Ryujin Ramen – now open in Williamsburg


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It’s freezing outside. Bring on the ramen! Ryujin Ramen Brooklyn just opened at 513 Grand Street in Williamsburg:

Ryujin Ramen Brooklyn opened at 513 Grand Street on February 1 and they’re serving up a secret dish. Unfortunately, I’ve been asked not to name it, but I can tell you that it’s one of the most popular broths in Japan. Chef-owner Kazuya Miyashita says it’s very time-intensive to make, so he’ll only be making 10 servings a day. Those 10 servings will go to the first 10 customers who ask for the flavor by name. [Read more...]

Death and Co. restaurateur bringing huge vegan restaurant complex to Williamsburg


Ravi DeRossi, credit Yana Paskova for The New York Times

He’ll be bringing a meat-free Avant Garden outpost to a building somewhere near McCarren Park later this year:

Ravi DeRossi is about to go all-in with veganism. The restaurateur behind Avant Garden and Death and Co. has been thinking about environmental waste and factory farming, and now, he wants to put his money where his mouth is. DeRossi plans to make as many of his 15 bars and restaurants animal-free as possible — starting with tiki bar Mother of Pearl, which will be eliminating all animal products on February 14. [Read more...]

Emily pizza opening an outpost called Emmy Squared in Williamsburg


credit: Melissa Hom

The just-opened Bill Baker’s Restaurant and Bar is closed. That was fast. We’re sorry to seem them go, but are looking forward to this:

There is a (small) shake-up happening in the Brooklyn pizza scene: You’ll recall that, late last year, Matt and Emily Hyland, the duo behind Brooklyn’s popular Emily, announced they’d open their square-pie spinoff, Emmy Squared, in Clinton Hill, near their original location. The couple, along with chef-partner Lou Tomczak, signed a lease in November on a small space on the same block as their first restaurant, but now, because of a legal dispute with the landlord, they’ve opted to open in a different neighborhood. That neighborhood: Williamsburg. [Read more...]

Vampire Weekend played a huge rally for Sanders


First it was Killer Mike. Now Vampire Weekend is pledging their support to Sanders. Well, at least most of the band:

Because Vampire Weekend co-founder Rostam Batmanglij left the band earlier this week, Ezra Koenig is performing with a makeshift band, made up of Vampire Weekend drummer Chris Tomson, Dirty Projectors’ Dave Longstreth, comedic duo the Lucas Bros, and the University of Iowa’s Hawkapellas—an all-female a cappella group. (“Bernie can call that Vampire Weekend if he likes,” he said.)
Prior to the rally, they performed at the Java House in Iowa City. Watch some clips from the event (including “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “This Land Is Your Land” sing-alongs)

Video below: [Read more...]

Verb Cafe reopens in Greenpoint


The Verb Cafe in Greenpoint (Photo: Nicole Disser/Bedford & Bowery)

We mourned the loss when the original Verb closed to become an artisinal soap store. Ugh. Now, they’ve reopened in Greenpoint:

Old-timers rejoice, because Verb Cafe is back and maybe even better than it was when it closed. Cisco Rodriguez, who had worked at Verb for 14 years, now runs and owns Verb 2.0 which quietly opened on Nassau Avenue in Greenpoint just after Thanksgiving… [Read more...]

The Regal opens tonight in Williamsburg


The Regal; credit Eater

It’s from the same people who operate the Hotel Chantelle. Eater has more:

The team behind Lower East Side restaurant Hotel Chantelle has taken over the space next to the Williamsburg Bridge at 163 Hope Street that housed Hope Garage. Seth Levine, Ravi Patel, Frank Alessio, and Kyle O’ Brien are partnering with Hope Garage’s former owner Delores Hoskins Auguet in The Regal, a 70-seat diner and [Read more...]

Ridgewood Masonic Temple to become apartments

Credit: Lore Croghan/Brooklyn Eagle

Credit: Lore Croghan/Brooklyn Eagle

Sad but predictable news for this landmark building, which incidentally is in Bushwick, not Ridgewood. We miss the days when it was a great music venue.

A Bushwick Masons’ lodge that was one of Brooklyn’s coolest indie concert venues — for a while — is a step closer to getting a residential makeover.

On Tuesday, the city Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) unanimously approved the owner’s plan to build an addition on the top and rear of the Masonic Temple at 1054 Bushwick Ave. and turn the iconic property into an apartment house. [Read more...]

Chicago chef popular with the Obamas just opened a new Italian joint in Wburg


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The restaurant is called Lilia and it’s a partnership with the owners of Anella & Jimmy’s:

Chef Missy Robbins, who helped make Chicago’s Spiaggia a destination for the Obamas, has opened a restaurant on a quiet stretch of Union Avenue in Williamsburg. The A Voce vet is cooking up rustic Italian at her restaurant Lilia, with a focus on handmade pastas and seafood and meat cooked in a custom-made wood grill diners can peek at through the open kitchen. The former auto-body shop has been given several refinements including handmade tiles and wooden banquettes, but the refurbished iron casement windows are original in keeping with the neighborhood’s love of all things vintage. [Read more...]