New vegetarian restaurant, Black Flamingo, now open in Williamsburg


They have a $3 taco happy hour, which is alright by us:

The team behind Williamsburg barstaurant Battery Harris have joined forces with musicians Eli Goldstein (Soul Clap), Philipp Jung (M.A.N.D.Y.), and Gadi Mizrahi (Wolf & Lamb) to open Black Flamingo, a Miami-esque restaurant and lounge they say they’ve “tailored to remove the BS that plagues burgeoning New York restaurants and nightclubs alike.” An ambitious, arguably Quixotic dream, but at the very least Black Flamingo is a reliable destination for vegetarians who want to go dancing in a retro basement club after eating their Latino-inspired fare. [Read more...]

National Sawdust is open, check out Terry Riley, John Zorn, Majical Cloudz and more this month

National Sawdust 80 North 6th Street (at Wythe)

National Sawdust
80 North 6th Street (at Wythe)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
credit Gothamist

Given last week’s weather crapfest, we failed to mention that National Sawdust opened Thursday in Williamsburg. Gothamist paid them a visit and was impressed:

It’s a goddamn classy joint. A miniature BAM that looks like a spaceship. A classical music think tank. A creative hub for undiscovered talent. And it’s a non-profit. But you know, there will also be a bar and stuff. Photographer Scott Heins dropped by the 13,000-square-foot space for a preview today, and reports back that the main room has been specifically designed as a space for artists’ rehearsals, recording, and live performance—”every last detail of its acoustic-paneled walls, light fixtures, and rafters have been made with music in mind.” The main room is both recording studio and music hall, with acoustics fitting for both, and at least eight inches of solid concrete separates National Sawdust’s main room from the street outside. [Read more...]

The old Trash Bar space is up on Craigslist

trashbarThere’s always something perversely interesting about these. For $20,000 per month, you can open up shop in the now-shuttered, once beloved dive where the Yeah Yeah Yeahs once played. And your friend’s crappy Pavement tribute band, like a hundred times.

The old Trash Bar’s listing reads, “Former Bar Business Perfect for Restaurant-Bar.” Well… yeah?

Perfect place to do a restaurant, Bar or any other type of business. The place had an existing liquor license making it easy to obtain the license. The place has 2,400sf on the first floor 11′ Ceilings and about 1000sf on the basement with 7 1/2′ ceilings. It has a walking cooler that is located in the basement along with two bathroom and office space. The firs floor also as a bathroom. This place is perfect for any type of business that needs the right amount of foot traffic.

20k is a lot of PBR and Evan Williams combos…

Vendy Awards 2015 – review

Snowday cup

The 11th annual Vendy Awards were hosted on Governor’s Island this weekend. With 25 vendors competing over 5 categories, there was enough to eat and drink to last a week, let alone a day.

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Taste Talks Brooklyn 2015 coming to 50 Kent on Sep 13


This year, the event is curated by Questlove and it will be held at 50 Kent Avenue in Williamsburg on Sunday, September 13. Mingle and chow with George Takei, Heems and an assortment of popular chefs. Tickets are $45.

Celebrate a day of discovery and indulgence at Taste Talk’s All-Star BBQ, a sampling feast that brings together world-renowned chefs making signature dishes outdoors at 50 Kent Avenue in Williamsburg. Expect to mix & mingle with top chefs from around the world while dining on their brilliant, delicious BBQ creations.

Here’s what’s on the menu:

Matty Matheson (Parts & Labour) // Dan Santoro & Bert Krak (Smith Street Tattoo)
RAW LAMB LARD & BBQ YUZU CABBAGE | With fish sauce, brown butter, mint, and thai basil

Ben Conniff (Luke’s Lobster) // Matt Timms (The Takedowns)
CHILI-BUTTER LOBSTER TAILS | With grilled cabbage and corn slaw [Read more...]

Enter the red phone booth to discover Bushwick’s new speakeasy, Hell Phone


Yeah we know… speakeasy’s are so Aughts. Just show us the door already! Still, we’re excited to try Hell Phone after seeing the pics. Bushwick Daily likes it:

Enter through a red phone booth and voila – you’re in Hell Phone, the new restaurant and speakeasy at 247 Varet St.

Vanessa and Anguy Pacini, the owners of Ange Noir, have been renovating for the past two years and have finally opened Hell Phone behind the existing cafe. Like something out of Doctor Who, it is an absolutely magical place – red velvet sofas made from repurposed phone booths, dark wood floors, original brickwork, and a piano you can dine on. And while the London phone booths may give the place a decidedly British flair, the restaurant is much more closely tied with the owners’ native France…. [Read more...]

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream now open in Williamsburg

Van Leeuwen, 204 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Van Leeuwen, 204 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11249 (c/o Eater)

The new store opened yesterday at 204 Wythe Ave., just around the corner from the very popular Odd Fellows. Let the ice cream wars begin. From Eater:

Van Leeuwen started as a truck way back in 2008 and now operates three shops in addition to this latest one. The new 1,200 square foot facility will serve as a flagship store. It has seating for around 50 guests and will act as the brand’s flavor experimentation lab.

Van Leeuwen, 204 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Van Leeuwen, 204 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11249 (c/o Eater)

Max has closed in Williamsburg, to be replaced by Portland sandwich joint with “best breakfast sandwich ever”


We were fans of Max, but they never seemed to get their footing in Williamsburg after moving from the Lower East Side. We hear that Bunk will replace them in October or November. From Eater:

The psychic bond between Brooklyn and Portland grows stronger every day. One of the stars of the Portland, OR cheap eats scene, Bunk Sandwiches, is taking over the Max space at 740 Driggs Ave in Williamsburg. Max’s OpenTable and Seamless accounts are down, and nobody’s picking up the phone. An employee at the Tribeca location says the restaurant is just taking a vacation… Bunk is the brainchild of Lupa veteran Tommy Habetz and restaurateur Nick Wood. The duo currently operates five locations around Portland, plus a food truck and a ballpark outpost. [Read more...]