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Runner & Stone's Hutzelbrot is Perfect for Harvest Time

Good Bread Andrew Coe 2 comments

Harvest time is a slippery slope leading directly to holiday feasting. In Central Europe, any fruit that isn't consumed fresh or canned is dried, to be turned into all kind of dishes that presage the holidays. In Switzerland and Southern Germany, dried pears are saved for Hutzelbrot—dried pear bread—which is now available at Runner & Stone. More

Cocktails and Cuisine in Sight of the Gowanus Canal at Lavender Lake

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By reputation, Lavender Lake is known as a bar more than a restaurant, but their kitchen is putting out thoughtfully prepared dishes that pair well with a few stiff drinks. More

Sugar Rush: Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie at Dinosaur Barbecue

Sugar Rush Max Falkowitz 2 comments

My best bite at the new Dinosaur Barbecue in Brooklyn wasn't the wings (awesome) or the ribs (awesomer). Don't get me wrong—the pits are running quite well here. But it was this fat slice of Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie ($5) that impressed me most: chocolate wafer crust and an inch and a half of light, airy peanut butter mousse. More

We Chat with Chef Angelo Romano of The Pines

Jacqueline Raposo Post a comment

Tucked away in Gowanus, Chef Angelo Romano has a place of his own at The Pines, where a casual outdoor menu and indoor one that pushes a few borders match with chef-driven cocktails and a casual setting. Here he talks about what it takes to be the chef behind a chef-driven menu, and why Gowanus is where he's happy to plant his stake. More

Runner & Stone Bakery and Restaurant: Too Much Too Fast, But With Great Bread

Max Falkowitz 8 comments

This is a Brooklyn restaurant story we've heard before, but not quite.

Because Runner & Stone in the Gowanus has more going on. It opened in December as a bakery and patisserie serving breakfast and lunch. Dinner launched soon after. There is also brunch. Oh, and a full bar. For a restaurant open for less than three months, that's no small achievement.

The question is how the restaurant's full menu stacks up to the destination-worthy bread and quality pastries. Though the menu strikes a careful balance between invention and restraint, it doesn't quite reach the bakery's heights.

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A Sandwich a Day: Butternut Squash Fritters at Runner & Stone

Howard Walfish Post a comment

This new Gowanus restaurant serves a sandwich that's all about balancing savory and sweet, soft and crisp. More

First Look: Fletcher's Brooklyn Barbecue in Gowanus

Hally Wolhandler 6 comments

Brooklyn-style barbecue comes to Gowanus. More

Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Chris Bradley's Gowanus

Neighborhood Guides Allegra Ben-Amotz Post a comment

Chris Bradley, the executive chef of Danny Meyer's latest restaurant inside the Whitney Museum of Art Untitled, is something of a pioneer: he's lived in Gowanus, the neighborhood bordering Park Slope and Caroll Gardens, for the past four years. His commute to work isn't speedy, but it's worth it to live in a place that he thinks is going to make it big in the next year. "It's one of those frontier lands where rent is still cheap," he says. "The young and the hungry will come." More

The Pines: Brooklyn Cuisine Sets a Stake in Gowanus

Carey Jones 6 comments

I don't quite remember when the notion of an ambitious restaurant opening up in Gowanus ceased to seem strange. After the success of Four and Twenty Blackbirds, perhaps; or maybe around the time Roberta's became a picnic-tabled dining destination in Bushwick? Regardless, we're now at a time when a talented chef considers a restaurant a block from the canal a reasonable proposition. Angelo Romano has come through Roberta's and the now-closed Masten Lake. It's the sort of often wildly original, anything-goes model of many Brooklyn restaurants these days—housemade this, backyard-grown that. These sorts of spots can be creative to a fault, dishes bigger than imagination than can be pulled through in execution. But for the most part, The Pines avoids those pitfalls. More

Good Bread: Runner & Stone

Good Bread Andrew Coe 5 comments

Peter Endriss, Runner & Stone's baker, is one of the many alumni of the Per Se bread ovens who have gone on to run some of the city's best bakeries. He's been selling his bread at incubator markets like Smorgasburg in Brooklyn and New Amsterdam Market in Manhattan, as places to spread the word about the Runner & Stone café and restaurant, slated to open in September. More

