Bun-ker Vietnamese outpost coming to East Williamsburg


Bun-ker-Vietnamese, credit offMetro

The local Community Board was being very cautious about its tenants at 99 Scott Avenue, but have approved Bun-ker’s application. This is very good news since the restaurant’s current location in Ridgewood is routinely too crowded to even get seated:

The Williamsburg panel’s liquor license committee okayed a Vietnamese restaurant’s bid to open inside an industrial building at 99 Scott Ave. on Monday — but warned it better not see a repeat of the late-night raves that took place at the same property earlier this year, which members claim were rowdy and poorly regulated.

“Ninety-nine Scott is a big problem,” said committee member Tom Burrows.

The committee unanimously approved hip Queens restaurant Bunker Vietnamese’s application to open a new outpost at the site on the corner of Randolph Street, but only after the eatery’s owners — who are leasing the space — distanced themselves from the location’s party-hearty history. The full board subjected a winery applying to open on the site to a similar grilling in August, though ultimately approved that license as well.

Locals are still smarting after building owner Bushwack Capital rented the then-vacant space out over the summer to party promoters Reynard Productions — which runs a restaurant at Williamsburg’s Wythe Hotel — and City Fox, now notorious for its thwarted attempt to hold a rave at a toxic Greenpoint factory last month. [Read more...]

LLama Inn, a new Peruvian restaurant, opens tonight in Williamsburg


You can check out their menu here. We’re looking forward to their “stoner brunch.”

“For me, there’s a lot more to it than what people think it is,” Erik Ramirez says from behind the robataya grill in the open kitchen at Llama Inn, the Williamsburg Peruvian restaurant he is opening as executive chef on Wednesday. Kitted in a pair of Stan Smiths and a custom apron from Jones of Boerum Hill — a little electric pink “Llama Inn” stitched along the belt tie — the 34-year-old chef who’s bringing a taste of Peru to the Brooklyn neighborhood is talking about his mission to combine the food of his heritage with the borough he calls home. [Read more...]

Roberta’s is doing a “Kitchen Takeover” at Humboldt & Jackson this week


credit Nell Casey/Gothamist

John Stewart would be appalled, but the menu is focused on deep dish-style pizza:

On Friday’s debut, the kitchen had sold out of the 150 pies they’d allocated for the evening by 6:30 p.m., just an hour and a half after the pop-up began at 5 p.m. It’s no surprise that anything by Roberta’s draws a crowd, and these pies are most definitely worth ducking out of work a few minutes early. Pizza expert Adam Kuban described Detroit-style pizza as having “perimeter of crisp, almost-fried cheese” and that’s definitely the case here. The crust also has a puffier, focaccia-like texture but with a more buttery consistency. Because of the richness of the crust and style, we thought the red sauce versions of the pies had a slight edge over their white sisters, which were richer by-and-large. [Read more...]

Williamsburg’s -321° Ice Cream Shop uses liquid nitrogen for made-to-order ice cream


-321 Ice Cream Shop; credit Eater

We can’t wait to try it, though Eater warns that the waits can be brutal. From the -321 website:

Often, we get what is purported to be gourmet ice cream, but that distinction means little when it is served out of its optimal temperature: too cold means ice crystals and lack of freshness. Not cold enough means a soupy lack of consistency…. After seeing the use of liquid nitrogen in the ice cream making process abroad and on the west coast, we decided to develop our own unique liquid nitrogen method for NYC. The result is a -321° F experience that stimulates the visual and gustatory perceptions and will leave anyone’s mind blown…. When you order your ice cream, we make it from scratch—with the freshest ingredients—right there for you to see. Come see and taste for yourself just how our product stands out from every other ice cream experience. This is truly the wave of the future as it comes to ice cream; we are excited to bring it to you.

-321° Ice Cream Shop
288 Grand Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Where to celebrate Halloween in Brooklyn 2015 (updated)


It’s that time of year again and we’re extra excited because Halloween falls on a Saturday in 2015. We’ve already given you EDM fans some options, here are a few more choices for everyone else. Check back later, we’ll be updating our list as the big day draws nearer. As always, let us know what we missed in comments.


PAT Party presents: PAT-o-ween
Thurs Oct 29, 10pm
Union Pool, 484 Union Avenue, Williamsburg
Price: FREE

JD Samson Presents, PAT, a party for anyone from anywhere wearing anything and loving who they want. Video art. Amazing DJs and people willing to let go. JD Samson is best known as leader of the band MEN and for being one-third of the electronic-feminist-punk band and performance project, Le Tigre.


Monster Mash-Ups Movie Series: The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Friday Oct 30, 6pm
McCarren Park Pool Deck, Williamsburg
Price: FREE

Join NYC Parks for free, spoofy horror movies in our city’s parks. In this cult classic, sweethearts Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon), stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), a scientist who cross dresses. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker (Meat Loaf) and a creepy butler (Richard O’Brien). Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named “Rocky.”


Spooky Mansion at The Paper Box
Oct 28-31 at 8pm
The Paper Box, 17 Meadow Street, Bushwick
Price: $55

For four freaky nights, you’re invited to get lost inside The Wild Honey Pie’s multi-room Halloween experience, hosted by Arturo Castro (Broad City), featuring interactive games, crazy installations, Halloween drink specials, and different performances each night from Talib Kweli, Ratking, Museum of Love and more. [Read more...]

Tikka Indian Grill now open in Williamsburg


Photo: Tikka Indian Grill

The menu looks great and we’re definitely excited to try Tikka Indian Grill! From the Observer:

This new new eatery is bringing a promising menu to the midst of the burgeoning Williamsburg restaurant scene. Spearheaded by executive dhef Mallika Khan from Bangladesh, Tikka Indian Grill is serving up both traditional and contemporary Indian dishes that highlight many perennial favorites and flavors from the diverse cultural regions of India. Chicken Saag Tikka, Jhinga Balchao and Chennai Lamb are a few standout dishes, all served with locally sourced veggies and naan baked fresh on the premises. The decor is comfortable yet modern, and the ambience complete with soft cultural music will top off the experience. [Read more...]

Fall brings delicious seasonal flavors to The Sandwich Shop


The Southern Spice

At Williamsburg’s The Sandwich Shop seasonal specials, including salads and sandwiches with locally-sourced ingredients are always on the menu.

As fall hits and the weather gets cooler, two new fully-loaded dishes come to The Sandwich Shop.

One, inspired by Venezuelan street sandwiches, is called the “Caracas Choripan” and features grilled chorizo, bacon, mini-french fries, avocado, grated white cheese, tartar sauce, and russian dressing on “pan sobao” (soft Caribbean bread).

The other is the “Southern Spice” and has crock-pot pulled pork with a chipotle base, cheddar cheese and cole slaw served on brioche.

You can order directly from their site: www.thesandwichshopbk.com
Download their App: Text “Sandwich” to 33733
Or call 718.360.0737

The Sandwich Shop
658 A Grand Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(between Manhattan Ave and Leonard street)


The Caracas Choripan

Beloved Bushwick bar Tandem is closing

Tandem, via tandembar.net

Tandem, via tandembar.net

From their Facebook page:

Dear Bushwick – after almost 7 years on Troutman street and countless sweaty nights in the back room, we are sad to announce the imminent closing of the bar. Sunday, November 1st will be Tandem’s last day. A heartfelt thank you to all of our amazing regulars, staff, patient neighbors & random walk-ins, cheers! And for those feeling wistful upon reading this news, please join us in celebrating Tandem for one last kale salad–side room make-out–Diablo— chilaquiles –and fog filled dance party!!

They’ll be having a closing party next Thursday.