When one restaurant's doors close, another's open in fast-paced New York City, and every Friday, we'll fill you in on what opened up around town. This week: a West African-Haitian restaurant in the East Village, a dessert-focused spot in the West Village, and a new Japanese eatery in Brooklyn.
Brooklyn restaurants cull, by and large, from the same design playbook. They illuminate with Edison bulbs, expose their bricks, and outfit with vintage flea-market bounty. Lea (1022 Cortelyou Road, Brooklyn, 718-928-7100), a Neapolitan restaurant and pizzeria that opened in Flatbush in December, is ... More >>
We try Brooklyn's three newest barbecue joints
[Editor's note: In "Tweets Is Watching," Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline.] Lee Bannon saw his hip-hop profile bloom after supplying beats to Flatbush rapper Joey Bada$$, not least with the slinky jazz-styled "Hilary $wank" on the Pr ... More >>
This week, Gray's Papaya shuttered its Sixth Avenue location, bringing the total number of its hot dog stands down to one (the outlet on 72nd and Broadway remains). Owner Nicholas Gray told Zachary Feldman that it was a rent-related decision: "They wanted to raise my rent to $50,000 from $30,000. We ... More >>
Important discussions and decisions have a new home in Congress (208 Court Street, Brooklyn), a drinkery opening today on Court Street in Cobble Hill. Owners Lauren Weisstein and Anatoly Dubinsky met 10 years ago when Weisstein started bartending at Dubinsky's Soda Bar in Prospect Heights before mov ... More >>
I cheated. I'm supposed to be getting high on this Girl Scout Cookies with the Flatbush Zombies in Bed Stuy but instead I'm listening to Pusha T's verse on "Nosetalgia" over and over, getting high by my solo dolo like I was Cudi. The car service driver just beeped his horn and I manage to gather m ... More >>
In this week's cover story, about W. Kamau Bell and his hilarious progressive talk show's leap to a four-nights-a-week broadcast schedule, we found excuses to throw in lots of videos of Totally Biased highlights-- but not as many as we wanted. Read More: W. Kamau Bell's Outrageously Funny 'Totally ... More >>
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which is updated daily.
Editor's note: In "Tweets Is Watching," Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline. Brooklyn-based rapper DyMe-A-DuZin is currently capitalizing on the success of his great Portrait of Donovan mixtape. He recently dropped a flick for "Father's ... More >>
Here are the 10 best concerts to check out around the city this weekend, in no particular order.
This hoard of meat and fritters sets you back only $7. For 15 years, one of my favorite Brooklyn restaurants was Yo Yo Fritaille, a Haitian spot on Nostrand Avenue somewhere south of Church. "Restaurant" is a bit of an exaggeration: The place consisted of a single large drafty room that looked lik ... More >>
A new barbecue joint lights up Williamsburg
Outré cinephilia with the bridge-and-tunnel set
If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in this planet's many happenings, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. To break down the chaos, a few of Village ... More >>
Someone have a feather headpiece we can borrow?
A $1900/month rowhouse in Washington Heights
The real Fab Five Freddy probably neither wrote nor signed any of these petitions, just FYI.So last week a brave young Park Slope woman named Jennifer McMillen entered the fractious debate over Prime 6, an allegedly hip-hop-friendly club set to open at Flatbush and Sixth in Brooklyn, to the t ... More >>
Inha Leex Hale/FlickrAlthough they may appear ubiquitous, Korean grocers, with their outdoor fruit and flower displays and inventory of everything from Clif Bars to Cup Noodles, are actually far less common in New York City than they were two decades ago.
Chicken liver poori: Be careful! When you tear the bread open, scalding steam squirts out. Lately, Indian restaurants are becoming a substitute for neighborhood Chinese. On Bedford Avenue (yes, the same one that runs through Williamsburg, but miles to the south in Flatbush), Gandhi is the la ... More >>
Put on your Sunday best
The New York Observer's man-tastic new look! Big ups to Bill O'Reilly. Breitbart wants us all to die, or something. Hugo-a-go-go at the Times Magazine. Pissy paywall battles, angry clowns, the Lloyd Grove Orgy, and more! Press Clips, Day 17, Lunch Edition, right here.
Goodfoodjobs.com, new Craigslist-type website for job seekers looking for employment in a sustainable food environment, has launched. [Diner's Journal] A roundup of Brooklyn's best butcher shops includes New Public Meat Market in Sunset Park, Michael's Prime Meats in Flatbush, and M&S Prime ... More >>
Recent Brown University graduate Erinn Phelan, 22, who was hired in June as a coordinator for Mayor Bloomberg's NYC Civic Corps initiative, has been identified as one of the victims in an early-morning hit-and-run accident in Prospect Heights. Police sources tell the News that Phelan, who was ... More >>
This is Shayquan Davis, 17. Police believe that last Wednesday night around 10:30, he grabbed a 17-year-old girl on Schenectady Avenue in Flatbush, and robbed and sexually assaulted her. If you have any info on Davis, NYPD asks that you call 1-800-577-TIPS, log on to www.nypdcrimesto ... More >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. Marielle SolanTaut New York five-piece MiniBoone are an enchanting mesh of old-school energy and new-school melody. The band mixes the dervish energy of '78-era post-punk with the super-hooks of mod ... More >>
By Lucy Jordan Brooklyn police have blamed two shootings and a stabbing in Fort Greene last night on a cheap chicken wing promotion in the area. According to an e-mail Capt. Anthony Tasso of the 88th precinct sent to the New York Times, "thousands" of teenagers from high schools borough-wid ... More >>
Over at his victory party in Dumbo, Bill de Blasio seemed shocked that he managed to get himself into a runoff for the office of Public Advocate with veteran candidate Mark Green. "This is a wonderful result -- amazing!" de Blasio said between hugs. "You kind of just get used to assuming it's not go ... More >>
This man wants to be Biggie Smalls. If you're a responsible web driver, you've heard about Fox Searchlight's online casting call for the Biggie Smalls biopic Notorious, a viral PR stunt with the tagline "RU BIG?" that inevitably ignited countless nicotine arguments over the weekend about who'd make ... More >>
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