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Archive for November, 2011
A beautiful performance of the standout track on Girls’ latest record, performed in an abandoned church in Brooklyn. It’s even more poignant given Owens’ history (and his mom’s) with the Church of God cult.
Not that it needed to be confirmed, but the men in blue have clearly lost their minds. They are now writing tickets for moving between train cars via the rear end doors. Yes, even if the train sits in the station. This will set you back $75. ‘Witnessed’ yesterday on the L-train at 8th ave.
Back in July news broke that Nate Smith, an ex Spotted Pig chef who ran a pub in Prospect Heights called Dean Street for about a month, was opening a new restaurant and bar in Williamsburg this fall called Allswell. The project opens to the public tomorrow night.
Located at 124 Bedford Ave. in the former home of Raymund’s, Allswell will serve a bar-centric menu that should change dramatically throughout the week with dishes like shellfish stew, fried tripe, potted pork, and corned beef and cabbage pie. It starts out as a dinner only spot, but expect lunch, brunch, and late night to come soon.
Eater has the menu here.
We’ve finally completed the four-week cycle of CMJ, starting with anticipation and ending up with severe liver disease. A few key takeaways from our CMJ experience:
1. The single “I’m His Girl” by the band Friends is awesome. Beware its ability to burrow deep into your consciousness.
2. Open bar at the Red Bull space is not to be trifled with. We recommend you approach with extreme caution.
3. The boxers worn by one member of Main Attrakionz have a gravity-defying quality. We’ve heard glue may be involved.
4. CMJ can be exhausting; plan your naps and snacks in advance. Good spots include the Chick-Fil-A at the NYU dorms, the lox & cream cheese bagels at Russ & Daughters, and Whole Foods (for toilets & relaxations).
A couple of weeks ago, not so Youth(ful) of Today played a low key show at The Acheron in East Williamsburg. Say what you will, but the 100 people that squeezed into the tiny space loved the shit out of it.
Not only do they have an ass-kicking new record, Demon the Whiskey Down, out now, they’ve been turned into a fucking comic. By Benjamin Marra. Of Vice Magazine. You know, he did the Incredible Fantastic Adventures of Maureen Dowd?
Anyways, please, listen to their record (it’s available for FREE through Drug Front Records). If you like it you can even buy the LP and comic to have and put on display (I <3 mine) in your home. Their record release party is tomorrow night at Cameo, which promises to be a damn good time. I better see you there.
Oh and guys? This is the video for their song Ugly Girls. They fucking rule.
The Naked Heroes, W/ Weird Owl and MRC Riddims. Friday November 4 at Cameo Gallery, (93 N 6th Street, bet Wythe and Berry). $8, Doors @8:30 pm.
It’s that time for your regular new food & drink openings round-up.
Burnside: Burnside is one of our favorite new cozy spots to open this Fall. The bar is wood-paneled and features beers & cocktails from the Midwest, in addition to a few small plates including the “Jucy Lucy” burgers with molten American cheese cores, Sheboygan brats & “fancy beer mustard”, and an onion-dip-and-cheese tater tot casserole called the Hot Dish. An expanded menu is expected to be rolled out over the next few months. Read the full listing here: http://www.freewilliamsburg.com/listings/burnside
506 Grand Street. Brooklyn, NY 11206. 347.889.7793
Masten Lake: Masten Lake is owned by the same operators of the ill-fated Savalas which occupied the same space, and closed earlier this year. The urban-rustic eatery serves local farm-to-table American Nouveau food (along with 95% of other restaurants in Williamsburg), with a menu that’s divided into cold, hot, pasta, and protein . We’re not in love with the overpriced items, but we’ll let you make up your mind on your own. Read the full listing here: http://www.freewilliamsburg.com/listings/masten-lake
285 Bedford Avenue. Brooklyn, NY 11211. 718.599.5565
Crown Victoria: While Crown Victoria isn’t super new, we just added them to our listings. Originally a repair shop for police cars (hence the name), the space has been transformed into a pub with a huge backyard that’s been the home of Rooftop Film’s outdoor screenings, in addition to many other events. The bartop is made from reclaimed wood from the Coney Island boardwalk, and features 24 pours on tap. The food is pub food with a few Irish dishes (like The Full Monty, a full Irish breakfast) which are an addition from one of the bar’s owners, who is from Ireland. Read the full listing here: http://www.freewilliamsburg.com/listings/crown-victoria
60 S 2nd Street. Brooklyn, NY 11211. 917.719.6072
Walden: We admit we weren’t too sad when Baba closed earlier this year as their food wasn’t amazing, and the concept was a bit confusing (first an Italian deli/coffee shop, then a pricey small plates eatery). We were curious what the new space was going to become as we watched the construction over the summer. After finally getting a chance to taste a few dishes from Walden, we’re pleased to say that we think this reincarnation may have much better luck than Baba. The menu from former Diner chef Ben Winans features organic, simple dishes including deviled eggs, chicken and dumplings, kale salads, and chicken meatballs to name a few items. Although there isn’t too much choice, every dish is well executed. The space features a bright white wall, and clean minimalist decor, which makes sense as a result of one of the owners also owning the minimalist design store Matter in the city. Give Walden a try, you just may be pleasantly surprised. Read the full listing here: http://www.freewilliamsburg.com/listings/walden
502 Lorimer St. Brooklyn, NY 11206. 347.227.7133