Free Klown Screening @ Nitehawk

No plans tonight? Stop by Nitehawk Cinema at 7PM for a special free screening of the popular film Klown with an in-person intro & Q + A. Below is a summary of the film:

KLOWN follows two wildly inappropriate friends as they semi-kidnap a child and run amok through the Danish countryside, plowing through endless social taboos and unspeakable debaucheries. Through armed robberies, bizarre brothels, hospitalizations and even prison, the three paddle downstream from one chaotic misadventure to the next culminating with a final shocking reveal that you’ll never be able to unsee.

Get your free tickets here.

Collider has the full scoop on the film: http://collider.com/klown-trailer-red-band/163509/

Rockabus to bring bus service between Wburg & Rockaway Beach

Although the weather today is beyond awful, sunshine later this week is in the future for NYC. We’ve been hearing rumblings about this for a while, but we’re excited to report that Rockabus Service will be providing direct service between Williamsburg and Rockaway Beach. Gothamist has the full scoop here:

The new Rockabus launches this weekend, with buses running every 35 minutes from Williamsburg direct to Rockaway Beach. And for its debut weekend, the bus will be totally free. Good luck stopping the hipster invasion now, Far Rockaway!

“The inspiration for the Rockabus came after realizing that there should be an affordable way to get out to Rockaway that doesn’t involve spending an hour underground on a beautiful day,” says Rockabus founder Sam Morrill. After this weekend, he tells us Rockabus (Facebook) will charge $10 for a one way ride and $18 round trip. Service will operate Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 a.m. onward, with the last bus leaving Rockaway at 6:55 p.m.

Rides are free this weekend, but passengers must get a wristband from a Rockabus rep stationed at the stops. In Williamsburg, look for the classic yellow schoolbus at Metropolitan Avene and Meeker Avenue (beneath the BQE). At Rockaway, the bus departs from Shore Front Pkwy by the boardwalk at Beach 86th Street. (Those are the only stops for now, but Morrill hopes to expand service to other parts of the peninsula later in the summer.) Details here

Get on it!

Smorgasboat Party Cruise

Here’s a nice way to kick off your summer: the just announced Smorgasboard Party Cruise on Wednesday, June 13th. The party cruise begins at 6:30, and features Smorgasboard food vendors, beers by Brooklyn Brewery, Reyka Vodka, and coffee from Brooklyn Roasting Co. After the cruise docks at 8:45 there’s an after party at the King & Grove rooftop bar.

Tickets are $45 and include food, drinks, cruise, and after party. All proceeds from the cruise benefit City Harvest.

Purchase your tickets here: http://www.nycharities.org/events/EventLevels.aspx?ETID=5128

Two New Farmer’s Markets Locations Announced

c/o DumbonYC

As the best season for Farmer’s Markets approaches, exciting news was announced by Community Markets this morning. Two additional farmers markets will open off the L line in Brooklyn on June 3rd and will run every Sunday from 11am-4pm until November 18th. The new farmer’s markets will be located at McGolrick Park in Greenpoint & Cooper Park in East Williamsburg.

East River Ferry now serves Brooklyn Snacks

It’s almost summer which means we can begin to regularly use our favorite mode of transport: The East River Ferry! They’ve just announced that starting this week, they’ll be offering a variety of Brooklyn-sourced food & drinks including cupcakes from Butter Lane Cupcakes, retro-style u-bet egg creams in chocolate and vanilla, and hot and iced coffees from the Brooklyn Roasting Company.

DNA Info has the full scoop:

While coffee was offered on some routes last summer, the effort marks the first time food will be served onboard the pilot ferry service, which launched last June, and travels between Wall Street’s Pier 11 and East 34th Street, with stops in DUMBO’s Fulton Ferry Landing, north and south Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Long Island City, Queens.

“We’re very excited about it,” Paul Goodman, CEO of Billybey Ferry Company, which operates the routes on behalf of the city, told DNAinfo New York ahead of the launch.

Goodman, who teamed with restaurateur Marc Murphy, of Tribeca and the Time Warner Center’s Landmarc bistros and Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Ditch Plains, said that, after the success of last summer’s coffee service, he wanted to expand the selection for riders, with a focus on local fare.

In addition to the cupcakes and coffee, the menu includes potato chips from McClure’s, the famous pickle purveyors, and pastries from Murphy’s Benchmarc Events.

“Now East River Ferry goers can enjoy the scenic ride, and take in the amazing skyline views while snacking on local Brooklyn eats,” Murphy said in a statement.

Jim Munson, president of the Brooklyn Roasting Company, said he plans to offer ferry-riders a variety of single-origin hot coffees and cold-brewed ice coffees throughout summer, with service kicking off at dawn.

“We think it’s a great alliance. We want to promote alternative means of transportation, so we’re working with the ferries,” he said.

The menu, which will be available seven days a week, on all routes, beginning at 7 a.m, is also easy on the wallet, with prices ranging from $2 for chips and pastries, to $3 for coffees, cupcakes and egg creams.

The team is also considering the possibility of adding beer and wine to the menu at some point in the future, Goodman said

A sunset ferry ride with beer or wine without paying tourist prices? We’ll take it!

Food Book Fair in Wburg May 4th-6th

The first ever food book fair is coming to Williamsburg on May 4th-6th, taking place at the Wythe Hotel which officially opens May 1st. The weekend-long conversation and celebration of food reading and writing will consist of daily panel discussions with keynote speakers Dr. Marion Nestle, Harold McGee and Carolyn Steel, over 20 book signings, and a Pop-Up Bookshop run by mobile bookseller Mobile Libris fittingly located in the Library of the Wythe Hotel, with titles hand-selected by the Food Book Fair.

