Junios Cheesecake Brooklyn

Brooklyn has something of a reputation as an incubator for creative talent and eclectic eats. Sure, we’re all happy when an iconic Manhattan biz like Katz’s Deli or Russ & Daughters decides to cross the East River, but an even bigger trend at the moment is the national expansion of much-loved Brooklyn brands.

Junior’s Cheesecake — a true borough mainstay — has had outposts in Times Square and Grand Central for years. But the famous bakery and its mouth-watering desserts are making a big play for the national spotlight. (more…)

DeKalb Market Hall Brooklyn Hard Hat Tour

“I think Brooklyn deserves all this,” said DeKalb Market Hall managing partner Anna Castellani as she guided Brownstoner on a hard-hat tour of the subterranean cafeteria. Beneath the mixed-use behemoth of Downtown Brooklyn’s second City Point tower, a sprawling food market is quickly taking shape. (more…)


The Finch in Clinton Hill. Photo via The Finch

In New York, it’s not just the people who evolve: our restaurants, too, are ever changing, especially when looking at a multi-century timeline.

Native New Yorker Victoria Flexner, co-founder of the Brooklyn-based “historical supper club,” research lab and test kitchen Edible History, is giving a Brooklyn Brainery lecture on the history of New York’s restaurants from the early 19th century on. (more…)

Ample Hills

The path to success isn’t always obvious. When Brian Smith reached 40 years of age, he quit his job writing low-budget monster movies, took a weeklong ice cream chemistry course at Penn State, and co-founded — with his wife, Jackie Cuscuna — what has grown into the Ample Hills Creamery empire.

It was, to say the least, a very profitable midlife crisis. (more…)