Chef Mike Price grew up along the Chesapeake Bay, so it was no surprise when he landed in DUMBO not far from the East River. It also turns out that he is only a few subway stops away from downtown, where he's made a name for himself.
"My inspiration comes from my roots—the south of France—the great mentors I have, and my family," explains Laurent Kalkotour, chef of the recently opened Brooklyn spot, Atrium in the old Governor space.
After suffering extensive damage from Hurricane Sandy, Almondine is back open in Dumbo. Once again we can enjoy Almondine's excellent patisserie and, more importantly, some of the best baguettes in New York.
For all of its Brooklyn affects, Gran Electrica isn't just posturing: there are arresting dishes painted with bright colors: tostadas de jaiba, beet margaritas, and the first torta ahogada that won't stain your fingers.
This is a proper angel food cake, delicate and feathery with that fine melt in your mouth texture. They give it extra oomph with a bright passion fruit glaze and a flurry of pistachios, toasted, crushed and finished with a tiny bit of salt.
AlMar, in Dumbo, is a restaurant that feels of its neighborhood rather than simply in it.
When asked what "Modern American cuisine" really meant, Chef Brad McDonald gave an answer that was articulate but unrehearsed: "It means taking a huge leap from a single reference point and doing something really different." This seems to be the mantra at Governor, his new Dumbo restaurant from the same team behind Gran Electrica and Colonie.
With "elevated" versions of childhood classics everywhere these days, it's no surprise there are plenty of great ice cream sandwiches around. Which ones are really worth your money? We gathered some old friends and our new favorites for the ice cream sandwiches you shouldn't miss.
At its best, a fish taco is a totem of simplicity—just perfectly fried fresh fish in a warm tortilla with a drizzle of crema, the sweet crunch of cabbage, and a little hot sauce for punch. We checked out the city's fish taco scene to sort out the good, the bad, and the just alright.
The team behind Colonie in Brooklyn Heights have been wanting to open a Mexican restaurant for a while. "Mexican food is what we find ourselves eating on our days off," said co-owner Elise Rosenberg. Their new spot Gran Electrica has been open about a month now on Front Street in Dumbo, right next to Grimaldi's pizzeria. Instead of slinging pizza dough, they're pressing 400 to 500 corn tortillas a night.
Almondine's focaccia is a little too rosemary-studded, but soft and oily, it's still an excellent sandwich vehicle.
Forget the cheeseburger macaroni or the mac and cheese burger with the bizarre pasta-beef patty. Combining two of America's most classic bar dishes should be as easy and delicious as the version at reBar, one of DUMBO's most beloved gastropubs and event spaces. The premise is simple. Take one thick sirloin beef patty and cook to a juicy medium rare. Pile on gooey no-frills mac and cheese. Top with bun. Squish. Eat.
Happy first birthday, Brooklyn Exposed! Instead of celebrating with cake, founder Sharon Beason decided to start an annual tradition for the Brooklyn-centric lifestyle news site: Tasting Brooklyn. Held last night at the Dumbo Loft, guests grazed and mingled among more than two dozen eats and drinks. The selection ranged from Loreley Restaurant sausages and beer to the ever-popular Robicellis cupcakes. Needless to say, nobody went home hungry.
Bon bons and chocolate bars are the call at the Cacao Prieto pop-up inside the Brooklyn Ice Cream factory, but you can't leave without a few chocolate letters, made with 66 percent couvertures. They make excellent little gifts, $.50 apiece; spell out what you desire, but call ahead because they often run out of popular letters!
Most vegetarian sandwiches these days seem to consist of squidgy roasted peppers and zucchini slithering around in a balsamic ooze. The Vegetable ($7.25) at Almondine Bakery has not only peppers and zucchini, but broccoli, cauliflower, and eggplant as well, held together by a creamy schmear of goat cheese.
In this great city of ours, one could eat a different sandwich every day of the year—so that's what we'll do. Here's A Sandwich a Day, our daily look at sandwiches around New York. Got a sandwich we should check...
[Photo: Kathy YL Chan] This Lemon-Raspberry Cake ($4.50), with cheery yellows, greens and pinks, speaks summer in color. A pretty sight indeed. Whimsical pipes of lightly torched meringue sit over layers of bold and airy pistachio sponge cake alternating...
Photographs: Liz Gutman I hadn't been to Dumbo's Almondine in ages—but my business partner Jen insisted I try what she called "a raspberry-chocolatey cake thing! With those cereal crunchies!" that she'd had a few days prior. Sadly, they were...
While we've had plenty of lively office debates about the merits of different chocolate chip cookies, this was the first week we had a true consensus. The winner was unanimous. The second-place cookie was also a unanimous vote—and every taster decreed it a very, very close runner-up. Third and fourth place? Also unanimous. It made for a very interesting blind test.
Wicked chocolate, banana rum sorbet, and vanilla rum caramel were but a few flavors outfitting the Jacques Torres ice cream cart at the Hudson Street store this week (rotating flavors are also at the DUMBO location). Fresh-made waffle cones...