Williamsburg’s Cubana Social is closing on Saturday


Apparently, Cubana Social is yet another casualty of rent hikes as Williamsburg becomes more and more unaffordable. A longtime FreeWilliamsburg favorite, we’re going to miss their Cuban-style, slow-roasted pork which was a staple for the neighborhood. Christina Bouza, who founded Cubana Social, posted these words about the closing on the restaurant’s website:

Maybe what’s most special is the energy felt within our walls from the people who’ve come together and contributed their love. Notably, much of Cubana’s staff & musician family has been with us since the beginning. Quite unusually, we’ve experienced more of a change in neighbors than employees. Cubana Social is one of few remaining old faces in a barely recognizable Williamsburg. While realtors have taken the place of artists in curating a new surreality, rents have soared sky high, fueling the cycle of displacement. [Read more…]

Megadeth may be playing Saint Vitus tonight

ICYMI: #Unibroue A TOUT LE MONDE and STVTS present: VIC AND THE RATTLEHEADS So these are the rules to get tickets so pay attention! 1. Only them. No openers 2. Tickets will be available for purchase AT THE BAR ONLY on Thursday 12/8 and Friday 12/9 from 6-8PM, and Saturday 12/10 from 2-4PM, selling 60 tickets each day. 3. Tickets are $50 and cash only. Tickets will be all will call and non transferable. First-come, first-served. Again, we are only selling 60 tickets each day so when they're gone, we're done! TIPS FOR SUCCESS: 1. Press "Going" on the event page (shared below), and we'll be posting in real time how many tickets are left/when sold out each day. If you don't press "Going," you won't get the notifications! Also, don't forget to subscribe to Saint Vitus events and never miss a thing! 2. GOOD LUCK! MAY THE KRAMPUS BE WITH YOU. #tixonsale #unibrouebeer #svbshows #saintvitusbar #atoutlemonde #brooklyn #greenpoint #metal

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BrooklynVegan sure thinks so.

As mentioned, Megadeth are playing the Epiphone Revolver Music Awards at Webster Hall on Tuesday (12/13), which frontman Dave Mustaine is also hosting. You may remember Mustaine promoted the awards by bartending at Greenpoint’s Saint Vitus. The venue just put up the above image on their instragram which seems to suggest that Megadeth is playing Saint Vitus on Monday (12/12). [Read more…]

Check out the ‘Mean Girls’ winter talent show next Weds at Brooklyn Bazaar

You remember Mean Girls, right? The 2004 classic starring Lindsay Lohan before she became a total trainwreck. Next Wednesday in Greenpoint, BBQ Films will be showing the film as an “immersive cinematic experience” with lots of surprises including an appearance by Kevin G himself:

On Wednesday, December 14th, your very own North Shore High School is hosting their annual Winter Talent Show. [Read more…]

Los Sures is screening in Brooklyn on Dec 9th

The highly acclaimed documentary film Los Sures is back! Shot by Diego Echeverria on 16mm film in 1984, this documentary tells the story of “The Southside” of Williamsburg, a far different neighborhood from what we know today. If there was ever a film to be considered required viewing for anyone living in Williamsburg, this is that film.

Los Sures skillfully represents the challenges of its time: drugs, gang violence, crime, abandoned real estate, racial tension, single-parent homes, and inadequate local resources in Brooklyn’s Los Sures neighborhood. Yet Echeverria’s portrait also celebrates the vitality of this community, showing the strength of their culture, their creativity, and their determination to overcome a desperate situation. Los Sures is both an invaluable record of pre-gentrification Brooklyn and an ode to a community’s resilience.

After a spattering of screenings, and a springtime run at Metrograph in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, the documentary Los Sures returns home to Brooklyn, at Dobbin St, for one night only.

Los Sures, Screening and Community Discussion
at Dobbin St.
Friday, December 9th
Doors at 7pm, Film at 7:30pm
Tickets available now.

Following the screening, local writer Andy P. Smith will lead a conversation with UnionDocs Founder and Artistic Director Christopher Allen.

Modern Love – a new vegan cafe is open in Williamsburg

Brussels & Shitake Bacon: credit Christian Hansen

Brussels & Shitake Bacon: credit Christian Hansen

If you’re a fan of inventive vegan cuisine — Butternut Gnocchi, Brussels & Shitake Bacon, Hen Of The Woods Piccata, you’re in luck.

Isa Chandra Moskowitz describes the menu of Modern Love, her recently opened Williamsburg restaurant, as “swanky vegan comfort food,” but mostly it’s just inspired by the food she ate growing up here in the city.

“When people think comfort food, they might think Southern, but I just look at all different types of food that have comforted me throughout my life,” she says on a Thursday afternoon at the restaurant, as staff prepares for their 5:30 p.m. opening. “Chinese food, Indian food, Jewish food obviously. Our menu has some Russian influences, some French-Canadian influences, but it’s really all through the lens of a Brooklyn Jew.” [Read more…]

Restaurant round-up: Bar Velo and Taqueria Santa Fe open, Paulie Gee’s gets petitioned and more


Bar Velo

In Williamsburg, a new vegetarian restaurant and bar has opened in the former home of Moto called Bar Velo:

Longtime Williamsburg haunt Cafe Moto has been reborn as a cycling enthusiast’s temple to two-wheeled transportation called Bar Velo, opening Monday on Broadway. John McCormick shut down his 14-year restaurant a few months back to retool the design a bit and update the menu to be completely vegetarian. And in the spring, they’ll launch Velo-To-Go, offering grocery-type things like bread, fruit and flowers plus…cycling gear. [Read more…]

Priests playing Brooklyn Night Bazaar, tickets on-sale now


If you haven’t seen Priests perform, they put on a fantastic live show. We’ve been enjoying their new single “Pink White House” from the forthcoming album Nothing Feels Natural which drops January 27. Check it out below. You can grab tickets to the their January 28 show in Brooklyn here at Brooklyn Night Bazaar. [Read more…]

Photos: GWAR played House of Vans last night

14639668_10154794626238694_642152710955047330_nHalloween would not be Halloween without GWAR, and Brooklyn was lucky enough to have the Richmond band perform a free blood-drenched show at House of Vans on Saturday. Playing into the angst of the 2016 political season, the show featured a cage-match between a costumed Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump – neither of them fared well.

As is to be expected at a GWAR show, no one left the venue without getting completely drenched in synthetic blood. [Read more…]