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Will A Meat Eater Survive in 3 Vegan Restaurants?

Dining Bar Velo Brooklyn Fernanda Paronetto Jared Zuckerman

New York has it all when it comes to food and this time I set a challenge to answer the question: Will a meat eater survive in 3 Vegan restaurants in New York? Watch the video below to see what happened!

Plant-Based, Vegan, Vegetarian, Pescatarian, Flexitarian, Frutarian, Paleotarian, Pollotarian, etc….and of course, Carnivore.

What the heck, right!? How are we even able to know and understand what these all these different diets are, especially if, we’re not adept to one of them.

As many of you know, I’m vegetarian and that means that I don’t eat any type of meat or fish. But, I still eat some animal products like cheese, eggs and honey. On the other hand, I totally love vegan food, which means that there is absolutely no meat and no animal-based products in the diet.

Might sound crazy to some, but vegan food can be SO damn good. And, when I say good, it’s to the point that my meat eating friends love it too and ask to go back!

That said, I decided to throw a challenge to a carnivorous friend that you’ve probably already met in my other food videos.

Jared Zuckerman, from Eat and Be Full, is once again with me and this time I took him to 3 vegan restaurants that I personally go all the time with my friends.

The idea was for him, as a huge meat eater, to try vegan food and let us know what he thought about them. So, check it out in the video above!


Little Choc Apothecary

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I don’t get tired about talking and sharing my love for Little Choc Apothecary, located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

They are the first and only vegan crêperie in New York serving savory and sweet options, in addition to a huge tea menu.

This time, we had the:

  • Jacked Up: smoky pulled jackfruit, caramelized onion, roasted red pepper, kale and homemade BBQ sauce
  • Burrito: avocado, coconut bacon, black beans, homemade chipotle hot sauce and homemade cashew cheese
  • Choc Butter Newtella: no need for explanations, but it’s their famous homemade hazelnut spread

Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 8am – 11pm
Friday: 8am – 12am
Saturday: 9am – 12am
Sunday: 9am – 11pm

Location: 141 Havemeyer Street, Brooklyn

www.littlechoc.nyc


Marty’s V Burger

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One of the most famous vegan burgers in town was created by a genius guy called Marty!

It became famous across town in no time, and since Jared is into burgers, I decided to take him there. As we’ve said before during the yearly NYC Vegetarian Food Festival, Marty’s V Burger is a “Fast Food. No Bull.” type of place. Totally up our alley!

Everything there is homemade and you’ll be amazed at how tasty every dish is!

We ordered the:

  • Original World Famous Burger: a burger patty topped with melted cheddar “cheese”, special sauce, pickles, and crisp shredded lettuce, on a sesame seed bun!
  • Double Crabby Patty: seared crispy on the outside, two succulent crablike patty topped with jalapeño tartar sauce and lettuce on a sesame seed bun; can be GF on a gluten free bun

Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 11am – 10pm
Sunday: 11am – 8pm

Location: 134 East 27th Street

http://martysvburger.com


Bar Velo Brooklyn

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This has been my lasted obsession and I can’t seem to stay away!

Bar Velo Brooklyn is located in a curious spot, right under a subway track in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

A few people might be a bit skeptic about the location, but I do have to say that I do like where it’s at. Why? Probably because it surely keeps the huge masses of tourists away, attracting mostly the hip local crowd, as well as the well-informed tourists, like you!!!

I love everything from the décor, to absolutely all the dishes and their cocktail menu.

Here, we tried a couple of different dishes:

  • BLT Burger: Tempeh bacon, avocado, organic tomato and lettuce on grilled baguette
  • BBQ Burger: Eggplant sandwich with aioli and pickles
  • Flatbread: Truffle mushroom, bacon, “sour cream” flatbread
  • Dessert: Panacotta with aged balsamic
  • Cocktail #2: Scotch, Ginger, Lemon, Islay, Burned Rosemary
  • Cocktails #4: Hot Whiskey, Maple, Lemon,Ginger, Cloves, Candied Clementine

Hours:
Twilight Drink Hours (daily): 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Dinner (daily): 5:30pm – 12am
Saturday & Sunday Brunch: 11am – late

Location: 394 Broadway, Brooklyn

https://www.barvelobrooklyn.com


As you saw on the video, Jared had a great time trying all these vegan restaurants with me!

