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 >>
They Might Be Giants w/Jonathan Coulton, Eugene Mirman & Pretty Good Friends Williamsburg Waterfront Friday, July 29 Better than: Funny you should ask. Around the 30-minute mark of the the heavens' continued urination on the gathered masses at the Williamsburg Waterfront on Friday, comedian Todd ... 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.
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Southernish restaurant South Houston on West Broadway near Grand Street has closed after little more than a year in business. [Eater] Pick-a-Pita has served its last its french fry-stuffed shw ... More >>
Today on New Urban Network, Peter Feigenbaum writes of the various stages of the "colonization" of Williamsburg -- "just another chapter in the reconfiguration and rebirth of New York since the city's nadir in the mid-1970s." For history and urban planning nerds, this is some fascinating stuf ... More >>
FacebookRay Deter, the owner of East Village and Williamsburg bars d.b.a., was hit by a car on Canal Street yesterday evening. Deter, who was not wearing a helmet, was turning onto West Broadway at the time of the accident and is now in critical condition. His wife told the Daily News that do ... More >>
Start your weekend off with a trip to the Williamsburg Waterfront, where downtempo DJ duo Thievery Corporation celebrate their new release Culture Of Fear with an epic outdoor hang. Tonight their mix of dub, jazz, classical music, and loungey bossa nova will be complemented by performances by ... More >>
Now showingCome this weekend, Williamsburg will have one less reason to come to Manhattan: After three years of planning and construction, the Nitehawk Cinema is opening its doors. That news comes from Zagat, which reports that the theater's food menu includes watermelon salad and homemade be ... More >>
3rd WardTaxidermy and Edison lamps not pictured Those with a burning desire to open a restaurant in the gray area between Williamsburg and Bushwick, take note: 3rd Ward is seeking "experienced, qualified restaurateur[s] with a vision" to submit café proposals for its planned eatery at ... More >>
"Dark, edgy" air-conditioning, right this way.If you didn't think that Williamsburg already had enough so-called artisanal markets, then you're in luck. It's getting another one.
Old-world beliefs are alive and well in Williamsburg, mostly the province of superficial young people these days, but also still a neighborhood with large pockets of religious families. The Central Rabbinical Congress, a group of leading Hasidic rabbis, has kicked off a poster campaign in South Will ... More >>
VideologyWell, here's one way to keep a video store in business: Open a bar.
"A lot of people from the old days carry guns. One of these days one of these suburban kids is going to say the wrong thing to the wrong person." Longtime Williamsburg resident Sunny Chapman speaks to the Times about the gentrification that's been affecting her neighborhood for the bet ... More >>
At Gazala Place, Nice Matin, Gottino, and a host of other NYC restaurants
You can whistle Dixie—and drink and eat it, too
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. News has broken that the Oak Room at the Plaza Hotel is closing at the end of July, following management getting sued by the hotel for its rowdy champagne brunches. [NY Times] Baotique, ... More >>
That liquor license moratorium that Community Board 1 voted to impose on Williamsburg and Greenpoint may have hit a bit of a roadblock.
Given all of the pop cultural amenities it boasts, at it's remarkable to consider that, save for rooftop screenings, Williamsburg has long lacked a movie theater. But three years after its creators announced plans to right this lamentable wrong, the Nitehawk Cinema - ne Cassandra Cinemas - is ... More >>
Williamsburg is looking a lot more like the East Village these days, and it's not just because half of Lower Manhattan's restaurants are opening outposts there. Like the city's most liquored-up neighborhood, Williamsburg may be facing a liquor license moratorium.
Stratus Realty GroupAlas: Goods, the 1946 Spartan trailer that parked itself in Williamsburg last May, is no more.
This Sunday sees the much anticipated launch of the Brooklyn Flea's Williamsburg incarnation. For those of us more concerned with the market's food vendors, there's yet one more reason for anticipation, and that's the return of People's Pops. Per both the Flea's vendor map and the PP blog, th ... More >>
The Czajkowski: What do this sandwich and The 1812 Overture have in common?. Once it decided to establish a second branch in Williamsburg, nobody expected the joint to completely retain its sense of louche culinary transgressionalism, which had been expressed not only through its habit of ... More >>
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Rocco Ancarola has ended his partnership in Greenwich Village gastropub Rabbit in the Moon. The place was quickly sold and renamed The State Room. [NY Post] The Chelsea location of 'Swich is c ... More >>
Momofuku Milk BarAfter putting down roots in Williamsburg, Momofuku Milk Bar is expanding its reach in Brooklyn via the borough's most orally fixated flea market.
Vandaag in the East Village and Huckleberry Bar in Williamsburg are among cocktail bars serving $10 drinks, as opposed to the now ubiquitous $12-$14 drink. [NY Post] New York makes a list of seven best beer cities in the country, alongside Chicago, Denver, Philly, Portland, St. Louis, and Sa ... More >>
Looks like you can't just walk up to a counter and demand to eat a gay boy anymore. The Post reports that when Williamsburg haunt Hana Food opened a new location in Bushwick, it changed its "Gay Boy" wrap (egg, vegan bacon, vegan cheese, avocado, sprouts and sun-dried tomatoes) to the "Gard ... More >>