Hannibal Buress on his favorite spots in Williamsburg

credit: Vice/Elizabeth Renstrom

credit: Vice/Elizabeth Renstrom

The Village Voice just published a local’s guide to New York neighborhoods, appointing Hannibal Buress of Broad City fame as Williamsburg’s local expert. Buress, who lives in Williamsburg, loves the chicken sandwich at The Commodore, the bibimbap at Dokebi, and watching NBA playoff games at Mulholland’s. Sadly, the Voice didn’t include Bushwick or Greenpoint so we don’t know where Zosia Mamet (Bushwick resident) likes to hang:

Commodore (366 Metropolitan Avenue) is a good start, because I go there after Knitting Factory shows. Their chicken sandwich is good. They have some good DJs sometimes. Bartenders are cool. It’s a good spot. [Read more…]

22-year old fatally shot at Bushwick’s Brooklyn Asylum

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We have few details, and no arrests have been made, but the tragic shooting occurred in the Bushwick club last night at 5:20 AM:

A 22-year-old man was fatally shot in the face inside an illegal nightclub in Brooklyn early Sunday, cops said. [Read more…]

Mezcaleria La Milagrosa – a Williamsburg speakeasy hidden behind a Mexican deli’s freezer


The hidden bar is in the back of a bodega on Havemeyer Street. It’s owned by the same people behind the fantastic Mexican joint, La Superior. If you can get in, they serve five types of Margaritas: regular, mezcal, Jamaica, guava and tamarind. The Observer, which is no longer owned by Complicit Kushner, has more:

Mezcaleria La Milagrosa is a new concept locale from Felipe Mendez, the chef and owner of Williamsburg’s La Superior and Cerveceria Havemeyer, which is located just next door. Unlike Mendez’s other restaurants, this mezcal bar is exceedingly difficult to find for those who don’t know about it—and there’s a disco ball. [Read more…]

Brooklyn Flea returning to Williamsburg in April


Sure, we’re about to be blanketed in two feet of snow by Stella, the ominous Nor’easter that’s approaching. But be that as it may, Spring is just around the corner. Starting April 1, Brooklyn Flea will be happening on Saturdays in Williamsburg. We sadly said goodbye to the Sunday Flea in 2015, so we’re happy to see them return. Sorry Fort Greene:

The original, Brooklyn Flea, has just announced that it’s folding up its Fort Greene market– yes, the one that started it all– and moving it to Williamsburg. The Saturday Flea, which has been in Fort Greene for nine years, will now take place alongside Saturday Smorgasburg in East River State Park. [Read more…]

One Bedford opening next week in former home of Nights & Weekends

Nights & Weekends; credit The Infatuation

Nights & Weekends; credit The Infatuation

We told you that Nights & Weekends recently closed. We were, of course, seriously bummed since it was one of the best places in Greenpoint to have a cocktail and snack. Thankfully, the same owner is opening a new cafe in the same location at 1 Bedford Ave:

Alexandra Siwiec is transforming her old flatiron-shaped spot, Nights and Weekends, into a round-the-clock cafe and restaurant.

We’re told One Bedford should soft-open by next weekend, and will feature Colombian coffee from Williamsburg’s Devocion by day and Old World wines, aperitifs, “mid-century classic cocktails,” spiked coffee, and frozen punches by night. [Read more…]

Restaurant roundup: vegan joint by Chloe opens today, Tacombi coming soon


by Chloe; credit Mikey Pozarik

It’s late winter and things are slow in the restaurant world, but there are a couple of openings happening. Popular vegan chain by Chloe (yes another chain) is opening tomorrow on North 3rd Street in Williamsburg. Expect Tempeh Burgers, Pesto Meatballs and other vegan comfort food:

Burgeoning vegan chain by Chloe begins its next chapter tomorrow, opening a new outpost in Williamsburg, its fourth in New York City and first outside of Manhattan. Located on North 3rd Street off Bedford Avenue, the chain joins other local and more corporate entities like Parm and Whole Foods in opening a location in Condoburg. Expect an announcement from Shake Shack imminently. [Read more…]

Mast Brothers say Remeltgate was fake news

Photo: mastbrothers.com

Photo: mastbrothers.com

Back in 2015, you likely remember that the Mast Brothers were accused of being ‘the Milli Vanilli of chocolate‘ for allegedly melting down pre-made chocolate and repackaging it. In a conversation with Fortune, the brothers claim the allegations were false. Still, one fact remains indisputable: those beards are ridiculous:

“People were spreading this idea that we remelt Hershey bars and throw our packaging on it… which is of course not true.” The question of how Mast Brothers makes its chocolate bars vacillated between “hilarious” (making fun of the founders’ facial hair) and “creepy” (family members were harassed on social media). [Read more…]

Williamsburg’s BrisketTown is shutting down on Sunday

Bill Murray's a fan; Credit facebook.com/DelaneyBBQ

Bill Murray’s a fan; Credit facebook.com/DelaneyBBQ

Sad news for BBQ lovers, but the popular south Williamsburg restaurant is getting pushed out by developers “intent on knocking down the building.” At least we’ll still have Fette Sau and Mable’s (for now). The owners of Delaney BBQ posted a statement this morning on Facebook:

In 2012, when I had the wacky idea to lug a behemoth of a BBQ smoker from Austin to Brooklyn, I had no idea what I was getting myself into, just a vague notion that I’d learn to make brisket. As it turned out, the next four years of my life would be my best yet. The idea became a project, and the project a business. From staying up all night cooking in my folks’ backyard in Jersey, to organizing Brisketlab, to opening BrisketTown, to developing a catering company, and eventually starting the development of retail products, we’ve done so much. Which is why it is bittersweet to announce the next chapter in this journey. [Read more…]