As I said in the beginning, my dear friend meat eaters out there, do try these spots out. You will be amazing with what Vegan Cuisine can taste like!

Don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to our channel, come explore New York with me and welcome to our Behind the Scenes NYC world!


Videographer: Renata Meirelles
Photographer: Yoav Hougui and courtesy of the venues
Beauty: Leila Soldeira
Styling: Camilla Adão

*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

Why Your Train is F*cked at the Caveat

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New York City is the home of the most talented people on Earth, as we know! Caveat presents a fantastic show named “Why Your Train is F*cked: A love/hate show about the history of the MTA”.

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Yes! Every day there is something new happening in New York City, and it pretty hard to keep track of it all! We always enjoy what Caveat has going on and they’ve got a pretty loyal audience coming back for more and more!

But, who are these guys? As they explain:

“CAVEAT is New York’s newest speakeasy stage for playful, intelligent nightlife. Join us for drinks and go home smarter.”

“Our core creative team includes a recovering theoretical physicist, a renegade museum tour guide, and a one-time Moth StorySlam champion. That love for science and unconventional storytelling is at the heart of Caveat’s booking philosophy: we regularly host comedy, science talks, storytelling, concerts, trivia competitions, live recorded podcasts, and special events that defy description… you’ll have to come experience them for yourself!”

The tickets for their shows range from $10 – $20, and you’ll be sure to go home with a huge bunch of new knowledge to share!

Their cabaret-style tables are pretty awesome and they sit up to 120 guests, and be ready for a full house!

The best explanation they give for what to expect, décor-wise, is “Harvard Club meets CBGB“!

OBS: CBGB is a former rock club in the East Village, that all famous bands played back in the 70’s and 80’s. Today the place is the home for John Varvatos’ store. But, lucky us, they still preserved the original walls with stickers,  flyers, pictures with autographs…


Events Up Coming Caveat NYC Why Your Train Is Fucked

You know when your train is f*cked – this is the show that tells you WHY.

Get on board for a deep dive into the history of the MTA. Whether you love it, hate it, or want to compose more informed rage-tweets about it during your next 20 minute delay – they’ve got you covered.

Your hosts Meg Pierson (TEDx, Alchemy Comedy) and Justin Williams (City College, SirusXM), along with a mysterious anonymous ghostwriter, will conduct the show through the twists and turns of history.

PURCHASE NOW!

They’ll reveal unbelievable stories, subway life-hacks, and truly upsetting details about our subway system.


Episode 1: Bedlam on Wheels – MTA Origins

For their first show, they’re going WAY back, to the dirty 1830’s.

They’ll track the shady sh*t going down in NYC politics that kept a 19th century Elon Musk from making a subway happen. Also, get real about the pros and cons of horse-drawn mass transit. And, learn all about the mysterious Subway Microbe that New Yorkers worried would kill them all.

Doors: 6:30pm
Show: 7:00pm
Tickets: $15 in advance, $18 at the door
Age: 21+

Note: This is a mixed seated and standing venue. Arrive early for the best seats in the house!

PURCHASE NOW!

If you need help booking for groups, contact our experts to help you out!


If you’re wondering where to eat before the show, you might want to enjoy another “behind the scenes” spot just a few blocks from Caveat.

Kuma Inn is hidden behind a weird, tiny door on Ludlow Street and serves a super traditional Thai menu!


