Raaka Chocolate will be at Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Chile Pepper Fiesta on Saturday, Oct. 1
Photo by Mike Gripp, courtesy of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
BROOKLYN FOOD NEWS
by Carroll Gardens Food Writer Erin Behan
Our restaurant and bar explosion continues.
As long ago reported by the VV’s Fork in the Road, the former Coffee Den is now part of Neil Ganic’s Union and Hicks holdings in Carroll Gardens (the other being Petite Crevette around the corner). The wine bar was open Saturday night with live jazz playing and patrons spilling onto the sidewalk. It’s called The Flying Lobster (rehash for yourself why that’s funny — Ganic once made headlines for allegedly throwing a lobster on a customer’s table after the customer complained — at Eater) and is currently serving eight reds and eight whites.
The Flying Lobster on Union/BQE. A welcome wine dive.
New Sottocasa Pizzeria in Boerum Hill on Atlantic serves Neapolitan style pizza, cooked in a wood-fired oven, and is reportedly family-friendly. There’s a back garden, and lunch service starts on Oct. 3.
The owner of Black Mountain Wine House is planning a similar restaurant for 204 Sackett Street near Henry in Carroll Gardens. CG Patch
Cobble Hill can look forward to the opening of Battersby, a venture from Joseph Ogrodnek (Gramercy Tavern, The Mark) and Walker Stern (The Vanderbilt in Prospect Heights). The two are planning to transform the old Patois space at 255 Smith Street into a contemporary American restaurant in mid-October. Zagat
The South Brooklyn Bagel Cafe has opened in Red Hook at that oddball intersection on Hamilton Avenue between Van Brunt and Columbia streets. It’s open 24 hours for all your off-hours, bagel-craving needs. Brownstoner
This year’s Vendy Awards winner is Brooklyn’s own Solber Pupusas.
Sahadi’s has received approval to connect its two Atlantic Avenue storefronts. CG Patch
BROOKLYN FOOD EVENTS
If you like it hot, don’t miss Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Chile Pepper Fiesta on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Among the enticements: eight bands from chile-loving regions of the world and a Chile Chocolate Takedown (photo, top).
The always worth checking out Atlantic Antic happens Sunday, Oct. 2, from noon to 6 p.m., with food, wares and entertainment lining Atlantic Avenue from Hicks Street to Fourth Avenue.
Strap on your lederhosen, Prime Meats is hosting its third annual Oktoberfest this Sunday. Enjoy bratwurst, schnitzel, oysters, Sixpoint brew, hot cider and apfelstrudel in the Frankie’s Sputino garden on Oct. 2 from noon to 5 p.m.
Plan ahead: Get tickets now to the Food Film Fest, Oct .13-16. It’s not in Brooklyn, but how often does one see a film festival devoted to food on film? Highlights include the Food Porn Party.