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Lower East Side music venue The Living Room will close on October 26. In an email to fans, the owners explain that they are looking for a new location, but haven't found one yet. The club has been around in one form or another for the ...
Lower East Side music venue The Living Room will close on October 26. In an email to fans, the owners explain that they are looking for a new location, but haven't found one yet. The club has been around in one form or another for the last 16 years. [The Lo-Down]
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This place is in Warsaw, not Williamsburg. It's hard to be twee when you've got your own NBA franchise and plenty of new skyscrapers. But even if the handcrafted cachet of the Brooklyn brand is waning in New York, the aesthetic most clos...
This place is in Warsaw, not Williamsburg. It's hard to be twee when you've got your own NBA franchise and plenty of new skyscrapers. But even if the handcrafted cachet of the Brooklyn brand is waning in New York, the aesthetic most closely associated with the borough — beards, hipsters, brick, and plenty of Edison bulbs — is still very marketable in other parts of the world. Just how far-reaching is Brooklyn love? You can't get a Bed-Stuy burger in Minsk (yet), but people in Slovenia, Poland, Russia, and elsewhere all have Brooklyn-themed bars and restaurants to call their own. Here are ten spots designed to swipe some of the Kings County prestige. The place: Brooklyn Hengarnica Where it is: Ljubljana, Slovenia Opened: 2012 The idea here is to offer a very Brooklyn combination bar, performance space, vintage shop, and foosball hall. There's a Brooklyn Lemonade Bar, and the customers' haircuts look about right. One reviewer says: "We come early in the evening, pick the best seats, wait for the right beats, drink beer, and play table football." The place: Fort Greene Where it is: Tokyo Opened: 2012 Japan's largest city has no shortage of Brooklyn-themed restaurants — there's a Brooklyn Pancake House, for example — but this single-table restaurant, specializing in French food, is the most unique. Owner Makoto Asamoto spent a year living in Fort Greene and decorated the spot like he went on a Brooklyn Flea spending spree. One reviewer says: "It's like visiting the loft of your most eccentric aunt." The place: Brooklyn Hide Bagels Where it is: Sydney, Australia Opened: 2013 Everything at this Australian bagel shop is locally sourced, and the bagels are rightfully boiled. Owners also proclaim it's all made with "Brooklyn love." Clocks are set to Eastern Standard Time, and menu items are named after New York City neighborhoods, though plenty of them — the Chinatown, Hell's Kitchen, or a lemon dessert called the Upper East — aren't actually in Brooklyn. One reviewer says: "I'm not a fan of bagels, but Brooklyn Hide has changed my outlook on it." The place: Williamsburg Grill Where it is: Moscow Opened: 2012 Despite the name, this studio is really a food shack in Gorky Park, located next to a skating rink. Shivering Mumfords can cozy up with burgers and corn on the cob inspired by Cafe Habana. One reviewer says: "If it were not for my fear of having a huge ass, would eat here every day! For me, the best burger in Moscow." The place: Brooklyn Local Where it is: St. Petersburg Opened: 2011 On those occasions when young Russians want a dimly lit bar that also serves bagel sandwiches, Brooklyn Local is there to fill the void. The font on the signage could have been taken right off of a Park Slope wine shop. One reviewer says: "An ideal place to wear a beanie hat and be ironic." The place: Brooklyn Cafe Where it is: Helsinki Opened: 2011 The two sisters who started this tiny Finnish coffee shop are actually from Brooklyn, so the offerings here are less about co-opting the borough's handcraftiness and more about curing American homesickness. That means red, white, and blue cupcakes on the Fourth of July and hot apple cider with whipped cream and caramel in the fall. One reviewer says: "If you're missing the USA, definitely stop by for a great tasting bagel and a cup of joe." The place: Brooklyn Burgers & Wings Where it is: Warsaw, Poland Opened: 2013 The "Brooklyn" here seems to really be shorthand for "all of America," as the menu mostly focuses on fast-food favorites that have nothing specific to do with Kings County. That said, the servers' denim vests would probably play in Bushwick. One reviewer says: "They need to turn the lights up, but the fries were excellent and the burger was tasty.” The place: Kåken Where it is: Stockholm Opened: 2011 As noted previously on Grub, the Swedish bar co-opts plenty of "traditional" Williamsburg design choices and offers drinks like the Park Slope Collins. On
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[Rendering courtesy Dattner Architects / Bernheimer Architecture] The newly-chosen architects for the last undeveloped property in the Downtown Brooklyn-BAM Cultural District just released a set of renderings for the project, and they in...
