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