale)

via ny observer

Adrienne Jeffries of the New York Observer has just written a piece warning against the Portlandification of Brooklyn.  A little silly and gimmicky to me but still an entertaining read.  Check it out:

On a cold day in late January, Paul LaRosa, an author and CBS producer, and his wife, Susan, were shopping for cheese at the Park Slope/Gowanus Indoor Winter Farmer’s Market at Third Avenue and Third Street when they struck up a conversation at one of the stands with a tall, clean-cut yoga instructor who had just returned from studying meditation in Thailand.

He had discovered the most marvelous cocoa there, he enthused, and offered them a tiny, wrapped sample of stone-ground, small batch “virgin” chocolate, which he sells in four flavors including Blueberry Lavender and Vanilla Rooibos.

“I had just seen Portlandia,” Mr. LaRosa told The Observer, referring to the indie sitcom. “And as this nice guy began telling us all the trouble he’d gone to to make this chocolate, my head went straight to the first episode, where a young couple cannot order the chicken on the menu without knowing the chicken’s name and whether it had any friends.

“In his eyes it wasn’t a simple chocolate bar, it was this whole thing, it was all wrapped up in Thailand and meditation and yoga and beautiful paper,” Mr. LaRosa went on. “This is a guy you could imagine would be a young Wall Street exec or something but he’s making artisanal chocolate bars in Brooklyn.”

Earlier that month, Brooklynites were passing around a clip of Brian Williams riffing on the ironic glasses frames, homemade beads, shared apartments and gourmet grilled cheeses of their home borough, and the New York Times’s marveling at them. “I’m leaving here to get to an artisanal market that just opened up today!” the anchorman snarked. “It’s a flash artisanal market! The newest thing!”

How often the Connecticut commuter actually gets to the better borough is unknown, but the bit killed. “It was dead on,” said Eric Cunningham, a Carroll Gardens-based comedian, who was inspired to start a website calling on Mr. Williams to run for president.

Heroic though it was, Mr. Williams’s intervention may have been too little too late. Brooklyn’s overwrought mustaches and handmade ice cream in upcycled cups are now well-established facts of life. It’s as if the tumor of hipster culture that formed when the cool kids moved to Williamsburg had metastasized into a cluster of cysts pressing down on parts of the borough’s brain. Around the militantly organic Park Slope Co-op, for example, or Brooklyn Flea in Fort Greene, where you can buy rings glued to typewriter keys as well as used, handmade, vegetable-dyed, vintage Oriental rugs for $1,000. Brooklyn is producing and consuming more of its own culture than ever before, giving rise to a sense of Brooklyn exceptionalism and a set of affectations that’s making the borough look more and more like Portland, Oregon.

Read the complete article here.

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Tonight: Brooklyn Bridge Park Syfy Movies With A View: Basquiat

TONIGHT: Basquiat by Julian Schnabel

Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1, Harbor View Lawn

6PM – Music Starts (DJ: David Las)

Sunset – Movie Starts (Short: Susie’s Ghost by Bill Brand followed by Basquiat)

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From IMDB:

Basquiat tells the story of the meteoric rise of youthful artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Starting out as a street artist, living in Thompkins Square Park in a cardboard box, Jean-Michel is “discovered” by Andy Warhol’s art world and becomes a star. But success has a high price, and Basquiat pays with friendship, love, and eventually, his life.

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latest from nymag’s grub street

Picture your Shackburger dappled by Kings County sunlight.

Shackburgers Alfresco a Go for Shake Shack Brooklyn

Picture your Shackburger dappled by Kings County sunlight.

While Shake Shack Grand Central makes plans to manage its inevitably epic lines, we hear that Shake Shack Brooklyn has gotten the go-ahead for outdoor seating. Brownstoner reports that at last night’s CB2 meeting in Brooklyn, the burger chain was approved to build a 62-space sidewalk seating area at the corner of Fulton and Adams Streets. That’ll give the Shack a major leg up on nearby Wendy’s, White Castle, and Burger King (all within two blocks), not that it really needs it. [Brownstoner, Earlier]


A Cupcake Shop Grows in Brooklyn

A Cupcake Shop Grows in Brooklyn

Despite Grub Street’s best efforts to distract the public with the next “It” dessert, the cupcake explosion continues. The latest purveyor is Brooklyn Cupcake (don’t get us started on another rant), which opened over the weekend in Williamsburg. According to the shop’s blog, its cakes are “infused” with the owners’ “Puerto Rican and Italian roots,” which makes for flavors like tres leches, dulce de leche, flan, guava con queso, rainbow cookie, and tiramisu — see the full lineup here. It seems “Marky” Markowitz stopped by the ribbon-cutting on Saturday, so we assume borough president Marty Markowitz has gotten so busy attending every single opening in Kings County that he’s started dispatching his cousin. In case you do want to check out guava con queso in cake form, here’s a 10 percent off coupon from the blog.

Brooklyn Cupcake, 335 Union Ave., nr. Maujer St., Williamsburg; 347-762-2253

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tonight: ferris bueller’s day off at summerscreen

TONIGHT at McCarren Park

Music starts at 6:30PM, Movie starts at sundown

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