Zagat says Paulie has New York’s best pies

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Paulie Gee, credit NY Times

I love Paulie’s so I was happy to see this – even though Totonno’s and Roberta’s have a slight edge in my opinion. Hopefully, the foot traffic the rating is sure to inspire won’t be as annoying as what we see outside of that overrated tourist trap Grimaldi’s. From Gothamist:

The 30,592 diners who participated in this year’s Google-owned Zagat Survey have spoken and declared that Greenpoint pie purveyor Paulie Gee’s fires up the city’s top pizza. In the 2015 guide, which was released today, the eaters lauded the “destination-worthy”—that’s called “borough-shaming,” Zagat!—pizzeria’s “one-of-a-kind” toppings and Paulie’s hands-on service as their favorite pick of the city’s dense pizza population. Following closely behind Paulie’s funky pies were the offerings at Lucali in Carroll Gardens, Juliana’s in Dumbo, Totonno’s of Coney Island and then Bushwick’s Roberta’s.

If the Brooklyn theme was apparent in the pizza category, it’s with good reason. The borough saw a 28% increase in the number of eateries reviewed, with 340 establishments making this year’s list. Of those, Williamsburg’s St. Anselm was ranked best of the borough, calling the steakhouse “cool” but “unpretentious” and saying that it has some of “the city’s best” beef. Other top borough picks included SriPraPhai, a Thai eatery in Queens; Roberto’s Italian in the Bronx; and Denino’s Pizzeria, taking home top honors for Staten Island.

More information about Paulie Gees here. Oh and nice URL, Gothamist: burnt_ashy_pizza_ftw.

Arrogant Swine opens tonight with live music, free tattoos and boobs

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Arrogant Swine, Credit Scott Lynch

After teasing us for months, Tyson Ho’s whole-hog, North Carolina-style BBQ joint and beer garden is finally opening tonight in Bushwick. (We refuse to call it East Williamsbug.) The opening party will be a carnival of silliness featuring live music, free tattoos and boobs.

Bushwick Burlesque will be performing, as will musician and Bushwick resident Reverend Vince Anderson. Some artists who work with the Bushwick Collective will be on hand to finish up their murals. A representative from Founders Brewing Co. will be there with giveaways.

And an artist from Gnostic Tattoo, a parlor at 1089 Flushing Ave., will offer a free tattoo, featuring a pig, for those who are interested. There will be three options for the tattoos, which will range from “mild” to “slightly racy” to “oh my God,” Ho said.

“I haven’t looked at them yet,” he said. “I believe heavily in allowing artists to have full creative bandwidth.”

Here’s how Ho describes his 3,000 square foot beer hall:

The Arrogant Swine is an American Beer Hall nestled in the quaint little artistic village of Bushwick in Brooklyn. Bushwick is an enchanted land filled with dancing gnomes & frilocking nymphs. [Read more...]

Robert Plant playing Brooklyn Bowl this Thursday

81-elgThe good news is the Led Zeppelin frontman and cultural icon is playing a very small venue. The bad new is tickets are $125. Oh and he’ll be performing “radically refigured takes on the Led Zeppelin classics” and new music that “melds blues, Celtic folk, West African music, Arabian elements and stone cold rock” — which sounds awful.

Still, it is Robert Plant, so it’s ALMOST worth it if you have a spare $250 bucks laying around.


Tickets go on-sale today at 3pm.

This Sunday: TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint food fest

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The annual event is September  7th from 1pm – 5pm at The East River State Park.

And this year, it’s for a good cause too so you can feel guilt-free about stuffing your face. All proceeds go towards the building of the Northside Town Hall Community and Cultural Center:

 

Venders to include : [Read more...]

Twin Peaks are playing tonight in Williamsburg

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Pitchfork didn’t give it much love, but we’ve been thoroughly enjoying their latest, Wild Onion. They play Baby’s All Right tonight with The Lemons and Winston. Here’s their latest single, “Flavor”:
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Diesel is the next big chain coming to Williamsburg

Credit: Heller Organization via Brownstoner

Credit: Heller Organization via Brownstoner

And it continues…

Diesel is coming to Williamsburg and plans to open a concept shop sometime this month. The speciality retailer signed a lease at one of the new buildings near McCarren Park, the Karl Fischer-designed 101 Bedford, real estate firm Heller Organization announced. “The brand really resonates with people who live and shop in this part of the neighborhood,” said an exec with Heller in a prepared statement. The asking rent was $175 a square foot. Urban Outfitters was the first chain to open a concept shop in the neighborhood when it opened earlier this year.

Spike Hill, Tai Thai, Pinkyotto and Bedford Ave deli may get torn down by highest bidder

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Because we absolutely would prefer a Zara or Banana Republic showroom in Williamsburg! From Crain’s:

In a harbinger of major change in the area near the L-train stop in the heart of Williamsburg, two prime Bedford Avenue development sites recently hit the market there. The first site at 184-186 Bedford Ave. between North Sixth and North Seventh streets is home to bar and live-music venue Spike Hill Music. It carries an asking price of $19.5 million. Meanwhile, just a block south at 204-206 Bedford Ave.—in a site that a Thai restaurant, a deli and a women’s clothing store call home—a “For Sale” sign has also appeared. There the asking price comes to a tidy $23 million.

Both properties sit a block from the Bedford stop on the L train. Due to their unusually wide frontage on Williamsburg’s main shopping drag, both carry the potential for a developer to tear down the buildings and rebuilt with a focus on retail. [Read more...]

Now open: Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co.

Early in its history, Greenpoint was the home of dozens of shipyards scattered along the East River. Until recently, the neighborhood’s rich maritime history had all but been forgotten until a handful of seafood restaurants — Lobster Joint, The Bounty, Achilles Heel — began paying homage to Greenpoint’s roots.

Now, with the opening of Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. the neighborhood has an excellent seafood market and New England -style fish counter too. The understated space is warm and inviting, with black and white tiled floors, a raw bar, and a marble bar. Up front, Vinny Milburn is in charge of the market featuring fresh locally-sourced seafood and in the back Adam Geringer-Dunn runs the kitchen. The bar features a handful of craft beers and a small, but lovingly-curated selection of wines that pair well with oysters and the other light fare on the menu. [Read more...]