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Where Best Places for Local Brews ?

Check out Local 61 (or 61 Local or something like that). It's 61 Bergen Street just west of Smith. They have maybe 8-10 taps and their beers are ALL local. I think in their definition local means less than 50 miles from NYC--so no New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, etc. But I'm not really sure. You probably won't find any Bluepoint or Brooklyn Brewery offerings there. They do mostly very small brewers.

Anyway, the only beers they pour are local and they change it up all the time. Caveat: I haven't been there in some time.

Dec 12, 2014
egit in Outer Boroughs

Does anyone know of a bar that serves Eggnog?

Well, since you ask about Manhattan, the Waterfront Ale House on 31st and 2nd will almost definitely have it. As Steve R says, the WFA on Atlantic may or may not, since they're closing soon.

Dec 09, 2014
egit in Outer Boroughs

Waterfront Alehouse Closing 12/28

For what it's worth, I think the closest equivalent to WAH might be Henry Street Ale House. They have an interesting and ever-changing beer list. And their food is in the same genre: high quality pub food. Admittedly, I don't eat there very often because I normally go there just for a drink or two.

Dec 02, 2014
egit in Outer Boroughs

Waterfront Alehouse Closing 12/28

I just spoke to a friend who was in there very recently. I know this is all 2nd/3rd hand but the current plan is apparently to keep the same bar and bar staff, but turn it into a pizza place.

Presumably they would aim for a high-end place, but I really have no idea. This is all hearsay though.

Dec 02, 2014
egit in Outer Boroughs

Waterfront Alehouse Closing 12/28

Where did you hear this??

Dec 01, 2014
egit in Outer Boroughs

Nice Wine Bar or Pub for Groups Brownstone Brooklyn

That's a pretty big group to have descend on a bar all at once. It's not that there aren't plenty of bars that could handle a big group. But you may want to make arrangements with them ahead of time. Also, you didn't really specify what day of the week or time of day/night you want to have this gathering.

In general wine bars in Brownstone Brooklyn are less numerous and tend to be smaller.

1 idea off the top of my head: Park Slope Ale House. They have a back room which I think could hold 25. They do serve wine, but I can't vouch for the quality. Maybe some other CHers will have more ideas.

Oh, another idea, Barn at Flatbush Farm. They may be helpful as well.

Oct 09, 2014
egit in Outer Boroughs

Wedding at restaurant - tipping question

That's a fantastic idea. I will do that. Thank you!

Oct 02, 2014
egit in Not About Food

Wedding at restaurant - tipping question

Hi All --

OP here. Management "participating" in the tip pool is becoming a big deal here in NYC, class action lawsuits, etc. So I'm sure they won't be participating. That was originally the reason I asked this question. I want to acknowledge the efforts of the manager and the chef (also management, legally) separately.

Yes, I'm sure they set the minimum tab to match an average Saturday night. Even if they typically do more than 73 covers, not all of them will be incurring such a high food bill, to say nothing of the various toasts and wandering bottles of wine going around the room. Plus it's buffet style and their ordering/prep will be simpler. Whatever FOH staff there'll be won't typically be working as hard as during a standard dinner service... so they may curtail the number of severs and bussers, etc.

Strangely, there is no service charge added to our food bill. They may autograt, which is fine. One of the reasons we are so pleased with this restaurant is they are making it extremely simple for us:

We will charge you x per person.
We will charge you y for whatever the bar tab is.
If x+y < z, we charge you z anyway, plus tax, plus (auto?) gratuity.

Easy Peasy!

Anyway, thank you for your thoughts. I think I'll do as you suggest and have an envelope for the mgr and an envelope for the chef and buy the kitchen folks a drink.

Oct 02, 2014
egit in Not About Food

Wedding at restaurant - tipping question

Hi All --

No, this is not a typical tipping question. DGF is about to become DW in just a little over a week. We're having the whole shin-dig at a restaurant. A very short stand-up ceremony (10 mins), followed by drinks/food/drinks. No band/DJ/dancing. We've "closed" the restaurant for the night, with the only stipulation being that there's a per-head cost for food, and the total bill (food/drink) must hit a minimum amoutn.

