Joe’s Pizza, yes THAT Joe’s Pizza, coming to Bedford Ave in Williamsburg

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It’s slotted to open at 216 Bedford Avenue (corner of North 5th) in the former home of that douchey shithole, The Plank. It joins other local favorites, Vinnie’s and Rosa Maria’s, as well as The Charleston, though the latter can only compete in price.

Joe’s Pizza will open at 216 Bedford Avenue, owner Joe Pozzuoli Jr. tells Eater. Joe’s has a storied history dating back to 1975 on Carmine Street, and is widely considered one of the finest examples of the NYC slice joint. [Read more...]

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...]

Restaurant & bar news: Björk visits The Well, Trash Bar owners opening “family-friendly” restaurant

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Our favorite Icelandic icon was in Bushwick this week, visiting Tradesman and The Well!:

The wonderful, explosive, innovative, immortal Björk was seen at Tradesman bar and subsequently disappeared in the depths of The Well on Meserole St. Update: A representative of The Wick/The Well has informed us that Björk popped in to see the third Tinnitus Music Series show with Vessel, Container, and Noveller. Isaiah David sent us a pic of her hanging out and a dancing video to Vessel!

In other news, a wine bar called The Camlin is about to open on Kent Street in Williamsburg on Valentine’s Day: [Read more...]

Bedford Ave pizzeria La Nonna closes, Parm to open soon

A pie from La Nonna

We love La Nonna, so we’re sad to see them go, but thankfully they have a location close-by on Kent Ave.

A call to a manager at the larger, flashier Kent Avenue location reveals that the lease was up at the low-key original, which had lately downgraded to serving just its thin-crust pies. A sign on the door reads, “We want to thank all our loyal customers who have supported us through the years. We will miss you all.”

One has to wonder what’ll happen to the storefront at 237 Bedford, between North 4th and 3rd Streets, as it’s on the same block as the incoming Apple and Whole Food stores.

In other food news, Parm will be opening soon at 162 N 4th Street to whet your palette should you miss La Nonna. They’ve already expanded to the Upper West Side, but now we won’t have to venture into Manhattan to enjoy their amazing Chicken Parmesan.

The Heyward restaurant now occupying former Zebulon space in Williamsburg

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The Heyward; credit: Eater

We’ll forever miss Zebulon, but clearly we need another overly-precious seafood restaurant.

The old Zebulon concert venue, which sat empty for over two years, reopened last night as the home of the Southern Atlantic restaurant, The Heyward. The newcomer, which is a project from one half of the team behind pseudo-secret West Village restaurant Hudson Clearwater, has what might be described as a classic Brooklyn look to it. There’s a tin ceiling, a large curving raw bar stocked with oysters, park bench-inspired wood banquettes, exposed white brick, and marble tables. The menu still isn’t official, but chef Derek Orrell, a Locanda Verde vet, had a chilled lobster salad with cayenne butter, a she crab soup, and grilled pork chop on the menu last night.

Eater has more pictures.

The Heyward
258 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Xi’An Famous Foods is finally opening this Saturday in Greenpoint

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And to celebrate the occasion they’ll be serving up free noodles! From their Facebook page:

GREENPOINT LOCATION is opening THIS SATURDAY 12/6/14 11:30am-5pm! You know what that means…


Come for some FREE noodles or burgers! Just follow one of our social media sites and prove you are a follower with your phone when you order!
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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

Arrogant Swine opens tonight with live music, free tattoos and boobs

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Arrogant Swine, Credit Scott Lynch

After teasing us for months, Tyson Ho’s whole-hog, North Carolina-style BBQ joint and beer garden is finally opening tonight in Bushwick. (We refuse to call it East Williamsbug.) The opening party will be a carnival of silliness featuring live music, free tattoos and boobs.

Bushwick Burlesque will be performing, as will musician and Bushwick resident Reverend Vince Anderson. Some artists who work with the Bushwick Collective will be on hand to finish up their murals. A representative from Founders Brewing Co. will be there with giveaways.

And an artist from Gnostic Tattoo, a parlor at 1089 Flushing Ave., will offer a free tattoo, featuring a pig, for those who are interested. There will be three options for the tattoos, which will range from “mild” to “slightly racy” to “oh my God,” Ho said.

“I haven’t looked at them yet,” he said. “I believe heavily in allowing artists to have full creative bandwidth.”

Here’s how Ho describes his 3,000 square foot beer hall:

The Arrogant Swine is an American Beer Hall nestled in the quaint little artistic village of Bushwick in Brooklyn. Bushwick is an enchanted land filled with dancing gnomes & frilocking nymphs. [Read more...]