Northside restaurant update: openings, closings and four Michelin stars

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Le Fond, credit: Urban Daddy

First, the bad news. Free Williamsburg favorite Potlikker has shuttered. Maybe it was the prices — they could be a tad spendy– but we loved the food and vibe. We hope Liza Queen (who previously ran Queen’s Hideaway in Greenpoint) finds a new home. We miss her food already.

The generally well-received Potlikker on Williamsburg’s Southside appears to be closed for good. The phone number for the Bedford Avenue restaurant is disconnected, Open Table is no longer facilitating reservations, the establishment was locked up tight over the weekend, and the reliable neighborhood Thai restaurant Khao Sarn has announced plans to relocate into the space in November.
Liza Queen, a talented chef and restaurateur known for her trailblazing Greenpoint restaurant Queen’s Hideaway, opened Potlikker in 2012 with high hopes and a 14 year lease. The reviews were mostly positive, though some felt the menu was overpriced. (It wasn’t cheap.) Queen has not responded to our email requesting comment about the closure, but this hilariously strange Yelp review suggests Potlikker’s been closed since July.

Le Fond, a so-called “Neo Bistro” (whatever the hell that means) is now open in Greenpoint. You can take a peek at their menu here. Urban Daddy has more pictures and we can’t wait to try it. Greenpointers was impressed:

The menu features good-looking starters such as marinated mussels with white beans, tomato confit and fennel, and rabbit terrine with apple mustard, hazelnuts and toast. Mains include a daube de bouef with red wine glazed vegetables, and hake with sherry caper vinaigrette and black lentils. There’s also a griddled burger with dill relish and French fries if you’re in line for something a little more American.
When I visited at the weekend I tried the skate with carrot browned butter puree, fennel and lemon parsley sauce. It was superb, with the anise flavor of the fennel playing deliciously against the sweet carrot and the slightly salty, perfectly cooked skate wings. I also had a beautifully moist almond cake with poached pears and a salted caramel sauce.

In other news, four Northside restaurants were awarded Michelin stars! [Read more...]

White Castle, Lokal and Sel De Mer close, Maison Premiere to expand

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It’s not much of a shock — it’s been listed on Trulia for months — but Graham Avenue’s popular fish shack Sel De Mer closed last week. It will be missed.

Just around the corner another “restaurant,” White Castle closed too. We’d be happy to see it go if it weren’t being replaced by more bullshit condos.

The terribly mediocre Lokal shut down too. In it’s place, Greenpointers will soon have an Maison Premier outpost, which is NOT a bad trade-off:

The many, many fans of Maison Premiere’s oysters and absinthe will be excited to learn that owners Joshua Boissy and Krystof Zizka are opening a new restaurant in 2015, at 905 Lorimer Street in Williamsburg. Details are scarce, but considering the success of their first project, this is a big deal. [Read more...]

Crushed Out Plays Palisades Tomorrow

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Looking for a slice of the past this weekend? The Bushwick husband/wife atomic rock duo Crushed Out brings their live show to Palisades tomorrow night. Their unique brand of rock utilizes reverb, pedal effects and surfer guitar to create a timeless sound that embraces both the hip and nostalgic.

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Bar/restaurant finally opens at Bushwick’s Flushing and Forrest triangle

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[photo via Facebook]

Haven’t you all always wondered what the hell that mysterious triangle-shaped plot of land was on Flushing Avenue across the street from Life Cafe 983? It always seemed to me that it’d make a sweet spot for a bar and/or restaurant. Well, I guess I wasn’t alone; Forrest Point opened its doors a few weeks ago at 970 Flushing Ave:

Darin Rubell of East Village spots Boulton & Watt and Ella has long admired the triangular plot across the street from his other place, 983 — Bushwick’s Living Room. “It’s the most unique, special space in Bushwick, in my eyes,” he told us. The onetime Flushing Farms property has sat conspicuously fallow for the past five years but still boasts grape vines, rose bushes, and apricot trees from when an artist tended a garden there.

