Launched today, “Garden” from Brooklyn perfumers MCMC combines red thyme, myrtle, lavender, lemon and bitter orange essential oils for a unisex scent with 50% of its purchase price going to support Ananda Harvest, an urban farming group—smell good, feel better.
On a waterfront street in far-flung Greenpoint, the restaurant Glasserie serves simple Mediterranean food that makes the trek to the edge of Brooklyn worth it.
Dishes like the lamb belly with green tomatoes and lentils are comfort food updated for today’s palettes, appealing to the neighborhood’s creative types—and anyone looking for un-fussy food to enjoy in a stylish setting.
Images via the New York Times
Now that we’ve had a chance to sleep, eat and return to semi-normalcy, we pulled together some of the domestically made stand-outs of the recent NYC fashion week. From Brooklyn events that bucked all expectations to wooden sunnies, the inspiration flowed almost as much as the drinks!
1.) With what was possibly the most-photographed cake of the week, Rachel Comey hosted an intimate dinner in artist Dustin Yellin’s cavernous Red Hook studio to show her Spring/Summer 2014 collection. An audience studded with celebrities such as Maggie Gyllenhaal and Parker Posey saw looks that included parachute dresses and other “cool art teacher” mainstays of the label, but we’re swooning over the daring femininity of this lace sheath in an orangey red hue. (Image via Style Bubble)
3.) The classic prep of Walk-Over’s American-made shoes, appearing on three different men’s runways this season, led us to check out their full line. We were happy to learn the brand (which boasts over 250-years of shoemaking heritage) also offers women’s styles, like this timeless and elegant white buck with a red brick sole.
The Village Voice might put it best when they call Gowanus restaurant The Pines “a destination for food nerds.” With an eclectic menu of New American cooking that changes daily, chef Angelo Romano (of Roberta’s fame) dreams up different brunch, dinner, and drinks on the regular. The offerings change daily, but if our recent meal—from a killer brioche served with mind-blowingly light foie gras to octopus with sour cherries—is any indication, you can’t really go wrong. Drinks too, like one with tequila, sea buckthorn (a tart, nutritious berry), and ginger, delight the palate with inspired combinations and obscure ingredients.
But the best part of The Pines might be the backyard, home to a recently opened outdoor kitchen. Only open Thursday through Sunday, its own original menu includes grilled clams and a half lobster with their creamy lardo and a heavenly vanilla butter. Combing a wildly creative approach to cuisine with the only-in-Brooklyn vibe of laid-back al fresco dining, the restaurant is the latest signal that Gowanus is on the rise. Make a perfect date night of it by getting dinner after the sunset Mr. Sunday dance parties to see for yourself.
With both spacious indoor and outdoor seating, a huge beer list, and Jenga for every table, Spritzenhaus has quickly become the go-to place to catch a breeze on New York summer nights in Williamsburg. The variety of ales, wheats, lagers, bottled beer, Belgian styles, ciders, and even gluten-free options will make any microbrew fan happy, while wines and drinks such as the Greeenpoint (Hendrick’s gin, lime, and white cranberry juice) round out the selection for drinkers of all types.
For eats, Spritzenhaus’s menu offers a step-by-step process. Start with sausage—from venison or a rabbit-veal combo to an Argentinian beef flecked with rosemary and garlic—and add toppings. We like to keep it classic with the traditional bratwurst and sauerkraut. Throw in a side, either Belgian fries or Sigmund’s soft pretzel, and you have a deliciously NYC take on a casual German meal. And we didn’t even mention the addictive (and even a bit risky) dipping sauces, like peanut teriyaki, curry chili ketchup, or blue cheese bacon walnut mayo. For those staying in the city this Fourth, or for a relaxed spot to spend any summer evening, check out the modern beer garden of Spritzenhaus.
