Gotham Market at The Ashland is not only located in a prime location—steps away from 11 subway lines, Barclays Center, and all BAM locations—but it also features seven (yes, SEVEN) restaurants and three bars.
We’re all tired of lamenting the closures of our favorite DIY venues. Shea Stadium. Aviv. Don Pedro. DBA. And the list goes on. Thankfully, Bushwick’s cool councildude Rafael Espinal is working to create a task force to help DIY spaces and smaller venues thrive: The bill introduced Thursday by City Councilman Rafael Espinal would create […]
14xNights Brooklyn Writer’s Residency aims to “offer an opportunity for a young writer to explore his or her craft for two weeks in the greatest city in the world.”
If you haven’t heard the term Millennial Pink (sometimes called Tumblr Pink) it’s been popping up in a handful of trend articles recently noting the ubiquity of the color. From rose-colored iPhones, to unicorn Frappuccinos, to toilet-seat covers, the presence of the color pink on Amazon and Instagram has been growing for years and is now bordering on the ridiculous. […]
A meal served on naked bodies by ‘lascivious lady servants and man slaves.’ An interactive human candelabra and hot wax play area. A private dungeon. Fire performances. A sensual lounge area. This immersive LUST Party would make Stefon proud. It’s all going down at Lot 45 this Friday, June 16th, in Bushwick. You can grab […]
The much anticipated Casa Pública had a soft opening last Friday at 594 Union Ave, just down the street from buzz restaurant Lilia. It was packed when we stopped by and with its opening is making Union Ave a new hot-spot in Williamsburg dining. Grub Street has more: The restaurant’s design is influenced by Mexico […]
Sure, you should cover your mouth, but this is insane: The suspect and the 45-year-old man were waiting at the First Avenue station just before 3:30 a.m. on May 23 when they got got into an argument after the man coughed, police said. The train arrived and the man jumped into the last car as […]
The skies have finally cleared, so it will be the perfect night to see 2013’s The Punk Singer on the deck of McCarren Park Pool. The film focuses on Kathleen Hanna and the riot grrrl movement. The screening is free and is part of the city’s Movies Under the Stars series. If you’re looking to […]
An atmospheric Japanese restaurant the serves great izakaya and pretty good sushi. We’re never blown away by the latter here, but still love coming to feast on a few small dishes like Pork Betty, fried chicken, and dumplings. If you’re itching for sushi, get one of their sushi bombs which is essentially a dome-shaped roll. Their cocktails are strong and delicious and overall this is a great spot to have a few snacks with friends.
Here’s the kicker, Bozu isn’t even really a sushi restaurant. It’s “Japanese Tapas,” because of course it is. I think what that means is that they have all kinds of inventive small plates on the strange tiny plastic menu they hand you, a few of which we tried and cared for very little. What that also means is that you won’t find straightforward sushi here either. What you will find are sushi “bombs,” which are basically rice and fish and other stuff pressed together into a neat dome shaped thing. The bombs we liked.
Eating here is a blast, and their sushi is the bomb-quite literally. The unique sushi bombs (flat coin-like rice cakes topped with fish, spicy sauces and such) are one of the kitchen’s signature dishes and for good reason. But do try the tender pork Betty and delicious fried tako balls too. The menu here has been described as “authentically inauthentic.” But however named, the important thing is that the food is executed with care and attention.
Bozu chef-owner Makoto Suzuki has expanded the definition of Japanese tapas (if there is one) to include deep-fried kataifi-crusted shrimp, pumpkin risotto croquettes stuffed with mozzarella, and an unconventional version of sushi. Suzuki’s “bombs” are the shape of things to come—small mounds of rice tinted red from cabbage or pink from codfish roe, and topped either traditionally (salmon, tuna, eel) or not (radish, mint leaf, green tomato sauce). These light bites can be eaten at the bar, on epoxy tables ringed with Eames chairs, or on the back deck.
A minimalist sushi spot in South Williamsburg from the same owners behind Bozu and Momo Sushi Shack. Everything is fresh and inventive so simply order the Omakase (the chef’s choice of sushi) and sit back and enjoy. If you’re not feeling like sushi, snacks like Shrimp Dumplings, Beef Curry Pan, and Fried Chicken are also available. On the downside, 1 or 8 is expensive for South Williamsburg with one signature roll that costs a staggering $50.
1 or 8 provides a more traditional, upscale approach than most other Japanese spots in the neighborhood; perfectly executed basic rolls accompany interesting variations on classics; sashimi is expertly sliced and evenly textured, and soft tuna and Atlantic salmon are exceptionally fresh. Shrimp is tasty (if a bit tough), but the naturally fishy mackerel is nicely subtle. There are a few cooked entrées, including a vegetable plate, a chicken pot-au-feu, and pork belly two ways, but the real treat here is the omakase, course after course of treats at the chef’s whim
this Japanese “find” turns out “exceptional sushi” and other “original” “culinary creations” in an “inviting space” with all-white, “modern” decor; also touted for “telepathic service” and an “under-the-radar omakase” deal, it’s “a real treat” for those in the know.