Photo Credits: Courtesy of Caveat

Exploring A Bit Of New York: 3 NYC Hidden Gems

Curiosities Our Bucket Lists 3 NYC Hidden Gems Roosevelt Island Tram by NoelYC

In New York City, overcrowding is just something to get used to. However, with a bit of insider information, it’s easier to find a place shrouded in a bit of obscurity. Check out 3 NYC hidden gems!

We love New York City (dur, obviously…), and exploring the behind the scenes NYC secrets gems is what keep our eternal curiosity going and fiercely alive!

Every door you open can take you into an entire new universe and experience.

You’ll feel like you’re in on some kind of secret when you head to one of these destinations below.

Here are three NYC hidden gems, part of the best spots in New York City!


The Garret West

Curiosities Our Bucket Lists 3 NYC Hidden Gems The Garret West Bar

The Garret West is a bar hidden on top of Five Guy’s, over on Bleecker Street, in the West Village.

A white, rustic atmosphere with tons of artwork welcomes you to this speakeasy-style bar.

The craft cocktails have unique names and flavors such as the “Hey Girl” accented by mezcal, elderflower liqueur, Prosecco and strawberries. The intimate atmosphere will make this place one of your go-to bars.

Hours:
Monday – Wednesday: 5pm – 1am
Thursday & Friday: 5pm – 2am
Saturday: 2pm – 2am
Sunday: 2pm – 1am

Location: 296 Bleecker Street

www.thegarretwest.com


La Plaza Cultural de Armando Perez Community Garden

Curiosities Our Bucket Lists 3 NYC Hidden Gems La Plaza Cultural de Armando Perez Community Garden

Located in the East Village, La Plaza Cultural de Armando Perez Community Garden community garden is the perfect spot to unwind and take a deep breath.

Whether you’re a tourist or a local, this is a fantastic destination or meeting spot. They partake in urban agriculture like composting and rain water collection, which is great to see.

There are even a few events held here, and the vibrancy is sure to guarantee your return.

Hours: Public hours are 10am – 7pm, Saturdays & Sundays, April 1st – October 31st, and when the gate is open and members are present.

Location: 9th Street & Avenue C

http://laplazacultural.com


Roosevelt Island Aerial Tram

Curiosities Our Bucket Lists 3 NYC Hidden Gems Roosevelt Island Tram by NoelYC
By: Courtesy of Noel Y. C.

Since the Roosevelt Island Aerial Tram services is mostly for residential area, it isn’t super popular with tourists. However, it offers a great view of the Manhattan’s breathtaking skyline, and a bit of a thrill at the same time.

It uses the MetroCard system and has a comparable fare to the subway at around $2.75 per ride.

Have a bit of fun 3,100 feet above the city! Oh, and be sure to have you iPhone or cameras ready!

Location: East 59th Street & 2nd Avenue

https://rioc.ny.gov


Moreover, transportation in the city can be chaotic. That goes without saying, right?!

You can flag down a taxi, try your luck with ride share services or do the smart thing and reserve a form of professional transportation when you’re planning out your adventure.

With a limousine, party bus, or car service, you aren’t going to have to worry about finding a designated driver or navigating the streets. One of the services you can hire is the NYC Party Bus, which will make a big difference!

Elevating your experience in the city is easy to do when you keep this arsenal of tips handy, so enjoy!

Finally, if you’re coming to NYC and you’re looking for Concierge Services, see how our we can help you out! Now, if you’re a company looking for Corporate Concierge Services, contact our experts to assist you.


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Noel. Y. C. and the venues
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Lilia Ristorante: Coveted Italian Restaurant in Williamsburg

Dining Lilia Ristorante Williamsburg

As soon as Lilia Ristorante & Caffé opened, it was named as one of the best and most coveted Italian restaurants in Williamsburg. We’ve been there countless times, and can’t wait for our next visit!

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Italian cuisine is probably one of our top 3 picks and we love everything from the food to the culture behind it. We were thrilled when we heard about a new spot opening in Williamsburg, called Lilia Ristorante & Caffé.

But be prepared: You might experience a huge waiting time for “walk-ins”, so we recommend to have a reservation. And even so, it might be booked for over the full next month. Crazy!

