Dish no. 73: Habanera pizza at Houdini Kitchen Laboratory (1563 Decatur Street, Ridgewood; 718-456-3770)
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This week in Cheap Laughs, we have the best VHS crap on the internet, Ira Glass' dream improv perfomance, ravishing Finnish poker players, Bieber-powered pole dancing, relaxed gay manners, and the superstars of six-second jokes. In other words, we've got what you need. Here's our rundown of the best ... More >>
Smorgasburg, which returned for its fourth season at Brooklyn Flea last weekend, is a Williamsburg institution and constant source of joy (Ramenburgers! Local beer! Mighty Quinns!) and aggravation (ugh, this line). Now in its second season, the DUMBO Sunday market (at Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park) ... More >>
Last year, when news emerged that Urban Outfitters would be opening up on North 6th Street in Williamsburg -- a stone's throw from a planned Whole Foods and Anthropologie (both on Bedford), and next door to a new American Apparel -- an informal poll yielded consensus: neighbors were unenthusiastic. ... More >>
Joe Mande drops his first album
Last night, Barcade (388 Union Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-302-6464) celebrated ten years of chili cook-offing at its Williamsburg outpost. The intimate affair featured crockpots aplenty and a good many wooden spoons.
If Valentine's Day is stressing you out -- or you just want to celebrate being single -- happy hour is an excellent relaxation technique. Here's a look at a few place you'll always be sure to find true love for less -- we're pretty sure it's at the bottom of a glass somewhere.
A little bit of coffee and an amicable dosage of sugar might just be man's best friend when it comes to the dreaded "L" train commute. Leave the pre-work personality drink to The Bakeshop by Woops (548 Driggs Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-384-4410), the brick-and-mortar extension of by Woops macarons that o ... More >>
Taco Chulo (318 Grand Street, 718-302-2856), a middle-class taqueria tucked away on Grand Street in Williamsburg, has an expansive open room as big as a dancehall with high ceilings, red walls, and a tiny bar in the back. It fills up early with families sharing taco salads ($11) and seared fish burr ... More >>
Prepare for a full pre-Thanksgiving agenda this weekend as we help you sweat off the pounds (before you gain a couple next week) on the dance floor, and while you whiz through the shopping aisles. Pack some water. You're going to need it. Friday [Lit] Have a couple of shots tonight to honor come ... More >>
Despite good press, Xixa (241 South 4th Street, Brooklyn, 718-388-8860) -- the second Williamsburg restaurant from the team behind Traif -- remains somewhat hidden on a frightful corner in the shadows of the on-ramp to the Williamsburg bridge. It's lucky that chef Jason Marcus's polyglot cuisine, wh ... More >>
Billy Lyons dropped a list of the 10 best restaurants in Williamsburg yesterday, a group that's increasingly difficult to narrow down because the neighborhood continues to amass notable spots alongside some older mainstays. And one reader noted a couple of restaurants that he believes should have be ... More >>
The Williamsburg renaissance transformed an industrial afterthought into a world-renowned enclave of artistic endeavors. Lucky for us, some of those artists chose to work with a grill rather than an easel to display their talents. With the backdrop of Manhattan providing a perfect canvas on which in ... More >>
On Sunday, a piggy (and food industry-heavy) crowd gathered at the Crown Victoria in Williamsburg for Omnivore's Carnivorous Party, a good old-fashioned swine roast featuring an international lineup of chefs including Marc Cohen (Bucherie Lawrence, Montreal), Gregory Marchand (Frenchie, Paris), and ... More >>
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which is updated daily.
A lot of ink has been spilled over Williamsburg's transformation from a seedy warehouse habitat for the city's creative underclass into the world capital of the hipster overground. Bemoaning gentrification in Williamsburg is the most tired conversation you can have about how this city is changing. B ... More >>
Look at that, Bushwick is all grown up
With the remnants of the nearby Domino Sugar Refinery in the background, a new kitchen incubator hopes to attract a crop of environmentally responsible entrepreneurs to the Williamsburg waterfront: Green Desk, which made its name by offering flexible work spaces to those tired of hopping on conferen ... More >>
The Williamsburg Waterfront welcomes New Order
ISA in Williamsburg is now open for lunch from noon to 4 p.m. The Mediterranean restaurant has turned some of their dinner entree options into smaller dishes divided into snacks, pizzas, soups, and salads. Some items, like the Tuscan kale Caesar salad garnished with sourdough croutons, are available ... More >>
Former City Councilmember Eva Moskowitz, with Bloomberg's union-busting blessing, is pushing her Success Academy edu-franchise into Brooklyn. The natives aren't buying.
