Where To Eat Post-Hurricane Sandy

Now that the city is trying to get back in the swing of things after Frankenstorm, restaurants too are reopening their shuttered doors to diners sick of chowing on canned beans and tortilla chips. But not every eatery is in on the game, for some, Sandy was one guest they could have done without.

First up, the scenic River Café, which, while the view is lovely from its waterside vantage, proved devastating during the storm. The estimated damage is in the millions, and owner Buzzy O’Keeffe said it would be weeks, even months, until they are able to open again. The Huffington Post has a detailed slide show of the spoils.

Speaking of spoils, the food that went bad when the power outage in Manhattan was another causality. Joe Bastianich and Mario Batali’s six restaurants were all shut down, including Del Posto, Eataly, and Babbo. The food loss on that hit—around $50,000. Secretly, I was glad the Waterfront Ale House in Kips Bay lost power, since, in my selfish brain, that meant my boyfriend who is the sous chef there couldn’t work. But, since owner Sam Barbieri has a Brooklyn Heights location to schlep the food to, the boy will be cooking up a nicer, more people-friendly storm there today, which means you can go eat there, too.

Don’t expect to be hitting up Red Hook’s Fort Defiance, Red Hook Lobster Pound, or Brooklyn Ice House. Unfortunately, that area was beat pretty hard. DUMBO also received damage as long-standing Bubby’s is hurting today, as well as newcomer Governor, which won’t be opening any time soon and a rep reported they estimate there is $200,000 in damages.

Now, the good news. While there were plenty of Sandy casualties, and power remains out in some neighborhoods, many places are up and running. Both New York Magazine’s Grub Street and Eater NY have maps and updated lists of open restaurants. Also, I know for a fact bars and eateries in Fort Greene, Bed-Stuy, and Prospect Heights are all fine and serving. If you are in Queens, or can get to Queens, Studio Square is open and advertising its available space for any post-apocalyptic parties you might need/want to have.  

And while we are on the subject of parties, it is Halloween (even if the authorities say they postponed it), so work off some of that cabin fever and celebrate. Personally, since I am stuck in Brooklyn, I plan on making the trek to Williamsburg for a little spooky skeeball and canned beer at Full Circle Bar, after that, wherever the non-threatening wind will take me. 

Four Ways to Eat and Party Your Way Through Labor Day Weekend

Is it truly that time again? For you summer-loving folk out there yes, unfortunately Labor Day weekend is upon us and the end of the season is nigh. But, just because the good times must end, doesn’t mean you can’t go out with a bang, starting tomorrow at Pig Island, an all-out pork fest invading Governor’s Island. This epic event features 80 locally sourced hogs cooked up by 25 chefs including Pork Slope’s Dale Talde, King Phojanakong of Umi Nom and Kuma Inn, Sam Barbieri of Waterfront Ale House, and Jimmy Carbone of Jimmy’s NO. 43. Beer from Sixpoint Brewery will be flowing, as well as New York Wines. For $85 you get all this, plus live music and a trip on the ferry.

Saturday brings you Mr. Sunday Night, the outdoor dance party by Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin. There, you can stuff your face with tacos by Country Boys and down a ton of beer as you shake your booty from 3 to 9pm. On Monday, you can party down at two hip Brooklyn spots, starting at Roberta’s in Bushwick for their Labor Jams from 2pm to 6pm. DJ Mikhail Z and Joe Cristando will be spinning the beats as the staff whips up tacos and pours copious amounts of beer. Starting at 5pm, the boys of Do or Dine in Bed-Stuy host, Rub-A-Grub. Teaming up with Sound Liberation Front, they will not only feature an array of tasty appetizers and drinks, but music by Rich Medina and Queen Majesty. Let the, um, labor begin.