To start, Missy Robbins, Head Chef & Owner, discovered her passion for Italian cuisine while working for 5 years as the Executive Chef at the renowned restaurant Spiaggia, in Chicago. After returning to NYC in 2008, she took the role of Executive Chef at the Michelin-starred restaurant A Voce.

So, after having gathered a remarkable experience at these fine dining restaurants, Missy decided to fly solo and open her own spot: Lilia Ristorante.

Lilia is located in the heart of Williamsburg and brought to the neighborhood the possibility of dining at an exquisite place with fantastic food. The Italian menu offers everything from hand-crafted pastas and wood-fired seafood, to great classic Italian cocktails and to-die-for desserts.

Moreover, the place is gorgeous. The high-ceiling and huge, tall windows with the rustic but, nonetheless, chic décor set the mood. Certainly a high-end Brooklyn style spot for people that enjoy a great high-end casual dining spot, but don’t feel like going into the city. Lilia was certainly a fantastic addition to the neighborhood.

We’ve been there countless times, so here are some of our favorites dishes.

For cocktails snacks, try:

  • Prosciutto, Balsamic Mustard, Parmigiano Butter
  • House-made Mozzarella, Toasted Garlic Bread, Lemon, Bottarga

Antipasti, ask for:

  • Cauliflower, Spicy Soppressata, Sicilian Pesto, Majoram
  • Roasted Trumpet Mushrooms, Arugula, Balsamic, Sicilian Almonds
  • Whole Artichoke, Garlic, Mint, Parmigiano, Breadcrumbs
  • Castlefranco, Bacon, Tropea Onion, Parmigiano

If you enjoy fish, you can have:

  • Grilled Scallops, Walnuts, Yoghurt, Marjoram
  • Mussels, Herb Butter, Sea Salt
  • Crispy Shrimp, Gremolata, Parsley Aioli
  • Black Bass, Salsa Verde, Coal Roasted Yukon Gold Potatoes

For the pasta-lovers:

  • Spaghetti, Lemon, Pine Nuts, Parmigiano
  • Ricotta Gnocchi, Broccoli Pesto, Basil, Pistachios
  • Fettuccine, Spicy Lamb Sausage, Tomato Passato, Fennel Seed
  • Squash Filled Ravioli, Hazelnuts, Parmigiano, Sage

And, for the meat eaters:

  • Grilled Lamb Leg Steak, Roman Spices, Fennel, Celery

Now, we do recommend you leaving space to try their desserts. It’s actually hard to pick the best ones.

If you want to host a small event, they offer a semi-private area in the restaurant for up to 20 people. So, be sure to contact us for further information about the space for private events or corporate gatherings.

In addition, you might also just want to pass by the Caffé. They have delicious and super fresh pastries and coffees. A great place for a pitstop while you’re in the neighborhood!

Enjoy this super cool Italian restaurant in Williamsburg.

Lastly, while in the hood, go shopping at these great vintage shops, or check out this coolest music store.

Hours (Restaurant):
Monday – Friday: 5:30pm – 11pm
Saturday & Sunday: 5pm – 11pm

Hours (Caffé): Opens daily at 7am

Location: 567 Union Avenue

www.lilianewyork.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Evan Sung Photography for Lilia Ristorante
*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

Lua Bar: The Newest Hot Spot In Bushwick

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Brooklyn is a neighborhoods we love exploring. There are so many places opening that it’s literally hard to keep track. One of our newest favorite hot spots in Bushwick is called Lua Bar.

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UNFORTUNATELY THIS RESTAURANT IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED!

If you love behind the scenes spots to explore, then you’ll mostly certainly love Lua Bar!

After the success of the restaurants Beco and Suzume in Williamsburg, the founders of these hype spots decided to join forces and open this ramen party bar, in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Chef Manny Salazar is in charge of the kitchen and has done a fantastic job with the menu! It’s a very interesting mix of Japanese and Hawaiian dishes. As they say: “delicious, affordable, unfussy food”. Sound perfec, right?

