New Bars & Restaurants Round Up

It’s a long weekend which means plenty of time to try the new bars and restaurants that have opened recently. Hot dogs! Black leather couches! Rice balls! Wine! Burgers! Oysters!

Blackout A Greenpoint bar brought to you by the owners of Oak with black mirrored tables reflecting the ornate black painted tin ceiling as you sit on a black leather. Features a backyard for the warmer months (or tonight!), and a decent beer & cocktail list. We’re also a fan of the happy hour (5-8 p.m.) with $3 well drinks, $4 pints of Gaffel, and $3 bottles of Sierra Nevada 916 Manhattan Avenue

Crif Dogs
Our favorite East Village hog dog shop expands to Williamsburg after months of rumors and speculation! All the same hot dogs are served at the Brooklyn outpost as the East Village location, however the restaurant opens a take-out window daily to serve coffee and breakfast sandwiches to hungry morning commuters.
555 Drigs Avenue

Arancini Bros In keeping with the trend of food truck to brick-and-mortar openings, David Campaniello and Will Levatino are bringing their tasty rice balls to Bushwick. Offered is a rotating selection of six Sicilian-style rice balls in traditional (meat ragù), creative (mushroom and Taleggio) and sweet (Nutella) varieties. 940 Flushing Avenue

Custom American Wine Bar
A casual wine bar with exposed brick walls serving wine from small American vineyards. Snack options range from fried green tomatoes, Philly cheesesteaks, to the Elvis, a PB, banana and bacon fried sandwich. 644 Driggs Ave

Juniper This small cafe serves classic comfort food such as burgers, pasta, and mac & cheese with rotating specials such as noodles & jambalaya. The interior decor needs a bit of help, but we like the food. Beer & wine will be served once their liquor license is secured and there’s also a backyard for outdoor dining. 112 Berry Street

Maison Premiere A new vintage French Quarter–themed restaurant from the team behind Moto and Five Leaves,
serving oysters and classic cocktails in addition to NOLA favorites like muffalettes and gumbo. There’s also an absinthe fountain if you’re so inclined. 298 Bedford Avenue

RIP Baba

Spotted this morning: a “For Sale” sign on the front door of Baba. What happened? Another one bites the dust…..

Savalas Closing This Week

c/o NY Mag

According to NY Mag dance spot Salvalas is scheduled to close this week. They report:

Its Facebook page doesn’t give a reason, but an update posted yesterday says “The end is near. Come get a lethal dose of Savalas before we shut our doors. T-minus 6 days.” The bar has changed its profile photo to text: “THE SONG ‘THE FINAL COUNTDOWN’ IS NOW PLAYING IN YOUR HEAD.” Back in September, a bar employee sent an e-mail to DJs banning hip-hop, and explained, “the crowd at Savalas has been changing recently. Our old regulars are coming around less, drug dealers, meat heads, dare I say *gasp* New Jersey kids are coming around more.”

Ribs, Pie, & BBQ Baked Beans Coming Soon

c/o Grub Street

If you love Southern Cooking and are looking for a new place to get your fix in Williamsburg, you’re in luck with the upcoming opening next Tuesday the 25th of Mable’s Smokehouse. Mable’s Smokehouse is owned by couple Meghan Love and Jeff Lutonsky who wanted simple and traditional Southern food. They promise to deliver borracho beans, Rotel-Velveeta dip, Luzianne sweet tea, hot links imported from Schwab’s in Oklahoma City, pulled-pork tamales, and, of course, pie. The selection of alcoholic drinks will be limited, with offerings of three vodkas, two gins, and a few bourbons.

Mable’s Smokehouse. 44 Berry St., entrance on N. 11th St., Williamsburg; 718-218-6655

Crif Dogs Brooklyn Officially Open

Last week we posted that Crif Dogs was set to open their Williamsburg outpost sometime the following week. The great news came today that they’re finally open and ready for business! We can hardly wait to give them a try. Eater reports:

The space boasts a collection of old skate boards, a couple of vintage video games, a hot dog mosaic, and plenty of seating for the local deep fried hot dog lovers. And now, she’s open to the public. Expect the usual roster of specialty dogs like the John John Deragon, the Tsunami, the BLT, the Garden State, and the Spicy Redneck along with some breakfast sandwiches (coming soon!) and a coffee window. They’re open from 7 AM – 1 AM during the week and until 3 AM on weekends.

