We're all certainly familiar with Adrian Grenier the actor, whether it's as Vinny Chase in Entourage or the boyfriend dude in Devil Wears Prada. But there's more to Grenier than Aquaman. You may not know this, but he's dedicated a big part of his non-acting life to two other things that he's passionate about - music and food.
On the music side, Adrian runs a studio called Wreckroom out of his home in Brooklyn. It's a really cool spot, and is a breeding ground for upstart musicians. As for the food, we've always known that Adrian is into the #EEEEEATS, as we've spotted him dining in some of our favorite places, like Speedy Romeo. Now, through a partnership between Adrian's culture website SHFT.com and Ford Motors, he recently released an app called Food Tripping for both iPhone and Android. This location aware application guides the user to healthy and thoughtful alternatives to fast food around the country, from farmers’ markets to juice joints to local and sustainable mom and pop operations that will feed you right. It's free, and it's really useful. Download it for the next time you're in unfamiliar territory and need something besides a Cool Ranch taco for lunch.
For Friday Fives, Adrian sent over a couple of his go-to spots around New York, as did his SHFT.com/Foodtripping business partner Peter Glatzer. To keep up with the latest, follow SHFT on Twitter and find Adrian on Instagram. Looks like we need to get Bar Corvo on the Hit List.
Adrian Grenier's "Perfect For" Picks
The Smile (26 Bond St.) - "Low key with an intimate atmosphere. This is a great spot to share good food with good friends."
Maison Premiere (298 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY) - "The extensive selection of oysters teamed with the old-world Parisian vibe makes it a great place to take a date."
Roberta's (261 Moore St., Brooklyn) - "Boss pizza, big wooden tables, and young flavor make it a go-to spot for casual dining with one (or ten) friends."
Peter Glatzer's "Perfect For" Picks
The Leadbelly (14 Orchard St.) - "Upon walking in the joint, you see a pile of oysters on ice at the corner of the bar. The selection is nicely varied, and the oysters are always fresh, delicious, and perfect. This also happens to have the most charming atmosphere of any oyster spot I can think of. Its clean white walls and warm wood beams provide an unpretentious but thoughtful vessel for this cozy oyster bar with Nina Simone or Chet Baker as the sound bed. The vibe is a little bit Paris, a little bit New England – Phil and Ben, the brilliant guys behind the Fat Radish (where they serve SHFT wine), clearly know what they’re doing."
Bar Corvo (791 Washington Ave., Brooklyn) - "Adrian and I stopped in here randomly one night while on an errand. Didn’t expect anything, and was blown away. These are the owners of Al Di La Trattoria in Park Slope, which I know and like, but Bar Corvo is the bomb. We sat at the bar, which overlooks the kitchen, so we could watch them make everything we had. It sounds crazy, but they do a slab of cauliflower that is grilled and served with an anchovy - fried caper situation that was incredible. For a cauliflower to be off the charts - that is something. And then there was gnocchi with oxtail ragu and a pork chop with creamy polenta and horseradish. There’s a farm-to-table ethos here that definitely comes through. I wasn’t feeling adventurous enough to try the crispy beef tongue fries, which they seem to be very proud of, but maybe next time."