Brooklyn Smorgasburg and The Flea’s Winter Home

Beginning November 8th, Jonathan Butler and Eric Demby, co-founders of the outdoor food courts and markets, will be moving a similar version of The Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg to a 30,000 sq ft space on Dean Street in Crown Heights for the winter. The Dean St space is around the corner from their brand new beer and food hall, Berg’n. The winter market will have a very similar layout to the way it was set up in Williamsburg. Over 100 vendors from The Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg will be present in the space on 1000 Dean Street on weekends starting in November and running through till March 2015.

Commenting on the neighboring Berg’n, Jonathan Butler states, “We wanted to have a business that wasn’t just on weekends and wasn’t reliant on the weather.” Berg’n will have a similar feel in atmosphere as the outdoor markets. Eric Demby states, “I think people really appreciate the way we have kind of creatively transformed the feeling at the outdoor markets, which is impossible to concentrate into a brick-and-mortar space in the literal sense.”

To read more about the Flea and Smorgasburg’s vendors’ new winter home and the new Berg’n beer and food hall, click here

The Good Batch Bakery Opens in Clinton Hill

A new bakery, The Good Batch, opened September 9th in Clinton Hill. Some of you may be familiar with The Good Batch as their team has been present at Smorgasburg serving up delicious ice cream sandwiches. The Good Batch in Clinton Hill serves morning pastries, cakes, ice cream sandwiches and many other delightful sweets and treats. The bakery has also been working hard to grow their new wholesale line. The bakery has a small  cafe in the front of the shop that has been warmly welcoming neighbors since their opening.

Be sure to check out the shops latest ice cream sandwich creation from Sous Chef Chloe: The Crispy. The Crispy is a gluten-free caramel rice crispy cookie filled with vanilla ice cream. Other items on the menu this weekend include the Goodwich (oat chocolate chunk cookie, sea salt, drizzled fudge, vanilla ice cream), the gluten-free Almond Toffee (almond toffee macaroon, toasted almonds, burnt sugar caramel, toffee candy, vanilla ice cream) and the Coffee Caramel (brown butter salty cookie, caramel cream, crushed espresso beans, coffee ice cream).

To check out some pictures of The Good Batch at 936 Fulton Street and their goodies, click here

Welcome Autumn With Cider Doughnuts

With the change of seasons and arrival of Autumn comes a certain craving for all that is pumpkin spiced, but also for delicious apple cider doughnuts. If you are not able to take the trip upstate New York to try different farm stands’ delicious apple cider donuts, below is a selection of the best places to satisfy this seasonal craving right here in Manhattan. From food trucks to bakeries and green markets there are many spots to find cider doughnuts in the city.

  • Dough: This bakery can be found in Bed-Stuy, with a first Manhattan location in the works.  Dough is launching a pear-apple cider doughnut next month that promises to be very special.
  • Doughnuttery: This bakery can be found at pop ups such as Maddison Square Eats, but also has a home at the Chelsea Market. Doughnuts can be purchased by the bag in seasonal flavors such as tart mulled green apple or sweet red apple.
  • The Cinnamon Snail: This food truck actually carries a delicious cider doughnut year round! This prize-winning food truck makes their doughnut with local cider, fried in organic oil, and topped with cinnamon and sugar.
  • Carpe Donut: Another food truck, Carpe Donut came to New York last year and made its way into Cheap Eats 2013. You will be tempted by the FroDo, a doughnut sandwich with a vanilla ice cream middle. Follow @CarpeDonutNYC on Twitter to see when and where you can get your hands on a FroDo!

To see more places throughout New York to get your Fall Doughnut fix, click here

Single Concept MatchaBar in Williamsburg

Matcha is a powdered green tea that has almost as intense of an energy kick as caffeine. Additionally, the finely ground matcha powder is full of all the same nutritional benefits as green tea. This traditional Japanese drink is currently offered in a few Japanese coffee shops throughout Manhattan (for example Bosie Tea Parlor in the west village). Now, however, it can be found in the new single-concept MatchaBar that opened in Williamsburg!

Owners Max and Graham Fortgang (brothers) import matcha directly from farms in Nishio, Japan and have created a menu based around the matcha powder. A few items that can be found at MatchaBar include matcha lattes, matcha tea, and a few dessert and food items that include matcha in the recipes catered by Watty & Meg, a farm to table neighborhood restaurant in Cobble Hill.

Beginning in a few weeks, the MatchaBar space will also double as a speakeasy at night. Check out the space at  93 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn (near North 10th Street). To read more about the opening of MatchaBar and to view some photos of the food and beverages, click here

Russ & Daughters Uptown at The Jewish Museum

Russ & Daughters, the purveyor of Jewish-American foods on the Lower East Side, plans to open a cafe in the Jewish Museum uptown on 92nd St and 5th Avenue early next year. Recently, Russ & Daughters opened Russ & Daughters Cafe on East Houston St next to its flagship store. The new cafe at the museum will be on the lower level and will also have a retail counter. Claudia Gold, Museum director, describes her thoughts on Russ & Daughter, “They’re really hip, and we want to try to make Jewish hip. We feel like the brands align.”

Niki Russ Federman, an owner of Russ & Daughters, is also excited for the collaboration, “We’re both important cultural institutions. We want to preserve tradition yet move ahead, so there’s a synergy in our values.” The fare at the new shop in the museum will be kosher and will not require museum admission to enter.  The 75-seat sit-down kosher café will have a selection of Russ 7 Daughter classics such as bagels, egg creams, herring, knishes and traditional homemade breads.

To read more about the partnership between Russ & Daughters and the Jewish Museum, click here

Midtown Interactive Lunch Finder

Where should you grab lunch in Midtown today? DNAinfo New York has made it easy to choose! By launching an interactive food finder, the viewer will be able to navigate through the hundreds of restaurant and fast-casual eateries available in Midtown. The food finder first prompts the viewer to choose where they are located (midtown north, south, or east). Following this selection the food finder generates a list of different types of foods to help the viewer figure out what they are in the mood for (Mexican, Middle Easter, Soup/Salad, etc.). After the meal type is selected, the viewer is prompted to state their desired lunch budget, and the food finder will show a list of restaurants that meet the criteria.

For the initial rollout DNAinfo has included 36 popular Midtown eateries to choose from but the selection will continue to grow. The website also allows for the viewer to send along suggestions of good recommended lunch spots either by leaving a comment directly on the site or by letting them know via Twitter: New York.

To check out the interactive food finder for lunch in midtown click here!

Manhattan Food Halls

Brookfield Place, the upper level of the World Financial Center, houses Hudson Eats: a food hall consisting of 14 different eateries. Hudson Eats is not comparable to a food court, it is more upscale  with marble countertops, walnut furniture and custom light fixtures. Some of the eateries include known lunchtime establishments such as Num Pang sandwich shop or Black Seed Bagels, whom are both serving the same $10 meals that are found in their standalone shops. It is five times cheaper to be operating out of Hudson Eats than it is at a standalone shop.

Hudson Eats is one of the new food halls that are cropping up around the U.S and across the globe. These new “upgraded food courts” are targeted towards a white-collar working audience who seek an easy and appetizing lunch. Other food halls in Manhattan that are comparable to Hudson Eats include the Chelsea Market, Gotham West market, Plaza Food Hall, and Mario Batali’s Eataly. Rumor is that Anthony Bourdain also has plans to open an international street-eats bazaar. .

Edward Hogan, the national director of leasing at Brookfield Office Properties who own Hudson Eats. has stated, “This customer is more educated…they want fast casual food, and they want to be impressed.” To read more about the Food Hall trend in Manhattan, click here


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