Celestine in DUMBO

mixing drinks at the celestine bar

I’ve always thought of DUMBO as home to the scrappier, Millennial set – after all, a lot of startups are based out of there, and it’s also where Dan Humphrey the “poor” kid on Gossip Girl lived. So it took me by surprise to see such a polished and grown-up restaurant like Celestine open up here. When you step into the beautiful space and marvel at the stunning waterfront views, you don’t feel like you’re in Brooklyn at all. Maybe a high-end Los Angeles or Chicago restaurant, because there’s just so much space and there’s sophisticated jazz playing in the background, which is not something you come across all that often in Brooklyn. Celestine was clearly designed with the intent of being an impressive destination restaurant, and it succeeds, drawing guests from beyond the local Brooklyn Millennials judging by the well-heeled couples and families taking their seats on a recent Sunday evening.Read More

Spicy Thai at Ugly Baby in Carroll Gardens

ugly baby in carroll gardens

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen at Ugly Baby, which cranks out some of the spiciest Thai food you will ever eat in New York City. Chef Sirichai Sreparplarn intentionally keeps the spice levels high to authentically reflect how food is seasoned in Thailand, and guests must accept the dishes as is with no modifications. There’s heat in almost every single item, so get ready to sweat it out and down pitchers of water if dinner here is in the cards in the near future.Read More

Sunday in Brooklyn – Williamsburg

sunday in brooklyn is the place to be

Sunday in Brooklyn sounds like the idea for a perfect afternoon, and eating at this airy, picturesque restaurant in Williamsburg lives up to that promise. The premises are beautiful, particularly the second floor, which looks like it was furnished by the stylish team at The Line. The people watching is prime, as it attracts a clientele of trendy Millennials and hip Brooklyn families, a good mix that makes for a lively atmosphere that never veers into obnoxiousness. Most importantly, the food is very good, which is to be expected from a restaurant run by an Atera alum.Read More

Mister Dips Food Truck in Brooklyn

Nothing says summer nostalgia like an ice cream truck. Or even better, one that also makes amazing burgers and fries. For all us city folk who don’t have a car or a backyard garden, Mister Dips lets us live out the good old days of driving to Dairy Queen or the beach food shack by serving an all American menu from its trailer, which is parked out on the roof Vale Park, a two-story structure that’s a part of the Williams Vale Hotel in Williamsburg. It’s the latest project from Andrew Carmellini, who normally helms fancier restaurants like Locanda Verde and The Dutch, but according to him, all chefs secretly want a food truck.Read More