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Southampton Publick House in Southampton

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By Sam Jacobs, Brooklyn Correspondent

If you find yourself in Southampton on a weekend, or any other day and you’re looking for a place to eat and have a beer that doesn’t have any of the pretentiousness of the restaurants that cater to the city folk then check out the Southampton Publick House.

The outside is unassuming save for the two signs leading the way, but inside you get everything you would hope for in a microbrewery/restaurant.  Entrees include steaks, pork chops, and chicken, Sully’s Famous Baby Back Ribs, pasta, and seafood.  There is also a prix fixe menu that includes an appetizer and dessert.

I visited last Friday night, and had a cup of creamy New England clam chowder followed by a barbecue chicken and ribs combo, and topped it off with a hunk of apple crisp ala mode.  The table also shared a basket of crispy fried calamari.  Delicious!  But don’t be fooled, Southampton Publick House is still best known for their selection of beers brewed on site.  The selection seems to change with the seasons.  I sampled the Montauk Light, Southampton Gold, and Russian Imperial Stout.  All were superb.  I may make a trip back in the fall to sample their Pumpkin Ale.

~SJ

Southampton Publick House
40 Bowden Square
Southampton, NY 11968
(631)283-2800

Apartment 138 in Brooklyn

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By Sam Jacobs, Brooklyn Correspondent

Sometimes all you’re looking for in this crazy world is a little simplicity and a taste of home-style cooking.  Apartment 138 on Smith Street achieves this and more!

Opened a few years ago in what was formerly an apartment at 138 Smith Street, the owners created a place where you could get a tasty, hot meal coupled with a potent cocktail (or coffee or beer, if you prefer) well into the wee hours of the night.  There are daily specials and weekend brunch that includes orange infused French toast and banana pancakes.  Their regular dinner menu includes simple pressed sandwiches, a skirt steak salad over mixed greens topped with creamy crumbled bleu cheese, burgers, pastas, sliders, and my personal favorite baby back ribs topped with a sweet and tangy barbecue sauce, served with sides of spicy bakes apples and crispy mac & cheese.

Last night I indulged in those ribs along with one of the best appetizers I think I’ve ever tasted – dates stuffed with garlic and wrapped in bacon.  I described the flavor to my dinner companion as dirty porn sex – you know you shouldn’t be watching (eating), but you just can’t stop.  We each had a specialty cocktail – mine being a concoction that was the perfect balance of gin, club soda, lemon, and other flavors.

The waitresses aren’t bad looking either.

Click here to view their menu.

~Sam

Stan’s Place in Brooklyn, NY

StansplaceBy Sam Jacobs, Brooklyn Correspondent

Nestled on the north side of the remerging Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Brooklyn, Stan’s Place brings the flavor & charm of New Orleans to this hip neighborhood.

The menu is small, but sufficient – highlighting all my favorite New Orleans dishes including fried oysters, sausage-biscuit & gravy, fried shrimp & oyster po boys, succulent steak po boys, bbq yard-bird po boys, gumbo, red beans and rice, and more.  They also have a full selection of Abita Beers, the local beer of New Orleans, and Cafe Du Monde chicory blended coffee and beignets which are fried dough topped with confectioners sugar, similar to the Italian zeppole or the American carnival version – funnel cake.

On my last visit I indulged in a Half & Half Po Boy with shrimp and oysters, and a lightly sweetened iced tea.  I topped the meal off with a plate of the beignets.  I left satisfied, but not overly full.  The bill for my girlfriend and I was $40, and that included two sandwiches, two iced teas, and the beignets.  With an $8 tip it was a late lunch bargain, the likes of which are getting harder to find in the borough of Brooklyn.

718-596-3110

~SJ
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