Bun-ker Vietnamese outpost coming to East Williamsburg


Bun-ker-Vietnamese, credit offMetro

The local Community Board was being very cautious about its tenants at 99 Scott Avenue, but have approved Bun-ker’s application. This is very good news since the restaurant’s current location in Ridgewood is routinely too crowded to even get seated:

The Williamsburg panel’s liquor license committee okayed a Vietnamese restaurant’s bid to open inside an industrial building at 99 Scott Ave. on Monday — but warned it better not see a repeat of the late-night raves that took place at the same property earlier this year, which members claim were rowdy and poorly regulated.

“Ninety-nine Scott is a big problem,” said committee member Tom Burrows.

The committee unanimously approved hip Queens restaurant Bunker Vietnamese’s application to open a new outpost at the site on the corner of Randolph Street, but only after the eatery’s owners — who are leasing the space — distanced themselves from the location’s party-hearty history. The full board subjected a winery applying to open on the site to a similar grilling in August, though ultimately approved that license as well.

Locals are still smarting after building owner Bushwack Capital rented the then-vacant space out over the summer to party promoters Reynard Productions — which runs a restaurant at Williamsburg’s Wythe Hotel — and City Fox, now notorious for its thwarted attempt to hold a rave at a toxic Greenpoint factory last month. [Read more...]

Lantern Hall, a new craft beer joint, is coming to Bushwick in December


Lantern Hall, credit Eater

New beer spots are always welcome! Looking forward to trying some British suds soon:

A new beer bar called Lantern Hall is slated to open in early December at 52 Harrison Place., right by the Morgan Avenue L stop. A British expat with fine dining experience is running the bar, while a New Orleans-taught chef is running the kitchen. Will Sperling, 29, used to be a manager at Craft Beer Co. in London and came to the U.S. to work in the hospitality industry — ultimately in the front of house at Gramercy Tavern and then The Clocktower. And chef Philip Immekus, also 29, takes inspiration for the American bar food menu from growing up in Southern Missouri and working in New Orleans. [Read more...]

LLama Inn, a new Peruvian restaurant, opens tonight in Williamsburg


You can check out their menu here. We’re looking forward to their “stoner brunch.”

“For me, there’s a lot more to it than what people think it is,” Erik Ramirez says from behind the robataya grill in the open kitchen at Llama Inn, the Williamsburg Peruvian restaurant he is opening as executive chef on Wednesday. Kitted in a pair of Stan Smiths and a custom apron from Jones of Boerum Hill — a little electric pink “Llama Inn” stitched along the belt tie — the 34-year-old chef who’s bringing a taste of Peru to the Brooklyn neighborhood is talking about his mission to combine the food of his heritage with the borough he calls home. [Read more...]

Restaurant roundup: Cozinha Latina, Cassette, and Whiskey Burger now open in Greenpoint


Cozinha Latina, credit Grub Street

The Brazilian-inspired Cozinha Latina opened this week in the former Red Star space inside the Pencil Factory building. We miss the wings at Red Star already! That said Cozinha Latina looks promising:

Shanna Pacifico earned her nose-to-tail bona fides under Peter Hoffman at Savoy and Back Forty, where she butchered whole animals in the basement. Then, at the short-lived Pacifico’s Fine Foods in Crown Heights, the Brazilian-American chef took inspiration from her own heritage — an approach she’ll reprise at Cozinha Latina, her new partnership with (among others) Josh Cohen, the Brooklyn restaurateur behind Anella. Other Latin American influences pervade the menu, but Brazil makes its presence known with a collard greens salad, pão de queijo, a picanha steak, and the telltale trail of farofa crumbs. (Weekend feijoada parties are planned for the upstairs bar, opening later this year.) To drink, there is the compulsory caipirinha, plus Planter’s Punch on draft and a coconut cocktail served in the shell with two straws. [Read more...]

New Williamsburg music venue National Sawdust announces initial schedule

nationalThe new Williamsburg music National Stardust located on North 6th (Wythe) and backed by musicians like The National’s Bryce Dessner has announced its initial schedule. From Brooklyn Vegan:

Three of the venue’s curators, The National’s Bryce Dessner, composer Nico Muhly and vocalist Theo Bleckmann, will team up for a concert on opening night. They’ll be joined by the ACME ensemble and violist Nadia Sirota. Chris Thile (Punch Brothers, Nickel Creek) will open with a solo set. Tickets are on sale now. That’s a 7:30 PM show, and there’s also a late show that will have curator Jeffrey Zeigler teaming up with Cibo Matto and more.

Other upcoming shows include throat singer Tanya Tagaq on 10/2, a multi-day Terry Riley festival, Chris Thile’s band Punch Brothers on 10/8 , a John Zorn festival, Majical Cloudz on 10/21, and much more. The venue currently has shows booked through December.

See the full calendar here.

Industry 1332 now open at the Halsey stop in Bushwick


As the Morgan and Jefferson stop sprawl continues to grow, a chic new bar and restaurant by the Halsey stop recently opened:

The Halsey Stop is blowing up! If you’ve passed by in recent months, you probably noticed the transformation of the old party hall into one of the Halsey L stop’s first major restaurants. Industry 1332‘s opening has definitely been carefully paced and gradual, but it’s an opening that merits excitement and anticipation—the atmosphere is dope and the food is bomb. [Read more...]

Joe’s Pizza is officially open in Williamsburg

Photo via Eater

Photo via Eater

West Village favorite Joe’s Pizza is now officially open in Williamsbug at 216 Bedford Ave (North 5th). From Eater:

Originally expected to open in June, today is the day when Joe’s Williamsburg makes its grand debut on Bedford Avenue. The construction delays resulted in the need to reinforce the floors to bear the weight of the double stacked Baker’s Pride ovens, the same ones used at the other Joe’s locations. The recipes and prices are identical to the other two locations: $2.75 for a round slice, $3.00 for square. And just like at the other restaurants, everything is made from scratch in house. The hours will be limited for now as the ovens and staff need to be broken in. But by the fall expect the place to be in full swing into the wee hours.

See more pictures at Eater.

Diviera Drive now open in Williamsburg

Diviera Drive, credit Gothamist

Diviera Drive, credit Gothamist

We’ve been meaning to try Diviera Drive, the new, slightly confusing restaurant on North 7th and Bedford, for weeks now but have been distracted by all the recent openings in North Brooklyn. Yelp reviews have been mixed and Gothamist just ran a largely adjective-free ‘review.’ Have you been? The space looks appealing. Let us know what you think.

From Gothamist

It’s hard to miss the sailboat, out of place as it is blocks away from the water at the corner of Berry Street and North 7th in Williamsburg. It’s the touchstone piece of Diviera Drive, a multifaceted new dining venue that’s been evolving since quietly debuting a few months back. For now, the boat is just an interesting set piece in part of the restaurant’s outdoor patio; but soon, it’ll be gutted and repurposed with a special table, which can be reserved for a unique dinner….

The restaurant is divided into several sections, beginning with a coffee and liquor bar up front familiar to anyone who’s experienced Italy’s many espresso haunts. It’s an intentional nod by owner Oliver Strumm, who looked to recreate a Southern Italian motif and dining experience in the four years it took to bring the spot to fruition. The Vespa parked out front belongs to one of the kitchen staff and the wood-burning oven was flown in from Naples, but much of the decor and food is more local. [Read more...]