Roberta’s new takeout restaurant now serving breakfast to go


Credit: Adam Kuban

Morgan stoppers are gonna be blissed out about this. Now they can grab bagels in the AM and still stop by later for a pizza on the run:

The bakers are offering everything bagels schmeared with cream cheese, plus parfaits, off-menu bialys, and an egg sandwich similar to the one on offer in the restaurant. Back in the days when Melissa Weller was baking for Roberta’s, the restaurant was offering some standout bagels, but they disappeared when Weller left to work on her own project with the Torrisi boys. It’s unclear if these newbies are made from the same recipe. [Read more…]

Crushed Out Plays Palisades Tomorrow


Looking for a slice of the past this weekend? The Bushwick husband/wife atomic rock duo Crushed Out brings their live show to Palisades tomorrow night. Their unique brand of rock utilizes reverb, pedal effects and surfer guitar to create a timeless sound that embraces both the hip and nostalgic.

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Bar/restaurant finally opens at Bushwick’s Flushing and Forrest triangle


[photo via Facebook]

Haven’t you all always wondered what the hell that mysterious triangle-shaped plot of land was on Flushing Avenue across the street from Life Cafe 983? It always seemed to me that it’d make a sweet spot for a bar and/or restaurant. Well, I guess I wasn’t alone; Forrest Point opened its doors a few weeks ago at 970 Flushing Ave:

Darin Rubell of East Village spots Boulton & Watt and Ella has long admired the triangular plot across the street from his other place, 983 — Bushwick’s Living Room. “It’s the most unique, special space in Bushwick, in my eyes,” he told us. The onetime Flushing Farms property has sat conspicuously fallow for the past five years but still boasts grape vines, rose bushes, and apricot trees from when an artist tended a garden there.

Now Rubell and his partners in 983, David Rotter and Mark Trzupek, are poised to revive it as what Rubell says will be “a neighborhood bar and restaurant in this little oasis in Bushwick.”

On the bar side, Dustin Olson of Ward III has created a cocktail list that includes milk punches served by the glass or in a fishbowl. And on the restaurant tip, Rotter has contributed an “eclectic” 12-item menu that’s dotted with Mediterranean and other international touches. (See both below.)

Obviously, the place’s allure is its 70 outdoor seats, but the airy interior (which holds another 60 seats) is appealing as well: hanging lightbulbs are dramatically enclosed in gigantic birdcages and the walls are splashed with art by Ben Angotti, who also painted the building’s exterior.

All of that — plus a square bar that lends itself to mingling — should make for vibey evenings and late nights. For daybirds (and for the hungover who don’t mind returning to the scene of the crime), there’ll be lunch as well as a takeout window serving coffee, breakfast and pastries starting around 8 a.m. [Bedford and Bowery]

I checked out the bar the other night for a few pumpkin ales (where did summer go?) and a quick bite. They’ve done a remarkable job with the space. Good stuff. The burger was cooked perfectly and was reasonably portioned (and only $7.) The waffle-fries were well-seasoned and enough to share. I can’t wait to go back for the tuna tartar tacos. All in all, a very welcome addition to a hood in dire need of decent late-night eats.

Check out the menu here.

Reviewer channels his angst for Brooklyn’s preciousness on ‘morally insidious’ Montana’s Trail House


Sure, Montana’s Trail House feels a bit like a theme restaurant, but is it really “morally insidious?”  Joshua David Stein over at the New York Observer thinks so. He gave the restaurant zero stars and quite the rant [emphasis our own]:

Last month, a young New Yorker named Montana Masback opened a restaurant in Bushwick called Montana’s Trail House. In articles about the restaurant’s opening, Mr. Masback referred to the cuisine as “Appalachian East coast country food.” The chef, Nate Courtland, meanwhile, described it as “Appalachian black magic comfort food.” To transform what was once an auto repair shop into a mountain hut, Mr. Masback purchased a dilapidated barn from Kentucky, deconstructed it and reassembled the pieces in Brooklyn. Among other archly rural accouterments are a taxidermied deer head, a Betsy Ross flag, framed old timey photographs, an axe and, in the bathrooms, decoupage of mid-century nudie magazines. The waitstaff had that new antiquated look adopted by so-many seventh-stoppers—the restaurant is off the Jefferson Street stop on the L train—which combines a youthful complexion with old mountain beards for the gentlemen and Walker Evans frocks with tattooed arms and septum piercings for the waitresses.

Montana’s Trail House is a very bad place. Its rottenness is both inherent and cosmetic; it is culinarily insipid and morally insidious. It’s bad to the last splinter of its Kentucky wood. Parceling off generic objections to the ridiculous fantasia Bushwick has become, there is a deeply toxic relationship with history and with America embodied at Montana’s Trail House. [Read more…]

Central Station – new restaurant & bar catering to industry workers now open in Bushwick

Central Station: 84 Central Avenue, on the Jefferson stop in Bushwick

They’re open late and, best of all, they have an enormous patio for drinks and dining outdoors. From Bushwick Daily:

Get ready, Bushwick servers (and bartenders and chefs and dishwashers and bakers and hell, just regular old drinkers and diners) a new bar/restaurant is opening on Central Ave, and they hope to cater to those ‘industry veterans’ that like to be fed after they feed everybody and that always make the best tippers.

And more information from Bedford & Bowery:

[Co-owner] Peter Simon, who’s lived in Bushwick for six years, found himself craving somewhere to grab a late-night bite while coming home from shifts at Fatty Cue Brooklyn. Here, he hopes to serve the many hospitality workers in the ‘hood facing the same predicament by offering a relatively small menu of New American cuisine until 1:30 a.m. [Read more…]

A North Brooklyn Visitor’s Guide

No visit to New York is complete without a visit to the North Brooklyn neighborhoods of Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick. Formerly three working-class and industrial neighborhoods, North Brooklyn now hosts many of New York’s best restaurants, a thriving art scene, and New York’s best shopping and night life. Hipster jokes aside — Girls is filmed here and The Hipster Handbook has its origins in Williamsburg — there’s more to North Brooklyn than normcore and artisanal gin bars. Pack in the highlights in 48 hours.

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Second person goes missing in Bushwick

casey chance

The NYPD is looking for missing 15-year old male Casey Chance. Chance was last seen at his residence, located at 99 Stockholm Street in Bushwick, Brooklyn, at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 29.  He was wearing a blue sweatshirt, tan pants, and blue sneakers. He was carrying a black backpack. He is 5’9, 120 lbs., with brown eyes and black hair.

Anyone with information about Casey Chance should call 1-800-577-TIPS or by going to or by texting tips to 274637 and entering TIPS577.


Williamsburg headline 100 years ago today: ‘Robber Marks Houses With Red Chalk When He Finds Them Easy’


Thanks to Bowery Boys for pointing out this neighborhood article from exactly 100 years ago today. The Evening World Newspaper ran a story on March 31st, 1914 about the capture of a particularly candid robber who would mark homes in Bushwick and Williamsburg with red chalk on the doors to remember that they were easy targets. From [Read more…]