Anyway, we fully plan to tip out 20%+ on the total of the bill. And on top of that I'm sure people will tip the bartenders generously - N.B. the bar is going to be a "consumption tab" not an open per-person/hr arrangement. So we feel comfortable with that aspect of the tipping.

But the restaurant manager has been amazing and helpful, and when we went for our tasting/menu discussion, we realized how much thought and effort both the mgr and the chef have put into it.

I figure the manager will not get a tip from the standard tip, nor will the kitchen staff.

Total headcount for our night is 73 including the two of us, and that's pretty much the restaurants comfortable capacity.

So... what would you CH-ers do? I don't want to commit a faux pas, but I also want to be sure both the manager and the kitchen know how much we appreciate their efforts.

Oct 01, 2014
egit in Not About Food

Craft beer bars near Brooklyn Heights / Cobble Hill?

The only bar in the immediate area that is anywhere near the scale of BT or RnH is Bar Great Harry. They have 25 or so taps that are always changing, and they carry none of the Standard Beers you'll see in every bar everywhere. The physical space is roughly the same size as Blind Tiger, but a little more rustic. It might be as much as a half mile away. Not that far, but you'll probably pass 5-6 bars on the way there.

Roebling, Brazen Head, Waterfront, etc occasionally have an interesting selection or two, but for the most part their selection is standard. I haven't been to Ugly Duckling yet, but I didn't hear encouraging reports from a beer-nerd friend of mine. 61 Local is okay, but their selection is limited. N.B. I haven't been there in a while either, but last I remember their only selections were from breweries Very Nearby. Which is fine, and kind of fun, but they still only have 5-10 selections.

Sep 10, 2014
egit in Outer Boroughs

Steakhouse near Barclay's Center

Another possibility might be Benchmark. They're also not a steakhouse, but they do have very good steaks. I'm not sure about the 10PM dinner. They may not want to stay open that late. The upside of Benchmark is that it's about a 10 minute walk from the Barclay's Center right down 5th ave. And there are a bunch of bars nearby. No strip clubs though... not in that part of Brooklyn.

Aug 27, 2014
egit in Outer Boroughs

Generous portions, cheap prices, good food--is it possible in NYC anymore?

Have you considered Park Slope Ale House or Bonnie's? I think they both fit in your price range. If you get a sandwich/burger at the Ale House you'll have room left over in your budget for a beer.

Waterfront Ale House might also work. As will Henry Street Ale House. (Are you sensing a theme with my suggestions?)

Bar Toto and Bar Tano may also work, though they're both a little closer to the top of your budget.

Aug 07, 2014
egit in Outer Boroughs

Brining pork chops

This thread is several years old, but it looks like there's a part that's newer right here.

Servorg, here's why I love brining over marinating meat. I tend to buy a lot of meat at once and then freeze almost all of it. In the morning before I go to work I'll put together a brine (basics: 1 qt water, 1/4 c salt, 1-2T sugar plus whatever else I have on hand for flavor). Then I essentially defrost the meat in the brine in the fridge.

Before I started brining, things may or may not have been defrosted, then I'd have to marinate after I got home which often leads to rather late dinners.

Also, I don't know how others feel about this, but I typically reuse my brines at least once. This will be in quick succession, with the brine sitting idle for only a day or two. I can't imagine keeping a brine for more than 4 days. But maybe that's safe too. I don't know.

Jul 30, 2014
egit in Home Cooking

Smorgasburg (Sunday, Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 5)

Just to be sure you're not walking farther than you need to... as you come down off the bridge, there's a set of stairs leading down. Take those. If you walk ALL the way to the end of the long walkway, you're going a whole lot farther than you need to. The stairs take you down into DUMBO. From there I think it's only about a 5-10 minute walk to Pier 1.

