Over a plate of fresh Maine lobster that they brought back to the city themselves, husband-and-wife duo Ralph Gorham and Susan Povich wondered aloud, “Why doesn’t someone in New York start a fresh-seafood business?” Their destiny as restaurateurs was realized the moment those words were uttered: they opened Red Hook Lobster Pound a mere six months later. Gorham began traveling to Maine every weekend, scoping out catches and making deals with fisherman, choosing only those that partook in environmentally sustainable practices. Meanwhile, Povich experimented with recipes in order to add to an already lengthy repertoire of lobster-based recipes she learned while growing up in the Northeast. Word of mouth helped spark interest in their eatery, and before long, the demand compelled them to expand their storefront to include a picnic-style dining room. They’ve even added a food truck––nicknamed "Big Red"––that brings lobster-based dishes to diners across the city.
According to The New York Times, success has had little effect on Red Hook Lobster Pound’s menu: “It tastes as fresh as can be, which matters when you’re dealing with a trend that’s growing so fast.” Their lobster rolls—served on split-top buns and garnished with just enough homemade mayo—have been lauded by Zagat, Bloomberg News, and Gourmet.com. Other popular dishes include lobster bisque, lobster mac-n-cheese, and a lobster dinner, served with homemade coleslaw, potato salad, and fresh, lake-caught corn.
Owner and brine master Alan Kaufman reignites the tradition of classic barrel pickling by curing a variety of pickled fare in casks without preservatives, soaking the snacks for up to six months before dishing them out by the quart, half gallon, or gallon. More than 30 types of brine-soaked morsels line the shelves, including the classic new pickles, sour pickles, and hot new pickles (all $6.25/qt.). Other vinegar-soaked veggies run the gamut from sliced hot peppers ($10/qt.) to marinated mushrooms ($14.50/qt.), remedying sodium deficiencies and the architectural instability of the food pyramid. Pickle Guys also jars seasonal creations, such as pickled pineapple ($11.50/qt.).
Argentina–born soccer enthusiast Gustavo Szulansky opened Super Soccer Stars to provide the boroughs with a program that championed the personal development of youngsters rather than solely a skill-based focus. Since its debut in 2000, it's grown throughout the city, helping countless youngsters learn teamwork, boost confidence, and decrease arguments during home games played on the dining-room table. This rapid growth is due in part to the positive values Gustavo instilled from the first class. His coaches are carefully selected for their ability to cultivate a noncompetitive, sensitive approach to learning the game, and they dole out their knowledge in both classes and camps.
Super Soccer Star's Kick & Play program features family-friendly classes that help tots 12–24 months old develop pre-soccer skills and physical skill sets simultaneously. During classes, a team of talented and enthusiastic instructors and an athletic duo of puppet friends named Mimi and Pepe buoy budding soccer players with positive reinforcement, individual attention, and the merry clickety-clack of cleated tap dances. Designed with the help of early-childhood specialists, each age-specific class helps players build skills at their own pace with positive reinforcement, individual attention, and engaging original music.
The year was 1927 when 18-year-old John Landi first began working in a sausage shop named Jersey Pork Store. The Red Hook, Brooklyn native used the experience he gained to open his own Brooklyn shop, which migrated several times throughout Landi's decades-long tenure. Now three generations of the Landi family have worked in the meats business and use their expertise to craft Italian deli staples.
Inside the store, shoppers can find fresh and dry sausages available in flavors such as broccoli rabe and cheese with parsley, which coordinate with soft housemade mozzarella. The store has since expanded into other Italian delicacies, such as deep-fried rice balls stuffed with cheese and salami that have appeared on the Food Network. Tomato-basil or clam sauces made from scratch top different styles of pasta, which can be enjoyed with sides of stuffed olives.
Seatide Gourmet Fish Market is a destination for seafood in all its forms—raw, steamed, smoked, or transformed into creamy bisques or sushi rolls. Fishmongers chill filets of Scottish salmon or swordfish alongside shellfish such as deep-shelled Kumamoto oysters or hefty razor clams. Meanwhile in the tank, live lobsters claw wrestle while other lobsters bubble their applause. The shop also stocks panko crumbs and cracker meal for breading and condiments such as housemade cocktail sauce for traditional seaside flavor.
"I feel a little like a detective," reveals Luke Johnson, overseer of the cheese cave at Stinky Bklyn, to the New York Times. He continues, "I…try to steer people toward something new. If they say they don't like goat, I really push the goat because people don't realize there are so many varieties." And push they do. Staff members pass indulgent segments of their carefully aged cheeses, offering approachable wisdom to novices and a wide-ranging selection for aficionados. The charming Smith Street institution has opened a new location between Baltic and Butler, with fridges and pantries stocked with international morsels such as chocolates, oils, vinegars, and beer, as well as an impressive ham bar.
Visitors can request a peak at the temperature- and humidity-controlled cheese cave, where Luke and staff nurture each wheel through distinct aging processes. Cheeses dwell within the cavern for anywhere from a few days to a few years, undergoing washing, soaking in beer or brine, and the opportunity to view culturally enriching cave paintings. Owners Patrick Watson, Michele Pravda, and Chris Remy also added a green garden and patio behind the shop, providing an ideal place for tastings or a peaceful spot for enjoying one of the shop's artisan sandwiches.