The Rosemont jazz club is now open in Bushwick


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


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


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...]

Openings Roundup: To Spiti, Sunnyvale and Twin Suns Deli


To Spiti
160 Havemeyer Street; Williamsburg

A new Greek counter joint called To Spiti just opened on the Southside of Williamsburg:

To Spiti, the name of Alma Selmanay’s new Greek takeout joint, means “my home” in her native language. [Read more...]

Ryujin Ramen – now open in Williamsburg



It’s freezing outside. Bring on the ramen! Ryujin Ramen Brooklyn just opened at 513 Grand Street in Williamsburg:

Ryujin Ramen Brooklyn opened at 513 Grand Street on February 1 and they’re serving up a secret dish. Unfortunately, I’ve been asked not to name it, but I can tell you that it’s one of the most popular broths in Japan. Chef-owner Kazuya Miyashita says it’s very time-intensive to make, so he’ll only be making 10 servings a day. Those 10 servings will go to the first 10 customers who ask for the flavor by name. [Read more...]

Death and Co. restaurateur bringing huge vegan restaurant complex to Williamsburg


Ravi DeRossi, credit Yana Paskova for The New York Times

He’ll be bringing a meat-free Avant Garden outpost to a building somewhere near McCarren Park later this year:

Ravi DeRossi is about to go all-in with veganism. The restaurateur behind Avant Garden and Death and Co. has been thinking about environmental waste and factory farming, and now, he wants to put his money where his mouth is. DeRossi plans to make as many of his 15 bars and restaurants animal-free as possible — starting with tiki bar Mother of Pearl, which will be eliminating all animal products on February 14. [Read more...]