When one restaurant’s doors close, another restaurant’s doors open in fast-paced New York City, and every Friday, we’ll fill you in on what opened up around town this week. This week: Canadian-style burgers invade Chelsea, Korean fried chicken arrives on Third Avenue, and Bushwick gets a saloon.
Big Smoke Burger, 70 Seventh Avenue, 917-475-1995
Hailing from Canada, Big Smoke Burger is hoping to wow New Yorkers with its Canadian-style burgers and poutine. Wondering what makes Canadian-style burgers different from good ol’ American burgers? The difference is in the beef patty, which has a gamey, spicy taste. The space itself promotes communal eating with large wooden benches for seating.
ChicoJulio, 768 Amersterdam Avenue
Orale Mexican Kitchen came and went quickly, and taking its place is ChicoJulio. The casual restaurant focuses on seafood with a menu offering tacos, ceviches, aguachiles, and more. Tequila and mezcal based cocktails also grace the menu, which is no surprise as one of the owners is Sergio Mendoza, a tequila producer from Mexico.
Copper & Oak, 157 Allen Street
Whiskey lovers can now flock to Copper & Oak, a whiskey bar from Brandy Library vet Falvien Desoblin. The small space will be open nightly starting at 9p.m. with plans to open at 5p.m. after July 23.
Humboldt & Jackson, 434 Humboldt Street, Brooklyn, 718-349-3355
Named after the Brooklyn intersection where it is located, Humboldt & Jackson is a bar and event space from The Brooklyn Star’s Bill Reed. The space shows its U.S. pride with a giant American flag adorning the wall, as well as a completely American wine and beer list. Bar bites include pickled veggies, chicken liver mousse, jerky, and more. Humboldt and Jackson is currently open every evening.
Kings County Saloon, 1 Knickerbocker Avenue, Brooklyn, 347-987-3751
Kings County Bar was closed recently after a rent hike, but fear not, fish bowl drinks are not gone for good! The bar has relocated to 1 Knickerbocker in Bushwick under a new name, Kings County Saloon. The large space opens tonight.
Ugly Duckling, 166 Smith Street, Brooklyn, 718-451-3825
The space once named the city’s ugliest building is now home to Ugly Duckling, a craft beer bar and restaurant. Diners can listen to live music as they sip on craft brews and chow down on burgers, soy-mango glazed salmon, and chicken and waffles. Ugly Duckling is now open for lunch, brunch, and dinner.
Unidentified Flying Chickens, 60 Third Avenue
Jackson Heights’ Korean fried chicken mini-chain now has a location in Manhattan. Located in the space that formerly housed Après, UFC offers up its signature chicken as well as a variety of burgers. The slick space features a giant chalkboard wall decorated with steam punk-esque chickens and plenty of wood paneling.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 18, 2014