There's nothing like that local, cozy neighborhood spot where you grab your usual booth to eat and enjoy good company or a good book. But if you live in Cobble Hill, that local spot just so happens to be a foodie haven. Ted & Honey can't be missed, with their bright red store-front and upscale farm decor. They offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner, 7 days a week. The space transforms from a casual cafe by morning to a cozy wine bar atmosphere at night.
The food is all made in house, from scratch (even things like the mustard, cheese, and pickles!). Sustainability is a huge priority to Ted & Honey and so they've formed relationships with local farmers to bring in incredibly fresh produce. Farms from Long Island, upstate New York, and Pennsylvania all provide the seasonal and organic produce as well as the meat and eggs. They also support Brooklyn businesses by having their bread made a few blocks away at a local baker, Caputo's. And their house blend coffee comes from D'Amico's, a long-time Brooklyn roasting company.
You'll find all of your favorite foods with a slight twist (with major flavor impact). A classic BLT, for example, is served as a BLAT which contains local bacon, fresh heirloom tomatoes, an avocado, and aioli sauce made in-house. You can even bring a little bit of Ted & Honey home with you from their market which carries Chef Ted's canned sauces, house made granola, the famous "Chef Ted's Orange Apricot Jalapeño and Chipotle Hot Sauce" and more! Not only is the food delicious, but you'll feel good as well contributing to such a passionate foodie mission
West Indian Day Parade
Monday, Sept. 1, 11am
This festival started in the 1920s with Carnival in Harlem with big costume parties run by a group of West Indian friends in famous ballrooms around the neighborhood. The activities moved outside to the street in the 1940s and has grown to the Labor Day Carnival Parade in Brooklyn that now attracts over 1 million people. Come for the costumes, the food and the music. For more information, click here.
Bike Ride at Governer’s Island
Tues., Sept. 2 10am (until 12pm only)
This is the last month to get a free bike rental on Governer’s island, a 172 acre island right int he New York Harbor & check out the work on their new park. For more information, click here.
Thursday, Sept. 3, 6:30pm
A dinner at the Brooklyn grange w Brooklyn Brewery & Heron Hill Winery where you can celebrate one of the best seasons for fresh produce. Start with a cocktail hour and fresh veggies to snack on, then enjoy a four-course meal prepared by five incredible chefs. For more information and tickets, click here.
One of our favorite yearly events is coming up, so important it deserved it’s own post, a celebration of all things craft beer in Brooklyn hosted by the Village Voice! At the 4th annual Brooklyn Pour, the event will offer tastings of over 100 craft beers being poured by breweries across the country, with a focus on the tri-state area, and of course, New York City. You’ll be able to taste seasonal, micro & reserve brews with each brewery bringing their best to impress.
With the $85 “VIP ticket”, you can enter at 2pm (public entry at 3pm) and have access to the VIP lounge which boasts a private bar & mezzanine to observe all of entertainment below. You’ll also bring home a VIP gift bag. A $65 “Early Entry” ticket will get you in a half hour early at 2:30pm and a $55 “General Admission” ticket will get you in at 3pm. All tickets including beer tastings, entertainment and a commemorative tasting glass. To fill your stomach in between brews you can check out the food court (keep checking back to the Brooklyn Pour page for the announcement of food vendors).
Some of our favorite breweries will be representing so make sure not to miss them. Brooklyn Brewery, Singlecut Beersmiths, Rockaway Brewing Company & 508 Gastro Brewery all on our NYC Brewery Tour. The event will take place at the Skylight One Hanson in Fort Green, the original Williamsburg Savings Bank, once the tallest (now the 2nd tallest) building in Brooklyn. As you drink you can take in this gorgeous Art Deco masterpiece with 63ft. tall ceilings covered in mosaics, murals and 22 different kinds of marble. This is definitely an event not to be missed!
Game Night at Willoughby
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 4pm
Stop by Willoughby Plaza for a free festival of outdoor games, boardgames and live music. Enjoy happy hour drink specials and BBQ from Hill Country. For more information, click here.
A Baylander Tour
Saturday, Aug. 30, 10am
Tour the Baylander, IX-514, a historic US Navy vessel originally deployed fduring Vietnam and later used to train helicopter pilots. Docked at Pier 5 of the Brooklyn Bridge Park, you can take a free public tour. For more information, click here.
E Coast v. W Coast Punk Rock Brew Tour
Saturday, Aug. 30, [check site for updates on time]
Enjoy American craft beers while you rock out to punk and heavy metal. Enjoy Smuttynose, Sixppoint and more ipa’s to go along with the rocking soundtrack at The Gutter. For more information, click here.
New Orleans Style, Gumbo Brunch
Sunday, Aug. 31, 11am
The St. Mazie, a speakeasy cellar restaurant with great classic cocktails, is hosting a Gumbo brunch each Sunday this summer on their pack patio. Come to enjoy live music by the Blue Vipers of Brooklyn along with your bowl of gumbo. After brunch there’ll be live swing dance lessons and more live music. For more information, click here.
Right over the East River into Queens, only a few stops from Times Square on the 7 train (or the “International Express”), you can find one of the fastest developing neighborhood in the biggest borough in New York City. From old factories and a Pepsi Cola bottling factory, this neighborhood has become a gorgeous retreat from the city with an incredible waterfront, easy ferry access and an incredible variety of restaurants.
In its final phase of development, the waterfront area has become a one stop community with an incredible view of the Manhattan Skyline complete with its own shopping, restaurants and a public school. Some locals have even begun to call the area “The Queens Riviera”- separating it from “Hunter’s Point” At Gantry Plaza State Park (named for the industrial structures still standing which used to unload cargo from ships and transfer them to waiting trains) you’ll find some of the best views of the Manhattan skyline. You can stroll along the piers, go fishing, run your dog in the dog park, sunbath on one of their many lounge chairs or grab a bite to eat from the many food trucks that park in the Plaza.
What to Eat:
If you head back towards the train on Vernon Blvd. you’ll find a mix of restaurants as diverse as the borough itself, which is saying something considering Queens is the most ethnically diverse county in the United States. From about 51st Ave. to 47th Ave. you’ll find the street lined with restaurants, bars, and small shops. From French Louisiana cuisine to doughnuts to Thai food, you’ll never run out of variety.
Life’s a Picnic
Tues. August 19, 11am
This “indoor picnic” will have food, shows and live music. Catch illuminate, Jr.’s cheesecake, Two Boots Pizza and Ciao Bello Gelato all under one roof! For more information and for the performance schedules, click here.
Cafe Ghia Crab Feast
Thurs. August 21, 7pm (1st seating), 9:30pm (2nd seating)
Eat all the blue crabs, corn on the cob, potatoes and watermelon you can handle at this annual event sponsored by Sixpoint (Apollo on draft). Crab expert (and Baltimore native) will be on hand with tutorials for any first time crab eaters. For more information, click here.
3rd Rail Beer Launch
Sat. August. 23, 6pm
Head to One Mile House to get in on the NYC debut of Third Rail Beer (who’s brewmaster has a background in microbiology and organic chemistry), celebrating with two new beers, the Bodega American Pale Aleand the Field 2 Farmhouse Ale. This will make the city’s 33rd brewery. For more information, click here.
Gun Hill’s 6th Month Anniversary Party
Sat. August 23, 2pm
Come celebrate Gun Hill’s sixth month of brewing in the Bronx. Grab some of their fresh brews using ingredients from local New York farmers. For more information, click here.