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The Eva Peron Cocktail Or Don’t Cry For Me, Krescendo

June 15, 2013

Krescendo on Atlantic Avenue is know for its great pizza and celebrity ex-chef Elizabeth Falkner. But another one of its founders is a well known and respected mixologist:

Papermag: Bi-coastal bartender Darren Crawford, who divvies up his month between San Francisco — where he’s the bar manager of speakeasy Bourbon & Branch — and Krescendo, first unveiled the concoction with a colleague as a special creation for a private party of Argentinians. “Argentina loves Fernet as much, if not more, than San Francisco.”

The Papermag piece serves up the recipe for the Eva Peron:


1 oz. Fernet Branca

1 oz. Carpano Antica

1 oz. Domaine de Canton

1 oz. lime juice

1 oz. ginger beer

Combine the Fernet Branca, Carpano Antica, Domaine de Canton and lime juice in an ice-filled shaker. Shake well and strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Top with ginger beer and garnish with a lime wheel.

Photo: Papermag

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Open For Biz In Park Slope: Die Koelner Beirhalle Beer Hall

August 9, 2012

After months of bureaucratic delays, Die Koelner Beirhalle opened August 8 in Park Slope. The “KBH” beer hall at 84 St. Mark’s Place near 4th Avenue, boasts long wooden tables with capacity for 200+, with 30 German beers on tap and simple German fare, according to its Facebook page.

“We’d like to think of ourselves as a place where old meets new. Old (as in our beers) meets new (as in you, friendly neighbor folk and all your fun-lovin’ friends),” the KBH website hearkens. Beers range from 150 to over 500 years old and counting. “Good beer, plump sausages & more awaits.”

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Crain’s: Cobble Hill & Carroll Gardens’ Court Street Maintains Old-World Feel

August 9, 2012

“Court Street Shops Defy the Odds” is the headline of a Crain’s New York Business profile of the main street that runs through Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens, which surveys the 13-block strip between Warren Street and Fourth Place, where nearly 20 longtime, mostly Italian-American mom-and-pop stores maintain healthy business.

The story notes that row houses within the region “can now fetch as much as $3 million. Pricey cars dot the curbs of low-key streets. Celebrity sightings—from Jay-Z to British novelist Martin Amis—are increasingly common. Yet out along Court Street, one of the neighborhoods’ main shopping drags, there is a surprising degree of continuity.”

Crain’s says that many of the Court Street stalwarts—from cafés to a clothier, many of them dating back to the early decades of the past century—have been able to escape rising rents “that have killed scores of their erstwhile neighbors, because their forebears had the foresight to snap up their spaces while they could. And nearly all of them have found ways to adapt to the area’s ever-evolving tastes while carefully preserving as much of the old ways as possible.”

For one, veteran sausage purveyor G. Esposito & Sons Jersey Pork Store, “started hawking rice balls, sandwiches and pasta alongside its curtains of handmade sopressata and pepperoni that hang from the pressed-tin ceiling.” Up the street, the owners of D’Amico Foods has been thriving since 1948. Current owner Francis D’Amico, whose grandfather Emanuele opened the store, says that when it opened, there were two kinds of coffee: dark-roast Italian and an American brown roast. Today, Francis cooks up more than 100 gourmet blends, while his wife, Joan, “still greets some longtime patrons with hugs and many others by their first names.”

Changes have also come at pub P.J. Hanleys, which is going strong 138 years after its first beer hit the bar, and at Scotto Funeral Home, which has been laying locals to rest for four generations.

“I had heard about the old-school Italian vibe here,” says Rachel Kash, a writer who moved to the area from the East Village three years ago. “I just had no idea about how many of these places still actually existed. Few areas have this kind of character or heritage.”

Read the full piece at Crain’s here.

(Photo: Row House Magazine)

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Super Kitsch! Nostalgic Shuffleboard Club Coming To Gowanus

May 17, 2012

A campy shuffleboard club inspired by Florida’s senior scene is making its hipster debut in Gowanus. Golden Girls unite!

