Williamsburg’s other D.B.A. closing this month

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First there was DBA. Now D.B.A. — the craft beer bar on North 7th — is closing. Needless to say, this is horrible news:

We’re very sad to say d.b.a. brooklyn will be closing at the end of the month. It’s a special place for so many special people. Please come out and have a drink before we go!

The Saints face the Steelers @1 Sunday 11/30 so the game party will be on as usual & following we will have a send off (drink the inventory and say goodbye) bash…The facebook page will remain active and we will use it to let everyone know next steps (new location if possible??) or next place to meet as a group for a drink (or a few!)

p.s. – We’re open Thanksgiving @5pm – George will be behind the bar serving up turkey (wild) & cranberry (juice). It’s delicious!

Have a good holiday!
d.b.a. brooklyn crew

We’ll miss D.B.A.’s fantastic beer selection and lack of attitude. Looking forward to the Zara or P.F. Chang’s that will take its place. Ugh. [via]

Spike Hill is closing

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Another day, another Williamsburg institution announces that it’s closing:

Bedford Avenue mainstay Spike Hill will close its doors next month, the space confirmed to Gothamist today, as the building housing the bar and venue is currently under contract. “It’s unlikely that this bar will be a bar for much longer,” revealed an employee at the bar this afternoon.

The employee, who asked to remain anonymous, was cagey about offering a final date for the closure, but conceded that “early December” was a workable timeline. He wasn’t sure about future plans for the space, whether it would be kept intact or torn down, but said he didn’t think “the building is worth anywhere near what the real estate is worth.” One thing was definitely clear: “The building’s under contract for a lot of money.”

At least we can ‘celebrate’ its demise next month.

Williamsburg favorite Randolph Brooklyn to begin serving bottomless brunch

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Randolph Brooklyn is a cocktail bar and restaurant located in South Williamsburg. It opened its doors in October 2013 as the company’s 3rd location, after Randolph Broome and Randolph Beer in Nolita. A proud new addition to Brooklyn’s diverse culinary and nightlife scene, Randolph Brooklyn offers soulful, American fare alongside a comprehensive bar program that leverages the company’s cocktail and craft beer expertise.

Starting November 16 Randolph Brooklyn will begin serving brunch which will include a great selection of dishes available either a la cart or included in a $29 pre-fixe option with bottomless brunch cocktails. They will also serve coffee and espresso using beans roasted locally by Toby’s Estate.

Randolph Brooklyn
104 South 4th Street
Brooklyn, New York 11249
646.383.3623
http://randolphnyc.com
Brunch Hours: Sat & Sun: 12pm – 5pm
View the brunch menu here.

Fancy new vegetarian Williamsburg restaurant Semilla now open in Williamsburg

Semilla, credit: NY Mag

Semilla, credit: NY Mag

To some, a seven course vegetarian menu likely sounds like a nightmare. To others, a dream come true. Like it or not, South Williamsburg’s Semilla is doing just that with dishes that include pumpkin soup served in a small pumpkin, burdock arancini with miso aïoli, and braised celery root. Eater’s Robert Sietsema was impressed.

Like so many ambitious restaurants today, it began as a pop-up. Chez Jose was the brainchild of Jose Ramirez-Ruiz and Pamela Yung, who started out in a coffee shop down the street and then moved their temporary restaurant to the current space on Havemeyer, a skillet’s throw from the Williamsburg Bridge exit lane. Now the name has been changed to Semilla (“Seed”) and the place radiates permanence. [Read more...]

Five Leaves is expanding… maybe we’ll actually want to go there now

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We love Five Leaves, but holy fuck is it a pain in the ass to get in. Who wants to wait 2 hours for brunch? Luckily, relief is on the way:

Five Leaves, the perennially popular Greenpoint brunch destination, is expanding to the space next door. Greenpointers reports that the adjacent Sharkey’s Driving School has recently relocated to Norman Avenue, freeing up space for the Five Leaves team to move in. At the moment the space is hosting a pop-up art gallery, but that’s only until renovations begin. Co-owner Kathy Mecham tells Greenpointers that the expansion will make room for a “bigger kitchen, bigger room, bigger bar,” which should also give them the capacity to do more catering. Locals are surely just hoping it will make the wait not quite so long. But no word yet on exactly when those renovations will start, or how long they’re supposed to take, so keep an eye out.