[Rendering courtesy Dattner Architects / Bernheimer Architecture] The newly-chosen architects for the last undeveloped property in the Downtown Brooklyn-BAM Cultural District just released a set of renderings for the project, and they include plans for this 2,700-square-foot Craft-branded restaurant. Judging by font in the image, it looks like it could be a 'wichcraft rathen that a Craft proper, but only time will tell. Either way, this will be Tom Colicchio's first venture into Brooklyn. Construction on the new development, which will go up on Lafayette Avenue between Rockwell and Ashland Places, is slated to start mid 2015. · Developer Chosen For The Final DoBro Cultural District Site [Curbed NY] · All Coverage of Tom Colicchio [~ENY~]
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Outside 154 Ludlow. Several eleventh-hour lease extensions have kept the Living Room in business longer than previously expected, but the music venue will finally close its doors on October 26 after eleven years in its Ludlow Street loca...
Outside 154 Ludlow. Several eleventh-hour lease extensions have kept the Living Room in business longer than previously expected, but the music venue will finally close its doors on October 26 after eleven years in its Ludlow Street location. The Lo-Down notes that its owners are looking to reopen in a new location, so if anyone spots a vacant space that could be turned into an intimate acoustic haven, do send an e-mail their way. [The Lo-Down, Earlier] Read more posts by Belle CushingFiled Under: closings, pianos, the living room
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Restaurateur Taavo Somer of Freemans and Isa reveals some details on the bar he's been working on in the basement of 8 Rivington. Right now the street level is home to Barbershop, a barber run by the team that once cut hair at Freemans S...
Restaurateur Taavo Somer of Freemans and Isa reveals some details on the bar he's been working on in the basement of 8 Rivington. Right now the street level is home to Barbershop, a barber run by the team that once cut hair at Freemans Sporting Club next door. But at the start of the new year, Somer will turn that into Freeman's Sporting Club Barbershop and open up a casual, 14-seat "Japanese-Canadian sports bar" below. The Observer describes the new place as an "intricately assembled man-cave of a curiosity," and Somer says there will be Japanese Izakaya-style snacks and Molson Ice in shatter-proof bottles. Taavo wants to call it Kilroe, but his business partner Kent Kilroe is not sure that he wants to have a bar named after himself. · Freeman's Somer Breaks Down Barbershop and Other Future Plans [NYO] · All Coverage of Taavo Somer [~ENY~] [Photo: Barbershop]
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[Photos: Chris Coe] Model-turned-chef Kristen Kish is the epitome of cool (evidence: here and here). Yet in spite of her newfound Top Chef celebrity, she still maintains a down-to-earth demeanor with a wardrobe to match. Here, the combi...
[Photos: Chris Coe] Model-turned-chef Kristen Kish is the epitome of cool (evidence: here and here). Yet in spite of her newfound Top Chef celebrity, she still maintains a down-to-earth demeanor with a wardrobe to match. Here, the combination of her favorite, well-worn jeans, a Gap striped pullover and a sporty quilted moto jacket—not to mention her stellar haircut—make for a trendy, wearable look. Scroll through the gallery above to get a close-up of Kristen's outfit, and head this way for more looks from our partners at Gap Styld.by.
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BYOB for now. Our friends over at Bedford + Bowery have the first look at Bread for the Eater, the new Greenpoint café opened by Din Yates of Cheeky Sandwiches on the Lower East Side. Po' boys aren't on the menu, but egg sandwiches and s...
BYOB for now. Our friends over at Bedford + Bowery have the first look at Bread for the Eater, the new Greenpoint café opened by Din Yates of Cheeky Sandwiches on the Lower East Side. Po' boys aren't on the menu, but egg sandwiches and short ribs on challah bread are, and the all-day space includes a mysterious back area known as the "Gold Room," where Yates will serve a separate menu, the details of which he's keeping under wraps for now. [Bedford + Bowery, Earlier] Read more posts by Hugh MerwinFiled Under: openings, bread for the eater, brooklyn, cheeky sandwiches, din yates, greenpoint
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Last night, two big-name restaurant group appeared before the Community Board 2's SLA Licensing Committee. Here's how it all went down: St. Anselm Crosses the River: At the end of last night's Community Board 2 meeting, Joe Carroll and ...
