Cherry Izakaya now open in Williamsburg

It’s designed by hOme (the team behind Paulie Gees and Donna) and we hear good things about the food. We can’t wait to try it:

Restaurateurs Jonathan Morr (BONDST, Republic) and Eugene Morimoto, along with Chef Jun Hiroshima (Morimoto Napa, BONDST), translate Cherry’s playful riffs on contemporary Japanese fare to an Izakaya-style menu as they bring Cherry Izakaya to the vibrant Williamsburg neighborhood.

Offering small and large plates intended for sharing, the menu includes dishes like Stuffed Calamari with chorizo and black rice, Short Rib with Suntory-whiskey glaze, Escargot Donburi with miso béchamel, and Pork Ramen with brown butter miso and charred corn to satiate all cravings. A selection of gyoza includes Duck Kumquat and Shiitake Confit, while skewers span varieties like Pork Belly with ginger-soy, Chicken Meatballs with tomato shiso and parmesan to a delicate Eggplant Miso with fried capers. Cherry signatures like the Tuna Tart with creamy ponzu and white truffle oil and Short Rib Foie Gras Gyoza with a cherry glaze will also be served.

Inspired by 1970s Tokyo, the restaurant was designed by local designer studio hOme, whose projects include a number of Brooklyn restaurants. Upon entering Cherry Izakaya, guests are greeted by a vintage 1970s Pachinko machine, nestled into the foyer’s wall. A large bar, the heart of the izakaya, is decorated in handmade tiles and sits at the front of the restaurant beneath majestic reclaimed-wood arched ceilings, beckoning passersby from the street. In the warmer months, the front bar area overflows with sunlight from ceiling-height windows that open the restaurant to the street, allowing for an indoor-yet-outdoor feel.

Here’s the menu: [Read more...]

Menu: The Gorbals is open in Williamsburg

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Reservations are now available, which seems dumb, since this joint is on top of an effin Urban Outfitters. From Eater:

The New York outpost of Ilan Hall’s LA restaurant The Gorbals opens for dinner tonight in Williamsburg’s new Urban Outfitters “concept store” Space Ninety 8. The menu features several dishes cooked over the restaurant’s large wood-fire grill, including lamb ribs, porgy with bonito butter, and bone marrow with hen of the woods mushrooms and creamed walnuts. Other items include banh mi poutine, whole roasted pig head, and the well-known cheeky bacon-wrapped matzo balls. The promised large-format schnitzel “with the hoof still on” turns out to be a “chicken schnitzel with talon.”

Here’s the menu: [Read more...]

Open next week in Williamsburg – The Gorbals

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The Gorbals is set to open next Tuesday (July 22) with a menu that includes bacon wrapped matzo balls. The Urban Outfitters blog — um, we know — spoke with the chef Ilan Hall, Season two’s Top Chef winner. Urban Outfitters? Top Chef? Boy is Williamsburg edgy these days. When do we get our American Girl store?! Here’s what The Gorbals chef has to say about his new menu:

I’m trying to use things that are really seasonal and maybe a little bit more obscure. Not obscure but, like, less common fish. Most people don’t put bluefish on their menu—bluefish is one of my favorite fish. I’d rather use a skate cheek than a skate wing. I’d rather use a monkfish liver or a monkfish tail. There are so many great parts of an animal, and you don’t have to always use the basic filet. There’s this farm really close to where I grew up on Long Island in Glen Cove that, in the spring and summer, has amazing produce. We’re opening at the best possible time for New York [produce]. There’s peas, ramps, spring garlic, fava beans, soft shell crab, Bouchout mussels from Maine.

On his favorite places to eat in Williamsburg:

Every time I have a meal, I’m inspired. I love places in the [Williamsburg] neighborhood: St. Anselm, Café Mogador. I love eating wherever I can, all the time.

More pics, from the UO blog below: [Read more...]

Littleneck Outpost now open in Greenpoint

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Littleneck Outpost;  128 Franklin St., Greenpoint
credit: Daniel Krieger

We can’t wait to try it!

The all-day cafe is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, serving coffee, breakfast dishes like granola or arugula quinoa with a soft egg and boquerones, and sandwiches and salads that range from Littleneck classics like a lobster roll to a chicken confit sandwich with bacon jam. The space is big and bright, with plenty of seating and a little corner of retail items like books, aprons, and pantry items.

Here’s the menu, via Eater, below: [Read more...]

Pasar Malam – a new Malaysian, night market-inspired restaurant is open in Williamsburg

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Credit: Noah Fecks/Bedford & Bowery

Pasar Malam; 208 Grand Street (bet. Bedford and Driggs Aves)

From Bedford & Bowery:

The dishes here are mostly Malay classics with unique twists: the chili crab, for instance, is made with a soft-shell rather than hard-shell crab, and the Hainanese chicken rice is made with crispy rather than steamed chicken. Though the food isn’t knock-your-socks-off spicy, says Mehta, the Nasi Lemak will have you reaching for one of the place’s herb-packed “holistic” Chinese drinks, or a cooling soymilk and grass jelly drink named Michael Jackson for its black-and-white color.

“If it’s not a good one, you’re not sweating,” says Mehta of Malaysia’s national dish, a combination of coconut rice, pandan leaves, pickled vegetables and house-made anchovy sambal. [Read more...]

What are the three oldest restaurants in Williamsburg?

petersWhile much of the recent focus on Williamsburg relates to the constant influx of new people, new buildings, and new restaurants let’s not forget three of the oldest establishments in all of New York City are still here [Read more...]

Are you ready for ramen fries?

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What took them so long?

Keizo Shimamoto, creator of the famous Ramen Burger has created the only side dish worthy of being paired with his game changing burger, Ramen Fries. No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you, those are straight up wedges of deep fried ramen noodles topped with what looks like a secret sauce of some kind and chopped green onions.

Shimamoto is being fairly secretive about his new creation revealing only this photo on his official website and Facebook. There’s no official drop date on the Ramen Fries but Shimamoto has said fans can expect them soon at Smorgasburg, Brooklyn Flea, and Berg’n, at least when it finally opens.

H/T + PicThx Ramen Burger [Foodbeast]

Wreck Room, king of all Bushwick dives, closing after 9 years

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Photo via Hrag Vartanian

So this one floored us… according to our pals over at Bushwick Daily, Flushing Avenue’s Wreck Room will be closing up shop after nine years:

We couldn’t believe it either…. What seemed like a staple at Bushwick bar scene, dive bar Wreck Room has announced that they are closing as of June 30, and this coming Saturday will be their last day.

One of the bartenders at Wreck Room, Troi Benjamin has publicly announced on his Facebook:

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“The same old Bushwick story,”  told us the bar manager, Tuck on the phone today confirming that indeed, Wreck Room is closing on Saturday. “Landlord, new lease, rent increase….” Tuck refused to tell us the specific numbers but told us that the owner was over it already. “After nine years….”

An employee whose name we didn’t catch on the phone mentioned also constant trouble with the maintenance of the place and the landlord.

Arancini Bros, the famed rice ball maker will be closing too.

Arancini Bros have kinda cemented their place amongst the “kitschy food stand that has a stand at every BK event” crowd, so I’m sure they’ll be fine without a brick-and-mortar location (for now), but the loss of Wreck Room is a huge blow. It’s one of the last true dives in the hood; colorful alcoholic regulars, impossibly cheap drinks, bathrooms swarming with an entire alphabet of hepatitis strains (see above)… exactly the kind of place we love. You’ll be missed, Wreck Room.