Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend Extravaganza Part I- Berg'n, King Thai & Hops Hill

Okay well it wasn't exactly an extravaganza but Mr. T and I had a great weekend just chilling with some friends and doing a little tour of some new spots and a couple old favorites. First up and brand new to both of us was Berg'n the Smorgasburg/Brooklyn Flea beer hall out in Crown Heights.  This sprawling space hosts four different Smorgasburg vendors including Mighty Quinns, Asiadog, Samesa and the famous Ramen Burger.  There were actually about six different styles of Ramen burger listed on the menu but we just stuck to the Original with beef, arugula, scallions and secret shoyu sauce.


This burger certainly looked awesome...the ramen noodles held together surprisingly well and maintained intact even while devouring the juicy patty but I just couldn't get over the salty sauce.  I've honestly never loved homemade ramen, this was definitely much more Mr. T's thing than mine, but it was just serious MSG overload for me.  I am happy to say however that I was literally the only person in line for this sandwich so instead of waiting hours for something I didn't like at Smorgasburg I only had to wait approximately 4 minutes :)


I also didn't have to wait for the Spicy Wings at Mighty Quinn's but unfortunately neither of us enjoyed the rubbery texture and heavy cilantro sauce.


What we did love however were the Short Rib Sliders. Mighty Quinn's had the perfect balance of spicy and sweet sauce on these buns and rich meaty filling.


After watching the Yankees lose terribly on the big screen inside we moved out into the sun and sipped a few local beers from Other Half and Greenpoint on the patio before heading to the second stop on our Brooklyn crawl King Thai Bar.


This cute little bar features 1940's Miami beach decor complete with seashells on the wall and delicious cocktails like the classic Pina Colada and new age Thai Tea with Anejo Rum, black tea, passionfruit and a dark rum float.  King Thai also has a short list of beers all in the range of $3.00- $5.00 dollars...a complete breath of fresh air compared to the insane beer prices we usually see in the city.


After King Thai we toured around a bit more stopping at Covenhoven and Hops Hills before heading back into Manhattan for dinner and dessert at two of my favorite places!

899 Bergen Street @Franklin
Brooklyn, NY 11238

1089 Bergen Street @Nostrand
Brooklyn, NY 11216

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