Esme – now open in Greenpoint

Esme, credit: Greenpointers

Esme, credit: Greenpointers
999 Manhattan Avenue

We miss the margaritas and chips at Papacitos which shuttered last year. Thankfully, a new bistro called Esme is now open:

Following months of renovations, Esme opened softly last Tuesday on the former site of Papacitos (999 Manhattan Avenue). The venue has been totally transformed and now offers a bright sunny welcome by day and a cozy low-lit intimacy by night. Long wooden pews accompany individual tables along one side of the restaurant, whilst tables on a raised platform at the front of the space look out onto Manhattan Avenue through two huge picture windows.

The mouth-watering modern American menu is devised by executive chef Paul Myers, whose impressive career includes time under Wylie Dufresne at wd~50 and a James Beard nomination for his Montana restaurant 515. In creating the dishes, Myers collaborated with Adam Volk of Williamsburg’s Gwynnett Street (now Lachlan), who will run the kitchen on a daily basis.

Here’s the menu, via Bedford and Bowery: [Read more...]

White Castle, Lokal and Sel De Mer close, Maison Premiere to expand

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It’s not much of a shock — it’s been listed on Trulia for months — but Graham Avenue’s popular fish shack Sel De Mer closed last week. It will be missed.

Just around the corner another “restaurant,” White Castle closed too. We’d be happy to see it go if it weren’t being replaced by more bullshit condos.

The terribly mediocre Lokal shut down too. In it’s place, Greenpointers will soon have an Maison Premier outpost, which is NOT a bad trade-off:

The many, many fans of Maison Premiere’s oysters and absinthe will be excited to learn that owners Joshua Boissy and Krystof Zizka are opening a new restaurant in 2015, at 905 Lorimer Street in Williamsburg. Details are scarce, but considering the success of their first project, this is a big deal. [Read more...]

Top five shows of the weekend

charles-bradley-15062013-08-shv 5) Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters at Brooklyn Academy of Music
Go ahead, call me an old man, but just remember, Robert Plant is a grade A angus-certified legend and if there is anywhere in New York that’s still a perfect fit for the former Zep frontman, it has to be BAM. Now get off my lawn before I call the police.

Saturday, doors at 8pm

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Top five shows of the weekend

uninvited5) Andy Stott, Demdike Stare, Millie & Andrea, Miles, and more at Output
While you’re never going to hear me expound on the cultural importance of Output (nor ever find me there), I must say, this one caught my attention. Every now and then Output books itself a name in the electronic music world, but Manchester dub pioneer Andy Stott is by far their highest concept yet. A deviation from the Wythe mega-club’s usual (MDM)A + B(ro step) = C(oitus in the bathroom) Pythagorean, Stott is sure to bring some artistic gravitas to the grind this weekend, so if you’re looking to get down with your dignity intact, this is the place to be.

Friday, doors at 10pm

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No. 7 Sub set to reopen on Wednesday as a bar

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931 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 389-7775
no7north.com

 

We already love the food. Now we’ll be able to get boozy there too. They’re set to reopen this Wednesday.

The place is a mashup of the sub shop and the team’s Fort Greene restaurant No. 7, explains co-owner Tyler Kord. “We’re just trying to do a nice neighborhood bar where you can come and have broccoli tacos and a bunch of simple cocktails and feel really good about everything that’s going on in your life.” Read on for the full menu, which still has some subs, but also a whole lot more.

In addition to those double decker broccoli tacos, the menu includes a grilled Caesar salad, steak frites, and some tricked out “altered beast fries” topped with pickled peppers, mozzarella, feta, and roasted tomato mayo. A list of sandwiches ranges from No. 7 Sub classics like the zucchini parm (with fontina and barbecue potato chips) to a cheeseburger topped with muchim pickles and grape jelly mayo. The drinks menu offers borough-themed cocktails and some updated classics, along with three boozy desserts drinks like a root beer float made with Bailey’s and vodka. Plus, Kord adds, “we have a sweet pool table.” The shop will be open starting at 11.a.m. Wednesdays through Mondays.

Here’s the menu: [Read more...]

Weekend Shopping: Renegade Craft Fair and Brooklyn Antiques and Book Fair

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Renegade Craft Fair

On the Williamsburg and Greenpoint waterfront this weekend shop ’til you drop, or, well get rained on. On Saturday & Sunday, there’s The Renegade Craft Fair:

The Renegade Craft Fair will return to Brooklyn, NY for a top shelf, indie-craft explosion. RCF will bring movers and makers of all varieties to 50 KENT (between 11th and 12th streets) on September 13 + 14. Market hours are from 11 am – 6 pm both Saturday and Sunday.

Just down the street in the just-opened Brooklyn Expo Center, there’s The Brooklyn Antiques and Book Fair on Saturday and Sunday:

110 dealers from all over the eastern seabord selling their best antiques with an emphasis on mid-century, decorative arts, fine art, jewelry , art deco, folk art, Americana, arts and crafts, and some of the best book and ephemera dealers in the business presenting vintage and antiquarian books on every subject matter, manuscripts, photographs, ephemera, prints, autographs, posters, and so much more.

Video: Ghoul at Saint Vitus (9/9)

ghoul-promo-band-pic-2014-661194If they ever make Texas Chainsaw Massacre 4: Leatherface Does NYC, then chances are its going to look and feel a lot like Saint Vitus on Tuesday night, when self-professed Creepsylvanian splatter thrashers, Ghoul, took over the Greenpoint metal HQ for a night of truly terrifying (albeit totally tongue and cheek) sonic destruction. The video of the full set below says pretty much everything I’m currently at a loss to.  All hail Ghoul.

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Tonight: parachuting sandwiches at The Diamond in Greenpoint

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Your Horoscope: Look to the Greenpoint sky – fortune grilled cheeses will fall into your lap.

Just show up outside The Diamond in Greenpoint at 7:30 pm tonight, Thursday Sept. 4. It would probably help to be tall, nimble, or lucky… An Australian company called Jafflechutes is dropping grilled cheese sandwiches (Called “jaffles” for some…Australian? reason) off of the roof of The Diamond bar. At one point, people signed up and bought designated sandwiches on PayPal (they’ll be labeled with names) but for those that didn’t, a few jaffles (either tomato & cheese or ham & cheese) will be up for grabs.

If you don’t catch one, you can always head into the bar. Or just enjoy the spectacle.

– Ali Gladstone