Authentic Ramen and Craft Beer at Ganso

By Eric Sturniolo Ramen has taken over NYC. But finding a place with traditional taste and a great craft beer lineup isn’t easy. Luckily, you can follow the red glow to Ganso in Downtown Brooklyn. Chef/owner Harris Salat knows what he’s doing. After working in restaurant kitchens in Japan, and writing four Japanese cookbooks, the…

Astoria Bier and Cheese

Eric : I spent a few hours at one of the most aptly named places in NYC…Astoria Bier and Cheese. I learned a lot. Most importantly, beer goes great with cheese, even more so than wine does. But that’s mostly because beer is better than wine. The space is bright, airy and relaxing, with table…

Hometown BBQ

Eric: The first time I saw Billy Durney was weeks after Hurricane Sandy. He was standing next to a meat smoker on a sidewalk in front of his still-under- construction restaurant on Van Brunt Street in Red Hook.  As I drove past him in my car, the aroma of juicy beef penetrated my car and…

Beer and Food at Whole Foods Gowanus

By Eric Sturniolo   Three heirloom tomatoes.  One bushel of kale.  Four amazing beers fresh from the tap.  That was my day (minus the tomatoes and kale; I can’t cook) at the new Whole Foods in Gowanus, Brooklyn.  In the huge, shiny store, I focused on the beer and the cafe. To start your beer…

Pie Beer Night at Mission Delores

Eric:  Pie and Beer.  A classic pairing.  They go together like goat cheese and crack.  Lucky for me, a great Brooklyn beer bar, Mission Dolores, had a Pie Beer Night!  There were six different pies, made locally by Four and Twenty Blackbirds, with recommended beer pairings. The bar is in Park Slope/Gowanus on 4th Ave…