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

A Hip Holiday Gift Guide

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Christmas and Hanukkah are just around the corner, and if you’re anything like me, you’ve done zero shopping. It’s a super busy time of year as it is, and putting the task of shopping for friends, family, loved ones, dogs, landlords, bosses, teachers, the cute girl you see at the coffee shop on Tuesdays, your favorite bartender and, ugh, your step mom, can be daunting. We get it. Lucky for you, we’re taking the guesswork out of your holiday shopping with a number of fun and unique items for everyone on your list this year.

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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...]

Xi’An Famous Foods is finally opening this Saturday in Greenpoint

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And to celebrate the occasion they’ll be serving up free noodles! From their Facebook page:

GREENPOINT LOCATION is opening THIS SATURDAY 12/6/14 11:30am-5pm! You know what that means…


Come for some FREE noodles or burgers! Just follow one of our social media sites and prove you are a follower with your phone when you order!
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Williamsburg’s other D.B.A. closing this month

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First there was DBA. Now D.B.A. — the craft beer bar on North 7th — is closing. Needless to say, this is horrible news:

We’re very sad to say d.b.a. brooklyn will be closing at the end of the month. It’s a special place for so many special people. Please come out and have a drink before we go!

The Saints face the Steelers @1 Sunday 11/30 so the game party will be on as usual & following we will have a send off (drink the inventory and say goodbye) bash…The facebook page will remain active and we will use it to let everyone know next steps (new location if possible??) or next place to meet as a group for a drink (or a few!)

p.s. – We’re open Thanksgiving @5pm – George will be behind the bar serving up turkey (wild) & cranberry (juice). It’s delicious!

Have a good holiday!
d.b.a. brooklyn crew

We’ll miss D.B.A.’s fantastic beer selection and lack of attitude. Looking forward to the Zara or P.F. Chang’s that will take its place. Ugh. [via]

Spike Hill is closing

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Another day, another Williamsburg institution announces that it’s closing:

Bedford Avenue mainstay Spike Hill will close its doors next month, the space confirmed to Gothamist today, as the building housing the bar and venue is currently under contract. “It’s unlikely that this bar will be a bar for much longer,” revealed an employee at the bar this afternoon.

The employee, who asked to remain anonymous, was cagey about offering a final date for the closure, but conceded that “early December” was a workable timeline. He wasn’t sure about future plans for the space, whether it would be kept intact or torn down, but said he didn’t think “the building is worth anywhere near what the real estate is worth.” One thing was definitely clear: “The building’s under contract for a lot of money.”

At least we can ‘celebrate’ its demise next month.

Williamsburg favorite Randolph Brooklyn to begin serving bottomless brunch

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Randolph Brooklyn is a cocktail bar and restaurant located in South Williamsburg. It opened its doors in October 2013 as the company’s 3rd location, after Randolph Broome and Randolph Beer in Nolita. A proud new addition to Brooklyn’s diverse culinary and nightlife scene, Randolph Brooklyn offers soulful, American fare alongside a comprehensive bar program that leverages the company’s cocktail and craft beer expertise.

Starting November 16 Randolph Brooklyn will begin serving brunch which will include a great selection of dishes available either a la cart or included in a $29 pre-fixe option with bottomless brunch cocktails. They will also serve coffee and espresso using beans roasted locally by Toby’s Estate.

Randolph Brooklyn
104 South 4th Street
Brooklyn, New York 11249
646.383.3623
http://randolphnyc.com
Brunch Hours: Sat & Sun: 12pm – 5pm
View the brunch menu here.

Fancy new vegetarian Williamsburg restaurant Semilla now open in Williamsburg

Semilla, credit: NY Mag

Semilla, credit: NY Mag

To some, a seven course vegetarian menu likely sounds like a nightmare. To others, a dream come true. Like it or not, South Williamsburg’s Semilla is doing just that with dishes that include pumpkin soup served in a small pumpkin, burdock arancini with miso aïoli, and braised celery root. Eater’s Robert Sietsema was impressed.

Like so many ambitious restaurants today, it began as a pop-up. Chez Jose was the brainchild of Jose Ramirez-Ruiz and Pamela Yung, who started out in a coffee shop down the street and then moved their temporary restaurant to the current space on Havemeyer, a skillet’s throw from the Williamsburg Bridge exit lane. Now the name has been changed to Semilla (“Seed”) and the place radiates permanence. [Read more...]