Roberta’s new takeout restaurant now serving breakfast to go

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Morgan stoppers are gonna be blissed out about this. Now they can grab bagels in the AM and still stop by later for a pizza on the run:

The bakers are offering everything bagels schmeared with cream cheese, plus parfaits, off-menu bialys, and an egg sandwich similar to the one on offer in the restaurant. Back in the days when Melissa Weller was baking for Roberta’s, the restaurant was offering some standout bagels, but they disappeared when Weller left to work on her own project with the Torrisi boys. It’s unclear if these newbies are made from the same recipe. [Read more...]

Top five shows of the weekend

skeletonwitch5) Frankie Cosmos, Porches, Regal Degal, Rivergazer at Baby’s All Right’s 1st birthday party (dawwwwwww)

It’s hard to believe it, but it’s been a full year since South Williamsburg’s finest (well after Death By Audio and Glasslands, of course) venue opened it’s pristine, lacquered doors. Like most “babies,” I suspect the folks who run Baby’s All Right won’t remember much of their first birthday as they celebrate one of the best debut years a music venue has seen in some time. They’re still figuring some things out and finding their niche like any baby, but the indie pop heavy lineup they’ve curated for Friday seems to fit in nicely with the programming we’ve seen from them as the year has gone on. Looks like this lil’ guy is going to be an indie rocker! Friday night gets the nod over Saturday’s Frankie/Porches show because Regal Degal rules. Looking forward to next year’s TODDLER’S ALL RIGHT celebration. Ok. I’m done.

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North Brooklyn gets lots of love in Village Voice’s Best of 2014

Taqueria Izucar, credit Serious Eats

Village Voice’s best of New York issue is out and not surprisingly North Brooklyn has lots of bar and restaurant mentions — and oversights. (No love for Roberta’s?) Some of its choices we find a bit odd, but hey, we’re happy to see Peter Pan, St. Anselm and Taqueria Izucar get some love. Here’s their ‘bests’ from Bushwick, Greenpoint and Williamsburg:

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Best Ethiopian Restaurant
Bunna Café

While Bunna Café might seem like a Brooklyn cliché (it serves vegan Ethiopian food next to a vacant lot in Bushwick, after all), Ethiopian cuisine has long held vegetarian and vegan dishes in its repertoire thanks to extended fasting periods imposed by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Chef Kedija Srage cooks up a colorful array of meatless wots and tibs served alone or as part of combination platters arranged on top of injera. (Bunna’s take on the porous sourdough flatbread is fluffier and less sour than its peers’.) Ethiopian beers and honey wine are available, and cocktails — like the Pushkin, a White Russian made with Ethiopian coffee and toasted sunflower milk — are particularly inspired. The righteous brewed beans are roasted throughout the day and served espresso-style. Srage and café owners Sam Saverance and Liyuw Ayalew have also carved out time four nights a week to perform a traditional coffee ceremony, where an audience observes the roasting process and drinks the results.

Best Cuban Sandwich
Cafetería La Mejor

Find the intersection of Suydam and Wilson in Bushwick, and we guarantee you won’t miss Cafetería La Mejor — its façade is hued turquoise and magenta, so fluorescent we suspect you can see it from space. The place turns out a limited menu of Cuban coffees, a handful of sandwiches, and pastries; grab a counter seat or sashay up to the window and order the sandwich cubano. You’ll get a knock-out classic rendition: roasted pork, ham, swiss, and pickles stacked in generous — but not off-balance — quantities on that white Cuban bread slicked with grainy mustard. The whole thing goes into a press until the cheese is melted and the exterior toasted. We’ll admit we raised an eyebrow when we read the menu description declaring that our sandwich would arrive “eggshell crisp,” but that descriptor proved exactly right, providing an immensely satisfying crackly foil to the hearty filling within.