Without a doubt, the place was an instant success attracting foodies & food connoisseurs not only from all over the city, but even from other cities. The news spread, they heard about the launch and added the spot to their “must-see” list, while in New York City.

What to expect? Drinks, beers, snacks and noodles! In addition, if you’re one of the night owls that just love being out till late hours, Lua is open every day up though 2am (except Sundays)!

Their menu is made up of small, but delicious and filling dishes. They have a friendly menu for the Vegetarian ones (like our founder), so don’t worry!

See some of the our top pick dishes below.

For Snacks:

  • Brussel Sprouts spicy peanut, lime, fish sauce vin
  • Spicy Boys! Apam corndogs, spicy sauce, party on a stick
  • Ovos Akuma deviled soy sauce egg, spicy garlic mayo, tobiko
  • Fried Fingerling Potato beurre blanc, garlic, lemongrass, thai basil

Sandos – Choose two to mix’n’match, so we chose:

  • Mexican Chorizo thai style slaw, garlic aoili, crispy shallots
  • Roasted Shiitake chili, hoisin, pickled cucumber, scallions

Noodles:

  • Lua Ramen soy sauce tare, pork belly, negi, burnt garlic oil
  • TanTan Ramen spicy veggie soup: eggplant, tomato, chili, peanuts

The food is great, as we mentioned, and the price is fantastic. Very affordable! Noodles go for only $10/each!

“Our pork is from hormone/antibiotic-free berkshire pigs from the Eden farms collective. Our chicken wings come from organic D’Artagnan chickens in NJ. We make the best food we can with the best stuff we can afford.” ~ Henrique Stangorlini, Founder of Beco and Lua Bar

For drinks, try everything from the famous Brazilian cachaça to rums, tequilas, beers and wines. Their full bar will certainly be able to fulfill any of the desires and cocktail cravings. Plus, the guys behind the bar are cocktail experts.

And lastly, the place has a chill atmosphere. Dim lights, great music, good space even when it gets pretty full and some private booths too.

The bar area is always our top pick to sit, but the small table right at the front of the restaurant with individual sofas, is the runner up. It’s certainly the most coveted spot of the entire place, so be sure to arrive early if you want to sit there.

Oh, it’s a cash-only restaurant, so be sure to have money on you! If you forget, they’ve got an ATM at the back!

Enjoy the newest hot stop in Bushwick, and we sure to also check out Beco and Suzume!

Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday: 6pm – 2am
Sunday: 6pm – 12am

Location:
1006 Flushing Avenue, Bushwick


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Lua Bar

St. Anselm: A Cozy, Neighborhood Place In Brooklyn

Dining St Anselm Restaurant Bar

St. Anselm first opened in 2010 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and closed a while after to be reinvented as cozy, neighborhood spot to go for simple cooking.

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Their cuisine is American traditional / Steakhouse, so it’s a perfect place for the meat eaters! If you’re vegetarian or vegan, so is our Founder, Fê. She ordered a pasta when she visited the place, so you’ll be able to accompany your friends.

With a rock’n’roll soundtrack in the back, you can order a few of the top dishes by Chef Yvon de Tassigny like their grilled sardines, iceberg salad, grilled eggplants, grilled steaks, pork chop, lamb saddle, mackerel, scallops, grilled potatoes, long beans and shishito peppers.

As we said above, they have a great menu for the meat eaters. If you’re Vegetarian or Vegan, options are limited, so be prepared.

They have a gorgeous full bar, with a fantastic decoration! We love the heavy wooden counter and their super cool beer taps!

Furthermore, this is a great place to come with a big group of friends, since they are able to simply join a few tables that will accommodate you all! They noise can get a little loud, but that is just the vibe of the place.

Be sure to add this neighborhood place, St Anselm, to your list!

