04/19/16 12:21pm

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It can take a lot to entice New Yorkers to leave their own neighborhood on a gorgeous weekend afternoon. But our Immersion series with Brooklyn Brewery has done just that for the past six years. Every spring, summer and fall we find four neighborhoods with great bars, restaurants and shops and plan a perfect day out for you and your friends.

Here are the places we’ll be immersing ourselves in this year:

The Total Cobble Hill Immersion, Saturday, May 21
The Total Long Island City Immersion, Saturday, June 4
The Total Red Hook Immersion, Saturday, July 9
The Total Clinton Hill Immersion, Saturday, Sept. 24

Every Immersion goer gets an envelope of “walking around money”—Monopoly-like bills that you can spend that day on four Brooklyn beers and your choice of lunch, for only $25 (which, let’s face it, is less than you’d pay for a boozy brunch). You’ll find a ton of neighborhood deals in your envelope, too.

We’re kicking things off in Cobble Hill, where we’ll be looping around the longtime family-run stores and newer bars, shops and restaurants of Court Street and Smith Street. We’ve been sad to see some of Smith St.’s pioneers forced out by rising rents and to hear of closures even in the midst of planning this Immersion. So consider this a perfect excuse to fill the local businesses with us—and day drink, of course—on Saturday, May 21!

The crawl begins at 61 Local at noon, where your first Brooklyn beer will be waiting for you (and lunch, too, if you like–you pick where you want to eat when you purchase a ticket). We’ll also be awarding prizes, including brunch for two at Vekslers, a travel gift set from Diptyque and a Brooklyn Brewery beach towel, to random ticketholders who arrive before 1pm to pick up their Immersion money.

From there, head to Angry Wade’s, Buschenshank and Fawkner for more beer and food, or eat lunch at Lobo or Red Star instead. Along the way, score as many deals as you can from longtime businesses like Paisanos and Court Street Pastry Shop to new favorites like Van Leeuwen and Shen. (See below for the full list.)

Get a ticket now, and go ahead and secure your spot on all of our 2016 immersions. We’ve got a limited number of “Immersion season passes” for $75—a $25 savings.

20 Total Cobble Hill Immersion deals for $25:
-1 free beer at 61 Local
-1 free beer at Angry Wade’s
-1 free beer at Buschenshank
-1 free beer at Fawkner
-Lunch at either 61 Local, Fawkner, Lobo or Red Star
-$3 beers at Jakewalk
-$3 beer at Vekslers
-20% off cheese at Stinky Bklyn
-20% off all purchases at Woods Grove
-a gift with any purchase at Habit
-free brow shaping or tinting at Shen
-a free small pastry when you purchase one of the same value at Court Pastry Shop
-free bottle of housemade BBQ at Paisanos Meat Market with purchase of $20 or more
-large ice cream for price of a small at Van Leeuwen
-20% off any purchase of $100 or more at Roux Roux Gallery
-Free deluxe travel-sized Eau de Toilette with any purchase at Diptyque
-10% discount on Clare V. goods and free monogramming with purchase of any Clare V. bag
-25% of any cookies, bars and whoopie Pies at One Girl Cookies
-Two slices and a soda for $5 at Layla Jones
-Buy a taco, get a second for $2 at Fatty Daddy Taco

RSVP on Facebook and get your tickets!

02/02/15 9:28am

There aren’t many new restaurants opening their doors in New York during this frigid season, but one that did–June Wine Bar, which debuted in Cobble Hill this past week–managed to temporarily make me appreciate winter.

Taking over the Court Street space formerly home to Van Horn Sandwich Shop, the team behind June (which includes Henry Rich of Rucola and Tom Kearney of the Farm on Adderly) have given the space a serious overhaul, with a dimly lit, Paris-in-the-20s look that I think should get an award for feeling appropriately Brooklyn-y without using a single Edison bulb.

June Wine Bar, a newcomer on Court Street (Photo: June Wine Bar)

June Wine Bar is a newcomer on Court Street that recently opened in the space formerly occupied by Van Horn Sandwich. Photo: June Wine Bar

The space is warm and cozy and just a little bit sleek, in every way that a wine bar should be, and of course there’s a very wide selection of bottles, with a solid variety of options by the glass and quartino. The focus is on European wines, with darlings of the natural and biodynamic wine world like Olivier Cousin and Herve Souhaut gracing the list, along with some culty grower Champagnes, a pet nat or two, and a few American selections as well.  However, I was a bit surprised that the food stood out even more than the drinks here. The menu of small plates has a healthy mix of meat- and veggie-centric options, while the assorted ingredients listed are often obscure enough to make even very dedicated foodies head straight to Google. (more…)

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07/23/13 1:00pm
Thu July 25, 2013
Carton Brewing takes to the taps at 61 Local in Cobble Hill this Thursday for a brewer's beer-tasting event.

Carton Brewing takes to the taps at 61 Local in Cobble Hill this Thursday for a brewer’s beer-tasting event.

Did you think that a backyard seafood cookout, where red and white checkered plastic tablecloths drape over picnic tables laden with lobster crackers and bowls of drawn butter were the only setting for steamed clams? Yeah, me too. On Thursday, July 25, Carton Brewing invades the taps at 61 Local to prove us narrow-minded quaffers wrong (RSVP here). The gentlemen at the helm of this independent, Atlantic Highlands, N.J. brewing company will be on hand with their standby brews and latest creations–including Digger, a summer ale inspired by the local New Jersey fishing industry–along with some seasonal seafood snacks to complement the suds. Digger brings the flavors of salty steamers and tangy lemongrass to your tastebuds; this is a small batch beer that won’t outlive the summer heat, so grab a pint before it’s gone.