By 10:30 a.m. Saturday, nearly two hundred rain boot- and poncho-clad people had formed a queue winding through Smorgasburg in Williamsburg, hungrily awaiting the unveiling of the Shoyu Ramen Burger, which hit the blogosphere with cronut-like force last week. Creator Keizo Shimamoto and his team had promised they'd have enough ingredients for just 100 sandwiches (they came equipped to construct 150 in the end), so the burgers were sold out before Smorgasburg officially opened at 11 a.m. "It's movie opening night mentality," explained one customer in line. "If it's a good movie and you want to see it, you've gotta get to the theater early."
Shimamoto's masterpiece is a shoyu-secret-sauce-glazed beef patty on a bed of arugula, which is crowned with scallions and sandwiched between two Sun Noodle ramen "buns" that are pan-fried to order. The burgers are served in a PleatPak, which is a drip-proof pleated wrapper that coils itself around the sandwich, opening like a snapdragon when you're ready to take a bite.
On August 1st, PPP (Peter Pan Posse), an artist collective, opened their new show at Rox Gallery on the Lower East Side. "None Of Us Is Greater Than All Of Us" runs through September 7th.
ALL PHOTOS BY NATE "IGOR" SMITH
Brooklyn played host to the Bushwick Block Party 2013 on Saturday, July 27. There was live music (from both bands and DJs), as well as food trucks, half pipes, double dutch, and of course, dancing and drinking.
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On July 29th, venerated Lower East Side bar Max Fish closed up its doors for good. You could spend hours debating what this means for the changing landscape of the neighborhood (and New York itself), or you could order a drink and have a good time. The bar will be moving to a new location in...
On Saturday, July 27th, the Bushwick Block Party sectioned off part of Moore Street to host Action Bronson, beer, skateboarding, art, more music, more beer, and lots of fun. It was a blast. Why weren't you there? Oh, you were? Sorry, we must have missed you.
ALL PHOTOS BY LAURA JUNE KIRSCH
On July 27th, Alphabet City Beer loaded up a sailboat with beer lovers and sailed around Manhattan. Sun, beer, and friends; what more could you ask for? Beer? Yeah, there was a lot of that too.
ALL PHOTOS BY BRADLEY HAWKS
Last week, we spoke with Danny Mena about Sembrado, the Mexico City-style taqueria he just opened in the East Village, where he's serving a variety of grilled meat tacos plus tacos al pastor, carving pork from a slowly rotating spit. The bar specializes in mezcal, available in both cocktails...
From July 19th-July 21st, Sailor Jerry's annual Cobrafest provided a wild alternative to all the other, tamer music festivals going on in Chicago. Our Nate "Igor" Smith was there, and he made a lot of friends.
ALL PHOTOS BY NATE "IGOR" SMITH
Woody Allen's latest movie, a role written specifically for Aubrey Plaza, an HBO documentary that's showing here first, the disappointing sci-fi return of Christian Slater, a look back at the insular friends of Friends and more in this week's Village Voice film section.
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Street Soccer USA, an organization dedicated to developing life skills and positive outlooks for homeless people through soccer, hosted the 2013 National Cup in Times Square on Monday, July 22. The tournament was made up of teams from all over the country comprised of homeless people dedicated...
Photographer Bradley Hawks brings back these images from SmorgasBar on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at the South Street Seaport. A dozen food and drink vendors--curated by the Brooklyn Flea--set up on Front Street every day through October. From boozy slushes and craft beer, to wood-fired kimchi...
A&E hosted a party for its Bates Motel show at San Diego Comic Con on July 20, 2013. The party was produced by MKG. Photos by Laura June Kirsch for The Village Voice.
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