In the magazine this week, the Underground Gourmet unwinds at Greenpoints Eat: Its good, fresh, truly local food in a mellow, relaxing atmosphere, and the combination has an undeniably calming, salutary effect. Seasonal food is also emphasized at Print, opening this week in the ink48 hotel. For insight into his biggest influences, [Adam] Block flew his culinary team (chef Charles Rodriguez, a Sony Club alum, and his wife, pastry chef Heather Carlucci-Rodriguez) out West, to eat at Chez Panisse, Zuni Café, and, less predictably, Dynamo Donuts, report Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld.
Rob and Robin also welcome the return of El Quinto Pino with an expanded menu of multiregional tapas. Snap into artisanal jerky this winter Rob and Robin know where to find seven local sources. Buy some for your Super Bowl party, and then replicate Joaquin Bacas Seven-Layer Dip.. It not on his menu at Brooklyn Star, but Baca shared the recipe with New York. Finally, Andrew Carmellini will start a new Monday-night supper series on February 8. The inaugural meal is the Super Bowl: three-courses, including all-you-can-eat pasta, for $39.