Where I’ve Been Lately: June 2014

Note: I travel a lot for work (and really, just personally as well) so I started a new series here highlighting quick posts on where I’ve eaten lately that is worth noting. Although it’s not a full blown review, if you will, it will include iPhone photos, tips, and favorite restaurants I’ve hit along my travel.

Red Bank, New Jersey | Good Karma Vegan Cafe | 17 East Front Street:

Red Bank is a great, little spot on the Jersey coast. I love how Carlo’s Bakery has a location there and Long Branch, NJ a neighbor of Red Bank is notoriously home to Bruce Springsteen. Good Karma is small and a hole in the wall offering only vegan cuisine, but also offering organic, gluten-free, juices, smoothies, and raw food. For someone who may not eat meat, there are a plethora of pages of options available.

Brooklyn, New York | Motorino Pizza | 139 Broadway:

In Williamsburg, Motorino is a true neighborhood pizzaeria that has locations also in the East Village, Hong Kong, Manila, and Wan Chai.  His wood-fired oven was imported from Italy and he makes Neapolitan-style pies. Try the Brussel Sprout pizza that also comes with garlic, pecorino, smoked pancetta, olive oil and fior do latte. Late at night when we arrived, we ate by candlelight and it felt very romantic, and like we were tucked away in a piazza in Italy. It’s clear they’re popular, they have lots of awards like best whole pie in NYC, best new school pizzeria in NYC, Rachael Ray’s best pizzerias in the country and more. They’re the real deal. Magnia!

Motorino Pizzeria Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn, New York | Croxley’s Abbey | 63 Grand Street:

Croxley Ales is Long Island’s ale house and eater that has been open for over 20 years. I went to the Brooklyn location to watch some World Cup games and they have seriously, some of the best wings I’ve ever had. Not to mention, they have a plethora of interesting beers on tap against the long wall of their bar. I love the laid back vibe, the garage doors that open to the warm weather and their statement that they don’t carry Bud, Coors, or Miller. Booya.

Brooklyn, New York | Crown Victoria | 60 S. 2nd Street:

Crown Victoria Bar and Gardens is housed in a former police car repair shop, and they have 24 beers on tap, a full kitchen, a big patio and (my favorite), a 9,000 square foot back yard and event space equipped with a taco truck. Their happy hour is weekdays from 3-7 p.m. They have bean bag toss, bocce, games and special events like pig roasts in the back patio on gravel which makes for a great hang spot on the picnic tables. I thought it was neat (unrelated to their great beer and food) that their electricity comes from renewable energy. Great for groups.

Brooklyn, New York | Bozu | 296 Grand Street:

Bozu is a Japanese Tapas Lounge in Williamsburg. In addition to their sushi, their known for their “bombs” which are balls of rice, covered in fish and great toppings. The party bomb (12 pieces) is a great plethora and fun to share with a group. Try the back patio, hidden from the noise of the street, but under the stars with their exposed brick walls.

Bozu Brooklyn

New York, New York | Bar Americain | 152 W. 52nd Street:

I’m not typically in this area near Times Square, but we had an event for our company and wanted to find something that wasn’t a tourist trap, but wasn’t too far away. Bar Americain is great for groups, and Bobby Flay all the way. It has great American classics, but combines the European Bistro feel that feels much like a brasserie. I got the fried chicken with collard greens, black-eyed peas and biscuits. Succulent and I appreciated that the portion wasn’t over-sized.

Stay tuned for the next Where I’ve Been Lately. What about you, where have you been lately that you loved?