The Winning Dishes of Tasting Brooklyn 2012

After much success last year, Tasting Brooklyn came back for round two. A diverse collection of restaurants and foodie havens were serving up some prime bites last night and not to worry - we will let you know which ones were the cream of the crop. Attendees included:

An Nhau, Arancini Bros, Benchmark Restaurant, Cheryl's Global Soul, D. Coluccio & Sons, Egg, Fornino Park Slope, Fort Reno, Kiwiana, Littleneck Restaurant, Loreley Williamsburg, Maison Premiere, Palo Santo, Robicelli's, SoCo Restaurant, Stone Park Cafe, Sweet Loren's, Tchoup Shop, The Chocolate Room, The Meatball Shop, The Saint Austere, The Sunburnt Calf BK, and Wild Rise.

The Village Voice 'Choice Eats' Announces Final Participants

On March 13th, The Village Voice's fifth annual "Choice Eats" tasting event, will take place. Today they have announced the final participants, bringing the number up to 83 restaurants, a record breaker. The final partakers include: Bowery Diner, Egg, David's Brisket House, El Almacen, Calyer, Grandaisy Bakery, Kutsher's Tribeca and Resto.

This year "Choice Eats" will also feature DJ Sets by Andy Rourke, the former bass guitarist of The Smiths, an alternative rock band from the 80s.

Ty-lor Boring, of Bravo's Top Chef Texas, will also make a celebrity appearance by hosting a demo for those who have VIP tickets.

Top 5 Best Places to Brunch in BK

Brunch is an important meal to most New York City residents (Brooklynites included), and for good reason. After working absurdly long hours Monday through Friday, it's practically necessary to let your hair down and blow off some steam come Saturday. Brunch is the ideal way to celebrate the end of the week and the forthcoming days off; it's so practical- you can catch up with friends, fill your belly and carry an early afternoon buzz well into the evening. You can order eggs until 4 pm and wash everything down with vodka and tomato juice or champagne. Talk about killing 5 birds with one stone. And although some people have this bizarre misconception that everything hip and cool and delicious is ONLY happening in Manhattan, there are actually several fabulous food destinations in Brooklyn. Shocking! You can easily find yourself a terrific brunch just across the bridge(s), and here are the top 5 that Joonbug recommends:

The Best Brunches in Williamsburg

Weekend brunch is something to look forward to year around. As it gets closer to summer and people start opting to eat outside, there’s nothing quite like starting off your Saturday at 1 p.m, sitting in the sun with mimosa in hand and waiting for your favorite breakfast/lunch meal. Now that restaurant sidewalks, gardens and patios are coming alive with tables, it’s the perfect time to explore what NYC has to offer in the way of amazing brunch spots.

When it comes to finding a single neighborhood with an insane amount of restaurants and brunch menus— Williamsburg is hard to beat. Known for its young crowd and vibrant nightlife scene, Williamsburg has a lot to offer during the day too. So if you find yourself getting off the L train at the Bedford or Lorimer stops, here are five great restaurants that are sure to satisfy your weekend brunch craving.

The Village Voice's Third Annual Tasting Event

On March 22, 2010, join Village Voice's food critics Robert Sietsema and Sarah Digregorio at Choice Eats, The Village Voice's Third Annual Tasting Event, and feel like food critic yourself. Carefully selected by Sietsema and DiGregorio, Choice Eats will host over 50 restaurants from over 35 nations, which include Vietnam, Italy, Brazil, Russia, Cambodia, Tunisia, and many others.

With over 50 restaurants, and a diverse variety of cuisine, I suggest that you try to limit what you eat throughout the day, because getting full after the first couple restaurants is not an option. Restaurants include Porchetta, The Vanderbilt, Motorino, Fatty Crab, Mama's Food Shop, Lucy's Whey, DuMont, Jimmy's No. 43, Egg, Agnanti Restaurant, Dirt Candy, and dozens of others. Handpicked by the two critics, their goal was to bring these culinary hidden treasures out to shine. Great food is not just found in Craft, Eleven Madison Park, and Per Se.

Cheap Eats: Egg