If you need help finding your way around Williamsburg, contact us to see all of our Concierge Services from tours and cool local guides to a BTSNYC expert advising you with a customized travel planning service.

Brooklyn can be overwhelming, specially if you’ve never been in the largest Borough in New York. But, it’s surely one of our favorite parts of NYC to explore.

Lunch Hours: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am – 3:00pm

Dinner Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 5pm – 11pm
Friday & Saturday: 5pm – Midnight
Sunday: 5pm – 11pm

Location: 355 Metropolitan Avenue

www.stanselm.net


Photo Credit: Courtesy of St. Anselm, Melissa Hom, David Penner for St. Anselm
*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

A Night at Vandal: Away from Top 40 Hits & Bottle Service Equations

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Come out for a night away from Top 40 hits and bottle service equations! Come enjoy a fantastic low profile, but nonetheless, an upscale NY night at Vandal, in the Lower East Side.

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For Caché’s second installation of ‘Colors of Fashion’ they bring you, on the night of March 22nd, a bright lineup of local funky house DJs. Plus, disco selectors with an international community of fashion and magazine aficionados.

They are excited to be teaming up with Dior for an exclusive complimentary offer for a free makeup session with Dior for the first 50 ladies through the door!!!

Besides the opportunity of being gifted with this exclusive makeup session, you’ll experience an unforgettable night at one of the most incredible new downtown hotspots: Vandal.

Caché chooses the most beautiful and hippest new spots in town and brings together a friendly community in the arts and fashion circles to mingle and groove.

In addition, this night will be filled with an extraordinary, down to earth and carefully curated crowd, great music by Pedro Arieta, Swami, Ghostbaby and Mnnich!

So, we hope to see everyone there!

RSVP TO: info@cache.events to get onto their selected mailing list and do arrive early to get your makeup package!

Date: March 22nd
Time: 9pm
Location: 199 Bowery


A little more about Caché:

“Caché is a nomadic deep-house and disco party that rotates chic venues in Manhattan and Williamsburg. The community is composed of fashion, music, art circles and beyond. They do not consist of the basic bottle and model equation. Caché hosts events without cover but select their crowd carefully. Therefore, the ratio is comfortable and the look is elegant.”
www.cachelifeny.com

And a little about Vandal:

Located on Bowery, a street that dates back to the 17th century, Vandal is the latest restaurant lounge by the TAO Group and Chef Chris Santos. Vandal celebrates the art, architecture, and food of global street culture from New York to Vietnam to Barcelona and beyond. As well as the history and culture of the restaurant’s Lower East Side location. The two-level space includes a bar/lounge, restaurant, garden dining area, private dining room, and cellar bar/lounge.” 
www.vandalnewyork.com


And still, curious to see what it’s all about? Click to watch the video below!


Credits: Courtesy of Caché, Vandal, jnice1543

Sunday in Brooklyn restaurant is where you’ll find the cool kids

Dining Sunday in Brooklyn Restaurant Squash

Last Friday, I had an incredible dinner at Sunday in Brooklyn, a new restaurant that opened just around 1 month ago, in South Williamsburg. This is the place where the cool kids hang, so be sure to check it out!

I loved every single detail, from the house they’re in, the décor, the R&B style music with a fantastic playlist…to the drinks, the food, and certainly the dessert!

The space is beautiful, with a full bar, rustic wood decor, dim light (but not too dark…just perfect) and a great counter at the front, where you can see the preparation of the dishes.

The entire staff is very polite and happy…the original Brooklyn service style!

I was lucky enough to meet the owners of the restaurant, Todd Enany and Adam Landsman, that were mingled within the waiters and staff, serving every table and making sure everything was working seamlessly! Jaime Young, the Chef, was at full speed in the kitchen!

They told a bit about their story and how it all started.

Both of them worked in the restaurant business and had a great background on how the entire business works.

Back then, Sundays was their only “day off”, and they were tired of trying to find a place where you’d have a great cup of coffee, amazing cocktails, good food, beautiful crowd and a unique playlist…all in one!

