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 >>
Soon after we posted our list of the city's 5 best beer halls, we got word from Bowery Boogie that Paulaner Brewery, the Bavarian brew giant, is planning to open a massive flagship beer hall on the Bowery.
See what NYC's restaurant critics have been up to this week: In the Voice, Robert Sietsema dines at Williamsburg's Brooklyn Wok Shop and finds the food uninspiring: "My advice: Save yourself some money and 'wok' north into Greenpoint to find a real Chinese carryout." Pete Wells gives two stars to ... More >>
First street fair of the season, Saturday, 11am, West 4th Street (click to enlarge)
Tea Room, a kombucha bar (yes, you read right, a bar dedicated almost exclusively to serving kombucha), just opened in Williamsburg last week, according to Grub Street. It sells six types of kombucha, all prettily named: Sunset Peach, Jasmine Pearl, Gingerly Love, Chocolate Tart, Silver Needle Jasmi ... More >>
The fashion kings and queens of hipster nation
via @J_BrukmanFile this under "good to know." Should you be wandering about Williamsburg on your way to your appointment to pee in a cup and get approval for your new job with the CIA, or for your court appointed biweekly drug test, and experiencing qualms that you may not pass it, you can st ... More >>
via Larissa Martell via @dietznutzIt's windy out there, be careful! So windy that on the way into work we almost blew across the street. So windy that a billboard on the BQE between Meeker and Metropolitan plummeted 200 feet to the ground below, blocking traffic and effectively closing the BQ ... More >>
Have you seen WNYC's "Lost Subways" Map? It shows 11 planned subway lines that, had they ever been built, would have added to the current 842 miles of track in the New York City system. Among them: An underground subway connecting the North Shore of Staten Island with Bay Ridge, Brooklyn; a F ... More >>
Or anything else in his new, jukebox-free restaurant
Here are the latest newcomers to New York City's cutthroat dining scene. If you hear of any new openings or closings, let us know. At long last, Shake Shack has opened in Brooklyn. The chainlet's newest store is located in the Fulton Street Mall. [Serious Eats] Ryan Skeen has officially taken char ... More >>
Now that Occupy Wall Street no longer has a home, will it end up in Williamsburg? Well -- probably not. But tonight some people are meeting up at Union Pool (of course) to talk about a possible "Occupy Williamsburg" movement. The Facebook event description begins: "Many of us in Williamsbur ... More >>
Here are some of the latest newcomers to New York City's cutthroat dining scene. If you hear of any new openings or closings, let us know. The Sweetery (433 West 34th Street) can now satisfy your cookie, cake, and sugary baked-good fix. The group behind the Eatery runs the new pastry shop. [Zagat B ... More >>
Here are some of the latest newcomers to New York City's cutthroat dining scene. If you hear of any new openings or closings, let us know. David's Tea, a Canadian chain, has set up shop on Bleecker Street. No word on whether pountine is served (which would be awesome). [FiTR] Walter Foods ... More >>
Right half of the line, Smorgasburg at the Brooklyn Flea, Williamsburg, Saturday, 3:15 pm [click on image to enlarge]
Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri will star in "Celebrity Cook-Off," a new Food Network program that pairs B-list stars with the top chefs. The contestants, assigned to Team Ray or Team Fieri, will then compete in predictable foodie battles, such as running a New York food truck. Among the culinary v ... More >>
Dressed for the holiday, or wearing their normal attire? A new Tumblr called "Halloween or Williamsburg" chronicles the street dress of Billyburg, perhaps channeling the early website -- now extinct -- called "Gay or European," which invited the viewer to examine pictures of guys with funny ... More >>
The Williamsburg bar/club Bruar Falls, founded by the proprietors of Cake Shop and the Library Bar, will "cease to exist on November 1," according to a statement posted by the founders. Proprietors of the venue, which opened in the spring of 2009, sent out the announcement just as the weekend was be ... More >>
It's time for the weekly comment roundup! You know how it goes: every week we pick the comments we thought were funniest, or smartest, or most thought-provoking, and then we reward those commenters with a lovely free Village Voice t-shirt. If you've won, email our web editor Francesca Stabile ... More >>
The above video is of people casually selling and taking whippets (nitrous oxide, or "hippie crack") on North 7th Street in Williamsburg. This is following a Widespread Panic show on Saturday night, unsurprisingly.
Where the wild things are
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. The Blue Donkey Bar on the Upper West Side has closed after complaints to police, specifically from a neighbor. [West Side Rag via Eater] The Upper East Side location of healthy pizza joint Sl ... More >>
viaRemember when the boroughs were sending each other love and/or hate notes? Hate is a certain kind of love, no? Anyway, now the neighborhoods have gotten involved. Specifically, Williamsburg, which has its own share of PR issues but is lashing out at Park Slope and telling it where it truly ... More >>
Swallow this, Williamsburg.On August 8, Cafe de la Esquina at the Wythe Diner (or CaLaEsWyDi, as real-estate parlance would have it) will open itself up to Williamsburg's general populace.