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Carnivores Take Note: Tickets still available for April 25 Brisket King Competition in Brooklyn

Brisket King of NYC returns for a seventh year to a new venue in Williamsburg. It makes perfect sense to crown the King of Brisket in Kings County, aka Brooklyn, right? There will be plenty of brisket, beer, cider and spirits. More than 20 chefs will compete for the glory of being the Brisket King NYC 2018.  The new location is 110 Kent Avenue. The event will be held from 6-9:30pm.

The original idea of the event was to celebrate NYC culinary traditions, slow-cooking through the lens of brisket, inspired by NYC culinary history. NYC brisket will be on display, with results inspired by the BBQ from all parts of the U.S.

Having been to the event before, I recommend that you go with friends so you can divide and conquer the many brisket and drink stations. And, of course, go hungry! Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brisket-king-nyc-2018-tickets-4272352621 for $85 per person.

Previous winners have included hometown favorites:

2012 John Brown Smokehouse, Queens
2013 Daniel Delaney, BrisketTown, and the People’s Choice: Mighty Quinn’s BBQ
2014 Will Horowitz, Ducks Eatery, 90-day dry-aged brisket
2015 Billy Durney, Hometown BBQ, Red Hook, Brooklyn
2016 Ari White, Wandering Que, (kosher)

2017 Sruli Edelman, Izzy’s Smokehouse (kosher), Brooklyn

2017 Winner Izzy’s Smokehouse

This year’s competitors see the return of some from the past, along with new entries with chefs from outside of NYC as well:

Cherry Street BBQ, Chef Lawrence La Pianta, Toronto

Hill Country BBQ, Chef Ash Fulk, NYC
Randall’s BBQ, Chef Jared Male, opening soon  in NYC
Chef John Gower of Quiet Waters Farm, from England, with John Patterson, The Salt Cured Pig
Chef Jesse Jones with John Sauchelli of Jersey Barnfire Sauce
Dinosaur BBQ, Brooklyn
Salt and Bone BBQ, Queens
El Atoradero, Chef Noah Arenstein
Judd’s Memphis (kosher)
Kimchi Smoke, Robert Cho
Brooklyn Q, pitmaster Robert Fernandez
Ribs Within collaborating with Hunts Point BBQ Eatery and Meat Shop, pitmaster Robbie Richter, original pitmaster for Hill Country BBQ and Fatty Cue, NYC

Smokehouse Tailgate Grill, Mamaroneck, NY, pitmaster Eric Johnson
Lex Taylor, TV chef
Main House BBQ (kosher)
Papa Smokem, Chef Mario
Sands Jerk Hut
Willie B’s

Celebrity judges include Dana Cowin, former editor of Food and Wine, cookbook author Peter Kaminsky, Bravo’s “Top Chef” contestant Grayson Schmitz, food writer and professional carnivore Nick Solares, the Texas huntress Ashley Chiles, author David Rosengarten, Gear Patrol’s Bryan Campbell, cookbook author Donna Gelb, and Food Network’s Vivian Chan.

Spirits curated by Modern Distillery Age :
Astoria Distilling
Empire Spirits
Frederick Wildman & Sons
Hudson Whiskey
Market Street Spirits
NY Distilling

Craft beer and hard cider:
Original Sin cider
Shmaltz Brewery (kosher)
Sixpoint brewery
Austin East Ciders
Bronx Brewery
Lagunitas brewery
Essentia water

General website www.brisketking.com

Co-founder / executive producer Jimmy Carbone (Jimmy’s No. 43, Food Karma Projects). Other co-hosts of the event include Brisket King NYC co-founder Jake Schiffman (The Food Network), Jonathan Deutsch (Drexel University), Annie Hauck-Lawson (Mompost), Mory Thomas (f/o Food Network), Cricket Azima (Kids Food Festival).

Really Last-Minute Thanksgiving Dinner Reservations Still Available

If you’re like me, you often forget to book a reservation until the last-minute, or suddenly guests appear and you need more space so dining out works better. For all who find themselves in situations like these, here are a dozen great choices in New York City still offering Thanksgiving meals, with choices reflecting the wonderful ethnic diversity of our city.  Happy Turkey Day!