The Vegetarian Option: Sides at Fort Reno Provisions Barbecue

The Vegetarian Option Howard Walfish 4 comments

The past few years have seen something of a barbecue revolution here in New York, but that doesn't mean much to us vegetarians. Even places that are doing creative things with barbecue don't make much concession to us, relegating our options to side dishes. And even then, dishes like collards or beans are often laced with pork products, limiting our choices even more. The first time I visited Fort Reno Provisions, they mentioned that their collard greens are completely vegetarian (though the beans are full of meaty burnt ends). I've eaten there twice now, and some of the sides make the trip well worth it. More

TGI Fry-Day: Draft Barn's Beer Croutons

TGI Fry-Day Jessie Pascoe Post a comment

[Photo: Jessie Pascoe] On a dusty stretch of Third Avenue in Gowanus, Draft Barn has been serving some seriously impressive suds (they have over 250 beers!) and unpretentious Eastern European grub. With sister locations in Sheepshead Bay and Brighton... More

Littleneck: A Clam Shack Grows In Brooklyn

J. Kenji López-Alt 15 comments

I've always wondered why New England-style seafood preparations have never made it far beyond the New England borders. That's precisely what Aaron Lefkove and Andy Curtin, a couple of Brooklyn bandmates with—get this—no restaurant experience, thought to themselves before they opened Littleneck. More

Sugar Rush: Plum Crumble at Four & Twenty Blackbirds

Sugar Rush Kathy YL Chan Post a comment

It's really the best of both worlds. The Plum Crumble at Four & Twenty Blackbirds features pie with a traditional crust on the bottom and a crumble crust on the top. More

Sugar Rush: Cranberry-Sage Pie at Four & Twenty Blackbirds

Sugar Rush Kathy YL Chan 4 comments

We're back today for yet another slice of this Cranberry-Sage pie. If I were smarter, I would have bought an entire pie instead of stopping in every few days for a slice or two. More

Behind The Scenes At Four & Twenty Blackbirds

Donny Tsang 1 comment

Just a little under a year old, Four & Twenty Blackbirds has become my favorite pie shop in the city. Ed praised their fruit pies, and they also made it to Kathy YL Chan's Top 5 New Dessert Spots of 2010. Their pies and shop feel comforting and personal. More

Sugar Rush: Fall Pies at Four & Twenty Blackbirds

Sugar Rush Kathy YL Chan 2 comments

Picking between the autumn pie offerings at Four & Twenty Blackbirds in Gowanus is no easy feat. While they may not make the single best pies in town, they are more than delicious, and you can always count on a mix of classic and creative flavors. More

First Prize Pies and Four and Twenty Blackbirds: Will NYC Get the Pie It Deserves?

Ed Levine 8 comments

New York's never been a great pie town. We have lots of great baked goods and lots of talented pastry chefs, but somehow our pies have never made it onto my nationwide pie honor roll. But with artisanally inspired handmade food in Brooklyn appearing at every corner and market, and the borough's do-it-yourself food culture growing ever-larger, we knew that a pie culture couldn't be far behind. Pies 'N Thighs started it, and now to pie lover's rescue come two pie companies—Four and Twenty Blackbirds and First Prize Pies. More

Eating My Way Through the Brooklyn Taco Experiment

Katie Quinn Post a comment

The winner, whose name we approve of: the Serious Business taco. [Photos: Katie Quinn] Theo Peck and Nick Suarez, cook-off organizers extraordinaire, knew New Yorkers liked tacos, but it was not until their sold-out Brooklyn Taco Experiment, this Sunday,... More

Whole Foods Bowing Out of Gowanus, Blog Reports

Adam Kuban Post a comment

Per the blog Brooklyn the Borough: "At least one investor in the area, however, has bowed out. Whole Foods, who had planned to open a 68,000-square-foot store at Third Avenue and 3rd Street, tells Brooklyn the Borough, 'at this juncture... More

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