Avocado lovers can now pilgrimage to the world’s first avocado bar Avocaderia, a chapel-sized spot devoted to avo-toasts, avo-salads, avo-smoothies and more. Located inside the six million square foot waterfront development known as Industry City in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, the bar has been making splashes in recent months for it’s niche market and infamous Avoburger. I went to see what all the excitement was about.
The power of fresh flowers is palpable at ceremonies like weddings. Being on the receiving end of just a single rose can fill you with jubilation. Ironically enough, so can an ice cold beer during a heat wave. Brooklyn’s Sycamore Flowershop + Bar has fused these feel goods into one chill spot. There’s even a Beer + Bouquet special for $10!
As the colder months paralyze with biting cold, dwindling daylight and wintry precipitation, we find ways to stave off seasonal depression and the urge to Netflix for 12 hours. KAHVE coffee is helping New Yorkers during these harrowing times by combining two of life’s most comforting , heart-warming ingredients: red wine and hot chocolate.
Most of my weekends, “going out” consists of pre-gaming with several curated 6-packs from my local bodega. Then galavanting to the dive bar for ONE Sailor Jerry’s and ginger ale to mingle and maintain my buzz. However, being an adult means you can justify spending money on quality alcohol. I found myself in the mood to indulge one recent Sunday and while craft cocktails are easy to find in NYC, I wanted something elusive, interesting and different. The Chinatown speakeasy Apothēke seemed perfect. I had never been there but have always heard great things. Lucky for me it was the debut of their Absinthe night.
New York City is an incredible place for a lot of things…Fall isn’t one of them. While the rest of the Northeast is “leaf peeping” (a term that makes me violently uncomfortable), and humming along on tractor-drawn hayrides through uneven but charming orchard fields, picking crisp firm apples and shapely pumpkins to carve, New Yorkers continue to brunch. Bloody marys are for forgetting Fall-time FOMO. Growing up in Connecticut my feelings for pumpkins are border-line carnal, so it’s unacceptable to me that nearly everyone in the city has lost interest in the great Fall past-time of carving. You could imagine how stoked I was to discover Maniac Pumpkin Carvers, where the tradition is not only alive and well, but on steroids.
There are 2 kinds of people in this world: those who enjoy the light kick a DNA sample of Tabasco provides over a fresh egg scramble, and those who smother a hellish rain of hiccup-inducing habenero onto shitty happy hour wings. Regardless, the hot sauce landscape has been migrating away from haphazard supermarket choices to small-batch craft varieties, and at the helm of this revolution is Noah Chaimberg( right top photo) and Tyler McKusick ( left top photo). Noah and Tyler are the world’s first hot sauce sommeliers; and while the titles are self-appointed, when I met up with them at their Brooklyn-based hot sauce tasting room and store Heatonist, they gave me every reason to believe they’re well-deserved.