The East Pole on the Upper East Side offers a full American-inflected Thanksgiving menu. For just $85 per person, you’ll enjoy a three-course meal along with sides for the table and an optional four-course wine pairing for $45. Starters include options like Wild Mushroom & Ricotta Crostino with Truffle Oil & Herbs; or Black Barley Risotto, Autumn Squash and Goat Cheese Sage.  Entrees include Heritage Turkey Breast, Roasted Chestnut Ragu and Butternut Squash, or Seared Diver Scallops with Carrot Ginger Mash and Fig Salsa.  Dessert are traditional Pumpkin Pie as well as Goat Cheese Cake. http://theeastpole.brinkleyspubs.com/

Moving East, Tikka Indian Grill in Kew Gardens (Queens) and Williamsburg (Brooklyn) is serving an Indian-inspired version of traditional American fare with a prix fixe, three-course menu for $16.95.  The meal begins with a plate of savory street food. The main course features Tandoori-grilled Breast of Turkey, infused by Indian spices together with sautéed pumpkin and zucchini, and garlic cilantro rice. For a sweet finish, dessert is a traditional Saffron Zarda, a rice dish infused with sweet spices.  BYOB. http://www.tikkaindiangrill.com/

Michelin-starred Rebelle takes you to Paris with a menu referencing classic French dishes and techniques with a nod to Chef Eddy’s time at Spring in Paris. The $78 per person prix fixe menu includes a choice of Kale, Apple and Walnut Salad or Roasted Squash with pears and brown butter for appetizers; Roast Beef, Pan-seared Halibut or Roasted Turkey as a main; and a section of appropriate side dishes such as Foie with fat, Stuffing; Traditional Stuffing; Green Bean Casserole; Sweet Potato Brûlée, Brussels Sprouts with lardons, or roasted mushroom. Served family style, desserts include traditional Thanksgiving favorites, apple, pecan pie or pumpkin pie.  http://rebellenyc.com/

At beloved Harlem neighborhood restaurant and wine bar Vinateria, owner Yvette Leeper Bueno and Executive Chef Joshua Bedford will bring a  three-course menu featuring dishes like Roasted Baby Pumpkins stuffed with lamb sausage and farro; Grilled Sardines with lemon and olive bagna cauda, Whole Grilled Dorade with bitter greens; Roasted Leg Of Lamb with saffron cous cous and port reduction; Roast Pennsylvania Duck with toasted chickpeas, red watercress and warm spices; Warm Fig Tartlet; and Lemoncello Tiramisu. www.vinaterianyc.com

We’ll toast with Margaritas this Thanksgiving at the Thanksgiving Fiesta at Rosa Mexicano. It’s a three-course Thanksgiving Fiesta  for $40/person, featuring Sope de Calabaza: pumpkin soup garnished with pomegranate and toasted pepitas; a choice of two entrees: Chile ancho-roasted turkey with choice of mole xico or traditional gravy served with four sides, including Cranberry Salsa, Sweet Plaintain-Huitlacoche Stuffing, Mexican Chorizo Potatoes and Fall Roasted Vegetables, or Enchiladas de Pavo with pulled roasted turkey, topped with mestiza crema and orange-spiced crispy Brussels sprouts; and Empanadas de Manzana for dessert, filled with apples and cranberries and topped with vanilla ice cream. Guests can imbibe a special Thanksgiving cocktail: Blood Orange Cranberry Margarita with housemade cranberry bitters.  www.rosamexicano.com

This Thanksgiving, Michelin-starred chef Eduard Frauneder is serving an Austrian-inspired Thanksgiving feast at the Village’s Edi & the Wolf for $63 that includes. Choose Blue Hubbard Squash Ravioli, Salad with Boursin and acorn squash, or Potato Leek Soup to start. Your entree will be either a traditional Roasted Turkey with stuffing or Braised Short Rib with pommes puree, chanterelles and garlic brown butter. For the table, you’ll enjoy maple whipped sweet potato and roasted Brussels sprouts. Desserts are the restaurant’s wonderful apple strudel or a traditional Thanksgiving pumpkin pie. http://www.ediandthewolf.com

