If you regularly read about sports or hip hop, you're probably very familiar with today's Friday Fives guest. If not, let's drop some knowledge. At the ripe young age of 27 years old, Rembert Browne is already one of the most beloved pop culture writers of the internet generation. Amongst the absurdly talented story-telling supporting cast Bill Simmons has assembled around himself at Grantland, Rembert is the one who's next in line for the throne. Watch it.
Rem's way with words has spawned legions of die hard followers. It's rare when every single thing someone writes keeps you entertained and on your toes day in and day out, but that's what Rem does. The man is a pleasure chest of obscure pop culture references. Atlanta bred, Dartmouth educated, and road tested, Rem calls NYC his home. He doesn't cook much, which means he's eating out, or ordering in, a lot. After all, the three things most important to full time internet scribes? Computer. WiFi. EEEEEATS. He combines all three for his Friday Fives restaurant picks.
Rembert is a mandatory follow on Twitter, and tune into his podcast, Rembert Explains, which is always entertaining. Also, he may own the best LinkedIn ever. "Sole Owner, Atlanta Hawks." Yes, this is the first time we've ever referred to someone's LinkedIn.
Rembert's "Perfect For" Picks
“When I didn’t have an office to work from for two years, I’d post up for hours at a time Baohaus in the corner, using their secret outlet and even more secret wifi and cycle between writing and eating. Often, I’d do both. Before there was a book and a TV Show based on the Huang brothers, Fresh off the Boat, I’d spend hours watching Eddie, Evan, and the cast of characters make baos, think of absurd names for dishes, and argue over who had the best Dipset playlist to blast in the restaurant. I still go whenever I’m in the neighborhood, even if I’m not that hungry, to get a Chairman and a Birdhaus, and of course, the closest legal thing to crack that exists, an Apple Sidra."
“I like having dinner alone sometimes, and my way of doing that is typically by eating at a bar. My bar is The Exley, in my neighborhood, on the correct side of the BQE. It’s my favorite bar, because of the drinks and the people (and also the proximity to my house) but also because they feed me. Regularly. The owners of this bar also own a (good) restaurant up the road (Esme, 999 Manhattan Ave), but sometimes I just need a perfectly gooey grilled cheese that takes five minutes to prepare alongside a whiskey ginger at 10pm before I go home. And it hits the spot, every time. ”
“Within 15 minutes of sitting down at Charlie Bird on a Sunday night, I’d heard three Kanye songs. So yes, I love this place. The space is amazing, the staff couldn’t be kinder, but their food somehow still gets top billing. This pasta I had made me change the way I think about all other pastas. It was the Chittarra Nero and it was this black pasta with blue crab and lemon and it cost 24 bucks and should have cost 2400 bucks. I can’t stress enough how good this pasta was, and that was after starting with burrata toast that was so good I wanted to order another for dessert.
CHARLIE BIRD, YOU THE REAL MVP"
“Rice is the poor man’s grits. Never forget that. No food is more important than the grit, and I’ve been delighted over the years to see that more and more restaurants are making spreads of food, with the foundation of grits. For a while, I thought Great Jones Cafe was doing grits the best, but after trying the shrimp and grits at Sweet Chick, I think they’ve got the belt. I’m always on the hunt for the best grits in the city, though, so next week my recommendation could be completely different. Right now, however, it’s Sweet Chick.”
“It’s the only place in NYC where I can listen to Ghostface and have the best pizza in the city. It’s that simple. Other places might play Ghostface, but they don’t have the best pizza in the city. Best Pizza has the best pizza in the city, though. Which, I think, is why they’re called Best Pizza.”