Concord Hill is now open in former home of Williamsburg’s Sel de Mar

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Angelo Romano at Concord Hill; credit BK Mag

We miss Sel de Mar, but this looks promising:

Angelo Romano, the Roberta’s alum who made his name with inventive plating and flavor combinations at Masten Lake and the Pines, found his new job in a rather pedestrian way: an ad on Craigslist. It was placed by Kate Grossheim and Szoke Schaeffer, former employees of the Westville mini-chain and residents of Williamsburg, who, with Westville partner Jay Strauss, have converted the former Sel de Mer space into an American restaurant called Concord Hill, which is slated to open by this weekend. [Read more...]

The Heyward restaurant now occupying former Zebulon space in Williamsburg

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The Heyward; credit: Eater

We’ll forever miss Zebulon, but clearly we need another overly-precious seafood restaurant.

The old Zebulon concert venue, which sat empty for over two years, reopened last night as the home of the Southern Atlantic restaurant, The Heyward. The newcomer, which is a project from one half of the team behind pseudo-secret West Village restaurant Hudson Clearwater, has what might be described as a classic Brooklyn look to it. There’s a tin ceiling, a large curving raw bar stocked with oysters, park bench-inspired wood banquettes, exposed white brick, and marble tables. The menu still isn’t official, but chef Derek Orrell, a Locanda Verde vet, had a chilled lobster salad with cayenne butter, a she crab soup, and grilled pork chop on the menu last night.

Eater has more pictures.

The Heyward
258 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11249

This One Goes To Eleven: 10 best metal albums of 2014

AirheadsWith the capital-I Internet anointing 2013 “THE BEST METAL YEAR EVER!!” before it even ended, 2014 was a letdown by the time it began. Much hyped releases from the likes Agalloch, At the Gates, Mastodon, and Pallbearer couldn’t save it. The underground’s rescue missions returned with heads hung. Ludicrous precedent, and its attendant expectations, have a habit of souring even the best things and metal fell victim this year, issuing a jointly agreed upon “meh”, before moving on to 2015’s saliva soaked forecasts.

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MiUSA Winebar – now open in South Williamsburg

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The space looks lovely and the chef’s resume includes Fat Duck, Per Se and Daniel. Fork in the Road paid them a visit.

Soldini, who has worked in some of the world’s best kitchens, including a three-year stint at Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck and apprenticeships at Per Se and Daniel, has created a menu that combines the culinary mindset of Italy with the ethos of his new home in the U.S. With a menu that will change at least four times per year, the eatery is focused on serving items grown, reared, and produced in the United States. The wine list mostly hails from California; the beer list is craft; even the vodka is sourced from within the borders.

The style of fare is New American, “with a touch of Italian,” says Bernocchi. Appetizers are broken down into meat, vegetables, and fish. Expect to see dishes ($9 to $10) like leek and squash soup, and wild striped bass sashimi, watermelon radish, and orange sour cream. Main courses run $12 to $20, and include items like sweet-potato gnocchi with winter mixed mushrooms, bacon, apple, and brussels sprouts, and duck breast with kale, orange, pecan, and glazed pearl onion. Cheese plate options and desserts (think vanilla ice cream sandwiches with chocolate and raspberry sauces) make up the rest of the menu.

MiUSA Winebar
718.782.2081
98/A south 4th street Brooklyn New York 11249 (between Bedford and Berry)
Dinner: mon – thurs 4pm – 2am; fri – sat 4pm – 4am; sun 4pm to 2am
Breakfast and brunch: sat. &  sun from 8am to 4pm

Bklyn House – a “Bushwick-inspired hotel” is coming to Bushwick

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And by ”Bushwick-inspired” they’re of course referring to the neighborhood’s working class and Latino roots. Oh wait… maybe they’re not:

The hotel will work with local businesses to provide pastries, coffee or amenities to guests… The marketing materials for Bklyn House were hand drawn by Brooklyn artist Daniel Irizarry…

“When you go to a map and pinpoint where 9 Beaver St. is, it is surrounded by galleries and art spaces in Bushwick and Ridgewood,” Mastrelli said. “We’re really inspired by the stuff going on there, and the street art, and that kind of raw feeling of creativity.”

The average cost to stay at the hotel will be $175 per night. It will also eventually have a rooftop bar with outdoor seating, which will open by next summer, Mastrelli said.

Bushwick’s “tight-knit community” and “flourishing” arts scene will be embedded into every part of the guest experience, she said.

In addition to local products, the hotel also hopes to work with art galleries to display rotating local art.

Nice hand-drawn logo, but for rooms starting at $175, Bklyn House is still butt ugly: [Read more...]

The DBA/Vice/landlord feud is becoming a he-said, she-said ‘soap opera’

credit: Gothamist

credit: Gothamist

We all can agree that we miss DBA, but the details about the club closing have become very murky. Reps from DBA feel they were pushed out, whereas Vice and DBA’s former landlord tell a very different story:

Edan Wilber of DBA says:

Well, we didn’t get bought out. At no point did money change between hands, we just waited for our lease to end….Our landlord had a meeting with us in September and we thought our lease was going until June, because we thought we’d signed a two-year lease. We’ve always been good friends with our landlord and we were never really good with the business side of things, and we thought we got a copy of our lease, and we just didn’t. That’s one of our bads, but we’re just not business people. [Read more...]

Arrogant Swine to start serving brunch this weekend… with free bloodies!

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Arrogant Swine ‘cue and waffles, credit: Eater

Prohibition ended on December 5th in 1933 and to celebrate the anniversary Arrogant Swine has a couple of special events planned. Tonight they have beer specials, including $2 Six Point tall boys. Saturday and Sunday will be even better as they begin serving brunch with free bloody maries:

Redneck Kegs & Eggs! This Sunday Dec 7th we’re serving brunch!!
Our launch will include FREE BLOODY MARY’s from UBON Bloody Mix, Live music and a new menu!! Bushwick Redneck Brunch, come and get it! [Read more...]

The gangs of North Brooklyn: the Dirty Ones, the Driggs Boys of Justice, and the Screaming Phantoms

Greg Young of the Bowery Boys blog has a great post up about North Brooklyn in the late 70′s and early 80s. As part of a promotion for the upcoming film A Most Violent Year — which looks fascinating and is about New York’s most violent year, 1981 — he discusses the street gangs of Williamsburg, Bushwick and Greenpoint, aka “The Killing Fields:”

The New York Times ran of list of several notorious Williamsburg gangs, including the Dirty Ones, the Driggs Boys Of Justice and the Screaming Phantoms. In 1981 Luis Garden Acosta, a prominent community leader, called northern Brooklyn (Williamsburg, with its neighbors Bushwick and Greenpoint) the “killing fields” for the number of teenagers killed in bloody gang conflicts. [Read more...]