Remember New York City’s Oystering Prowess with a special Thanksgiving and Oyster dinner at Maison Premiere the James Beard Award-winning oyster house and cocktail den of Williamsburg has Chef Lisa Giffen, who has worked under such esteemed chefs at Daniel Boulud and Alain Ducasse, at the helm. This Thanksgiving, Maison Premiere offers a three-course prix fixe turkey dinner for $75/person A selection of fresh-from-the-sea oysters will be available à la carte, a wonderful starter to Butternut Squash Veloute with truffle whipped cream and balsamic; or Foie Torchon with fig compote and pistachio appetizers. The mains offer a seafood choice, Turkey Breast with a less-traditional turkey leg roulade with liver and Mirliton stuffing, or Housemade Pasta with chicken liver, Treviso and Fresno chilies. Desserts are both French and American in spirit, with a choice of Pumpkin Pecan Tart or Rhum Cannelles. www.maisonpremiere.com

Fall Foodie Events in Brooklyn and Manhattan

A beer party and three food benefits highlight this fall’s NYC culinary calendar. Buy your tickets early for these highly anticipated annual events.

Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer FestivalBrooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival, September 27; Here’s a festival you don’t want to miss if you love beer. At the Village Voice’s fourth annual curated Brooklyn Pour craft beer tasting event, you’ll sample more than 100 craft beers from New York and beyond. Seasonal, micro and reserve brews will be featured. To make the event even more enjoyable, there will be live music, a food court, and your own tasting souvenir glass. Doors open at 2pm, but you can come any time until 6pm. Tickets are priced from $55-$85. Location: Skylight One Hanson, One Hanson Place, Fort Greene, Brooklyn. http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/643263

Gohan Society Aki MatsuriGohan Society Aki Matsuri, October 9; At this delicious evening, The Gohan Society invites all to sample exciting Japanese-inspired dishes as part of their mission to foster an understanding and appreciation of Japan’s culinary heritage in the U.S.  You’ll enjoy cuisine from twelve of New York’s finest restaurants: All’onda, Blue Ribbon, Boulud Sud, Gramercy Tavern, Hakata Tonton, Jean Georges, Morimoto, Nobu, Park Avenue Autumn, Ramen Co. By Keizo Shimamoto, Red Rooster Harlem, and The Sea Grill. The annual fundraiser also includes a silent auction with many culinary items. 6:30pm – 9:30pm. Location: Brooklyn Brewery, 79 N 11 Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. http://gohansociety.org/event/akimatsuri/

Food Network New York City Wine and Food FestivalFood Network New York City Wine and Food Festival, October 16-19; The four-day food extravaganza invites you to select from a broad range of events hosted by some of the country’s greatest chefs, food writers, editors, winemakers and food personalities. Programs range from dinners and tastings to seminars, panels, and master cooking classes. Presented by Food & Wine magazine, this is the only event that brings together legendary culinary icons from around the world and America’s favorite television chefs. Proceeds benefit the community-based, hunger relief programs of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign and Food Bank for New York City. Locations vary. http://www.nycwff.org/

MeatopiaMeatopia, October 19; Included this year as part of the New York City Wine and Food Festival, Meatopia is the world’s pre-eminent meat happening.  Starring the country’s greatest meat chefs, the Carnivore’s Ball will be held from 4pm-7pm on the last day of the festival. Location: Esurance Rooftop at Pier 92, 52nd Street and West Side Highway, Manhattan. http://nycwff.org/event_detail.php?id=163

It’s the Beginning of Summertimes Food Events: Happy Memorial Day

You know summer’s just around the corner in New York when deciding what to eat for lunch becomes your toughest decision all day. Food trucks are all the rage, and for good reason, since they take all the work out of finding good food around the city. With such a wide variety of vendors popping up at events around NYC, you’re guaranteed a mouth-watering meal, so forget run-of-the-mill and grab some grub at one of these food truck festivals! Go early and bring friends so you can try several dishes:

Mad Sq. Eats

Food truck vendors at Mad. Sq. Eats, presented by UrbanSpace and the Madison Square Park Conservancy, (http://urbanspacenyc.com/mad-sq-eats/) have been serving up dishes made from local produce and fresh ingredients since early May, and there’s still one more week to catch this pop-up shop before it hits the road until next year. Try new dishes created by some of NYC’s most celebrated chefs as you stroll through Worth Square, located near Manhattan’s iconic Madison Square Park.

