Top 5 shows of the weekend


Love is in the air, or not, this weekend; I’ll be able to help with the latter. Hopefully it’s a long one for all, however, with President’s Day on Monday. Forget about the potential -18 degrees Celsius temperatures (come on people, let’s stop using Fahrenheit, it’s so unbecoming and idiotic), wrap up warm and get out of the yawning chasm of nihilism that has been 2016 so far, we’re better than this.

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Ryujin Ramen – now open in Williamsburg



It’s freezing outside. Bring on the ramen! Ryujin Ramen Brooklyn just opened at 513 Grand Street in Williamsburg:

Ryujin Ramen Brooklyn opened at 513 Grand Street on February 1 and they’re serving up a secret dish. Unfortunately, I’ve been asked not to name it, but I can tell you that it’s one of the most popular broths in Japan. Chef-owner Kazuya Miyashita says it’s very time-intensive to make, so he’ll only be making 10 servings a day. Those 10 servings will go to the first 10 customers who ask for the flavor by name. [Read more...]

Death and Co. restaurateur bringing huge vegan restaurant complex to Williamsburg


Ravi DeRossi, credit Yana Paskova for The New York Times

He’ll be bringing a meat-free Avant Garden outpost to a building somewhere near McCarren Park later this year:

Ravi DeRossi is about to go all-in with veganism. The restaurateur behind Avant Garden and Death and Co. has been thinking about environmental waste and factory farming, and now, he wants to put his money where his mouth is. DeRossi plans to make as many of his 15 bars and restaurants animal-free as possible — starting with tiki bar Mother of Pearl, which will be eliminating all animal products on February 14. [Read more...]

Video: Wolf Eyes at Union Pool

Wolf Eyes finished up a three-show Union Pool residency on Saturday. Here’s a highlight from the final night last Saturday.

This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

a3086885428_10-e1454183992677With Punxsutawney Phil’s surely scientific prediction that this winter will be a short one looming, let’s get at this before the insidious bastions of Sol are loosed once again on this frozen slab of dirt we call hearth, home, and happiness.

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Top 5 shows of the weekend


January has finally relinquished its death-grip on the world. It has been a rough start to 2016, but hopefully less choppy waters lie ahead, to help facilitate this, I am mostly prescribing a weekend of music that won’t often get out of the middle lane. Sometimes we all need to admit defeat and just slow down a bit. I’m beat. Relax – it’s the weekend.

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The Boobs of Bushwick group did a ‘titty pub crawl’ in Brooklyn

Boobs of Bushwick; credit Nate “Igor” Smith

Boobs of Bushwick; credit Nate “Igor” Smith

Boobs of Bushwick have been around for a few years now, but following the Time’s article on the Outdoor Co-ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society, the Free the Nipple rage is in full swing. Earlier this week, the Boobs of Bushwick women paid a visit to Birdy’s and Happyfun Hideaway. Thankfully, no one got punched this time.

Boobie Trap still holds the record for most synthetic breasts in a bar, but last night Birdy’s and Happyfun Hideaway hosted the real deal. Boobs of Bushwick, the group known for going topless around the neighborhood and uploading shots to Tumblr, bounced into Birdy’s for some foosball at around 11 p.m., followed by Jenga at Happyfun Hideaway. [Read more...]

12 Chairs Cafe brings Tel Aviv-style falafel stand to Williamsburg

Credit Caitlin Ochs for The New York Times

Credit Caitlin Ochs for The New York Times

From the Times:

For the new streetside kiosk attached to the 12 Chairs Cafe in Brooklyn, the chef, Shimon Maman, and his partners looked to Tel Aviv’s falafel stands. Pita bread comes with traditional stuffings like sabich (eggplant), kebabs, shakshuka and falafel, the last with fried potatoes in the sandwich. Mr. Maman said his fillings had “more finesse” than is typical in Israel. The stand is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; there is covered seating as well as takeout: The Kiosk, 12 Chairs Cafe, 342 Wythe Avenue (South Second Street), South Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 347-227-7077,