Taste Talks All-Star BBQ = food coma

Chefs at the All-Star BBQ, courtesy of Taste Talks

Chefs at the All-Star BBQ, courtesy of Taste Talks

This past weekend cult-status chefs descended upon North Williamsburg, taking over the Wythe Hotel, Kinfolk Studios, Colossal Media and the East River Park for Taste Talks Brooklyn.

Saturday, I was lucky enough to grab a seat at Mario Batali’s panel on “What is Buzz?” with Christine Muhlke, Executive Editor of Bon Appétit; Kate Krader, Restaurant Editor at Food & Wine magazine; Ken Friedman, Co-owner of several restaurants, including theThe Spotted Pig; and Craig Kanarick, CEO of Mouth.com. All of the panelists have years of curating and influencing tastes. [Read more...]

10,000-square-foot MP Taverna coming soon to Williamsburg

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Michael Psilakis credit: Joe Hume

The opening date is still TBD, but celebrity chef Michael Psilakis will open his latest version of MP Taverna at 470 Driggs Avenue. We sure miss the days when the closest thing we had to a celebrity chef was Andrew Tarlow.

Often referred to as the “Godfather of Greek Cuisine,” [Michael Psilakis] made his name at upscale restaurants like Onera and Dona; he’s received James Beard Award nominations, as well as Chef of the Year distinctions from Bon Appétit and Esquire; he’s published a top-selling cookbook, and has banked enough television appearances (BBC America’s No Kitchen Required, Food Network’s Best Thing I Ever Ate) to cement his status as a bona fide celebrity. [Read more...]

No. 7 Sub set to reopen on Wednesday as a bar

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931 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 389-7775
no7north.com

 

We already love the food. Now we’ll be able to get boozy there too. They’re set to reopen this Wednesday.

The place is a mashup of the sub shop and the team’s Fort Greene restaurant No. 7, explains co-owner Tyler Kord. “We’re just trying to do a nice neighborhood bar where you can come and have broccoli tacos and a bunch of simple cocktails and feel really good about everything that’s going on in your life.” Read on for the full menu, which still has some subs, but also a whole lot more.

In addition to those double decker broccoli tacos, the menu includes a grilled Caesar salad, steak frites, and some tricked out “altered beast fries” topped with pickled peppers, mozzarella, feta, and roasted tomato mayo. A list of sandwiches ranges from No. 7 Sub classics like the zucchini parm (with fontina and barbecue potato chips) to a cheeseburger topped with muchim pickles and grape jelly mayo. The drinks menu offers borough-themed cocktails and some updated classics, along with three boozy desserts drinks like a root beer float made with Bailey’s and vodka. Plus, Kord adds, “we have a sweet pool table.” The shop will be open starting at 11.a.m. Wednesdays through Mondays.

Here’s the menu: [Read more...]

LOVEGUN – Williamsburg’s newest gay club opens tonight

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LOVEGUN opens tonight at 617 Grand Street

We already love Metropolitan and This & That and tonight, the Coop’s boyfriend Benjamin Maisani is opening Lovegun on Grand Street.

From the owners of Eastern Bloc, Bedlam and Atlas Social Club comes LOVEGUN, a brand new gay bar slated to open on Grand Street next week, September 12. With two main floors, a sunken lounge area and two full service bars, LOVEGUN is clearly set to carve its place out in the Brooklyn queer scene.

LOVEGUN will open with a bang, with NYC promoter Frankie Sharp kicking off his new party “GIRLS” on the first night of business.

Maisani says LOVEGUN is “Studio 54 meets Cruising

At Eastern Bloc, Maisani and Dryden noticed that many of their customers were making the trek across the East River to party, so they decided it was time to bring the party to Billyburg. “We thought we could do something cool out here,” Dryden says.

“Even though Brooklyn has exploded in the last few years, there’s not as much being offered for the community here, as opposed to somewhere like Hell’s Kitchen, where you have 19 bars in a very small radius,” says Raimondi on a hot late-summer afternoon over the sounds of construction going on inside the bar. “That was definitely one of the things motivating us to make the move.” [Read more...]

Restaurant opening round-up: Humboldt & Jackson, Orleans, and Cow & Clover

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Humboldt & Jackson, credit (Daniel Krieger)

Humboldt & Jackson
434 Humboldt Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222 (Williamsburg)
(718)349-3355
humboldtandjackson.com

Eater has the scoop:

This new bar from Brooklyn Star restaurateur Bill Reed offers an all-American list of wines and beers, plus bar snacks like beer cheese and chicken liver mousse. [Read more...]

This Sunday: TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint food fest

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The annual event is September  7th from 1pm – 5pm at The East River State Park.

And this year, it’s for a good cause too so you can feel guilt-free about stuffing your face. All proceeds go towards the building of the Northside Town Hall Community and Cultural Center:

 

Venders to include : [Read more...]

Places we like: Cadaqués

Cadaqués

credit: Marlene Lam

Slip into Cadaqués on a Monday through Wednesday, when easygoing bartender Greg will set an orange peel ablaze to add some sultry to your drink – matching the aura of this dim and gold-lit tapas bar on Grand St. (near Bedford).

Come for $1 oysters and $4 (surprisingly good) sangria during daily happy hours –including weekends. Come for the delightfully smooth Crèma Catalan, complimentary on Wednesdays. Come for the live jazz on Fridays. But really, come for the tapas. This place delivers on exactly what you’re hoping for every time you enter a tapas place – the ability to flirt with a number of dishes, and indulge in an array of satisfying flavors. Try Garlic Shrimp a la Plancha – where garlic is the ultimate trusty sidekick, not an obnoxious hero – with extra bread to exhaust the sauce, or try the Pan con Tomate to sop up your happy hour indulgence of choice.

They’ll tell you all about how “Cadaqués” is the name of a Spanish Mediterranean town where Dalí had a home–they might even show you some pictures at the bar– but if you order right (go with whatever is recommended) you’ll be too distracted to care after your first bite.

More information about Cadaqués in our restaurant guide.

-Ali Gladstone

New bar alert: Rocka Rolla now open in Williamsburg

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Rocka Rolla, 486 Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg

Rocka Rolla is the latest establishment from the people behind Skinny Dennis. We checked it out last night and its like Skinny Dennis for the classic rock and hair metal set, for those who prefer Van Halen to Merle Haggard. Unfortunately, it won’t have live music like its older brother. That said, it does have food — sausages and fries — which is a plus and an outdoor space with a view. Well, a view of the BQE that is. [Read more...]