Brooklyn Central Does More Than Pizza

Park Slope has quite the pizzaiolo on their hands - Robert Patriarca opened Brooklyn Central in October 2012, where he fuses "Old World" and "New World" dishes. With a focus on Neapolitan pizza, "Old World" refers to the buffalo mozzarella imported from Italy with conventional toppings, while "New World" pizza incorporate fresh mozzarella made in Brooklyn. The pizzeria sources many of their ingredients locally, and by local we mean right down the street. Since Neapolitan pizzas seem to be on trend in New York City, it can be very difficult to know where to go to get a great slice. Even for Manhattanites, a trek to Brooklyn is worth a slice here.

Brooklyn Central is located at 289 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. 347-725-4891

Take It Back to the Prohibition

The epitome of 1920s Prohibition glamour, the original Cotton Club was a second home to some of the biggest booze bootleggers in the business. The club regularly featured famed jazz musicians like Ella Fitzgerald, Bilie Holiday, Fletcher Anderson, Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington, as well as other guests who never failed to get the crowd swingin'.

On Saturday April 16th, Bootlegger 21 Vodka brings the Cotton Club back - but relocates itself in a four-story SoHo townhouse. Within the party, expect to find '20s-style cocktails, long cigarette-holders, hand-rolled cigars, along with blackjack and poker games upstairs. Oh, and we can't forget the music. Michael Arnella and His Dreamland Orchestra headline, while Queen Esther, Jesse Gelber, Gin Minsky, Roddy Caravella, and the Cotton Club Revue also perform. If you're really feeling festive, you can most definitely dress the part: ladies, a little black dress with a set of pearls; gents, a freshly ironed suit with a trilby hat.