For weeks we have been trying to grab a bite at St. Anselm’s in Williamsburg but have been unsuccessful, and now we know why! This gem located right on Metropolitan Avenue has the taste of a steakhouse, but the feel of casual dining. It is known for its rib eye that is anywhere from 35-70 ounces and can easily feed 2 or 3 people, however; there are also delicious lamb, chicken or pork dishes if you are not in the mood for beef.
Not a meat lover? Not a problem! There are a decent amount of fish dishes for the seafood lovers. Owner Joe Carroll has pieced together a wine list that rivals the best in the city and will help in setting the mood. Next time you’re in the neighborhood be sure to stop by, start yourself off with a nice wine, a couple of the splendid appetizers like the grilled octopus or eggplant platter, share a rib eye or entrée of your choice, order some vegetables and sides like sautéed rants and Pan-Fried Mashed Potatoes & Truffle Oil , and go home feeling satisfied. There tends to be a decent wait (no surprise there!) so feel free to wait at Carroll’s Spuyten Duyvil next door and enjoy a nice, cold brew in the meantime. Enjoy!
A seat at Blanca has become one of the most coveted in New York. It was awarded its Michelin star six months after opening and named one of America’s Best New Restaurants of 2012 by Bon Appétit. Chef Carlo Mirarchi does a 26 course innovative tasting menu setup that is $180 per person. A dozen chairs are set up for diners to overlook the über-sleek and minimalist kitchen. The dining experience is a highly interactive one where the guests are invited to mingle and interact not only with the food but also with the music. They have their pick of the music on the record player and ability to play DJ with a well curated vinyl collection.
One more reason to make the trip out to Brooklyn!
Designed and produced in Brooklyn, NY, Etten-Eller first began when designer Cristina Bloom started playing around with the inner workings or timepieces to create jewelry pieces. You’ll notice now, Bloom no longer creates jewelry from watch parts, but her pieces still are somewhat time stamped. Instead of an anonymous serial number, each item has a date associated with it. Bloom shared that every piece carries a date with some significant date in time. The one piece that caught our eye was a piece from her Fall 201o collection, dated 05.20.1873 – the day blue jeans were patented!
While we want to say that Cristina is an “artist we love,” her jewelry line Etten-Eller is actually a play off the title of Danish philosopher’s Søren Aabye Kierkegaard work, “Enten-Eller,” meaning “either-or” in Danish. In a recent interview with The L Magazine, Cristina Bloom explained that she named her line Etten-Eller because her designs question whether or not something has to be defined as either art or craft. We adore her pieces “either way” – art or craft.
We can’t stop listening to Vivian Girls, a band composed of three girls from Brooklyn. They are named after the story written by famous outsider author, Henry Darger. Their sounds are a mix of punk and “psychedelic”; and their music videos have a cool, care-free, retro tone. One of our favorites is one of their newest songs from their Share the Joy album, “Take It As It Comes.”
Stylish, Portland-based coffee shop Stumptown Coffee Roasters is known for its hip décor, even hipper baristas, and an obsession with coffee rivaled only by the oenophiles. While the coffee itself can’t come from the U.S. (with the exception of Hawaii, coffee doesn’t survive here), the mini-chain was developed and grown by founder Duane Sorenson in Portland, OR.
Except for one New York café in the lobby of the Ace Hotel at 29th and Broadway, all Stumptown locations are in Portland, but the New York Times reports that Stumptown is now primed to expand to Brooklyn, Chicago and San Francisco, thanks to a new investment. Just like indy bands that go commercial, the loyalists are up in arms and implying that Sorenson is a sellout, but we’re excited to add a bit of diversity into the coffee bar marketplace. We hope to hear similar news from Chicago/LA based Intelligentsia soon!
Stumptown borrows it’s brand name from an old Portland nickname, which became part of the vernacular in the 1840’s, as the city rapidly expanded outward and tree stumps were left on the middle of the roads. Check out the Stumptown website for a really great brewing guide that shows you how to make the perfect cup at home, no matter what kind of equipment you have.