One of Greenpoint’s most iconic dive bars is closing

(credit Joe Kowalski)

(credit Joe Kowalski)

If you haven’t been to the Palace Cafe, which is on the edge of McGolrick Park, swing by before they close on September 3. This 83-year-old gem is truly a slice of history. We’re going to be very sad to see them shutter, but thankfully we’ll still have jello shots at Capri Social Club to ease the pain — at least for now. From Gothamist:

The bar began life in 1933 and has been owned by the same family since then. It’s more of a dive in spirit than in cracked linoleum and stale beer odors, timeworn though many of the features may be. [Read more...]

Maison Premiere wannabe The Heyward has closed


The restaurant that took over the former Zebulon space in Williamsburg has closed. We were always lukewarm on the establishment, but admittedly never tried the french toast sandwich. From Eater:

[The Heyward] was known for South Carolina dishes like a hoppin’ John, shrimp and grits, and a ridiculous but highly regarded breakfast sandwich that featured ham, eggs, and fig jam on two slices of French toast. Eater critic Robert Sietsema called it “one of the best things we’ve tasted all year” in 2015, and in a review, he awarded the restaurant two stars — making it stand out in a neighborhood flush with “cleaned-up Southern” restaurants. Eater has reached out to the team and will update with more information. [Read more...]

The Acheron is Back…as the Best Punk Bar in Brooklyn


We’re all familiar with the ghost stories of NYC venues past. CBGB gets co-opted by John Varvatos — CBGB-ish peddler of Billy Joe Armstrong-approved looks and wares. North 6th is snatched up and scrubbed down by Bowery Presents and Ticketmaster’s hamster-powered server farm. 285 Kent and DBA finally slip into Murdoch’s yawning cultural detritus, with lines of former and future Vice employees lining the South 2nd sidewalks in those final weeks to glean Snapchat capital/”say goodbye”/covertly peruse their new cubicle spaces.

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Greenpoint’s River Styx is closing on Sunday

River Styx Nachos; via Village Voice

River Styx Nachos; via Village Voice

We’re going to miss their nachos — which were some of the best in the city. Maybe there will be a Bill Murray spotting at the closing party – which happens on Sunday. His son is a partial owner, after all. From their website:

We regret to inform our beloved guests that after 3 years River Styx will be closing its doors. [Read more...]

Williamsburg institution Moto has closed


This closing is going to break a lot of hearts. Moto was an institution — unpretentious, beautifully designed and one of the few remaining “neighborhood” places to survive the rent hikes. [Read more...]

Aska reopens and at $359 per person it’s still WAY too expensive


Hopefully the overrated food has improved:

Last week, Fredrik Berselius reopened his critically acclaimed Nordic-influenced restaurant Aska in a former warehouse on South 5th Street near the Williamsburg Bridge. [Read more...]

Amami Bar and Restaurant now open in Greenpoint


They quietly opened earlier this month on Nassau ave. Gothamist was wowed by the size of their menu:

The owner of Ako Sushi in Williamsburg is the latest restaurateur to open a new dining option on Nassau Avenue adjacent to McCarren Park. Chef Nick Wang opened Amami Bar and Restaurant this week, expanding on his popular Bedford Avenue restaurant with this spot, offering more of a pan-Japanese menu of sushi, yakitori, ramen and other snacks. [Read more...]

New Cajun joint in Williamsburg, Bourbon Springs, has crawfish boils on Sundays


Newly opened Bourbon Springs is on a quiet block off the Graham Ave stop in Williamsburg. Their focus is Cajun cuisine and craft cocktails and best of all, they have a seafood boil on Sundays:

If you haven’t been to vibrant Graham Avenue on the border of Williamsburg and Greenpoint yet, I present to you the perfect reason to explore this part of town. Named after a communal trout fishing lodge that her grandfather founded in the Blue Ridge Mountains, [Read more...]