Now open on Grand Street: Billet and Bellows Bar

It feels like we’re usually writing about bars closing these days, but I thought I’d brighten up your Monday with some good news for a change.

Longtime Williamsburg resident metalsmith Kristina Kozak has opened a cozy new bar called Billet and Bellows at the corner of Bedford and Grand Street. It’s more of a cocktail bar, but they’ve got $3 Naraganset tall boys for grimebags like myself. A small menu is currently in the works as well.

Kozak, who previously owned and operated antique shop Bazaar Bizarre and home design shop Mine Metal Art, hopes the bar captures the artistic vibe Williamsburg is known for. [Read more...]

The most anticipated North Brooklyn restaurant openings of 2015 (thus far)


Camlin; credit: Zagat

Given the insane amount of growth underway it North Brooklyn, it’s hardly surprising that lots of new restaurants are opening in 2015. Hook & Cleaver opens today in Greenpoint and there’s lots more in store as the year progresses:

From Eater:

The Camlin
A new Williamsburg wine bar from Mandy Oser and chef Amorette Casaus, the team behind Manhattan’s popular Ardesia Wine Bar. It promises to be a casual neighborhood spot along the rapidly developing stretch of Kent Avenue, serving bar snacks like oyster and charcuterie, along with some larger shared plates. It will also serve cocktails as well as wine.
175 Kent Avenue, Williamsburg

From Zagat:

Joshua Boissy and Krystof Zizka of Williamsburg’s NOLA-inspired hit, Maison Premiere, will open a new restaurant in Greenpoint in 2015.
905 Lorimer St., Brooklyn [Read more...]

Hook & Cleaver: “Chopped” chef opening steakhouse on Greenpoint Ave.

Chef Diane DiMeo

Apparently, you can’t open a restaurant anymore unless you’ve been on “Chopped” or “Keeping up with the Kardashians.” Hook & Cleaver opens on Thursday:

A chef who’s advanced on reality cooking shows like “The Taste” and “Chopped” will soon be bringing her talents to Greenpoint.

Diane DiMeo’s new steak restaurant and lounge, Hook & Cleaver, will open its doors at 68 Greenpoint Ave… [Read more...]

Bedford Ave pizzeria La Nonna closes, Parm to open soon

A pie from La Nonna

We love La Nonna, so we’re sad to see them go, but thankfully they have a location close-by on Kent Ave.

A call to a manager at the larger, flashier Kent Avenue location reveals that the lease was up at the low-key original, which had lately downgraded to serving just its thin-crust pies. A sign on the door reads, “We want to thank all our loyal customers who have supported us through the years. We will miss you all.”

One has to wonder what’ll happen to the storefront at 237 Bedford, between North 4th and 3rd Streets, as it’s on the same block as the incoming Apple and Whole Food stores.

In other food news, Parm will be opening soon at 162 N 4th Street to whet your palette should you miss La Nonna. They’ve already expanded to the Upper West Side, but now we won’t have to venture into Manhattan to enjoy their amazing Chicken Parmesan.

Trash Bar is moving to Bushwick

We were pretty bummed when we found out that beloved bar/music venue Trash Bar would join the long, long list of Williamsburg bar/music venue closings, but it looks like there’s some light at the end of the tunnel in Bushwick. Erm… meaning the folks behind Trash Bar will DEFINITELY be opening a new location in Bushwick, according to the bar’s Facebook.

The rumors are true. Trash Bar is temporarily closing its doors in March and we have definitive plans to re-open at a yet undisclosed Bushwick location. I, the staff, and a great many fans that have affectionately patronized The Trash Bar over the years have watched Williamsburg change firsthand. While these days the increasing rental rates are a well-known force to be reckoned with, the neighborhoods evolution has been exciting to watch and has, in many ways, been great both for business and for the nabe’s energy and action.

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MiUSA Winebar – now open in South Williamsburg


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
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


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!


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...]