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This week we’re sharing LOTS of Brooklyn holiday markets to catch this weekend, highlighting a fun new giveaway, and introducing you to our cool new friend: Jeremy Salamon of Agi’s Counter.

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An all-new modern dive bar by the team of sammie shop - Sideboard, just opened in Gowanus. Their night-time spot, Sidebar, at 400 3rd Ave 1R, will be our new go-to bar before a Moth show at the Bell House. Open now, Wednesday - Saturday 5p-11p.


Want to win a private dinner &&& an espresso martini tasting for you and two friends? A brand new Espresso Martini brand, Tribini, is giving away a dinner with food by Ruby’s and cake art by Aimee France (aka yungkombucha420) at a secret location in NYC. Click here to get all the details, and enter the giveaway – the location and winners will be revealed on 12/13…GOOD LUCK AND HAPPY ‘TINI TIME, FRIENDS!!!


We’re v excited about this season’s new pop-up dinner series at the Standard Hotel in the East Vil. Cozy yurts! A winter wonderland setting! Coursed menu! Need we say more? We can’t wait to stop by for dinner soon in The Winter Garden and try their short rib stew & frito pie. Book your heated yurt here & see the full menu here!!


Coolstuff co-founder, Anna B, recently had a FUN FUN FUN feature by the team behind Breakfast App - a new invite-only app that connects cool people to meet and talk over breakfast. No dating, no networking, just breakfast

Breakfast just launched in New York City after a great reception in Lisbon. If you want to try it out and make a genuine connection in-person, the sweet folks behind the app are giving a 20% discount off of the first month of membership for readers with the code COOL. Head here to download and join.


Spend the day in Brooklyn this Saturday with all of these lovely small maker markets <3

Sunday Market at Gunther's

Gunther’s Sunday Holiday market is taking place…you guessed it…this Sunday at 143 Troutman Street in Bushwick. There will be lotssss of local artists selling clothes & snax, doing tats, & giving people TEETH GEMS. What could be more Brooklyn than that? Head over from 2-8p :-)

Ceramic Holiday Sale

A ceramic studio space in the heart of Wburg is hosting a new holiday pop up shop this year in Bushwick (ANOTHER ONE for Bushwick) & we think you should know about it. The studio is made up of 15+ New Yorkers from all different boroughs and they will all be reppin’ at the market this Saturday. Stop by 421 Troutman Street from 12-7p.

Edible Brooklyn Food & Design Fair

Part art fair, part makers market, part food festival, the Edible BK Food & Design Fair is giving the people what they want! All happening Saturday & Sunday at 99 Scott Ave in Bushwick (yes, another bushwick market!) Grab your weekend pass to the market here!

Little Big Market

The Little Big Market is coming to you with their first-ever Holiday Market tomorrow at 483 Driggs Ave from 11am-7pm!! Catch the market in Williamsburg with over 30 vendors bringing you gifts for loved ones from an incredible batch of creatives. There will be jewelry, vintage home-goods, ceramics, live personalization stations like airbrushing & chain stitching!

Cool friends: Jeremy Salamon of Agi's Counter

Meet Jeremy, the chef/owner of Agi’s Counter, an all-day restaurant and pastry shop in Crown Heights with heavy Jewish & Eastern European influences. We fell in love with Jeremy’s food (those deviled eggs!) and caught up with him to hear more about how he came to be a chef in the city.

How did you begin your career as a chef?

I worked at a country club near my hometown in Florida, a job my grandmother proudly secured for me. I got my start scooping sorbet into martini glasses for banquets and Bar Mitzvahs. I worked my way up the line at the country club, followed by a few restaurants in the area, before moving to New York in 2012 to attend the Culinary Institute. 


What's your favorite part about the New York creative community?

The creative landscape in New York is exciting in that it's constantly evolving and there's always something new, different, and interesting in the spotlight. Within the cooking community, specifically, while it seems large, it's actually quite small and close knit. There is an immense amount of respect and support for each other's projects, openings, struggles, and victories.


What's inspiring you right now?

Seasonality is something that always inspires my cooking. Especially in the fall and winter months with Eastern European food, it's finally acceptable for me to focus on heavier dishes and flavors and serve warming soups and stews. I've also recently been into experimenting with outdoor cooking, and really hoping I can find more ways to incorporate it into the menu at Agi's. Lastly, I'm incredibly inspired by our customers, so many of them regulars, and their excitement about what we're doing at Agi's. It's been so awesome to hear that people in our community are talking about and excited about things like tuna melts, borscht, and deviled eggs. 


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