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This is what Adam told us about how it all started:

So, for my former job at Major Food Group, walking through the green markets were always good inspirations for food and trying to figure out what is was. One day I suddenly I hear someone calling my name and I turn around at it was Jaime. He was working at one of the farmer market stands helping out one of the farmers since he had just left his job.

He wanted to open a restaurant in Brooklyn that was very vegetable focused, that was something close to home and that was relatable, fun and accessible.

I thought it was all very crazy and serendipitous. I hadn’t seen him in years. We saw that our our values were the same, the sustainability practices and our relationship with farmers and foragers was so important. Right after that, he came to cook for us and just crushed it. This dish (FYI: the one I was eating – the honey nut squash), was the second dish he did, and it was created during a 5 minute conversation. We just couldn’t believe it. It was awesome!

Here is what we had:

  • Buckwheat sourdough with beet butter
  • Black cod pastrami, rye sour cream and garden pickles
  • Honey squash, cultured cheese, crushed nuts and seeds
  • Minute steak, spigarello and charred red onions
  • and an “off the menu special, made with cabbage, that was to die for

I was so amazed with the entire dinner experience that I decided to go back for their first brunch weekend…so, Sunday of that same week I went back!

And guess what?! Everything obviously exceeded my expectations.

This is what I had (sharing with a friend, of course, lol):

  • Carrot bread with ginger cheese
  • Grain bowl with barley, eggs, spices kale, mustard greens and avocado
  • Cheddar scrambled eggs with home fries and sausage
  • Special version of the avocado toast
  • Malted pancakes, hazelnut maple praline, brown butter
  • Black coffee

There were countless tables ordering their famous Bloody Mary, which is one of the best sellers, called Sunday Bloody Sunday! So, you should try it if you’re into cocktails!

Be sure you add them to your top places to visit when you come to New York and visit Williamsburg, in Brooklyn! Maybe, you’ll even bump into me, since I just became their #1 fan!

They just launched their newest restaurant called Rule of Thirds, in Greenpoint, Brooklyn! And, if you feel like exploring the area, you can head up a few blocks to Greenpoint!

Hours:
Breakfast: Monday – Friday: 8am – 11am

Brunch:
Monday – Friday: 11am – 3:30pm
Saturday – Sunday: 10am – 3:30pm

Dinner:
Sunday – Thursday: 6pm – 10pm
Friday – Saturday: 6pm – 11pm
Bar is Open Late

Magnum Happy Hour: Weekdays 6pm – 7:30pm

Location: 348 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn

www.sundayinbrooklyn.com


Videography: Renata Meirelles
Photo Credits
: Renata Meirelles and courtesy of 
Gary Landsman and Bess Adler
Beauty
: Leila Soldeira

*Last Update Feb/2020.*

A Restaurant Inside An Alley named Freemans

Dining Freemans Alley Restaurant Façade

In 2004, when Taavo Somer and William Tigertt stumbled upon an unused alley – Freeman Alley – off Bowery, in the Lower East Side, the idea was born and in no time, Freemans Restaurant was launched.

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What was the idea? “A rugged clandestine colonial American tavern restaurant, inspired by the Old World tradition”, called Freemans Restaurant – a restaurant inside an alley.

Years ago, when we went there for the first time, we approached this long, weird looking alley. We couldn’t really see what was in it, or even decide if we’d adventure ourselves to walk in. But, of course, curiosity spoke louder and we started heading towards the end.

You’ll find a few great graffiti works on the brick walls along the way. Perfect for that Instagram-photo-moment!

So, at the very, very, very end, we found this beyond charming turquoise blue, wooden door surrounded by countless vases with plants and flowers. There were a few light bulbs lit up, hanging from above that definitely set a mood!

As we walked in, this very polite hostess approaches us immediately and after a few minutes talking to her, and being welcomed, we sit. We were lucky there was practically no waiting time, but is not usually like this.

