Lantern Hall, a new craft beer joint, is coming to Bushwick in December


Lantern Hall, credit Eater

New beer spots are always welcome! Looking forward to trying some British suds soon:

A new beer bar called Lantern Hall is slated to open in early December at 52 Harrison Place., right by the Morgan Avenue L stop. A British expat with fine dining experience is running the bar, while a New Orleans-taught chef is running the kitchen. Will Sperling, 29, used to be a manager at Craft Beer Co. in London and came to the U.S. to work in the hospitality industry — ultimately in the front of house at Gramercy Tavern and then The Clocktower. And chef Philip Immekus, also 29, takes inspiration for the American bar food menu from growing up in Southern Missouri and working in New Orleans. [Read more...]

Video: Eagles of Death Metal talk to Vice about Paris attack


Last week the band published a touching statement on Facebook about the tragedy:

While the band is now home safe, we are horrified and still trying to come to terms with what happened in France. Our thoughts and hearts are first and foremost with our brother Nick Alexander, our record company comrades Thomas Ayad, Marie Mosser, and Manu Perez, and all the friends and fans whose lives were taken in Paris, as well as their friends, families, and loved ones.

Although bonded in grief with the victims, the fans, the families, the citizens of Paris, and all those affected by terrorism, we are proud to stand together, with our new family, now united by a common goal of love and compassion. [Read more...]

LLama Inn, a new Peruvian restaurant, opens tonight in Williamsburg


You can check out their menu here. We’re looking forward to their “stoner brunch.”

“For me, there’s a lot more to it than what people think it is,” Erik Ramirez says from behind the robataya grill in the open kitchen at Llama Inn, the Williamsburg Peruvian restaurant he is opening as executive chef on Wednesday. Kitted in a pair of Stan Smiths and a custom apron from Jones of Boerum Hill — a little electric pink “Llama Inn” stitched along the belt tie — the 34-year-old chef who’s bringing a taste of Peru to the Brooklyn neighborhood is talking about his mission to combine the food of his heritage with the borough he calls home. [Read more...]

Gawker shifting focus to become political site, unclear if they will be ’20% nicer’


Nick Denton, and Heather Dietrick
Credit Jesse Dittmar for The New York Times

Perhaps this is penance for outing that Conde Nast exec a few months ago, but whatever the reason THIS is shocking. We’re not sure if covering politics will prove to be “20% nicer” than what they normally do, but we’re going to miss their potpourri of snark. That said, Alex Pareene is an ALWAYS entertaining political writer and we sure were sick of those 500 Days of Kristin posts showing up in their feed:, a site that pioneered the knowing and snarky tone that has come to define web journalism, will switch from covering New York and the media world, as it has done since its founding in 2003, to focus on politics.

The change, which comes as part of a broad reorganization of the site’s parent company, Gawker Media, was announced in a memo to the staff on Tuesday. The site, wrote Gawker’s founder, Nick Denton, “will ride the circus of the 2016 campaign cycle, seizing the opportunity to reorient its editorial scope on political news, commentary and satire.” [Read more...]

Video: burglars are stealing packages from North Brooklyn apartment lobbies


Gothamist has been reporting multiple burglaries of lobbies in Greenpoint and Williamsburg. Keep an eye out for your neighbors when those packages arrive from Amazon Prime! From the police report:

1) On Monday, October 19, 2015, between the hours of 1200 and 1500, the suspects entered the lobby of an apartment building on Woodpoint Road, within the confines of the 94 Precinct, and removed a package that had been left there, a queen size bed frame. [Read more...]

Roberta’s is doing a “Kitchen Takeover” at Humboldt & Jackson this week


credit Nell Casey/Gothamist

John Stewart would be appalled, but the menu is focused on deep dish-style pizza:

On Friday’s debut, the kitchen had sold out of the 150 pies they’d allocated for the evening by 6:30 p.m., just an hour and a half after the pop-up began at 5 p.m. It’s no surprise that anything by Roberta’s draws a crowd, and these pies are most definitely worth ducking out of work a few minutes early. Pizza expert Adam Kuban described Detroit-style pizza as having “perimeter of crisp, almost-fried cheese” and that’s definitely the case here. The crust also has a puffier, focaccia-like texture but with a more buttery consistency. Because of the richness of the crust and style, we thought the red sauce versions of the pies had a slight edge over their white sisters, which were richer by-and-large. [Read more...]

Williamsburg’s -321° Ice Cream Shop uses liquid nitrogen for made-to-order ice cream


-321 Ice Cream Shop; credit Eater

We can’t wait to try it, though Eater warns that the waits can be brutal. From the -321 website:

Often, we get what is purported to be gourmet ice cream, but that distinction means little when it is served out of its optimal temperature: too cold means ice crystals and lack of freshness. Not cold enough means a soupy lack of consistency…. After seeing the use of liquid nitrogen in the ice cream making process abroad and on the west coast, we decided to develop our own unique liquid nitrogen method for NYC. The result is a -321° F experience that stimulates the visual and gustatory perceptions and will leave anyone’s mind blown…. When you order your ice cream, we make it from scratch—with the freshest ingredients—right there for you to see. Come see and taste for yourself just how our product stands out from every other ice cream experience. This is truly the wave of the future as it comes to ice cream; we are excited to bring it to you.

-321° Ice Cream Shop
288 Grand Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Crown Victoria fires staff members for ignoring pleas of woman who was assaulted


On Halloween night, Akilah Hughes — a comedian and writer with a popular YouTube channel and an active social media presence — was allegedly assaulted outside Williamsburg’s Crown Vic. She took to Twitter and Tumblr the following day accusing the security and staff of turning her away after being punched in the face directly in front of their bar. The Tumblr post went viral. Here’s her account of how it went down:

I was at a different bar with friends. This guy came up to me and started touching my hair and getting in my face. I told him to leave me alone. His girlfriend got in my face and I told her to control her boy. Security came and escorted him out. [Read more...]