For this round of Tent’s ‘The List,’ my dining companion and I went to Cobble Hill’s La Vara, a tapas-ish restaurant that attempts to bring some of Spain’s Sephardic-Jewish and Moorish-Islamic culinary history to Brooklyn. Is this the case? Read our recap conversation and decide for yourself:
Dirt Candy, like most buzzed-about restaurants, has a niche. In this case, it helps to be vegetarian. However, the excitement surrounding it and its inventive dishes is so great that the gauntlet has been thrown down to see if it can surprise and delight those of us who are merely veggie-appreciative (and maybe even the carnivorous die-hards).
From lone pushcart, to storied storefront, and now a hyped and gleaming cafe. In 100 years, Russ and Daughters has come a long way. I visited their new, tastefully retro-yet-modern establishment on Orchard Street with a fellow Tent alum late in the evening this week. Late enough, in fact, that the Houston Street shop had closed and Russ scion co-owner, author and foodie celeb Nikki Russ Federman was flitting about the new location, hugging staff and schmoozing with patrons.