Marco's Brooklyn

I agree with your assessment of food prices vs. drink prices. But I really don't think it's for "profit" so much as it is about "paying rent" in NYC. I'm going to take a wild stab in the dark, and say that Marco's rent is probably around $10-15K a month. It's the same sort of economics in most NYC restaurants.

Also, I believe alcohol is taxed differently from state to state, so that may also inflate their prices over other cities. I don't meant to be an apologist for Marco's/Franny's drink costs. They're pretty high, even compared to other places in the hood.

Jun 17, 2014
egit in Outer Boroughs

substitute for cilantro

My very small sample set (one person) says no. I have a friend who is a Cilantro-Hater and I asked her about ground coriander. She said it doesn't taste the same to her.

By the way, when you say coriander, I'm assuming you mean the dried seeds.

A couple of years ago I had a cilantro plant that went absolutely bonkers and eventually produced almost a cup of seeds. After I harvested and dried them, they tasted *more* like cilantro than what you get at the grocery store.

Jun 11, 2014
egit in Home Cooking

Favorite mid-priced coffee beans in NYC?

You mentioned D'Amico's which would be towards the top of my list as well if it were more convenient for me. I like the Sahadi's Italian (espresso?) Roast, which is around 8-9 a pound. I usually buy Union Market's espresso roast, which I don't love but since I live in Park Slope is convenient enough for me. I don't love it, but at least it's under $10/lb. Oh, it just went up, by the way. I think it used to be 8.95 a pound and now I think it's 9.50. Still, not a bad deal. Brooklyn Fare, which used to be my local-est grocery has better coffee than Union Market, IMO, for about the same price point.

I do grind my beans every day for my morning brew. But aside from that, I am no connoisseur (snob!). I'm also on the lookout for other places that have decent beans for less than the $1/oz price point.

Though I don't own a car, so Fairway is a rare treat for me. I also don't stock up on beans. I buy a new pound as I get to the end of the previous one. Hence my convenience requirement.

Jun 04, 2014
egit in Outer Boroughs

Sahadi's vs. Trader Joe's: bulk prices

Hmm. I usually get their Italian or French roasts, and I'm happy enough with them. I suppose true coffee geeks would say you can hide bad beans with a darker roast. But I tend to like darker roasted coffee.

May 28, 2014
egit in Outer Boroughs

Britain Indian Restaurant cheat

You know, it's more likely they simply got confused with your Doggie Bag instructions. What, you think they're going to take the lamb OFF YOUR PLATE and eat it themselves? Serve it to someone else??

They work in a restaurant. They don't need your leftovers. And they're not going to scrape them back into the pot and serve them to someone else.

May 06, 2014
egit in Outer Boroughs

Sahadi's vs. Trader Joe's: bulk prices

Fairway definitely has it in their bulk section. Last time I was there about 2-3 weeks ago I got some. I should have gotten more because it's nice not to pay $12/lb or whatever it is at Union Markup or Whole Paycheck.

Since I don't have a car, a trip to Fairway is a rare event for me.

May 05, 2014
egit in Outer Boroughs

Sahadi's vs. Trader Joe's: bulk prices

Wait... hang on. I don't mean to thread-jack, but did you get the farro at costco or at Sahadi's?

I looked for it at Sahadi's just last week and I didn't see any.

May 05, 2014
egit in Outer Boroughs

Does anyone know where to find...

You may also want to check Bierkraft. Eagle Provisions probably has a larger selection, but Bierkraft is closer to the two options you list above.

I've seen it on tap within the last couple of months, but for the life of me I can't remember where. Maybe Bar Great Harry or 4th Ave Pub.

Apr 29, 2014
egit in Outer Boroughs

Pizza in South Slope for Saturday lunch

You should give Toby's Public House a try. Their pizza is very good. I think it should be okay for kids on a Saturday afternoon. It's both a bar and restaurant, and it definitely gets crowded.