We do recommend you make a reservation to guarantee a quick table, especially for big parties.

One of the most hidden and secret restaurants in NYC offers a heavy meat-based menu, but the top voted menu item is a hot artichoke with crispy bread. We’re already salivating, lol! Their cuisine is traditional American dishes.

Freemans is one of the top restaurant picks by the crowd that r-e-a-l-l-y knows how to explore New York. You can see one of our Insider Interviews with Natalie Klein (a Bof 500 Nominee), for example!

Last, but definitely not least, their drink menu is also fantastic and they have some amazing cocktails you can try. Some are perfect for lunch, while others will be the right choice for your dinner! If you’re not into cocktails, don’t worry, their wine list is quite extensive.

In conclusion, it is still a “hideaway”, so let’s try to keep it a secret restaurant inside an alley, and just tell this to your closest ones!!!

So, let us know that you thought and do share your experience while entering this little alley! Pretty thrilling, I’d believe.

The news now is that they have a speakeasy bar on the upper floor called Banzarbar. It’s hidden behind an unmarked door! This 20-seat cocktail bar was “inspired by early 20th Century explorers”.

To eat, you can try their 5-course tasting menu paired with low-ABV cocktails. Something quite different when you go to a speakeasy bar. This definitely differentiates them from the other spots.

Hours:
Lunch: Monday – Friday: 11am to 4pm
Brunch: Saturday – Sunday: 10am to 4pm
Afternoon Cocktails & Light Fare: Every Day 4pm to 6pm
Dinner: Every Night: 6pm – 11:30pm

Location: At the end of Freeman Alley, off Rivington Street

www.freemansrestaurant.com


Photo Credits: Courtesy of Freemans Restaurant, Diana A. and ©Behind the Scenes NYC
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Milk and Roses: Another Italian restaurant In Greenpoint

Dining Milk & Roses Restaurant Garden

Milk & Roses restaurant in Greenpoint, located at the far tip of Brooklyn, is one of our favorites. They offer a fine American cuisine with a Southern Italian influence in a fantastic, low back environment.

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Milk & Roses is one of the delicious Italian cuisine restaurant in the Greenpoint and is certainly one of the neighborhood’s sweethearts.

Their decor is amazing and quite unique! Inside it looks like an old library, with a wall full of books and a beautiful grand piano.

At the back they have a gorgeous garden that will make you stay want to hang there for hours. It’s definitely perfect for a special night far away from the chaos of Manhattan. But note: The garden area gets obviously super busy, so be sure to arrive early or call for a reservation.

All the ingredients are carefully sourced and they make sure they come from the best suppliers on the market.

One of the dishes we always order there is the poached eggs with avocado toast! We’re always in search of the best one in NY, and their avocado does have a very tasty spice mixed in it, making it rank on the top of our list! It’s really fantastic!

If you enjoy cocktail drinks you will have a great time with their mixologists. They are pretty creative and the might just get you started on a great, long, Brooklyn-night! Plus, they offer boutique wines and craft beer too.

You can go there for brunch, lunch or dinner. If you just want to grab a drink, be sure to get a spot at their beautiful, rustic, library-décor bar!

Are you’re looking for a unique place to celebrate your birthday or even a small, intimate wedding?

This can be the right place for you! It’s surely very charming and we’re sure you’re going to love this restaurant in Greenpoint!

Did you check out our YouTube video we did with them?

If you need help organizing your private event, let us know! We will certainly make it memorable!

Lastly, since you will already be in the neighborhood, why not take the day to explore it! Be sure to download our Greenpoint Self-Guided Tour to explore the best hidden secrets and spots in Greenpoint.

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 9am – 12am (kitchen closes at 11pm)
Saturday: 10am – 1am  (kitchen closes at 12am)
Sunday: 10am – 11pm (kitchen closes at 10pm)

Location: 1110 Manhattan Avenue

http://milkandrosesbk.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Milk and Roses
*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

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