Vendy Awards 2016 Review

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A sweltering day on Governors Island was the setting for the 12th annual Vendy Awards, coined as “the oscars of street food”, with over 20 vendors, 1000+ attendees and 7 awards to be had, it was a gastronomic utopia that even the wasps couldn’t detract from.

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Bill Murray will be bartending this weekend at the restaurant formerly known as River Styx

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The popular Greenpoint restaurant closed a few weeks ago and is now reopening as a more upscale Greenpoint 21. Murray’s son Homer is a partial owner:

Syd Silver and Homer Murray are transforming the Brooklyn space that housed their restaurant River Styx into 21 Greenpoint, a more upscale dining spot. “We wanted to change it up,” explains Murray. “We made it prettier, renovated the dining room, added a new bar, and updated the kitchen.” The food, he says, will be seasonal and exclusively from local farms. “We try to use seconds like tomatoes or carrots that farmers can’t sell because they don’t look as good but they still taste great and are high quality. Then we make them look pretty.” [Read more…]

TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint is this Sunday, September 18

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This annual event turns 7 this year with lots of new spots to sample:

TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint is an annual outdoor celebration of North Brooklyn’s local flavor! Entering its 7th year, this block party style tasting event features sample tastes from over 50 of the neighborhood’s best restaurants, bars, breweries and wineries, along with live music, demonstrations and much, much more. Participating restaurants below: [Read more…]

We paid a visit last weekend to the William Vale’s rooftop bar and pool

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The rooftop bar at the William Vale Hotel, Westlight, opened on Friday and we paid them a visit, largely to check out the view. Gazing down from the rooftop, The Wythe Hotel’s rooftop bar is dwarfed by the 22-story bar. As is to be expected, the crowd reminded us of what you’d find in the Meat Packing District as Williamsburg quickly transforms into Miami with manbuns. This was even more true at the Williams Vale’s cheesy “Burning Man Decompression” pool party – “a night of celebration, including Yoga, Soundbath, Meditation, Drums, Massage, Healing, [a] Giant Mirror Globe… Body Painting, Floating Mirror Globes and Poolside DJs.” You get the picture. [Read more…]

Williamsburg’s Parm outpost is now open

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We don’t get the hype but other people seem to love this place. To each their own, but if you’re a fan they just opened on 162 N. 4th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11216:

The Major Food dudes always add a few location-specific dishes to the menu whenever they open new branches of Parm. This one’s got tortellini with pesto, a veal parm entree, clams Casino, and sliced prime rib with peppers and mushrooms. Jeff Zalaznick tells Eater that fresh pasta will also be made in an open space behind the bar. All the sandwich favorites from the other locations are also available to dine-in or carry-out. [Read more…]

Westlight opens Friday in Williamsburg’s enormous ‘spaceship building’

Westlight (credit: Eater)

Westlight (credit: Eater)

The swanky new bar is set to open at the William Vale Hotel on Friday, serving fancy cocktails and small bites. Once thing is for certain: the views will not disappoint:

The highest rooftop bar in Williamsburg is about to debut its stunning views to the public. Big guns Noho Hospitality Group open the doors on Westlight at the William Vale Hotel — aka, the spaceship building — on Friday, with food from Andrew Carmellini and cocktails from Anne Robinson. It’s the first time Noho will be opening a project in Brooklyn, and it’s a statement piece. Westlight sits 22 stories above the ground, with an indoor bar and lounge area surrounded by glass doors that keep the room’s focus on the view. Just outside the doors lies a terrace, dotted with lounge chairs, tables, viewfinders, and a clear railing, again to keep eyes on the cityscape. [Read more…]

Artichoke Pizza coming to the former home of Bushwick’s Northeast Kingdom

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We suppose it’s better than a Chase or a Duane Reade, but this news does little to heal the loss of Northeast Kingdom. We do enjoy Artichoke’s white slice though after a night of drinking:

A pair of Sicilian cousins known for their intensely creamy artichoke pizza are bringing their signature pies to the neighborhood, once a beacon for Sicilian immigrants a century ago. [Read more…]

Two new craft beer breweries coming to Bushwick and East Williamsburg in September

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Available on draft when Kings County Brewers opens in September

Beer drinkers take note. With the opening of two new breweries next month, North Brooklyn will become a bonafide craft beer destination. From Grub Street:

Kings County Brewers Collective
381 Troutman St., nr. Wyckoff Ave., Bushwick; 929-234-6557. September.
Bushwick’s first brewery since 1976 comes via three alums from the Brooklyn Brewery, Rockaway Brewing, and Greenpoint Beer Works. Their 1,000-square-foot taproom will pour a dozen diverse beers, from tropical IPAs to sour beers infused with strawberries and guava. [Read more…]