The event will highlight cookbooks, memoirs, magazines, and books about science, food systems, agriculture, urban design and food art and culture, and serve as a meeting place for food enthusiasts from all food disciplines.

At night, the Food Book Fair will curate unique, intimate events that reflect the fair’s spirit of moving forward the conversation and culture of food. Below is a rundown complete with details:

Saturday Night: Foodieodicals, a “Festival within the Fair”, will be a marketplace and gathering celebrating over 10 small, independently published zines, quarterlies and periodical such as: Lucky Peach, Diner Journal, Edible Brooklyn, Gastronomica, Laphams Quarterly: The Food Issue, Meatpaper, Put A Egg on It, Remedy Quarterly, Swallow Magazine, The Art of Eating, The Runcible Spoon, White Zinfandel, Wilder Quarterly.

Directly following Foodieodicals will be Pecha Kucha Night, an event originating in Japan. Seven presenters show 20 slides for 20 seconds each, which will highlight creative food projects.

Sunday Night: George Weld and Evan Hanczor of Egg will host a literary-themed dinner inspired by Earnest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises at their newest venture, Parish Hall.

Entrance to book signings are open to the public, individual panels are $15, and a 3-day pass is $215. To reserve tickets and for additional information on panels and book signings, visit nycfoodbookfair.eventbrite.com

Smorgasburg returns to Williamsburg this Saturday!

It’s been a long not-so-cold winter, but with Spring officially here we’re excited to announce that Smorgasburg is coming back to us weekly beginning this Saturday, April 7th in rain or shine.

Changes this year include a new layout, and opening and closing an hour later (11am-6pm). New vendors this year include: Handsome Hank’s Fish Hut– Fried fish sandwiches from Danny Lyu of Cemitas. Vietnamese, Korean, and the classic “Nashville” styles, Mozz Shop – From Danny Lyu and Matt Lief of Landhaus BLTs. Fresh mozzarella, olive oil, and tomatoes as well as fried mozzarella balls and “Italian Corn Dogs” made with mozzarella and italian sausage, deep fried in a polenta batter, Best Summer – Vietnamese Summer Rolls from Dennis Ngo, the owner of Lonestar BBQ, La Casa De Camba – Bolivian food, King Leche Creams – Goat milk based ice creams with flavors such as buckwheat honey/Bourbon, spicy chocolate, sweet potato/pickled raisin, and cajeta habanero, Parantha Alley – A whole wheat roti stuffed with spicy fillings, Soy Hound – Home made soymilks with flavors such as orange chocolate, matcha green tea, cinnamon, and vanilla and many more.

Lastly, our favorite piece of news reported by Gothamist:

There is a very strong chance that soon enough you’ll be able to tipple while you table-hop! Smorgasburg’s Eric Demby tells us that, after having a vote on a liquor license for the food market tabled in February, the Brooklyn Flea offshoot is returning to the Brooklyn Community Board 1 SLA committee tonight and hope they can have a license up and running by May or June. “We’ve gathered about 10 pages of signatures in support of the application since our February appearance,” he tells us and they are “confident we’ll win approval both tonight and at the full board in a couple weeks.

Food & Drink Openings Round-Up

Spring has sprung in NYC and there are a slew of new places to celebrate the amazing weather. Full round-up is below.

Bellweather

Bellweather: Brought to you by the owners of Anella, Calyer, and Saint Vitus is this new American Nouveau eatery that features a menu of “raw-bar platters and dishes like baby artichokes with picholine olives and bottarga, tripe mole poblano with cracklings, and a BBQ black bass with cherry-tomato jam”. After the dishes are cleared off the table, and DJ takes over spinning into the night.
594 Union Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11211 347.529.4906

c/o The Village Voice

Cafe Mogador: Time Out New York says “The popular East Village Moroccan eatery opens a 75-seat outpost, outfitted with colorful tiles and reclaimed wood, in Williamsburg. A back herb garden growing rosemary, thyme and mint supplies the kitchen, which puts out signature dishes like a lamb tagine with dried apricots and prunes, a Greek salad crowned with za’atar croutons, and Middle Eastern eggs (tabouli, hummus, pita and chopped salad with eggs any style).”
133 Wythe Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11211 718.486.9222

Frej

Frej: Scandinavian-inspired tasting menus three nights a week in a pop-up restaurant in the back of Williamsburg café-bar Kinfolk Studios.
90 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn NY, 11211 347.286.6241

Tender Trap

Tender Trap: Our favorite new place Tender Trap is owned by Ryan Virag and BMX rider Darryl Nau who opened a space that features six beers and simple cocktails, in addition to revolving DJ’s who starts spinning at 10PM nightly, playing a wide-variety of music.
245 S 1st St. Brooklyn, NY 11211 347. 763.1825

Tradesman

Tradesman: Time Out New York says: “Antique tools decorate this Bushwick tavern, which also features rustic wood walls and a crosshatch-patterned floor in green, gray and white. Twelve taps dispense Northeast brews (Greenport Harbor, Kelso) at the 17-foot-long white oak bar, but drinkers can also sip on local hooch (Comb Honey Gin, Core Applejack) and classic cocktails.”
222 Bushwick Avenue 718.599.4440