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...]

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


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


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


credit Instagram: @yeezuswalkwithme

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.