Best Vegetarian Deli
Hana Natural

Hana Natural is actually a grocery store, and its main purpose is to provide Bushwick with organic and natural products. But it also houses a deli, offering its customers a huge selection of sandwiches, including a list of vegetarian options so numerous, it puts other vegetarian restaurants to shame. Many of these are creative re-creations of popular carnivorous sammies, the meat swapped out for fake meat and then laden with fresh vegetables, cheese, and various condiments. In particular, the deli makes a mean veggie BLT, exchanging bacon for veggie bacon, which is made of soy. Or try the tofu Reuben, which uses grilled tofu in lieu of corned beef. [Read more...]

Break Science and Twin Shadow Will Headline BangOn!NYC’s Warehouse of Horrors

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As per usual, underground party curators BangOn! NYC are pulling out the big guns this Halloween with an undisclosed warehouse party fit to kill. It was recently announced that Twin Shadow and Break Science will headline the night, with a number of strong supporting acts including Space Jesus and Sleepy and Boo (how appropriate for Halloween).

The event will feature a House Stage as well as the first ever Live/Glitch/Bass/Trap stage, with electro-funk duo Break Science bringing their live styling featuring keyboard and drums for a performance that’s sure to bring down the haunted house. Additional talent joining the Live/Bass/Glitch/Trap stage will be provided by Zebra Katz, Space Jesus, The Golden Pony, Love & Logic, M!NT, David Hohme, PONY, Dirty Looks, and Bekim.

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Top five shows of the weekend

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5) Ipsum Presents Shark?, Doctopus, Couches, Larry and the Babes at Shea Stadium
Shark? should probably be bigger than they are and we should probably hear more from Shea Stadium than we currently do. In the end, though, both the Brooklyn live music staples have firmly and sustainably endeared themselves to us by simply finding a way to hang around, and in our perpetually mutating neighborhood, there’s something to be said for that. Punks and indie holdovers alike will find plenty to enjoy here, so if that ultra-generalized blanket identity fits over your better-tailored version, check it out.

Saturday, doors at 7pm

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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...]

Bushwick’s The Coffee Shop posts “Greedy Infiltrators” and an anti-Semitic tirade

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Um, this can’t be good for business. WTF?! Whoever is running  Bushwick’s The Coffee Shop’s Instagram account posted the above “Greedy Infiltrators” picture and the following tirade:

Ok, what I REALLY want to talk about is how to consider the Jews (oh yes, let’s talk about it) who want a piece or all of Bushwick. My stubborn Bushwick-oroginal neighbor is a hoarder and a mess- true.. and he’s refused selling his building for lots and lots of money. His building and treatment of it makes the hood look much less attractive and I would like him to either clean up or move along. BUT NOT be bought out by Jews however, who in this case (and many cases separate- SORRY!) function via greed and dominance. [Read more...]

Forrest Point – beautiful new bar & restaurant now open in Bushwick

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Forrest Point is at 970 Flushing Avenue, not far from the Morgan stop and Jefftown. It’s from the same people who run 983 Bushwick, which is across the street. Gothamist paid them a visit and was impressed:

First and foremost: the fantastic outdoor seating area, boasting room for 70 imbibers on chairs, benches and even swings and couches. We may be nearing the end of the al fresco season, but the on-site fruit trees still have their greenery, amplified by hanging ferns and quaint strings of incandescent bulbs. The design is by Emporium Design (Boulton & Watts, Blind Barber), and the Forrest Point team also enlisted Art Battles’ Ben Angotti to add some dramatic murals to the facade, including a gorgeous elephant and some borough-appropriate plaid. Then there’s the bright fluorescent sign perched atop the building, like a beacon drawing you in to a whimsical jungle bar.

Inside, seating for 60 more beneath birdcage lamps and an industrial, unfinished ceiling. Matching isn’t high on the list of priorities here; stools of all shapes and sizes ring the perimeter, tables of varying sizes offer more places to perch. The bar doles out glasses of milk punch ($9)—a cocktail variety gaining popularity among serious cocktail dens like Midtown’s Betony—as easily as it does shot-and-beer specials. The eclectic food menu spans Tuna Tartare Tacos ($12) to Chicken Fried Oysters ($14), Porchetta Sandwiches ($8) to Shwarma Style Chicken Flatbread ($11).

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Here’s the menu: [Read more...]