Roberta’s new takeout restaurant now serving breakfast to go

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Credit: Adam Kuban

Morgan stoppers are gonna be blissed out about this. Now they can grab bagels in the AM and still stop by later for a pizza on the run:

The bakers are offering everything bagels schmeared with cream cheese, plus parfaits, off-menu bialys, and an egg sandwich similar to the one on offer in the restaurant. Back in the days when Melissa Weller was baking for Roberta’s, the restaurant was offering some standout bagels, but they disappeared when Weller left to work on her own project with the Torrisi boys. It’s unclear if these newbies are made from the same recipe. [Read more...]

Slick Willie – now open in Greenpoint

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Slick Willie
179 Meserole Ave in Greenpoint
718-389-0090

A new restaurant has finally opened on a quiet block in Greenpoint called Slick Willie. Named for a Greenpoint-born bank robber, Willie Sutton, the cafe boasts menu categories like Solitary Confinement, Hiding Out For a While and On the Run. We can’t wait to try the Contraband burger. For now, they’re only open for lunch and dinner, but as a chalkboard above the bar boasts: “Dinner and bar when prohibition is over: Full liquor, beer coming soon…” [Read more...]

North Brooklyn gets lots of love in Village Voice’s Best of 2014

Taqueria Izucar, credit Serious Eats

Village Voice’s best of New York issue is out and not surprisingly North Brooklyn has lots of bar and restaurant mentions — and oversights. (No love for Roberta’s?) Some of its choices we find a bit odd, but hey, we’re happy to see Peter Pan, St. Anselm and Taqueria Izucar get some love. Here’s their ‘bests’ from Bushwick, Greenpoint and Williamsburg:

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Best Ethiopian Restaurant
Bunna Café

While Bunna Café might seem like a Brooklyn cliché (it serves vegan Ethiopian food next to a vacant lot in Bushwick, after all), Ethiopian cuisine has long held vegetarian and vegan dishes in its repertoire thanks to extended fasting periods imposed by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Chef Kedija Srage cooks up a colorful array of meatless wots and tibs served alone or as part of combination platters arranged on top of injera. (Bunna’s take on the porous sourdough flatbread is fluffier and less sour than its peers’.) Ethiopian beers and honey wine are available, and cocktails — like the Pushkin, a White Russian made with Ethiopian coffee and toasted sunflower milk — are particularly inspired. The righteous brewed beans are roasted throughout the day and served espresso-style. Srage and café owners Sam Saverance and Liyuw Ayalew have also carved out time four nights a week to perform a traditional coffee ceremony, where an audience observes the roasting process and drinks the results.

Best Cuban Sandwich
Cafetería La Mejor

Find the intersection of Suydam and Wilson in Bushwick, and we guarantee you won’t miss Cafetería La Mejor — its façade is hued turquoise and magenta, so fluorescent we suspect you can see it from space. The place turns out a limited menu of Cuban coffees, a handful of sandwiches, and pastries; grab a counter seat or sashay up to the window and order the sandwich cubano. You’ll get a knock-out classic rendition: roasted pork, ham, swiss, and pickles stacked in generous — but not off-balance — quantities on that white Cuban bread slicked with grainy mustard. The whole thing goes into a press until the cheese is melted and the exterior toasted. We’ll admit we raised an eyebrow when we read the menu description declaring that our sandwich would arrive “eggshell crisp,” but that descriptor proved exactly right, providing an immensely satisfying crackly foil to the hearty filling within.

Best Vegetarian Deli
Hana Natural

Hana Natural is actually a grocery store, and its main purpose is to provide Bushwick with organic and natural products. But it also houses a deli, offering its customers a huge selection of sandwiches, including a list of vegetarian options so numerous, it puts other vegetarian restaurants to shame. Many of these are creative re-creations of popular carnivorous sammies, the meat swapped out for fake meat and then laden with fresh vegetables, cheese, and various condiments. In particular, the deli makes a mean veggie BLT, exchanging bacon for veggie bacon, which is made of soy. Or try the tofu Reuben, which uses grilled tofu in lieu of corned beef. [Read more...]