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 Treat yourself, it's summer. Top photo: @malai_icecream The sweaty depths of New York City summers are made considerably sweeter by the fact that some of the best ice cream anywhere can be found all over Brooklyn. Skip the slice, don’t even think about your oven and take a break from farmer’s market greens for a night and make sure to eat ice cream for dinner at least a couple times during the warmest months of the year. Brooklyn is awash in innovative flavors and exceptionally good classic cones. Here are a few favorite places to get cold and creamy. A...

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All right, let's talk about your grill game. Everybody has the basics on hand-the same old supermarket ketchup, mustard, and relish brands we all buy. But a next-level griller comes correct with rad condiments that elevate any backyard get-together.  So first, about those standard-issue bottles of ketchup, mustard and relish--push 'em to the end of the picnic table and give the limelight to these top-quality, small-batch upgrades from our pals at Brooklyn Brine: Better Classic Ketchup, Maple Bourbon Mustard, and Maple Bourbon Relish.  OK then, basics covered. Now you need to think about pleasing the pepper-heads. Our absolute favorite spicy grill-side condiments are Bushwick...

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Never one to rest on his laurels, Shamus Jones, Brooklyn Brine's purveyor of pickles, recently opened a new on-site café, Brine & Dine, featuring an innovative vegan menu comprised of delicious sandwiches, including a savory veggie reuben, a vegan banh mi, and a world-class veggie burger, paired with fried pickles, an array of seasonal ferments (only available here) and housemade kombucha. Annnd 2 words: unlimited condiments. For an indulgent, yet virtuous, meal you can't go wrong with any of their menu offerings. We wolfed down a veggie burger, adorned with griddled onions, juicy ripe tomato, crisp lettuce, and Vegan Secret Sauce. It...

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Dads are different these days. Today's dad doesn't mind braiding hair (although he could use a few lessons). He's getting pretty good at texting (aside from that time he put an eggplant emoji on an actual shopping list). He even learned how to "dab" convincingly (a year after everyone else stopped doing it, but still). Today's dad also has different Father's Day standards. Nothing so impersonal as a necktie is going to cut it as a gift anymore. Today's dad is culturally plugged in, gastronomically curious...in a word, hip. So how about celebrating your awesomely hip dad with a gift box that appeals to his modern appetites?...

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 Above: Andy Laird of Nunu Chocolates with his family. Photo: Andy Laird Andy Laird, the co-founder of Nunu Chocolates, has created the ultimate Brooklyn mom and pop chocolate shop with his wife Justine Pringle. Together they own two storefronts, Nunu Chocolates' flagship in Boerum Hill and Nunu Chocolates Cafe & Tap Room in Park Slope, and have retailers all over the city and online (including yours truly!). He's also a devoted dad of Adda, 5 and Senna, 3. So who better to plan the Ideal Father’s Day in Brooklyn than a modern day Willy Wonka? We asked Laird to name his favorite spots for meals...

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