Owners of The Royal Palms, a grocery-store sized club featuring regulation-size shuffleboard courts and a full bar, is set to open their new venue in a 17,000 square foot repurposed Gowanus building—location not yet disclosed—featuring a nostalgic bent with lounge music, bingo, Yahtzee, key lime-flavored cocktails and episodes of “The Love Boat” on TV.

The Brooklyn Paper reports that the coming shuffleboard club will offer a dozen regulation-sized courts and a potential roof deck. A final leasing agreement is in the works, thus co-owner Ashley Albert declined to give away the exact location, but she says it will “likely be a super-affordable spot to channel your inner snowbird. We want it to feel like a Florida hotel from the ’70s. It’s a fun vintage thing for 20-and-30-somethings to try. There’s just something kind of cool about old time-y activities.”

(Photo: TV My Wife Watches blog)

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Booze & Books: NYC Lit Crawl Coming To Brooklyn For First Time May 19

May 13, 2012

The Brooklyn Lit Crawl beer-and-book festival, which stumbles through 13 Cobble Hill, Carroll Garden and Brooklyn Heights venues on Saturday May 19, 6-8 p.m., will comprise cocktails, trivia contests, book readings and special events along the way.

Venues include Zombie Hut (273 Smith Street), Knit Lit (253 Smith), People’s Republic of Brooklyn (247 Smith), BookCourt (163 Court Street), Last Exit (136 Atlantic Avenue) and the After Party at 8 p.m. at 61 Local (61 Bergen Street).

Special events include: * Armchair/Shotgun enacts a live old-timey radio show. * The Liars’ League NYC acts out the latest story by Mark Haddon, author of “The Curious Incident of a Dog in the Nighttime.” * The Cambridge Writers Workshop presents Literary Cabaret.

The inaugural NYC Lit Crawl took place in September 2008. Last year’s event in Manhattan drew more than 1,200 crawlers, enjoying 70+ authors at some 20 events. This is its first extension into Brooklyn. The full schedule is here, with all info here.

“Brooklyn is so literary, it seemed like a no-brainer,” founder Suzanne Russo tells the Brooklyn Paper. “There’s so many friendly venues and so much going on in the literary sphere there, we thought it’s really the place we should be. The venues are smaller, there’s an energy in Brooklyn, a creative spirit that’s more of a go with the flow, we’ll-do-whatever kind of thing.”

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New Eatery ‘Pok Pok’ Brings Adult Slushies To Columbia Street Waterfront

May 3, 2012

Imagine the childhood joy of a 7-Eleven slushie with the grown-up bliss of a little compulsory booze amid the concoction. A new restaurant on the Columbia Street waterfront, Pok Pok, run by James Beard award-winning chef Andy Ricker, is serving up the delectable beverages, courtesy of a barrel-shaped rapid-cooling contraption.

“It’s very unique,” manager Ryan Domingo tells the Brooklyn Paper. “People drink beer on ice in Thailand, but not like this.” The machine is reminiscent of those in wine stores that utilize a salt and ice solution around a bottle that chills it to perfection in about 4 minutes.

Pok Pok’s Bia Wun—or jelly beer—is made with low-alcohol content brews like Singha or Chang and served with a straw. The new restaurant, which originated in Portland and was named one of the 25 “Most Anticipated Restaurants of 2012″ in March by Eater, is located at 127 Columbia Street at Kane Street in the Columbia Waterfront District.


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CBS New York Posts Bids For The Five Best Bars In Cobble Hill

March 16, 2012

CBS New York has posted on its website bids for the five best watering holes in Cobble Hill. Sounds like a good reason for a bar crawl, huh?

The list—which you can see with full descriptors here—was compiled by Jonathan Pogash, a.k.a. The Cocktail Guru, a beverage consultant, writer and educator. He notes, “Cobble Hill, with its well-kept brownstones and vast dining selections, is also a hot-bed of activity in regards to beverages.”

Pogash’s top five are as follows:
* Last Exit Bar, 136 Atlantic Ave.
* Downtown Bar and Grill, 160 Court St.
* Watty & Meg, 248 Court St.
* Henry Public, 329 Henry St.
* Waterfront Ale House, 155 Atlantic Ave. #A

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