Favorite Ethiopian pop-up restaurant Bunna is now open in Bushwick with its own space

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Well this is good news:

After two successful years spent as a pop-up restaurant and Smorgasburg vendor, Bunna Cafe is finally getting more permanent digs: a brick-and-mortar restaurant at 1084 Flushing Avenue. While Ethiopian food is far from a novel concept, Bunna Cafe will serve a completely vegan menu, the first of its kind in the city. Inspired by the cuisine served during the three fasting months required by the the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, you can expect to dig into flavor-packed, vegetable-heavy plates like gomen (steamed kale with carrots, ginger, and garlic) and misir wot (red lentils cooked with a spicy berbere sauce), alongside plenty of injera — a spongy sourdough flat bread. Bunna Cafe, the first part of which translates to coffee in Amharic, will also offer a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony, live music, and, soon, glasses of an Ethiopian honey wine known as Tej.

More information in our listings.

Unlike sell-out Stephen Levin, Antonio Reynoso vows to fight high rises in Bushwick

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Stephen Levin Towers – coming soon to North Brooklyn

We’re happy to report that Bushwick has a city councilman who’s willing to fight the endless construction of “luxury” high rises:

“I intend on implementing the rezoning as a means to preserve the character of the neighborhood,” said Reynoso.

Reynoso said he believes special, low-zoned areas could help keep the neighborhood from suffering from the same kind of dramatic gentrification that has gripped Williamsburg in recent years.

His district contains the sixth- and 25th-fastest gentrifying zip codes in the nation, according to census data (two others in the top 25 are in neighboring Bedford-Stuyvesant). The average Bushwick two-bedroom now rents for $2,161, up nearly $500 from last year, the highest increase of any Brooklyn neighborhood, according to real estate industry data.

Too bad he’s not Greenpoint/Williamsburg’s councilman. Instead, we’re stuck with Stephen Levin. Let Reynoso know you like the support!

1 Knickerbocker – lovely new gastropub now open in Bushwick

1 Knickerbocker Bar, credit: Gothamist

1 Knickerbocker Bar, credit: Gothamist

This looks like a great addition to the ever-expanding Bushwick culinary scene. They just opened on the Morgan L stop:

The eatery is the pet project of Jesse Levitt and Aimee Arcuiolo, veterans of fellow Bushwick spot Kings County Bar; it’s modeled, as required by law, in the style of a turn-of-the-century speakeasy, a nod to the address’s storied past as such, in addition to stints as a dance hall, brothel and textile factory. The restaurant is spacious and offers two rooms, with an elegant bar and intimate tables up front in addition to an area with more dining space in the back. [Read more…]

House of Yes reopening in Bushwick with restaurant, bar, and theater

House of Yes - new location at 408 Jefferson in Bushwick

House of Yes – new location at 408 Jefferson in Bushwick

House of Yes closed unexpectedly in 2013, but the good news is they’re coming back, this time in Bushwick:

Creative directors Anya Sapozhnikova, Kae Burke and Elena Delgado have teamed up with restaurateurs and bar owners, Ilan Telmont and Justin Ahiyon to take the House of Yes you know and love to the next level. The space will host a full bar and smokehouse restaurant complete with organic and vegetarian options. Having a liquor license and restaurant will make our theatre space and circus programming sustainable, allowing our audiences to enjoy world-class live entertainment for an affordable ticket price. We are also very excited to have a space that can include children’s performances and family events! [Read more…]

Is Crown Heights the ‘new Williamsburg’?

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Now that we know the where to find the Williamsburg of other cities, where is Brooklyn’s new Williamsburg? Some say Bushwick. Some say Bed-Stuy. Others say Ridgewood. Curbed went to Crown Heights to talk to some of the locals there, some of whom claim that Crown Heights is actually the new Williamsburg.

Where to watch the Super Bowl in North Brooklyn

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Superbowl XLVIII has the worst halftime show in the history of superbowls — the Chili Peppers? Bruno Mars? — and no one on the East Coast cares about either of the teams. That said, we’re always looking for an excuse to be gluttonous. Thankfully, there are plenty of sports bars in Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick where you can kick back and watch the game. Well, probably not kick back since they will all be crowded, but you know what we mean.

Brooklyn Bowl always hosts a fun party and has some of the best wings in Brooklyn, second only to our favorite ones over at Red Star. Brokelyn has a great rundown of spots that will be having parties and specials on Sunday:

Teddy’s Bar and Grill
96 Berry Street, Williamsburg

Allegedly the neighborhood’s oldest bar, Teddy’s has the pleasing aura of a Brooklyn-style Cheers — there’s lots of wood-paneling, and you may well know everyone who works there (it’s a small team…). This Sunday, the bar will be showing the SuperB on three big screens. Corona will be the featured special, and a game day menu will include some “seriously good wings.” This is a good spot to take tinier groups who won’t mind a little side-socializing with their football — Teddy’s is a friendly, friendly place. Any items from their brunch menu are HIGHLY recommended (e.g., the Crab Cakes Benedict and Thick-Sliced Amaretto Challah French Toast are each under $10).

The Knitting Factory
361 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg

There’ll be no cover this Sunday for gamers at The Knitting Factory, another Burg-favorite bar-slash-performance space. The Factory will be showing the game in stereo surround — on two massive projection screens, as well as four flat screen TVs. Those looking for a table should plan to get here early (doors open at noon). This space will likely be a packed, rowdy way to enjoy the game — but drafts on special and the conspicuous lack of food menu ought to make this one of the cheaper evenings out.

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