Williamsburg’s Crown Vic is closing


It seems like every backyard bar in North Brooklyn is closing just in time for summer. The latest casualty is Crown Vic on South 2nd street. From [Read more…]

Brooklyn Barge Bar is now officially open

bargeAfter a few false starts Brooklyn Barge Bar has finally opened in Greenpoint at 3 Milton Street. Unfortunately they missed the summer season, but we’ll still get some nice days to enjoy the outdoor spot before it gets too cold. The bar plans [Read more…]

Greenpoint bar Beloved has closed for good

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Party outdoors at Output this summer on The Roof

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Beloved Williamsburg nightspot Output is known for a premium experience based on expertly curated music and a souped-up sound system. For the summer months, they’re bringing the party outdoors, with world class DJs and live music on The Roof. The events kick off during the afterwork hours on weekdays and mid-afternoon on the weekends, going right up until night commences at the club below. With a panoramic view of the Manhattan skyline, attendees have their choice of lounging on the cushioned beds and couches or putting in work on the grassy dancefloor.

Programming on The Roof includes club nights that have defined Brooklyn nightlife, from the freewheeling Tiki Disco to the longtime stalwart Kaviar Roof Club, who is bringing in names like Metro Area and Wolf + Lamb. CLUBBIN LUV, a Thursday weekly with no cover charge, will be collaborating with some of electronic music’s most influential collectives including NinjaTune, Safer At Night and House On Mute. The summer will also feature the weekly Sundays On The Roof, sporting top names in slick house music and offering free entry until 4pm with RSVP. Some very special one-offs are also on the docket, including Solidisco, DJ Spinna’s Michael Jackson Tribute, and soulful house bulwark 718 Sessions.

To complete the sensory bliss, Vendy Award finalists Bolivian Llama Party are offering delectable victuals, including their chola sandwiches and saltenas. The Roof is also bringing back its signature boozy slushies, namely the watermelon infused “Vodka Gallagher” and the Red Bull collaboration “Tequila Sunrush”. All part and parcel to Output’s mission to, in every sense of the word, elevate daytime clubbing.

Death + Co alum opening bar in Bushwick

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1237 Flushing Avenue, via Eater

It’s slotted to open in September:

After a year and a half as a bartender at Death + Company, award-winning mixologist Al Sotack is getting ready to strike out on his own. He and Maks Pazuniak, former head bartender at New Orleans’s acclaimed Cure, plan to open a cocktail bar late this summer in an old check-cashing facility on Flushing Avenue in Bushwick…

If you’ve ever tried the Double Dragon, one of the most popular drinks on the menu at Death + Co., you’ve tasted Sotack’s handiwork. It’s his own invention, made of Japanese whiskey, mezcal, Porte syrup and Moroccan bitters. Sotack wants to bring that creativity to his new bar, but he doesn’t plan on it being a seated-only, speakeasy-style joint. “It will be a little bit more of a lounge aesthetic with sound design and good music,” he said. [Read more…]

Le Fanfare – new Italian restaurant with live jazz opens in Greenpoint

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Le Fanfare; credit Greenpointers

There have been lots of new restaurant openings in Greenpoint of late including Esme and Le Fond. Now we can add Le Fanfare to the list, which opened quietly at the beginning of September:

The team behind NoLita’s Epistrophy Cafe brings homemade pasta, fresh seafood and other timeless Italian fare to this charming spot on Greenpoint’s main drag. Jazzy live acts perform on a tiny stage at the back of the narrow space decked out with checkered floors, communal tables and a small bar.

Greenpointers paid them a visit:

The cocktail list is short and classic, with drinks around $11, and the bar is comfortable and pleasantly backlit by a clouded mirror studded with star-like lights. … Seating beyond the bar falls into three categories: long communal tables, small marble two-tops built in along the wall, and exceptionally nice semi-separated marble-topped booths built for four….

Le Fanfare is a fantastic space in which to spend an evening. I do have some reservations about the food, which perhaps I judge harshly because every other aspect of the experience was so finely tuned and because certain dishes – that white bean dip, good god, I’m considering going there for some right now – compelled me to keep going back for another taste. I hope that, given a chance to break in and find their stride, Le Fanfare becomes a top choice for the neighborhood on nights that we want to spend sitting comfortably and living well.

Le Fanfare is open Tuesday through Saturday 5:30pm – 1:00am and Sunday 5:30 pm – 12:00 with live jazz Wednesday – Saturday.

Le Fanfare
1103 Manhattan Avenue 

New York, New York 11222
347-987-4244
website

Places we like: Lighthouse

credit: Marlene Lam

credit: Marlene Lam

Go to Lighthouse and eat the ceviche. It’s the best ceviche I’ve had in NYC. The small cuts of fatty salmon and avocado, fresh tomatoes, and a tinge of the right spice, served with crunchy (not crispy) corn chips are blissful.

Admittedly, the ceviche may be a bit different depending on when you go – the restaurant focuses on seasonal ingredients, evident in the freshness of the food. The mussels (which in the world at large are hit or miss) were a Hit-Sink in their coconut lemongrass broth – good enough to eat past your fill. (I did, because there were many, for those of you concerned with portion size.) [Read more…]

LOVEGUN – Williamsburg’s newest gay club opens tonight

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LOVEGUN opens tonight at 617 Grand Street

We already love Metropolitan and This & That and tonight, the Coop’s boyfriend Benjamin Maisani is opening Lovegun on Grand Street.

From the owners of Eastern Bloc, Bedlam and Atlas Social Club comes LOVEGUN, a brand new gay bar slated to open on Grand Street next week, September 12. With two main floors, a sunken lounge area and two full service bars, LOVEGUN is clearly set to carve its place out in the Brooklyn queer scene.

LOVEGUN will open with a bang, with NYC promoter Frankie Sharp kicking off his new party “GIRLS” on the first night of business.

Maisani says LOVEGUN is “Studio 54 meets Cruising

At Eastern Bloc, Maisani and Dryden noticed that many of their customers were making the trek across the East River to party, so they decided it was time to bring the party to Billyburg. “We thought we could do something cool out here,” Dryden says.

“Even though Brooklyn has exploded in the last few years, there’s not as much being offered for the community here, as opposed to somewhere like Hell’s Kitchen, where you have 19 bars in a very small radius,” says Raimondi on a hot late-summer afternoon over the sounds of construction going on inside the bar. “That was definitely one of the things motivating us to make the move.” [Read more…]