This past Saturday, Williamsburg's Dead Herring house closed its doors after six years of throwing quality rock shows, dance parties, craft fairs, and other assorted fun times. As one of the last remaining DIY spaces located in Williamsburg proper (or "prime Williamsburg," as their landlord likely c ... More >>
The plum, lemon cucumber, and radish salad at Potlikker is indeed wonderful, but will it be enough to catapult the Williamsburg restaurant into my top 13? Tomorrow we're going to depart somewhat from our usual Friday 10 Best: I'm making a list (and checking it twice) of my current favorite 13 rest ... More >>
Warm your winter with Diiv
Author Jami Attenberg Food addiction plagues Edie Middlestein, the protagonist of Jami Attenberg's third novel, The Middlesteins. While an unhealthy fascination with food should seem familiar to Fork in the Road readers (and writers), it strains Edie's suburban Jewish family to the breaking point, ... More >>
Nestled between busy Williamsburg restaurants on North 6th Street and Bedford Avenue lies an organic health oasis called Tiny Empire. Walk in and find yourself facing a rainbow assortment of fresh-pressed juices and healthy dessert options of acai bowls and chia seed pudding. Face the counter and ge ... More >>
When 16 Handles opened a location in Williamsburg it could have meant the end of Williamsburg or the beginning of the chain's complete total fro-yo domination. The new flagship store at 240 Lafayette opens tomorrow, and they're celebrating with free froyo for 16 social media savvy customers.
A bright yellow crane stuck out against the Williamsburg waterfront on Tuesday morning as it installed three 25-foot-long fermenters in the Brooklyn Brewery on North 12th Street. This week marks the third and final phase in the Brooklyn beer company's expansion plan that was announced in February 2 ... More >>
Finally, a pad thai that kicks your ass Pad Thai is one of those dishes to be instinctively avoided. Even at great Thai restaurants, the cooks switch into gringo mode and turn out an indifferent heap of pale rice noodles that's invariably bland and way too sweet. But then last Friday evening a gro ... More >>
Marcus Samuelsson recently opened American Table Café and Bar in the lobby of Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall. Menu items include pulled pork sandwiches with apple slaw, the doro wat tacos, filled with Ethiopian-spiced chicken and hard-boiled egg, and scalloped sausage with curry. The restaurant ... More >>
Our week in food: I headed to a posh Kosher spot in Soho for my weekly review while Robert checked in on Liza Queen in Williamsburg and visited the oddly named Urbanspace Meatpacking, where he found some hits and misses. Did you miss the awesome guest appearance from Nick Greene? Our web editor fi ... More >>
How many of these could you knock back? Tomorrow dumpling manufacturer Chef One will sponsor a dumpling eating contest at Smorgasburg, located at North 6th Street and the East River in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Food Bank For New York City, and if you think wa ... More >>
[See More Taste Tests: Taco Box Debuts at B Bar on Bowery | Aita's Fritto Misto di Vedura] Though I can't say I'm crazy about the name, I stopped in for a cheeseburger at Blue Collar, the new burger joint in Williamsburg from the Miller's Tavern team.
Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, the tasty countdown leading up to our "Best of 2012" issue. Tune in each day (weekends too!) for a new dish from the Fork in the Road team. [See More 100 Dishes: Grilled Khmer Sausage at Num Pang | Octopus Salami at Rosemary's]
[See More Openings: Dudley's, Siggy's Good Food | Landbrot, Seattle's Best Coffee] Designed like a European train station cafe, Station is bringing "bohemian french cuisine" to Williamsburg. Headed by a Eleven Madison alum, menu items include fillet steak provençale, duck a l'orange, and rabbit ta ... More >>
That headline alliteration was hard for us to say, too.On Thursday, after three years of renovations that cost over $50 million, the "hipster playground" known as McCarren Park Pool re-opened with a cutting ceremony led by Mayor Bloomberg and hundreds of heat refugees. (We brought our camera&nb ... More >>
Williamsburg gets its pool back
In New York's chaotic do-it-yourself music ecosystem, nothing is a given. A venue might combust as suddenly as easily a new one might spring up, making this list obsoleteyet that volatility is part of the venues' inherent uncivilized appeal. Who's to say where the next bunch of longhairs migh ... More >>
Hop the L to 350 bands
Good tries so far, but I was not at Egg Williamsburg, Parish Hall, Buvette, Cafe Cluny, Cafe Colette, or Buttermilk Channel.
Reynards, from restaurateur Andrew Tarlow and chef Sean Rembold, opened early last week in the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg. The menu is similar to what's being served at Marlow and Diner -- the big difference is that there is a wood-fired oven and grill in the kitchen. [Eater NY] The Korean-inspire ... More >>
Dense and delicious corn cakes called Johnny Cakes, served with candied rhubarb and upstate maple syrup. While not usually a fan of brunch, Fork in the Road was recently knocked out by the brunch that commenced last weekend at Parish Hall, the new Williamsburg offshoot of Egg. There were eggs, of ... More >>