Seasonal comforts arrive at Williamsburg’s The Sandwich Shop



At Williamsburg’s The Sandwich Shop seasonal specials, including salads and sandwiches with locally-sourced ingredients are always on the menu.

This Winter they’re featuring a hefty South American sandwich called “The Venezuelan” — an expertly executed dish made of Braised Beef, Black Beans, Sweet Plantains, Avocado, Queso Fresco and Crema on Artisanal Soft Bread. In other words, Latin comfort food at its best for just $11.75. It’s a great addition to an already impressive menu.

Stop by or call for delivery.

The Sandwich Shop
658 A Grand Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(between Manhattan Ave and Leonard street)
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Top 5 shows of the weekend


This wretched month will finally come to an end by the time the weekend is out, but February does leave us a nice parting gift in the form of some fantastic shows that should get you out of whatever hopefully warm abode you call home.

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Pete Wells gives Williamsburg’s Semilla a rave


Semilla, credit NY Times

In this week’s review of the “vegetable forward” cooking at Semilla, Wells was pretty glowing, though he conceded that the newish Williamsburg establishment could be a tad niche:

“The crowd reminded me of the audiences, small but intense, who showed up to hear underground bands in the ’80s and ’90s, when that was one of the few ways to hear music that didn’t get played on the radio.”

Here are some other highlights:

Semilla had taken two cabbage leaves, then flattened and dried them until they were as crisp as a cracker. This was the bread. In between were a bundle of unusually delicious coleslaw and some grains of buckwheat groats….The flavors woke up old memories of the Polish and Ukrainian restaurants that are mostly gone from the East Village… [Read more...]

TICKET GIVEAWAY: 2:54 and Honeyblood at Rough Trade

This Friday, Rough Trade hosts a fierce female line-up of Okay Kaya, Honeyblood and 2:54 and we’re giving away TICKETS!

The band I have my eye on is Honeyblood from Scotland. I first heard of the band, formed with Stina Tweeddale on vocal and guitar and Cat Myers on drums, when their 2014 self-titled album was named as a staff pick at Rough Trade. And the duo reeled me in with their song Super Rat, which is the world’s best break-up/I hate you song. “Scum bag sleaze, slime ball grease?” What is not to love?

Honeyblood was the brainchild of Stina, who brought the idea to her friend Cat to help bring it to life. They started out doing small time DIY shows, peddling their two-track cassette “Thrift Shop.” Stina describes there sound as “a bit of garage rock vibe with a pop core.” And with catchy songs like “Bud” and “Killer Bangs,” it is easy to see how the band has made a name for themselves in Glasgow and beyond.

If you want to see these ladies live, show your love in the comments. We’ll pick the winner on Thursday! Or, if you can’t wait, you can purchase tickets here.

Williamsburg’s oldest bar, Teddy’s, sold to new owner


If you lived in Williamsburg in the 90s, you likely have warm memories about Teddy’s bar. Before other, more-trendy establishments took over it was the place to get a drink in the neighborhood – a welcoming home to artists and locals alike. The owners were evidently choosy about who purchased the bar, wanting someone who would keep the “classic vibe intact.” Fingers crossed that the buyer doesn’t turn Teddy’s into another generic drinking hole that pays no tribute to its history.

The three owners of Teddy’s Bar and Grill sold it last week, ending their nearly-three-decade claim on the more-than-a-century-old watering hole. In shopping it around, they made a point of picking a buyer who pledged to keep the classic vibe intact, they said.

“We were very eager to find an owner-operator who would cherish what was happening here and not turn it into a luxury steakhouse or an obnoxious chain,” Felice Kirby said. “We had some crazy offers from people, but we did not think those would be a smart move…” [Read more...]

Sofar Sounds invades living rooms in North Brooklyn

Photo by Max Rolon

Photo by Max Rolon

February 24 and 25, Sofar Sounds will turn apartments into music venues for a night, bringing strangers together to witness eclectic bills of local musicians.

Born in London in 2009, Sofar Sounds expanded to world living room domination, with locations peppering cities across six continents. The premise is simple. Friends sick of people talking over the music at shows decided to ditch traditional venues and bring musicians into homes for an intimate setting dedicated to enhancing the listening experience. No talking allowed. [Read more...]

Top 5 shows of the weekend


Greetings, let’s cast aside these tenebrific last few days and look to that which brings the most effulgent of feelings: the weekend. I can’t say I’m being terribly helpful at this point, given that three of the best five options are already sold out, but I don’t make the rules.

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New Sun Kil Moon record takes a snarky dig at Williamsburg

Sun Kil Moon; credit: The Quietus

Sun Kil Moon; credit: The Quietus

The king of snark Mark Kozelek has apparently moved on from poking fun at War on Drugs. He’s got a new record coming out in June, Universal Themes, which contains a track hilariously titled “Cry Me A River Williamsburg Sleeve Tattoo Blues.” From Stereogum:

The Benji follow-up was recorded over this year and last in San Francisco and Hoboken, and features percussion from Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth. The album will contain last year’s one-off “The Possum,” and its B-side “Cry Me A River Williamsburg Sleeve Tattoo Blues.” And the tracklist also contains some more Kozelek gems like “With A Sort Of Grace I Walked To The Bathroom To Cry” and “This Is My First Day And I’m Indian And I Work At A Gas Station.” Thankfully, no War On Drugs diss tracks made the cut. The album artwork appears to be of a payphone in the middle of nowhere.

Here’s the first track, “The Possum:” [Read more...]