10,000-square-foot MP Taverna coming soon to Williamsburg

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Michael Psilakis credit: Joe Hume

The opening date is still TBD, but celebrity chef Michael Psilakis will open his latest version of MP Taverna at 470 Driggs Avenue. We sure miss the days when the closest thing we had to a celebrity chef was Andrew Tarlow.

Often referred to as the “Godfather of Greek Cuisine,” [Michael Psilakis] made his name at upscale restaurants like Onera and Dona; he’s received James Beard Award nominations, as well as Chef of the Year distinctions from Bon Appétit and Esquire; he’s published a top-selling cookbook, and has banked enough television appearances (BBC America’s No Kitchen Required, Food Network’s Best Thing I Ever Ate) to cement his status as a bona fide celebrity. [Read more...]

Sick of the L Train? Williamsburg could get its own gondola

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Sounds like a good idea to us, and its cheaper than expanding the subway lines:

A top real estate executive from Brooklyn is proposing a high-speed sky gondola between the Brooklyn waterfront and Manhattan — a back-to-the-future form of mass transit that could ease congestion on ferries, subways and bridges.

The so-called East River Skyway would be comprised of high-speed aerial cable cars, moving New Yorkers to Manhattan in less than four minutes. The cars could accommodate more than 5,000 people per hour in both directions.

“(It) would be a relatively inexpensive and quickly deployable solution,” said Daniel Levy, president of East River Skyway and real estate website CityRealty. “It is essential to adapt New York City’s transportation system to serve residents in these booming areas.” [Read more...]

No. 7 Sub set to reopen on Wednesday as a bar

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931 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 389-7775
no7north.com

 

We already love the food. Now we’ll be able to get boozy there too. They’re set to reopen this Wednesday.

The place is a mashup of the sub shop and the team’s Fort Greene restaurant No. 7, explains co-owner Tyler Kord. “We’re just trying to do a nice neighborhood bar where you can come and have broccoli tacos and a bunch of simple cocktails and feel really good about everything that’s going on in your life.” Read on for the full menu, which still has some subs, but also a whole lot more.

In addition to those double decker broccoli tacos, the menu includes a grilled Caesar salad, steak frites, and some tricked out “altered beast fries” topped with pickled peppers, mozzarella, feta, and roasted tomato mayo. A list of sandwiches ranges from No. 7 Sub classics like the zucchini parm (with fontina and barbecue potato chips) to a cheeseburger topped with muchim pickles and grape jelly mayo. The drinks menu offers borough-themed cocktails and some updated classics, along with three boozy desserts drinks like a root beer float made with Bailey’s and vodka. Plus, Kord adds, “we have a sweet pool table.” The shop will be open starting at 11.a.m. Wednesdays through Mondays.

Here’s the menu: [Read more...]

Weekend Shopping: Renegade Craft Fair and Brooklyn Antiques and Book Fair

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Renegade Craft Fair

On the Williamsburg and Greenpoint waterfront this weekend shop ’til you drop, or, well get rained on. On Saturday & Sunday, there’s The Renegade Craft Fair:

The Renegade Craft Fair will return to Brooklyn, NY for a top shelf, indie-craft explosion. RCF will bring movers and makers of all varieties to 50 KENT (between 11th and 12th streets) on September 13 + 14. Market hours are from 11 am – 6 pm both Saturday and Sunday.

Just down the street in the just-opened Brooklyn Expo Center, there’s The Brooklyn Antiques and Book Fair on Saturday and Sunday:

110 dealers from all over the eastern seabord selling their best antiques with an emphasis on mid-century, decorative arts, fine art, jewelry , art deco, folk art, Americana, arts and crafts, and some of the best book and ephemera dealers in the business presenting vintage and antiquarian books on every subject matter, manuscripts, photographs, ephemera, prints, autographs, posters, and so much more.

LOVEGUN – Williamsburg’s newest gay club opens tonight

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LOVEGUN opens tonight at 617 Grand Street

We already love Metropolitan and This & That and tonight, the Coop’s boyfriend Benjamin Maisani is opening Lovegun on Grand Street.

From the owners of Eastern Bloc, Bedlam and Atlas Social Club comes LOVEGUN, a brand new gay bar slated to open on Grand Street next week, September 12. With two main floors, a sunken lounge area and two full service bars, LOVEGUN is clearly set to carve its place out in the Brooklyn queer scene.

LOVEGUN will open with a bang, with NYC promoter Frankie Sharp kicking off his new party “GIRLS” on the first night of business.

Maisani says LOVEGUN is “Studio 54 meets Cruising

At Eastern Bloc, Maisani and Dryden noticed that many of their customers were making the trek across the East River to party, so they decided it was time to bring the party to Billyburg. “We thought we could do something cool out here,” Dryden says.

“Even though Brooklyn has exploded in the last few years, there’s not as much being offered for the community here, as opposed to somewhere like Hell’s Kitchen, where you have 19 bars in a very small radius,” says Raimondi on a hot late-summer afternoon over the sounds of construction going on inside the bar. “That was definitely one of the things motivating us to make the move.” [Read more...]

Vogue says Bushwick is the seventh coolest place on the planet

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Not sure we can trust them because, well, its Vogue. Plus, they included a neighborhood in Florida. Here’s what they say about Bushwick:

As far as buzz goes, few neighborhoods garner as much attention—globally—as Bushwick. Believe the hype: this area, located in north Brooklyn, claims cutting-edge galleries (like an outpost of Luhring Augustine, which reps Christopher Wool, Joel Sternfeld, and the very much in demand Jeff Elrod) to Jay Z–approved restaurants (Enter: Roberta’s). Pop-up late-nights, an eatery in a defunct gas station—check out the recently opened Montana’s Trailhouse—and a vinyl-recycling jewelry label called Wrecords By Monkey are all within a few blocks. Time to hop on the L!

Restaurant opening round-up: Humboldt & Jackson, Orleans, and Cow & Clover

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Humboldt & Jackson, credit (Daniel Krieger)

Humboldt & Jackson
434 Humboldt Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222 (Williamsburg)
(718)349-3355
humboldtandjackson.com

Eater has the scoop:

This new bar from Brooklyn Star restaurateur Bill Reed offers an all-American list of wines and beers, plus bar snacks like beer cheese and chicken liver mousse. [Read more...]

Put your balls away Mac DeMarco

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Canada’s TOPS have a video for their new single, “Way to Be Loved,” and it features a cameo (inexplicably) from Mac Demarco’s sack. (See the 1:46 mark.) Needless to say, it’s not safe for work, unless looking at someone’s balls hanging out of their jeans is acceptable at your job. That said, we love the song!

A couple more by TOPS, who we’ve been enjoying: [Read more...]