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Andy L’s Proletariat Yelp page just saved my life.

Posted in art, Food, Guide to What's Good with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 26, 2009 by thebrooklynsocialite

Just when I thought that I would drown in the post-bullshit of NYC, after a weekend of overpriced and over SALTED dinner at Blue Hill restaurant (which by the way claims to be awesome, and local and multiple-star, but actually is just a salt paddy with really snobby people inside of it), artstar self-importance, tonight at a DEITCH opening, which required a trek to LIC and seemed to be more about the scene than the medium, errant roommates that don’t pay their bills and even fake-farmers-market-hippies who sell milk at the farmers market and are obviously fake hippies, because they’re not even nice! After all of this, I discovered Andy L, on a trackback mission from here, my blog spot, to Bed-Stuy Banana, then finally to Andy L. Every so often, I make a virtual friend, who doesn’t know me yet, and Andy is one such friend.

Not only is he subverting the culture sufficiently by using yelp as his blog, like that poet who Amazon reviews like it’s her job, but he, like me, has a crush on that Hasidic Bartender who works at Sputnik. Yes Andy, I agree:

“Dear Hasidic Waiter at Sputnik,

You’re a darling of a man. You’ve changed the way I think about Sputnik. I used to hate Sputnik…..I’m not sure where to go from here. I don’t want to come on too strong and seem like a creep, although I pretty much am a creep. For now, I guess I’ll do what I always do with a crush; stare at them awkwardly, possibly mumble something incoherent, and run away. Maybe it’s for the best.

As for Sputnik Bar itself, I don’t really like it there. Like I mentioned earlier, I hate Pratt and the Taaffe Lofts.” read more

But don’t stop there that is just the tip of the iceberg, he reviews every single place in the neighborhood from Tip Top Bar, which he loves to Home Depot, which he hates, not forgeting to discuss schools, fried chicken joints, dry cleaners and all manner of place in between. That’s art Dietch.

Bedstuy, Clinton Hill, FT Greene Cafe Contest- BS rundown

Posted in Guide to What's Good with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2008 by thebrooklynsocialite

I have been long been meaning to do a little size-up comparison of the cafes in this hood. As the Brooklyn Socialite and a writer, let me assure you that I spend many a daytime hour in cafes so I should know a bit about them by now.

We have already talked about Choice– which is where I am now PS- definitely the best option in terms of food, coffee, deserts. In terms of hang out spot though, they get a lower score. Yes wifi, but no, the feeling that its cool to hang out all day on your laptop- it’s a bustling place, people are constantly online to get bread and savorys to take home or eat quickly on one of the outside benches. Another minus is no alcohol, sometimes an afternoon beer helps you get by, what can I say?

Then there is Tiny Cup this was my favorite for a long time until it became clear that the always fresh batch of new staff members would just never stop messing up orders. The amount of times I found jam on my bagel instead of butter, yogurt on my fruit bowl and coconut after I asked for without, or got someone else’s order all together is too many to count. What’s Worse, I have more than once been given food that wasn’t quite fresh enough. Beyond these major faux pas the good things are, the owner Lisa is really sweet and i like her. The crowd that hangs there is often cool, friendly and comfortable. This is def a laptop friendly spot, frequented by work-from-homers. Wifi yes and reasonable prices too.

Which brings me to Outpost. The best things about outpost are 1. spacious outdoor, smoker friendly garden seating and 2. They serve alcohol, beer, wine, even rum and they do really nice fruit juices to boot. Other perks are that they have young gay owners, host cool events like DJ and open mic poetry nights, have wifi and lots of laptop plugs, and similar to Tiny Cup a daytime mostly independent worker crowd. That said, the drawbacks are not very good food, some of it is pretty shocking, coffee that could be better and sometimes the feeling that it is too crowded. Maybe they could  spread the tables out a little more?

Then there is Breadstuy which hardly deserves a mention. The main pluses are WiFi, friendly staff and cool clientèle, but the coffee and food are so universally bad that it’s hard to go there for any significant period of time.

The last of the best,( bear in mind that all of the aforementioned cafes represent the best options in  daytime hood cafe chilling/working) is Smooch. A bit of a haul from where I live, but they have coffee, good smoothies, and alcohol! Plus some cruisy outdoor seating. The staff alternate between being awesome and surly, but try your luck. When I was last in the WiFi situation was indefinite so will have to check back and gauge whether or not this can really be a work spot. It’s good for a coffee date though.

If you know a place in the hood that you reckon deserves a spot on this list, please let me know!