Now Open: Zizi Limona and L’isola

Zizi Limona

Zizi Limona

The new Williamsburg restaurant Zizi Limona is now open in the Southside:

Sourcing fresh seasonal and local ingredients, Zizi offers updated versions of Mediterranean home cooked classics like the Cowshuka, poached eggs in shakshuka tomato stew served with skirt steak seasoned with preserved lemons & rosemary, or a 5 hour crispy filo bureka stuffed with slow cooked tender oxtail, black olives, and crushed tomatoes. Try the insanely low priced lunch starter menu as you feast your taste buds on flavors from all four corners of the Mediterranean with crazy Italian style babaganoush, North African Tershi, Israeli style stuffed root veggies, Egyptian roasted vegetable hummus, and a signature oxtail Tanzia. Finish with traditional charcoal black coffee and sweeter than sweet Basbosa Semolina cake, Malabi créme, or shaved Halva.
Zizi features a full bar with a cocktails menu drowned in Arak, Pomegranate, and Mint but also classic cocktails, wine, and beer. Like our famous matriarch, our kitchen is open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week and offer a customized takeout menu that ensures your food travels well.

More information here.

There’s also a new gourmet pizza restaurant at 128 Metropolitan Ave. called L’isola, though we’re yet to try it out. Let us know if you have in comments.

Lots Of Boozin’ To Do This Weekend

First there’s the Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival on Saturday:

Featuring over 100+ craft brews from New York and beyond, The Village Voice is proud to present our second annual curated Brooklyn Pour craft beer tasting event. The event will take place at the home of the original Williamsburg Savings Bank in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Over 3,000 craft beer aficionados will sample the best seasonal, micro and reserve brews from breweries located in the country with a pinpointed focus on the tri-state area. The best of best craft brews will be represented, along with demonstrations, meet & greets, beer talks, food court and more.

Visit for more info and tickets.

And then on Sunday:

Brewery, Winery, and Distillery Tour
Beer, Wine, Liquor Oh My! Taste Your Way Through the Boom in Craft Fermentation in New York on This Walking Tour of Williamsburg

Visit the Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn Winery, and New York Distilling in Williamsburg, Brooklyn all in one afternoon on this Urban Oyster tour. You’ll meet the people behind these artisanal businesses, learn about their crafts, and of course, taste the final products. You’ll also learn about the history of beer, wine, and liquor both overall and specifically in the city. Did you know NYC once was home to America’s most popular wine and that many of the city’s founders were in the distilling business? Learn all of that and more while you sip delicious drinks and get a behind the scenes look at these amazing local businesses.

Also, on Sunday don’t miss Rocktoberfest:

Come down and help put an American spin on Oktoberfest with Rocktoberfest at The Richardson on October 7. All Brooklyn Brewery beers will be $5, and each beer will come with a brat from The Meathook (while supplies last). The event will also feature Brooklyn Brewer Al Duvall playing 1920’s banjo punk rock at 3pm, followed by a very special bourbon barrel ghost bottle tasting with Brewmaster Garrett Oliver and his brewers. This is one event you can’t miss. Prost!

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Cold Showers & Weekend played 285 Kent

Last night at 285 Kent Ave. Cold Showers and Weekend.

Killer Mike – “Reagan”

Oxymorrons live @ Afro Punk Festival

This is the first time I’ve ever seen or heard of the Oxymorrons. They were definitely one of my favorite acts of the whole fest. I’m kind of confused why I never came across them because they’re real dope. They had the crowd going crazy. I’m going to try to get my hands on some tracks. Until then I’ll just watch this on repeat. Enjoy!


Captured live: Reggie Watts @ Afro Punk Festival

Caught a quick clip of Reggie Watts during my Afropunk Festival adventures. He pretty much beat boxes, records, then loops it. Then sings, records, loops it. He continues the process until he has a fresh beat. Then he raps over top of it. I need some rest and relaxation in the field after seeing a few sets before this. So while we were on the lawn doing our hippy thing I captured this. I’m pretty far away from the stage so the quality isn’t the greatest but it’s enough for you to embrace the vibe. Enjoy!


New Fancy Cocktails Joint, The Exley, Now Open


If you’re a true lush, then you’re likely familiar with the work of Frederick Exley, a daytime drinker/author of works like A Fan’s Notes. He was the prime chronicler of literary drinking in 1960s New York, and now there’s a bar named after him. The Exley, located near McCarren Park in Williamsburg, is owned by the former general manager of Tailor, and it’s being billed as a casual “third space” for neighborhood residents (aka those who can’t stomach another trip to nearby Union Pool). We suppose you can think of it as the boozy Starbucks – it’s housed in a former auto-body repair shop and features colorful murals by local artists.

It’s a small space, with seating for about 35 patrons. The cocktail list focuses on classic American libations and a menu of small bites like sea salt pretzels and a cheese plate will be served. The official opening date is tomorrow, get more information here (1 Jackson Street).

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