In theory, I appreciate the concept of the tasting menu as an opportunity to sample several of a chef’s best dishes in one sitting, but the actual execution of these exploratory suppers tends to be expensive, which is why I was stoked to learn about Chez Jose. Twice a week, on Thursday and Friday nights, chefs Jose Ramirez-Ruiz and Pam Yung, who honed their culinary skills in local spots like Isa, Brooklyn Fare, Roberta’s and Per Se, prepare a multi-course menu of seven or eight courses from fresh, local produce at a pop-up restaurant located at 160 Havemeyer St. in the former Lake Trout space. The entire meal costs $55 (not including tip) and is BYOB. The couple offers two tastings a night at 7pm and 9:15pm and every meal comes with a basket of fresh-baked bread Yung makes in-house that’s worth the prix-fixe price tag all on its own. Ramirez-Ruiz, who oversees the pig roats at Crown Victoria in the summer, says they typically cap their tastings at 13 people each, so plan ahead and get in your reservation now because their restaurant is already booked solid through December, making it the latest in Brooklyn’s long-standing tradition of events and restaurants that sell out months in advance. –JG
Make yourself a cherry pie, whether or not you’re a Twin Peaks fanatic prepping for the return of the Agent Cooper, Sheriff Truman and the Double R Diner.
From bike parties to floating food forests, there’s a ton of great events to enjoy this week, but you’re forgiven if you just want to skip to Twin Peaks.
Some say that the neighborhood restaurant is a dying breed in New York City. Not at River Deli, which is not a deli at all, in Brooklyn Heights.
Emma Straub opened an indie bookstore called Books Are Magic, joining a distinguished group of independent booksellers in Brooklyn. These are our faves.
Yes, the White House sent an email introducing the American people to a bunny named Marlon Bundo today. There’s also plenty of fun to be had this week.