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Careful ice cream kids, remember what happened to the Greenpoint Food Market after the Times showed some love?

New Bar: Lady Jay's

image c/o Eater

The South has arrived in Williamsburg at the Grand Street bar Lady Jay’s where you’ll find moonshine, mounted antlers, a backyard deck and a jukebox stocked with Waylon, Loretta, Patsy and Johnny. Restaurant veteran Sam Mason (former wd-50 and Tailor chef and star of “Dinner with the Band”) decided to try something new by leaving the restaurant world and opening a bar. The brick interior of Lady Jay’s reminds us of an old saloon and even has a vintage shuffle bowling machine. Six beers are available on tap and there’s a solid variety of Scotches and whiskeys. Our favorite part of the joint is the outside deck that’s as large as the interior. There are plans for a pool table, backyard BBQ’s, live music performances, and crawfish boils. For directions and more, visit our listings section.

PBR Gets An Upgrade in China

While the Brooklyn hipster may be ever-associated with swilling the cheaper version of this medallion-winning brew, Pabst Brewing Co. (under new management) has begun selling a “fancy-pants” beer in China called 1844, which sells for 300 yuan ($45 US) per 720ml bottle.

Pabst Brewmaster-Asia Alan Kornhauser claims the beer is aimed at China’s “Nouveau riche,” and will be served at business dinners and banquets–

“normally, you’d drink brandy, and this beer kind of has the look of brandy—it’s a reddish-brown color, but it won’t hurt you as much.”

No doubt a Freewilly prize will go out to the first “Hipster Drinking an 1844” photo we get in our inbox.

[h/t New Yorker]

The Bedford on Bedford

c/o Nicole Franzen

A few weeks ago while walking on Bedford Avenue we noticed that a new restuarant called “The Bedford” had taken the place of the old Sound Fix location. Jumping on the farm-to-table bandwagon, The Bedford serves local, organic entrees with daily specials inspired by the most recent selection available at local markets. Our favorite dishes from the menu are the Niman Ranch Pork Chop served with summer squash ribbons, crispy potatoes, & sherry vinegar sauce ($25), and the Pasture Raised Burger with Gorgonzola Cheese, Applewood Smoked Bacon, and Grilled Onion ($15). The Bedford also offers a selection of fancy cocktails, including “Satan’s Whiskers” which contains Gordon’s Gin, sweet & dry vermouths, Grand Marnier, & orange bitters and “The Cactus Cooler” which is a tasty mixture of green chartreuse, pineapple & lime juices, and pomegranate molasses. Breakfast will also be served in the next few weeks.

Check out the full listing here:

The Bedford. 110 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211.

Relish: Closed, But Would You Be Sad If It Was Bought By "Waffle House"?

So I guess it’s true. Relish is closed.

A reader who was there after Sunday’s Pool Party writes:

“I was there last night after attending the waterfront party on N. 8th and the waitress very sadly informed us that it was their last night open.  One of the waiters noticed me taking pictures of the place and came outside to ask me to email him the pictures I took for memory’s sake.  Everyone was noticeably upset and determined to have a good “last” night.

While a commenter speculates on the new owners:

“I have it on pretty good authority that offers have been made to buy out the lease by the owners of Waffle House chain (a fast-food chain popular elsewhere)

Pretty good authority is good enough to get my excitement wagon churning. According to Waffle House’s online store locator, the nearest restaurant is in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania – about an a 1.5 hour drive. Could this be the waffle chain’s attempt at smothering some of our sweet Brooklyn brunch money syrup all over their checkered faces? Maybe!

Here’s a little known fact: this can all be blamed on Thomas Jefferson. According to Wikipedia, he brought a waffle iron over from France, “and waffle frolics or parties became popular in the late eighteenth century.” Reeeeeal great job, Thomas Jefferson. I would’ve been fine getting by on pancakes but whatever.

And waffle parties? Brace for that new trend, it’s coming in 2011. In the meantime, here’s “Waffle House” by Travis Porter (ft. Waka Flocka):

New Panda Bear 'Tomboy' Tracks Released

2 tracks from Panda Bear AKA Noah Lennox’s new album ‘Tomboy’ have been released by Stereogum. Could this be the album to save indie music in 2k10 as some claim?

He plays 9/11/10 on the Beach @ Governor’s Island for $30, but hopefully a few more shows pop up after Tomboy’s release.

On another note, here’s a music video I just finished for PB-inspired artist Navajo Bixby that has gotten some blog love this week. Sorry for the shameless self-promotion, just thought I’d share.

Cajun Eatery 'Honeychiles' Opens in The Charleston

What do you get when you cross three Southern punk rockers, Louisiana classics like jambalaya, poʼboys, and crawfish, and The Charleston – the oldest surviving dive bar in Williamsburg? Honeychiles!

The opening menu will include Southern bar favorites such as Cajun boiled peanuts and smoked cheddar nʼ green onion hush puppies. Honeychiles will also feature nightly specials that will introduce Williamsburg to lesser known Cajun staples like étouffé and machoux and even lesser known Southern game meats… You know… Gator, turtle, pheasant.

The Charleston, which houses the Honeychiles kitchen, is a full service bar, so patrons can put on a little New Orleans swagger to round out their meal. To welcome his new neighbors, Charleston manager Dorian Delamater is bringing in several single batch bourbons and a selection of Louisiana based micro-brews. Honeychiles partners Jesse Crawford and Josh Martin are probably better known, respectively, as the drummer and guitar player of the Brooklyn punk rock dynamo Exhumans. Jameson Proctor quit working as chef de cuisine then director of operations of Tom Colicchioʼs ʻwichcraft restaurants to play organ and piano in Williamsburgʼs country rock revivalists The Weight. All three, in response to recent tough economic times, have decided to open a restaurant and start working… in their spare time.

Honeychiles will be throwing an opening party, or “fais do do” if you will, on Thursday, July 8th with a crawfish boil!

Honeychiles will be open Sunday to Wednesday from 5 PM to 2 AM and Thursday to Saturday from 5 PM to 3 AM. Delivery will be available during all opening hours. Weekend lunch will start in August.