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”

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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...]

Macri Park brashly fires its staff and reopens as gay bar

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Williamsburg’s Macri Park closed quietly last week, but has already reopened as a gay bar. The owner, who also runs the very popular gay bar Metropolitan, previously tried to turn Greenpoint’s now-defunct Lulu’s into a gay club, but ran into issues with the landlord. From what we hear, many of the former staff at Macri Park are pretty pissed about the way things went down:

According to Polaroid photographer Nick McManus, a longtime regular who documented the Macri staff in the bar’s final hours, all bartenders, managers, and bouncers were informed yesterday at 3:00 p.m. that their jobs were about to be nullified. “Some of the staff was a little peeved,” he said. “Just because they’re changing the tone of the bar, why do they have to be fired?” He says that his friend Cheylene Sharkeye, who hosted her monthly Le Noize karaoke party at Macri, is also out of a gig.

A former employee who wishes to remains anonymous says the staff was wrongly fired “for being straight”:

Macri Park, a bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, just fired its entire staff for being straight and changed the concept to a gay bar. This is completely unacceptable. [Read more...]

Industry 1332 now open at the Halsey stop in Bushwick

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As the Morgan and Jefferson stop sprawl continues to grow, a chic new bar and restaurant by the Halsey stop recently opened:

The Halsey Stop is blowing up! If you’ve passed by in recent months, you probably noticed the transformation of the old party hall into one of the Halsey L stop’s first major restaurants. Industry 1332‘s opening has definitely been carefully paced and gradual, but it’s an opening that merits excitement and anticipation—the atmosphere is dope and the food is bomb. [Read more...]

Greenpoint’s Boulevard Tavern is closing

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Well this sucks. We love Boulevard Tavern and will definitely miss it. Sorry to see you go!

It is with great sadness that I must report that after 10 years my beloved bar Boulevard Tavern will close its doors for the last time on Aug 30th 2015.

I could site many reasons for this, but suffice to say, a changing demographic in the neighborhood, increased competition, and increased costs are about as good a reason as any. Let’s just say its tough being a small business in NYC right now.
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Joe’s Pizza is officially open in Williamsburg

Photo via Eater

Photo via Eater

West Village favorite Joe’s Pizza is now officially open in Williamsbug at 216 Bedford Ave (North 5th). From Eater:

Originally expected to open in June, today is the day when Joe’s Williamsburg makes its grand debut on Bedford Avenue. The construction delays resulted in the need to reinforce the floors to bear the weight of the double stacked Baker’s Pride ovens, the same ones used at the other Joe’s locations. The recipes and prices are identical to the other two locations: $2.75 for a round slice, $3.00 for square. And just like at the other restaurants, everything is made from scratch in house. The hours will be limited for now as the ovens and staff need to be broken in. But by the fall expect the place to be in full swing into the wee hours.

See more pictures at Eater.

Diviera Drive now open in Williamsburg

Diviera Drive, credit Gothamist

Diviera Drive, credit Gothamist

We’ve been meaning to try Diviera Drive, the new, slightly confusing restaurant on North 7th and Bedford, for weeks now but have been distracted by all the recent openings in North Brooklyn. Yelp reviews have been mixed and Gothamist just ran a largely adjective-free ‘review.’ Have you been? The space looks appealing. Let us know what you think.

From Gothamist

It’s hard to miss the sailboat, out of place as it is blocks away from the water at the corner of Berry Street and North 7th in Williamsburg. It’s the touchstone piece of Diviera Drive, a multifaceted new dining venue that’s been evolving since quietly debuting a few months back. For now, the boat is just an interesting set piece in part of the restaurant’s outdoor patio; but soon, it’ll be gutted and repurposed with a special table, which can be reserved for a unique dinner….

The restaurant is divided into several sections, beginning with a coffee and liquor bar up front familiar to anyone who’s experienced Italy’s many espresso haunts. It’s an intentional nod by owner Oliver Strumm, who looked to recreate a Southern Italian motif and dining experience in the four years it took to bring the spot to fruition. The Vespa parked out front belongs to one of the kitchen staff and the wood-burning oven was flown in from Naples, but much of the decor and food is more local. [Read more...]

Bushwick bar Cain’s Tavern is closing this month due to ’500%’ rent hike

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And another one gone, and another one gone:

We are very sad to announce that Cain’s Tavern will be closing at the end of August. After 5 years, Our landlords have decided to to raise our rent 500%, forcing us to relocate. We are scoping out spots now.

Thank you to the neighborhood of Bushwick for making every moment of the last five years worth it. Thank you to the other Bushwick bars and restaurants for being so damn cool. [Read more...]