Brooklyn Food & Drink Round-Up


Photo by Jackie Neale Chadwick for Dram.

New Food Menus at Dram and Blue Bottle
Dram owner Tom Chadwick told Grub Street that his cocktail bar will be launching a small plates menu in January — “just interesting bites that you can have with your drink.” Plus, T Magazine says that Blue Bottle is now serving pastries, such as absinthe biscotti, Brooklyn Brewery stout cake, and “a s’more comprised of a homemade honey-scented graham cracker, dark-chocolate ganache and a moonshine-tinged marshmallow.”

A New and Noteworthy Burger
Williasmburg’s Fatty ‘Cue has added a burger to its late-night, lunch, and brunch menus, and according to Grub Street, it involves “a house blend with smoked coriander bacon, smoked Cheddar, lettuce, green tomato, red onion, pickle, aïoli, and chile jam.” We’ll settle for a no-frills Dram Shop burger any day, but as far as fancy burgers go, this one sounds pretty delicious.

Brooklyn’s Best Mexican Breakfast?
Chowhounds are buzzing about the best spots for authentic chilaquiles or huevos rancheros in Park Slope, Sunset Park, or elsewhere. So far, suggestions include Lopez Bakery (on 5th Avenue and 18th Street), Ricos Tacos/Piaxtla es Mexico (51st Street near 5th Avenue), Tulcingo Deli (5th Avenue at 55th), Los Tres Portillos (4th Avenue and 39th), and Nuevo Mexico (on 5th between 11th and 12th). Any other recommendations?

After the jump: Holiday pies on pre-order, and a thumbs up for Lady Jay’s…

No Time to Bake?
Some good news from Four & Twenty Blackbirds, via Grub Street: “The Gowanus shop that drew Shake Shackian, first-come first-served lines before Thanksgiving, is currently accepting web orders for four varieties, including bittersweet-chocolate pecan, cranberry-sage, and salty-honey (no substitutions or special requests). Orders may be placed at the shop’s website and must be picked up during designated time slots between December 21 and 24.”

Recently Reviewed: Lady Jay’s
633 Grand St (between Leonard St and Manhattan Ave) Williamsburg;
(718) 387-1029

Lady Jay’s, the most recent addition to Grand Street’s parade of cheap watering holes, has that whiskey-soaked je ne sais quoi we like in a no-nonsense drinkery. It’s a back-to-basics play for owner and barkeep Sam Mason, the tattooed toque who made his name turning out challenging fare like maple-poached snails alongside Eben Freeman’s boundary-pushing cocktails at the now-defunct Tailor.” [Time Out New York]

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