05/22/15 10:30am
Swan Dive, opening on the banks of the beautiful Gowanus Canal, opens to the public on Tuesday. Photo: Swan Dive

Swan Dive, opening on the banks of the beautiful Gowanus Canal, opens to the public on Tuesday. Photo: Swan Dive

One of our favorite times of year is when the weather warms up enough to sip a cold drink, preferably alcoholic, at an outdoor bar. Over the years we’ve shared our appreciation for these al fresco drinking establishments through extensive guides, filled with recommendations for everyone from beer nerds to those seeking room for 10 of your closest friends. This year, we’re just focusing on the brand-new spots we’re excited to hit up all summer. Note–shameless plug–two of these bars are part of our Total Gowanus Immersion June 6. (more…)

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05/04/15 9:00am

Sometime in the last decade, the day celebrating the Battle of Puebla became a major event on the American calendar, morphing from an obscure Mexican holiday into a beer commercial-fueled, Latin take on St. Patrick’s Day. The celebrations of Mexican-American heritage around these parts are usually about as subtle as a keg of green beer, and if you’re over the age of 22 you probably don’t want to go to a bar in Manhattan tomorrow night. But Brooklyn has seen a bevy of authentic new Mexican spots open in the past couple of years, so perhaps Cinco de Mayo can also serve as an ideal time to check a few of these places out. Here’s your guide to the newest and more noteworthy Brooklyn Mexican restaurants on our radar, so you can celebrate with an epic taco crawl this Tuesday. (And fine, maybe a frozen margarita or ten.) For more inspiration, consider these special dinners and parties planned for tomorrow; our taco guide for every taste bud; and our favorite Prospect Heights Mexican restaurant. (more…)

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