Last night, two big-name restaurant group appeared before the Community Board 2's SLA Licensing Committee. Here's how it all went down: St. Anselm Crosses the River: At the end of last night's Community Board 2 meeting, Joe Carroll and reps from Stephen Starr's restaurant group appeared before the board to rally support for their new project in the landmarked building at 222 Bowery. Carroll pitched this as a version of his wildly popular cheap steakhouse St. Anselm in Williamsburg. The plans include 138 seats, plus a standing bar that can accommodate 10 guests, and the team wants to keep the restaurant open till 2 a.m. nightly. Some members of the community complained about the fact that this project would be adding a new liquor license to the neighborhood, and that the restaurant would contribute to traffic and general noise in the area. Some neighbors were also skeptical of Carroll and Co.'s claims that this would be an affordable restaurant that would appeal to the neighbors. But the team won initial approval from the board, with a few stipulations regarding closing hours during the week and traffic control/general door management from the team. Carroll and Starr previously worked together on a version of Fette Sau in Philadelphia. [Photo: Joe Carroll pitching St. Anselm on the Bowery] Mulberry Street Drama: The team behind Aspen's Chefs Club also appeared before the board last night to explains their plans for the new restaurant in an unlicensed space inside the Puck Building. The original restaurant in Colorado hosts visiting chefs throughout the year, with a kitchen that's run by former Adour chef Didier Elena, and the team from Food & Wine also helps curate the lineup of visiting talent. Restaurateur Stephane De Baets explained that the New York outpost would be nearly identical to the one in Aspen, with a rotating cast of up and coming chefs cooking for about two months at a time. This is going to be a fine dining restaurant with about 100 seats, and Elena, who was at the meeting last night, will be involved in its operation as well. The board and the neighbors in attendance last night were not happy with the fact that the original application listed an entrance on Lafayette, when the actual doorway to the space is on Mulberry Street. De Baets explained that this was not an attempt to trick the neighbors, just a miscommunication. Of course, some locals also complained about adding a liquor license to a space across the street from a church. The board suggested that the Chefs Club restaurateurs do some outreach with the residents of Mulberry Street and return at the next meeting, which they agreed to do. [Photo: Didier Elena and Stephane De Baets explaining the concept behind Chefs Club] Gotham Rose, Golpe, Dojo: A few more stray tidbits from last night's meeting: · A new Russian restaurant called Ariana (listed as Gotham Rose on the agenda) is moving into the space at 138-142 Houston Street. This will be an outpost of a popular Moscow restaurant (the original is called Gallery Cafe), and it will be run by the American born daughter of the owners. The restaurant got initial approval from the board. · The owners of Dojo plan to add a 10-seat bar in the basement of the restaurant, which is currently undergoing renovations. The board gave this license a thumbs up on the condition that the operators offer food in this space. · The board clashed with a group of restaurateurs that plan to open a Peruvian place at 57 West 8th Street called El Golpe. The members of the board argued that the space is not licensed to serve alcohol, and the block is quickly becoming saturated with eating and drinking establishments. The board urged the team to do more outreach with the neighbors and come back at a later date. · All Coverage of First Word [~ENY~]
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Res Men. “Oh, it sucks. It’s happening right now, it’s happening today. Right now a chef probably just got off a plane, he’s running to the hotel, he’s seeing if his shit came from UPS or through customs, he...
Res Men. “Oh, it sucks. It’s happening right now, it’s happening today. Right now a chef probably just got off a plane, he’s running to the hotel, he’s seeing if his shit came from UPS or through customs, he’s running around looking for equipment. It’s sweaty, it’s uncomfortable, it’s not civilized.” — Frank Falcinelli on the unavoidable issues with big tasting events, part of the reason he and Frank Castronovo created the Res in Red Hook. [BizBash, Earlier] Read more posts by Hugh MerwinFiled Under: quote of the day, brooklyn, frank castronovo, frank falcinelli, frankies, res
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[Gramercy Tavern by Daniel Krieger] Here are the 12 best wine lists in New York, according to Times wine writer Eric Asimov, who makes the case that this city is home to "the greatest selection of wine lists in the world." His picks rang...
[Gramercy Tavern by Daniel Krieger] Here are the 12 best wine lists in New York, according to Times wine writer Eric Asimov, who makes the case that this city is home to "the greatest selection of wine lists in the world." His picks range from the "geeky French" at Reynard to the "new and deep" at Pearl & Ash, but all, Asimov writes, are "products of imagination, dedication, energy, resources and a clear point of view." The full list, with classifications, is below. And for Asimov's choices on what to drink at each, from the best deals to the weird finds, do take the time to read the article. Best All Around: Gramercy Tavern and Rouge Tomate High-End French: Daniel Short and Smart: Charlie Bird New and Deep: Pearl & Ash Italian: Babbo Geeky Italian: Franny's Geeky French: Reynard Spanish: Casa Mono Germanic: Eleven Madison Park Unexpected: Nice Matin Under the Radar: Tribeca Grill · The 12 Best Restaurants in New York for Wine [NYT]
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