Apr 25, 2014
egit in Outer Boroughs

Hibino review

I went there once with DGF probably about two years ago. After reading so much about how people love this place and their box sushi, I owed it to myself to try it since we were in the hood.

We waited about 45 minutes to get a table. I have no idea what we had as an appetizer, but I'm sure it was at least okay. I was *deeply* disappointed in my Spanish Mackerel box sushi. It did not taste fresh, and it was way too "cooked" for my taste. It was on the fishy side and the fish was so mushed that it was more like a mealy paste. Maybe I ordered wrong. I normally love mackerel sushi, so I was excited to try it. I know it's one of the stronger flavored fish, but this was beyond that.

If it were closer to us, we'd probably try it again. But with the long wait, and the nose-wrinkling food, there are about 100 places I'd go before this one. I'm sure it's good. The Hibino loyalists can take comfort that I will not be crowding their restaurant!

Apr 24, 2014
egit in Outer Boroughs

Sahadi's vs. Trader Joe's: bulk prices

I love Sahadi's. I love their bulk section too. if I lived closer it would be a place I shop several times a week.

If I have any quibble with it, it's that sometimes I only want 1 or 2 bulk things. But when I get there and get my number, I'm like 42 numbers away and the wait will be quite long.

I do sort of wish they made it a little easier for people who just want to pick up a half quart of olives and be on their way... Sort of like their coffee section.

Apr 10, 2014
egit in Outer Boroughs

Fancy Cocktails - North Williamsburg

It's on my list of places to go. I know it's ridiculous that a place only 3-4 miles from my home, as the crow flies, seems "so far away." But, I mean, the G train.

Since we'll be in the hood, if we're still up for an adventure maybe we'll hit up Torst. Though I've been feeling rather Crowd-Averse lately.

Feb 21, 2014
egit in Outer Boroughs

Fancy Cocktails - North Williamsburg

A Capital Idea!

Thanks, for some reason it didn't occur to me to investigate anything in the Wythe Hotel. The Ides looks great, and hopefully there won't be any wait at 5ish.

But seriously, if there is, I won't waste a second before walking over to Hotel Delmano. While it may be that the whole handlebar mustache and suspenders thing is slightly passe, so is waiting in line for a pre-dinner cocktail. I have my priorities, after all.

Feb 21, 2014
egit in Outer Boroughs

Fancy Cocktails - North Williamsburg

Hi Hounds --

On the auspicious occasion of my upcoming birthday, DF is taking me to Little Elm for dinner. (Yeah, I'm pretty excited about that). We have a pretty early seating, but would like to enjoy a fancy, grown-up cocktail beforehand.

We'd prefer a place that is a *short* walk, less than 10 minutes, to the restaurant. Can anyone offer any opinions of either The Counting Room or Hotel Delmano? Bear in mind we will probably roll in there pretty early-- like 5 or 5:30. Would either of them feel weird that early?

Any other suggestions are welcome. DF will probably want wine, as she's not a boozehound. Typically I like good craft beers, but before an eating event like Little Elm I don't want to risk crushing my palate or filling up on beer.

Feb 20, 2014
egit in Outer Boroughs

Bottle of Wine for Braising an Italian Beef Dish?

Steve, as I was reading your substitutions, I had to chuckle a bit. If you ever read comments on recipe sites, this may ring familiar for you:

"I didn't have beef, so I used a head of romaine instead. And I don't drink wine, so I used orange juice. Oh, and I didn't have a whole head of garlic, so I threw in an ice cream sandwich. This recipe sucks!"

:-)

Feb 14, 2014
egit in Home Cooking
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Pommes Anna Pre-prep

Thanks for your help. I knew the Big Brains on Chowhound would set me straight!

I'm not sure why it didn't occur to me to cook it in the morning too. That's what I'll do.

Thank again.

Feb 13, 2014
egit in Home Cooking