Feeling hungry and adventurous, but not sure what to eat? Sample one of ilili’s contemporary Lebanese and Mediterranean dishes, or try arancini – deep fried rice balls served with various toppings – a traditional Sicilian street food from Arancini Bros. And there are plenty of sweets to go around at Mad. Sq. Eats, too: cool off with an ice cream sandwich from Melt Bakery, home to New York’s first ice cream sandwich store, or grab an ice pop made with fresh, local fruits from People’s Pops.

Mad. Sq. Eats is open daily from 11am-9pm until May 31, at Worth Square (located directly adjacent to Madison Square Park on the intersection of Broadway, 5th Ave. and 25th St). Here’s the full list of vendors:

New:

Third Rail Coffee

Dreamscoops Ice Cream

Sunday Gravy NYC

SEOUL LEE KOREAN BAR B CUE

Eleni’s New York

Mason Jar NYC

Mrs. Dorsey’s Kitchen

MMM ENFES

Returning:

Arancini Bros.

ASIADOG

Bar Suzette

CALEXICO

Charlito’s Cocina

Graffiti / Mehtaphor

Hong Kong Street Cart

ilili

La Sonrisa Empanadas

Macaron Parlour

Mayhem & Stout

Melt Bakery

Mexicue

Mighty Balls

Mimi and Coco NY

Momofuku Milk Bar

Nunu Chocolates

Red Hook Lobster Pound

Roberta’s

Stuffed Artisan Cannoli

The Cannibal

people’s pops

Smorgasburg

100 to 115 food truck vendors from NYC and around the world are gathering every Saturday and Sunday this summer for Smorgasburg, a Brooklyn Flea Food Market (http://www.smorgasburg.com/). Both the locations (Williamsburg and DUMBO) andthe cuisine ensure a trendy experience.

New vendors in this year’s lineup include Scharf & Zoyer, famous for their noodle-kugel sandwiches, and Deji, where you can nosh on Korean pub food favorites and foie gras beignets. Looking for the ultimate indulgence? A plate of nachos at El Gato Nacho should do the trick. Satisfy your sweet tooth with peach cobbler crumb cheesecake from BITEME Cheesecake or some decadent cake truffles from CakeBites .

The Smorgasburg lineup changes throughout the season, so this one’s worth checking out more than once! Here’s the full list of vendors that will make an appearance this summer: http://www.smorgasburg.com/vendors.

When/Where:

Saturdays from 11am-6pm at East River State Park (Kent Ave. and N. 7 St.) on the Williamsburg waterfront;

Sundays from 11am-6pm on the DUMBO waterfront at the historic Tobacco Warehouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Valentine’s Day 2013 — Brooklyn Dining Choices

Valentine’s Day dining is a tradition in New York City.  Most restaurants offer something special, be it a special menu, complimentary flowers or chocolates, or red and pink cocktails.  Sometimes a burst of creativity spawns other distinctive romantic twists.

We begin our 2013 picks with four fun and romantic choices in Brooklyn, evenings that are designed to further ignite your inner Cupid.  Don’t wait long to book – space is limited on this prime “date night.”

La Gringa Taqueria, Williamsburg

Movie evenings are a key part of the dining experience at this Cali-style Mexican.  Valentine’s Day is no different, and the February 14 screening will be Baz Luhrmann’s “Romeo + Juliet,” shown under the Army tent in the restaurant’s backyard.  A wood-burning stove heats the space which is kitted out with comfortable seating.  Just bring your gloves if you’re prone to chills.  Movie tickets and hot chocolate are free; nachos, tacos. quesadillas and burritos are available for purchase, all made with sustainable ingredients.  The movie starts at 7:30pm and reservations are strongly suggested.

www.gringataqueria.com, 800 Grand Street, Brooklyn, 718.388.0055
 

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