New Food & Drink Openings Round-Up

Cafe Esquina

There’s a slew of new openings in Williamsburg these days. Below, a round-up of the best of the best. Highlights of the openings include: Mexican tacos in a garden at Cafe Esquina, A Brooklyn outpost from the founders of Peels & Freemans, American Comfort food at a cozy tavern, and an Italian eatery from the owners of ‘ino, ‘inoteca, & Corsino.

Cafe De La Esquina: A SoHo favorite comes to Williamsburg in the old Relish space. This Brooklyn outpost is divided into two parts: a takeout taqueria in front, an outdoor garden and a classic diner with brown booths, and a candle-lit backroom for a more traditional dining experience. Over 100 sipping tequilas and mescals are offered. See the full listing here:
Cafe De La Esquina: 225 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211.


Isa: Taavo Somer’s downtown Manhattan’s Peels and Freemans are well known in the city. He’s now opening his first Brooklyn eatery: Isa. Isa’s decor is warm and rustic, with plenty of exposed wood beams. The food is eclectic American and for now they’re BYOB. See the full listing here:
Isa: 348 Wythe St., Brooklyn, NY 11211.

Two Door Pizza

Two Door Tavern: This new comfort food spot has finally opened in Williamsburg. The tavern serves brunch, lunch, and dinner, in additional to a large selection of craft beers. The decor is cozy and was sourced from salvage yards in the Tri-state area. See the full listing here:
Two Door Tavern: 116 N 5th St., Brooklyn, NY 11211.


Betto: Betto is a bi-level Italian restaurant from restaurateur James Denton (‘ino, ‘inoteca, Corsino) called Betto. Featuring a Greenmarket-heavy seasonal menu that, that focuses on Italian, Spanish, and French flavors. Both small and large plates are served.  See the full listing here:
Betto: 138 N 8th St., Brooklyn, NY 11211.

New High Places: Altos Lugares

Cult of Youth played final Monster Island Block Party

Monster Island is history, at least as far as their Williamsburg location goes. Word is, they are moving to Melrose St. in Bushwick. Last Saturday the art collective threw a final block party. Amongst the artists performing in- and outdoors was Cult of Youth. Video of their set’s last three songs is below.

This Weekend: Roberta’s Hosts Ladies Arm Wrestling Brawl

5 Borough Ladies Arm Wrestling Flyer Bring your bucks and your biceps over to Roberta’s backyard this weekend for the Second Flex: Ladies Arm Wrestling competition. Eight decked-out lady wrestlers will compete in a round-robin style tournament to see who’s the strongest, and who plays the dirtiest. Outrageous costumes and betting? They’re strongly encouraged. Even better? The event is free, and net proceeds go to support Providence House — a not-for-profit organization founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph that helps transform the lives of homeless, abused, and formerly incarcerated women and their children – one family at a time.

The Five Borough Ladies Arm Wrestling league is a part of a national network of ladies arm wrestling league. We sat down with the last bout’s champion, Jackie O’Nasty, and organizer Kate McNeely  to get their take on what makes a champion.

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Fashion’s Night Out Williamsburg hits Grand St.

Not really up for the cluster f*** that is Fashion’s Night Out but still wanna get in on the glam?  Then stay local and head on over to Grand St. this evening from 4-11pm for Fashion’s Night Out: WILLIAMSBURG.  Our friends over at Antoinette vintage have teamed up with jewlery wunderkinds  Scosha and are hitting the streets to provide excellent deals and various complimentary beverages.  Be sure to hit up Antoinette for excellent deals (per  usual) and a glass of champagne and Scosha for their sample sale, mini-facials, a vegan cupcake (or two!) and a cocktail care of Grand St. faithful Aurora.  Champagne and cupcakes without the scary SOHO crowds!  This sounds less like Fashion’s Night Out and more like my dreams.

Bleached: “Think of You”

The Most Blogged About Shows Of The Week

TV on the Radio

TV on the Radio

The next seven days are all about fashion and dancing. If you haven’t already checked out our list of Fashion Night Out parties, do it now. (We’ll wait here for you.)

Ok… you’re back! First, let’s talk about Thursday, one of the busiest show days of the year. For those not interested in dancing or fashion, TV on the Radio and Broken Social Scene are playing the Williamsburg Waterfront. If you are an NYU student, head over to (le) Poisson Rouge for your exclusive — and free! — show with Flying Lotus, Gang Gang Dance and Light Asylum. Too cool/old/delinquent for school? Consider Best Coast at Helmut Lang or Real Estate at 44 Mercer Street.

Another great option to shake your booty is the Prom at the Music Hall of Williamsburg next Tuesday, hosted by Jason Sudeikis with DJ sets by Yeasayer, BAIO (of Vampire Weekend), CANT and Neon Indian. You can catch Neon Indian earlier the same day at Other Music for a free in-store performance. Bowery also has a pair of neat shows with Active Child, Com Truise and Young Athletes League on Saturday and Das Racist, Danny Brown and Despot (sold out) on Monday.


10. Real Estate @ 44 Mercer Street (Dirty Durty Fashion Night Out Party)
Thursday, September 8rd at 6pm – All Ages, Free with RSVP

9. Shortcuts party @ Santos Party House w/ Spaceghostpurpp, ASAP Rocky, Das Racist (DJ Set) and GHE20GOTH1K
Thursday, September 8th at 10pm – 18+, $12 -> tickets

8. Active Child @ Bowery Ballroom w/ Com Truise and Young Athletes League
Saturday, September 9th at 8pm – 18+, $15 -> tickets

7. TV on the Radio @ Williamsburg Waterfront w/ Broken Social Scene
Thursday, September 8th at 5pm – All Ages, $39.50 -> tickets

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Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson Fronts Brooklyn Supergroup Ill Fits

Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson

Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson not only has the marathon of given names but he is also the front man to the new bona fide indie supergroup, Ill Fits.  The group consists of members from some of the buzz world’s finest such as MGMT, Amazing Baby and Foreign Islands.  The band only has one track available online but trust us it is a GREAT one– listen to ‘blood & devotion’ below for a smattering of post-punk art-rocky goodness.  The track almost plays like a modern cross breed between Television and David Bowie and that’s some pretty great company to keep if you ask us.  If you like what you hear (you will) go check them out this Saturday at Glasslands with Young Magic and Mon Khmer.

Blood & Devotion by Ill Fits