Bun-ker Vietnamese outpost coming to East Williamsburg


Bun-ker-Vietnamese, credit offMetro

The local Community Board was being very cautious about its tenants at 99 Scott Avenue, but have approved Bun-ker’s application. This is very good news since the restaurant’s current location in Ridgewood is routinely too crowded to even get seated:

The Williamsburg panel’s liquor license committee okayed a Vietnamese restaurant’s bid to open inside an industrial building at 99 Scott Ave. on Monday — but warned it better not see a repeat of the late-night raves that took place at the same property earlier this year, which members claim were rowdy and poorly regulated.

“Ninety-nine Scott is a big problem,” said committee member Tom Burrows.

The committee unanimously approved hip Queens restaurant Bunker Vietnamese’s application to open a new outpost at the site on the corner of Randolph Street, but only after the eatery’s owners — who are leasing the space — distanced themselves from the location’s party-hearty history. The full board subjected a winery applying to open on the site to a similar grilling in August, though ultimately approved that license as well.

Locals are still smarting after building owner Bushwack Capital rented the then-vacant space out over the summer to party promoters Reynard Productions — which runs a restaurant at Williamsburg’s Wythe Hotel — and City Fox, now notorious for its thwarted attempt to hold a rave at a toxic Greenpoint factory last month. [Read more...]

Turkey’s Nest is pretending to turn into a sushi restaurant

Photo via John Maceda/Gothamist

Photo via John Maceda/Gothamist

As seemingly all of our favorite local establishments are closing due to rent increases, Turkey’s Nest decided to have a little fun by posting the above sign in their window. I appreciate their [Read more...]

Lantern Hall, a new craft beer joint, is coming to Bushwick in December


Lantern Hall, credit Eater

New beer spots are always welcome! Looking forward to trying some British suds soon:

A new beer bar called Lantern Hall is slated to open in early December at 52 Harrison Place., right by the Morgan Avenue L stop. A British expat with fine dining experience is running the bar, while a New Orleans-taught chef is running the kitchen. Will Sperling, 29, used to be a manager at Craft Beer Co. in London and came to the U.S. to work in the hospitality industry — ultimately in the front of house at Gramercy Tavern and then The Clocktower. And chef Philip Immekus, also 29, takes inspiration for the American bar food menu from growing up in Southern Missouri and working in New Orleans. [Read more...]

REVIEW: Time Warp US Brought Techno and International Talent Back to Brooklyn


Photos by Steve Liskiewicz

Techno fans had plenty to be thankful for when Time Warp US returned to the sprawling 39th Street Pier for its second installment over the weekend. On November 20 and 21st, an excess of 10,000 attendees and 30 artists came together to experience more than just music. Starting at 10 PM each night, thousands of the genre’s most devoted fans made the lengthy trek to CELEBRATE – and mind you, this was a celebration that pulsed well into the break of sunlight each day. The seamless audio/visual experience delivered by Time Warp’s German production company went off without a hitch as techno’s biggest names brought their most driving sets to Brooklyn.

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Plan Your Pre-Thanksgiving Rager


Twas the night before Thanksgiving and all through the club, everybody was dancing to trap and to dub . . . We all know the night before Thanksgiving is a joyous experience. For one, it’s the much deserved beginning of a glorious four-day weekend. Add the built in hangover cure of Thursday’s pig out/nap sesh, and you’ve already convinced yourself it’s time to go hard AF. I can say with certainty that Thanksgiving eve is one of my favorite days of the year, and this one really puts the gravy on the turkey. There are some stellar shows happening right here in NYC, ensuring that your holiday is stuffed full of fun. [Read more...]

Video: Eagles of Death Metal talk to Vice about Paris attack


Last week the band published a touching statement on Facebook about the tragedy:

While the band is now home safe, we are horrified and still trying to come to terms with what happened in France. Our thoughts and hearts are first and foremost with our brother Nick Alexander, our record company comrades Thomas Ayad, Marie Mosser, and Manu Perez, and all the friends and fans whose lives were taken in Paris, as well as their friends, families, and loved ones.

Although bonded in grief with the victims, the fans, the families, the citizens of Paris, and all those affected by terrorism, we are proud to stand together, with our new family, now united by a common goal of love and compassion. [Read more...]

‘The Lorimer Stop’ parodies the surprisingly non-parody reality show ‘The Bedford Stop’

lorimerThat parody of Williamsburg that isn’t actually a parody called The Bedford Stop now has an actual parody. Perfectly [Read more...]

Top 5 shows of the weekend

Okkervil River

You’ve still got a few days to figure out Thanksgiving plans, which you’ll need because there are plenty of spectacular shows to catch this weekend. Be thankful for all the great music you can see, family plans can wait!

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