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This week we’re sharing our How to Have a Pizza Dinner Party at Home guide, highlighting which movies to catch at the New York Film Fest, and introducing you to a cool new friend: Crystal Ung of Bowl Cut.

Culture Corner

S&P Lunch

What’s old is new again with S&P – the newly revitalized incarnation of Eisenberg’s sandwich shop from the folks who opened Court Street Grocers & HiHi Room. Stop by daily from 8-5 for deli classics including pastrami made in-house, JG Melon-esque fries, and a delicious chicken-salad club with potato chips in the stack.  

Gus's Chop House

Photo by Teddy Wolff

Cobble Hill just got a new hot spot: Gus’s Chop House. Gus’s is a modern take on the old school steak house – they’re even about to debut a Sunday roast service on October 9th. Taking inspiration from the British midday feast, Gus’s all-day lunch/supper menu features a range of roasts served alongside a generous spread of seasonal vegetable sides like roasted carrots, market greens and turnovers. The rotating mains include options such as lamb rump with mint salsa verde, pork belly with roasted apples and beef prime rib with horseradish.

LOOK (at film)

This week we’re very excited to welcome back Elissa Suh of MOVIEPUDDING as a guest contributor. Here is Elissa’s list of what-to-watch for this year’s New York Film Festival →

It’s officially fall, which means the New York Film Festival is just around the corner at Lincoln Center. Instead of watching Don’t Worry Darling, the drama of which is much more compelling than the actual movie, check out some ~cinema~ and don’t forget to grab a bite from the newly revamped Old John’s Diner afterward!

  • Cate Blanchett as a harrowing composer in TAR, the closest thing we’ll come to a female version of Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood.

  • For all you empaths and animal lovers, EO, the second most sublime film about a donkey.

  • The delicately absurd, twistings of creativity, the quotidian, and awkward social interactions in THE NOVELIST’S FILM and by Hong Sang-soo, a name you should get to know.

  • Timothee Chalamet as a cannibalistic lover, if that’s your thing, in BONES AND ALL.

  • The collision of art & politics in ALL THE BEAUTY AND BLOODSHED, a compellingly fragmented doc about Nan Goldin and the Sackler family.

LOOK (at art)

This weekend is your last chance to stop by indie print fair, Sounds about Riso! The event is held daily through Sunday in DUMBO. You can expect open studios, workshops, and talks :)


Calling all music lovers! This Sunday, the Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra will present Music from the Movies! This free outdoor concert will take place in front of the Old Stone House at Washington Park in Park Slope and will feature music from Encanto, West Side Story, The Magnificent 7, Die Hard, Meet Me in St. Louis, The Wizard of Oz &&& more!


Wburg ramen spot, Tonchin, is hosting a v fun pop-up with Japanese condiment brand, Cabi, October 6th!! The duo will feature seasonal spring rolls & natural wine pairings…yum. Head here to rsvp ur spot for next week. 

How to Host a Pizza Dinner Party at Home

OMG OMG OMG We partnered with our friends at Ipsa, Big Night, and Graza for our newest guide: How to Throw a Pizza Dinner Party at Home! Ipsa's new frozen, small-batch pizzas make it a cinch to feed your guests with a delicious, crowd-pleasing meal, leaving you with time to focus on all the extras -- music, table setting, and your own special touches.

Head over to our site to read the full guide. OH, and if you’d like to host a P-A-R-T-Y of your own, Ipsa is giving subscribers $20 off with code PIZZAPARTY.

How to Host a Pizza Party at Home

Cool Friends: Crystal Ung

Meet Crystal, founder of BowlCut: an Asian American condiment brand inspired by growing up as a,“restaurant kid.” BowlCut’s all natural and vegan sauces are delicious (we love the chili crisp!) We caught up with Crystal to hear a little more about how BowlCut came to be.

How did you start your Asian American condiment brand, BowlCut?

My journey has come full circle! My saucier days started at a young age when I worked at my dad’s restaurant making chili oil and wontons. I've always admired the intimacy and complexity of flavors and the Eastern notion that food is medicine – it can be healing physically and emotionally. What intrigued me the most was experiencing food as an expression of love and a means to connect with people. 

At the height of the pandemic, we saw a surge of violence against the AAPI community and it was with the belief that food can drive empathy across cultures that I sought to create Bowlcut, a brand of all-natural condiments rooted in heritage– a uniquely Asian American interpretation of traditional flavors that are nutritious and versatile across dishes. Like my love for food, Bowlcut started in my family’s kitchen where we perfected the initial trio of flavors.


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

My favorite part about the New York creative community is the endless curiosity driven by a sense of passion and energy unique to the city. This kind of intellectual curiosity energizes and inspires me – it tends to spark more expansive thinking and authentic connections.  


What's inspiring you right now?

I’m in the nesting period of my pregnancy right now and have been fully immersed in decorating and organizing our home. I’ve always been aesthetically driven and design oriented but diving into decorating a home is extra special. There’s something magical about curating a space to be lived in and experienced on a daily basis. I’ve been feeling inspired by architecture, colors, patterns, scents, and the philosophy of feng shui. Ultimately, I’m defining wellness through the lens of space and it has been both invigorating and challenging. 


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