WHAT: Reggae, Satay and IPAs: A Malaysian Brunch Dance Party. Or Just Brunch! WHEN: Sunday, August 13, 2 p.m.–5 p.m. WHERE: Ditmas Park, Brooklyn TICKETS:$45.
Most New Yorkers have this fantasy: own a place with enough space where anything is possible. Deep in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, Auria Abraham and Jeremy "Mush1" Mushlin have turned their basement into a speakeasy-style escape—wood-paneling, bar, booming speakers—while the lush backyard is a grilling paradise.
Auria makes some of the city's most marvelous Malaysian food. Mush1 is a trumpeter, reggae producer, member of Top Shotta Band and host of WNYU Radio's Tunnel One.
Together, they throw some of the best parties this side of Kingston, Jamaica. This afternoon, they're partnering with me to create Reggae, Satay and IPAs: A Malaysian Brunch Dance Party.
While Mush1 lays beats, Auria will cook an all-you-can-eat feast counting spinach-and-chickpea fritters (painted with mango-habanero coulis), rojak (a vibrant fruit and vegetable salad with cucumbers, pineapple, jicama, fried tofu, green papaya and guava) and traditional Malaysian beef, chicken and tofu satay. They'll be paired with pressed rice cakes and homemade chunky peanut sauce, while sticky coconut rice topped with pandan kaya will serve as dessert.
To drink, Interboro Spirits & Ales will be on hand, including brewer Jesse Ferguson, with kegs aplenty of IPAs and pilsners, the kind of beers that'll keep the afternoon flowing.
Come crush beers. Crunch flame-licked satay. And cut a rug. Or just crush more beers. Until you cut a rug. It'll be the boozy Sunday brunch dreams are made of even for folks that have kids. Like us.