Seasonal comforts arrive at Williamsburg’s The Sandwich Shop



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

This Winter they’re featuring a hefty South American sandwich called “The Venezuelan” — an expertly executed dish made of Braised Beef, Black Beans, Sweet Plantains, Avocado, Queso Fresco and Crema on Artisanal Soft Bread. In other words, Latin comfort food at its best for just $11.75. It’s a great addition to an already impressive menu.

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The Sandwich Shop
658 A Grand Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(between Manhattan Ave and Leonard street)
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Pete Wells gives Williamsburg’s Semilla a rave


Semilla, credit NY Times

In this week’s review of the “vegetable forward” cooking at Semilla, Wells was pretty glowing, though he conceded that the newish Williamsburg establishment could be a tad niche:

“The crowd reminded me of the audiences, small but intense, who showed up to hear underground bands in the ’80s and ’90s, when that was one of the few ways to hear music that didn’t get played on the radio.”

Here are some other highlights:

Semilla had taken two cabbage leaves, then flattened and dried them until they were as crisp as a cracker. This was the bread. In between were a bundle of unusually delicious coleslaw and some grains of buckwheat groats….The flavors woke up old memories of the Polish and Ukrainian restaurants that are mostly gone from the East Village… [Read more...]

Williamsburg’s oldest bar, Teddy’s, sold to new owner


If you lived in Williamsburg in the 90s, you likely have warm memories about Teddy’s bar. Before other, more-trendy establishments took over it was the place to get a drink in the neighborhood – a welcoming home to artists and locals alike. The owners were evidently choosy about who purchased the bar, wanting someone who would keep the “classic vibe intact.” Fingers crossed that the buyer doesn’t turn Teddy’s into another generic drinking hole that pays no tribute to its history.

The three owners of Teddy’s Bar and Grill sold it last week, ending their nearly-three-decade claim on the more-than-a-century-old watering hole. In shopping it around, they made a point of picking a buyer who pledged to keep the classic vibe intact, they said.

“We were very eager to find an owner-operator who would cherish what was happening here and not turn it into a luxury steakhouse or an obnoxious chain,” Felice Kirby said. “We had some crazy offers from people, but we did not think those would be a smart move…” [Read more...]

It’s Grand Street Restaurant Week



Now in its second year, Grand Street Restaurant Week is already a Williamsburg tradition. From February 16th-22nd enjoy two course lunches from $8-$10 and/or three course dinners for $18-$30 at these Grand Street establishments: Chuvoys, Williams & Bailey, The Grand National, Dar, Le Barricou, Desy’s Clam Bar, Lily Thai, The Grand Bar & Grill, The Sandwich Shop, Bahia, Los Primos, Grand Morelos, Masha and the Bear, Lula Bean and Sky Bar and Grill.

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A new bar is opening on a boat in the East River in Greenpoint

bkbargeIs it summer yet?

The above rendering is for Brooklyn Barge Bar, a new bar on a docked barge at 91 West Street. Its owner, the comically named Will Drawbridge, hopes to open (cast away?) on May 1.

Brooklyn Barge Bar is a seasonal bar and restaurant planned for the Greenpoint waterfront, at 91 West St., that would have picnic tables on land and seating on a docked barge.

The effect, said owner Will Drawbridge, is of a restaurant on a floating pier, similar to popular bar-on-a-boat The Frying Pan in Chelsea, where Drawbridge has done some consulting.

“It doesn’t move, hardly at all,” Drawbridge said. “It just offers an incredible view of New York City, frankly.” [Read more...]

Overhyped, overpriced kitchen for the nouveau riche will close Sunday


Celebrity chef Paul Liebrandt’s much-hyped Williamsburg restaurant, The Elm is calling it quits:

It’s official: Two-and-a-half-year-old the Elm, inside the King & Grove Williamsburg hotel, will halt operations on Sunday.

Back in August 2013, just a month after the restaurant opened, chef Paul Liebrandt called the project a “gateway,” saying he wanted to “do a restaurant that would reach a clientele that would never, ever have come to Corton.” [Read more...]

Knitting Factory opening new restaurant

knittingrestaurantIt’ll be right next door to the music venue on Metropolitan Avenue, where Japanese izakaya restaurant Qoo Robata once stood. I think I went there once and it was pretty mediocre, so hopefully this new spot is an improvement. Even if it’s not, maybe it’ll draw some of the crowd away from The Commodore so I can comfortably enjoy a cheeseburger.

According to Gothamist, this unnamed restaurant will seat about 50 people, and will specialize in New American-type fare.

…the concept will be similar to Knitting Factory’s other hospitality ventures, which include The District Bar gastropub in Spokane, Washington, two Hollywood eateries—the Latin Bow and Truss—and the upscale classic American joint The Federal.

The renovation of the space will be fairly minimal, Reiter said, with the bulk of the remodeling limited to aesthetics. “There’s really no change to the existing condition [of the building's structure]—all in all, it’s an interesting layout,” he said. “There’s a raised ceiling in the back so there’s going to be some cool design stuff there.” Design firm Hecho Inc is doing the work; they’re also the folks who brought us the Baby’s Alright’s interior (and they make dumpster pools). Says Reiter: “We’re really excited to have Hecho Inc. as the design company that did the buildout here, they’re great.”

Death + Co alum opening bar in Bushwick


1237 Flushing Avenue, via Eater

It’s slotted to open in September:

After a year and a half as a bartender at Death + Company, award-winning mixologist Al Sotack is getting ready to strike out on his own. He and Maks Pazuniak, former head bartender at New Orleans’s acclaimed Cure, plan to open a cocktail bar late this summer in an old check-cashing facility on Flushing Avenue in Bushwick…

If you’ve ever tried the Double Dragon, one of the most popular drinks on the menu at Death + Co., you’ve tasted Sotack’s handiwork. It’s his own invention, made of Japanese whiskey, mezcal, Porte syrup and Moroccan bitters. Sotack wants to bring that creativity to his new bar, but he doesn’t plan on it being a seated-only, speakeasy-style joint. “It will be a little bit more of a lounge aesthetic with sound design and good music,” he said. [Read more...]