Sietsema reviews the new Williamsburg Algerian restaurant Bar Omar

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And he loves the tajines saying they are “so damn good.” He also says Bar Omar offers the best french fries in Williamsburg:

The cooking of the Maghreb is among the most exciting in the world, though vastly underappreciated in New York City. Once known as the land of the Moors, this region of North Africa includes contemporary Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, and Tunisia. [Read more...]

Dromedary Bar: a new Tiki bar just opened in Bushwick

Dromedary in Bushwick (credit: Scott Heins/Gothamist)

Dromedary in Bushwick (credit: Scott Heins/Gothamist)

Dromedary is having a party to celebrate opening this Friday. From Gothamist:

Lombardozzi’s a 20-year industry vet who did a decade at One If By Land, Two If By Sea before a one-night training stint at Maison Premiere inspired him to open his own place. [Read more...]

Hail Mary, a 1920s-style diner coming to former Coco 66 space in Greenpoint

Hopefully Hail Mary will stick around longer than the previous tenants. DNA reports that Hail Mary is set to open later this month:

Hail Mary, a brand new, yet decidedly retro eatery inspired by diners and soda fountains of decades past, is slated to open at 68 Greenpoint Ave. by the end of the month, its owners confirmed in a phone conversation Monday. [Read more...]

The Rosemont jazz club is now open in Bushwick

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The new jazz club, from the owner of the now-defunct Trash Bar, had a soft opening a few weeks ago. We miss Trash Bar (well kinda) but The Rosemont sounds promising:

The Rosemont, the new one from Aaron Pierce of bygone Trash Bar, has soft-opened in anticipation of a grand opening in May. [Read more...]

Barano: a new Italian restaurant from Le Cirque alumnus opening in Williamsburg

Eggplant parmigiana  Credit: Jody Wissner/New York Magazine

Eggplant parmigiana
Credit: Jody Wissner/New York Magazine

Grub Street has a first look and Barano looks delicious. They open next week at 26 Broadway, near Kent Ave, on the Southside.

Albert Di Meglio might be an alumnus of Le Cirque and Osteria del Circo, but most recently, at Rubirosa, he mined the culinary memories of his Italian-American childhood on Staten Island. For his new restaurant [Read more...]

Fresh Kills now open in Williamsburg

Fresh Kills - credit Scott Heins/Gothamist

Fresh Kills – credit Scott Heins/Gothamist

It’s from the same people behind Dutch Kills in Long Island City, a Queens staple when you’re looking for fancy cocktails.

From Bedford & Bowery:

Williamsburg just seriously upped its cocktail cred. Mixologist Richard Boccato, a Sasha Petraske acolyte who owned the short-lived PKNY on the Lower East Side, just opened Fresh Kills on Grand Street, an offshoot of his popular Long Island City haunt, Dutch Kills. [Read more...]

Gold Sounds bar and music venue opens Thurs with free booze

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Gold Sounds (credit: Nicole Disser)

Gold Sounds – 44 Wilson Avenue in Bushwick

The Goldsounds Grand Opening Party featuring Mattie Safer (Formerly The Rapture), Alyson Greenfield and more is tomorrow night. Plus, there’s an open bar from 8pm-9pm! Free Tix here. From Bedford & Bowery:

Chip Su and Cenk Eryaman say they want Gold Sounds to be a “classic dive bar” that’s anything but “gimmicky.” The co-owners, as New Island Entertainment Group, have a hand in two more North Brooklyn operations: The Shop, a sprawling newish barbecue spot in Bushwick, and Williamsburg’s Black Bear Bar, where they take care of the venue side of the business. While they aren’t exactly residents of the neighborhood, Chip said they definitely wanted a piece of that Bushwick-boom pie. “I’ve seen the area is up-and-coming– everybody has started going in and I just thought, I think we should go in as well,” Chip explained. “I’m sure in the next five years this area will be completely different, so before it’s too late we decided to snatch it.”… [Read more...]

Cadaques shutters, French-Algerian cafe Bar Omar opens in its place

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Grand Street tapas staple Cadaques has quietly shuttered. In its place is a new French-Algerian cafe called Bar Omar, which opened earlier this month:

Bar Omar, a new addition to Williamsburg’s bubbling culinary landscape, is a French-Algerian restaurant that forgoes the stereotypical Moroccan-style lamps and ornamental plates in favor of what co-owner Yasmina Guerda says is a “Brooklyn aesthetic”: natural wood paneling, a well-stocked, speakeasy-type bar, and a window-paneled front looking out onto Grand Street. [Read more...]