Now Rubell and his partners in 983, David Rotter and Mark Trzupek, are poised to revive it as what Rubell says will be “a neighborhood bar and restaurant in this little oasis in Bushwick.”

On the bar side, Dustin Olson of Ward III has created a cocktail list that includes milk punches served by the glass or in a fishbowl. And on the restaurant tip, Rotter has contributed an “eclectic” 12-item menu that’s dotted with Mediterranean and other international touches. (See both below.)

Obviously, the place’s allure is its 70 outdoor seats, but the airy interior (which holds another 60 seats) is appealing as well: hanging lightbulbs are dramatically enclosed in gigantic birdcages and the walls are splashed with art by Ben Angotti, who also painted the building’s exterior.

All of that — plus a square bar that lends itself to mingling — should make for vibey evenings and late nights. For daybirds (and for the hungover who don’t mind returning to the scene of the crime), there’ll be lunch as well as a takeout window serving coffee, breakfast and pastries starting around 8 a.m. [Bedford and Bowery]

I checked out the bar the other night for a few pumpkin ales (where did summer go?) and a quick bite. They’ve done a remarkable job with the space. Good stuff. The burger was cooked perfectly and was reasonably portioned (and only $7.) The waffle-fries were well-seasoned and enough to share. I can’t wait to go back for the tuna tartar tacos. All in all, a very welcome addition to a hood in dire need of decent late-night eats.

Check out the menu here.

Verboten Presents Willkommen in the Park: Outdoor Deep House Yoga

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Partying heavily this weekend? Good for you! After it’s all said and done, don’t fear the beginning of the week. Monday is the perfect time to reset, and what better way to get right than by giving your chakras some attention at a Deep House Yoga Session? Catch Verboten’s last Deep House Yoga session of the summer with Willkommen in the Park this Monday, September 22nd. Detox and bring the focus back to your well being, while enjoying live house music from George Faya + Tasha Blank.

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Top five shows of the weekend

uninvited5) Andy Stott, Demdike Stare, Millie & Andrea, Miles, and more at Output
While you’re never going to hear me expound on the cultural importance of Output (nor ever find me there), I must say, this one caught my attention. Every now and then Output books itself a name in the electronic music world, but Manchester dub pioneer Andy Stott is by far their highest concept yet. A deviation from the Wythe mega-club’s usual (MDM)A + B(ro step) = C(oitus in the bathroom) Pythagorean, Stott is sure to bring some artistic gravitas to the grind this weekend, so if you’re looking to get down with your dignity intact, this is the place to be.

Friday, doors at 10pm

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Top five shows of the weekend

Photo by Pooneh Ghana

Photo by Pooneh Ghana

5) Deafheaven, No Joy, Indian Handcrafts at Music Hall of Williamsburg
While you’ll (spoiler alert) find another Deafheaven show ranked higher below, this is the 2013 critical lightening rod’s only headlining show of the weekend and should be treated as such. I have some qualms about the booking–why have Canadian shoegazers No Joy open when Brooklyn’s black metal scene is producing so many solid options at the moment–and Music Hall of Williamsburg can feel just as homogenized as its Manhattan siblings these days, but with a new writing/recording cycle looming, this could be your last (or first) chance to catch the Bay Area boys for quite awhile. If Sunday night isn’t like a tea/kittens/football affair for you, then there’s no reason not to be there.

Sunday, doors at 8pm

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Vogue says Bushwick is the seventh coolest place on the planet

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Not sure we can trust them because, well, its Vogue. Plus, they included a neighborhood in Florida. Here’s what they say about Bushwick:

As far as buzz goes, few neighborhoods garner as much attention—globally—as Bushwick. Believe the hype: this area, located in north Brooklyn, claims cutting-edge galleries (like an outpost of Luhring Augustine, which reps Christopher Wool, Joel Sternfeld, and the very much in demand Jeff Elrod) to Jay Z–approved restaurants (Enter: Roberta’s). Pop-up late-nights, an eatery in a defunct gas station—check out the recently opened Montana’s Trailhouse—and a vinyl-recycling jewelry label called Wrecords By Monkey are all within a few blocks. Time to hop on the L!