From Bedford + Bowery
Max Fish isn’t the only Lower East Side bar that’s Brooklyn bound. Welcome to the Johnsons is opening a sister spot in Bushwick. Unlike the Rivington Street den of depravity, it’ll be called simply The Johnsons. But don’t worry – it’ll still be welcoming. More so than the scruffy original, it could be argued, since it’s about four times the size.
The offshoot, at 369 Troutman Street, will feature an open-air patio that’ll be in full swing till closing time, said owner Lisa Gartner, who also co-owns Sweet Paradise on the Lower East Side.
The sheltered front patio will have picnic tables as well as a takeout window for food (the menu is still in the works).
We know what you’re thinking: picnic tables? but where are we going to suck face with a complete stranger after drinking way too much whiskey? Whelp, the indoor area will feature a bar, a pool table and white vinyl-type booths that, while a far cry from the ratty plastic-covered couches at the original, will do just fine for bad decisions.
The Johnsons will open later this month. (And don’t worry, we’re assured the Lower East Side original is staying right where it is.) We’ll have a look inside then.
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Photo by Jesse Sposato via B+B
Musicians Bobby Drake of The Hold Steady, Rob Pope of Spoon, Eric Odness of Primitive Weapons (as well as touring bass player for The Wanted), and Frank Bevan of w/o (a group that also include Bobby Drake and Eric Odness) are opening a bar with Steve Howlett (owner of Scratcher and Heathers in The East Village). It will be named Lake Street (after a road in Minneapolis) and reside on Manhattan Ave by Norman Ave. From Bedford + Bowery:
“We kind of just tried to build the bar we want to hang out in,” said Bevan.
To that end, there will be Midwestern beers (natch), hot dogs, brats, and five TVs. “It’s definitely not a sports bar,” said Bevan, “but we will curate [games] a little bit so that it represents where we’re from.”
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Williamsburg restaurant Dressler has closed for good after being unable to agree on a new lease with their landlord. From a sad note posted on their website:
After seven years of business, Dressler is closing its doors for business today, Monday, June 17, 2013. With much regret, an agreement could not be reached for a lease renewal.
To all of our talented staff and to our customers, our friends, thank you for your loyal support. Our accolades and accomplishments would not have been possible without you.
We close the doors to one of NYC’s most beautiful dining rooms with mixed emotions. We are so proud of Dressler. It was a pioneer in the Brooklyn Dining scene that helped set the standard for dining in the borough today. We are excited to continue serving the Williamsburg Community at both Dumont and Dumont Burger as well as our new ventures in Clinton Hill and Prospect Heights.
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Glasserie, a Greenpoint Mediterranean restaurant, opened last week in a space that sits about a block and a half away from where Newton Creek splits Brooklyn from Queens. It’s a somewhat remote location, but the space is big and bright, with a square-shaped bar and plenty of booths and tables that can accommodate large parties. This is a joint venture between restaurateur Sara Conklin, who spent a decade in the Cipriani empire, and chef Sara Kramer, who worked in Andrew Tarlow’s establishments and the Blue Hill restaurants. The menu includes a lot of vegetable dishes, as well as things like lamb tartare, flatiron steak with trout roe, and a whole rabbit for two.
Here’s the menu from their website:
SAMPLE SEASONAL DINNER MENU
(Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch and Events Menus Coming Soon)
grilled radishes & feta 5
fried sweet potatoes & caper yogurt 5
lamb & bulghur croquettes 8
savory cheese pastries 6
spinach salad with grilled beets & butter beans 12
pickled carrots, kohlrabi, wheatberries & toasted seeds 11
lamb tartare, olives & bulghur crackers 14
red potatoes, spanish cheese & a soft egg 13
clams, harissa & couscous 15
rice with yogurt, asparagus, morels & toasted nuts 14
chicken, black chickpeas & cilantro 16
flatiron steak, red kale, almond & trout roe 18
the big dish
a whole rabbit
flaky bread, pickles & the works
on the side
flaky bread 3
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