Crif Dogs is located at 555 Driggs Street. 718.302.3200.

New Bars & Restaurants Round Up

It’s a new year and there are tons of recently opened spots for food and alcohol consumption. Below is a list of places to try in 2011.

Tuffet, a “cheese/meat/bar”  owned by a Market Table alum, opened on New Years Eve. Now that we’ve got our hangovers (& desire to eat nothing but wheatgrass and bean sprouts) mostly out of our systems, we’ll be looking forward to a visit to this intimate space, which features 15 rotating cheeses, cured and cooked meats, and a bar with wine on tap (!) 286 Graham Avenue, near Grand.

Walking into Cubana Social makes you immediately feel like you’ve been transported to 1950’s Cuba. The former cigar factory on N 6th Street has been transformed into a beautiful social club with high ceilings, brick columns, and a long counter that runs throughout the space. The food which is “traditional Cuban with a modern twist” nicely compliments the reasonably priced cocktails which run from $8-$10. Live jazz and salsa music is also slated to be part of the Cuban dining experience.  70 N. 6th Street, near Wythe Ave.

Feeling punchy? The Drink might cure what ails you. Metromix has a full report on this “vaguely nautical” watering hole, which focuses its ambitions squarely on ridding the spiked communal beverage of its association with prom disasters and pukey frat parties. Forget to leave room for the Holy Spirit with either a hot or cold cup of the stuff ($5) or really get the party started with an entire bowl ($43).  228 Manhattan Ave, between Grand and Maujer.

The musically themed bar LP & Harmony offers cheap drinks, a well-stocked jukebox, and open mic nights. It’s a strange mix between a sports bar with huge flat screen televisions showing the latest games, and a DIY music venue with local musicians singing in the background, and we’re not sure how we feel about it yet. There’s also a small dance floor with a DJ that begins every night after 10PM. In the summer, patrons will be able to drink the backyard garden which is always a plus. 683 Grand Street near Manhattan Avenue.

The Garden Spot Cafe is Greenpoint’s newest diner/coffee shop serving inexpensive staples that are necessary after a night out. We’ve been told the giant list of breakfast burritos is worth a try. 195 Franklin Street, near Green Street.

Calexico has finally come to Brooklyn, and we couldn’t be happier. The 65-seat eatery features new menu items such as fish tacos, grilled corn, and the 645 burger which is “a blend of brisket, chuck and short rib on a ciabatta bun with their signature chipotle “crack” sauce”. There’s a full bar that serves a variety of beer and cocktails, and a garden will be open in the warmer months. 645 Manhattan Avenue, near Moore Street.

Red Jacket Orchards Giving Away Free Juice Tomorrow

If you’re lucky enough to live off the Bedford L stop, tomorrow from 7-11AM you’ll be able to get a free fresh-pressed tart cherry nectar juice from Red Jacket Orchards as a thank you for supporting local agriculture as well as a reminder that they’ll be at The McCarren Park Greenmarket throughout the Winter selling apples, various seasonal fruits, jams, and cider. We love anything that is gratis, especially when it’s delicious juice.

4th Annual Cask Beer Festival @ dba Brooklyn This Weekend

c/o The Wrong Way

Although it’s only Tuesday morning, it’s not too early to begin making your weekend drinking plans. We highly suggest kicking off the New Year by stopping by the 4th Annual Williamsburg Cask Beer Festival at dba Brooklyn. What is cask beer you may ask? It’s unfiltered, unpasteurized beer brewed from traditional ingredients, matured and naturally carbonated by a second fermentation in the container from which it is manually dispensed. It’s typically served at cellar temperature, which is about 54 degrees.

The Cask Beer Festival takes place Friday 1/7 to Sunday 1/9 from 1pm onward at dba Brookly which is located at 113 North 7th Street. The festival will feature at least 15 rare and delicious cask beers tapped simultaneously. There’s no entry fee, and you pay per drink.