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The Bean Is Expanding Into the Former St. Mark’s Bookshop Space

(Photo: The Bean on Facebook)

As East Villagers fight another Starbucks, a more homegrown chain has announced that it’s expanding in the neighborhood. The Bean, which started in the East Village and now has a place in Williamsburg, is opening its fifth location, at 31 Third Avenue, in the former home of St. Mark’s Bookshop. According to Instagram and Facebook messages, it’s “coming this Fall.”

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Di Fara Preps for W-Burg; The Bean Will Replace St. Mark’s Bookshop

The man who attacked a set of college-age brothers with brass knuckles and a knife this February on Hester Street will serve community service, per a plea deal. [Gothamist]

Fifty-year-old Midwood pizza institution Di Fara will sell its slices in Williamsburg beginning this September, when it opens a stand at the forthcoming North 3rd Street Market. [Eater NY]

Local coffee chain The Bean will debut its fourth East Village outpost in the Third Avenue storefront that St. Mark’s Bookshop occupied for 21 years. [EV Grieve] Keep Reading »

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Tips On Tipping For Coffee: Baristas Spill the Beans

(Photo: Hanna McCarthy)

(Photo: Hanna McCarthy)

Are you shorting the guy who made your long black?

A recent Times item about the phenomenon of “tip creep” triggered debate on sites like Gothamist, which insisted that you should be tossing $1 into the jar every time someone pours you a coffee. While some commenters agreed, others kvetched that “it is not and has never been standard to tip for counter service.” 
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The Bean Opened Its First BK Location, Bringing the Mosaic Man to Williamsburg

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

The Bean opened its Williamsburg store today in the swank 101 Bedford complex at the corner of Bedford and North 11th. Full disclosure: we’re tapped into its free WiFi right now. It’s the chain’s first store outside of the East Village, but you’ll find some EV touches as soon as you (and your dog) step inside, in the form of a tiled entryway by Mosaic Man“Mosaic Man” Jim Power and, in the far corner, a wall painting by Nicolina and Walker Fee.
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At Variety Cafe’s New Location, the Beans Will Really Pop

(Photos: Kristy Ann Muniz)

(Photos: Kristy Ann Muniz)

(Photos: Kristy Ann Muniz)

(Photos: Kristy Ann Muniz)

(Photos: Kristy Ann Muniz)

(Photos: Kristy Ann Muniz)

(Photos: Kristy Ann Muniz)

(Photos: Kristy Ann Muniz)

(Photos: Kristy Ann Muniz)

(Photos: Kristy Ann Muniz)

Gavin Compton, owner of Variety Café and Miller’s Tavern, brewed up a hot idea for his latest endeavor: coffee roasting. The newest addition to the Variety family is at 146 Wyckoff Avenue; as of April 1st, it’ll be offering a variety (yes, we went there) of coffee from around the world.
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Another Manhattanite, The Bean, Hits Bedford Avenue

(Photo: Elizabeth Flock)

(Photo: Elizabeth Flock)

Because Bedford Avenue isn’t caffeinated enough, The Bean, a chain of East Village coffee shops popular with NYU students, is planning to open a location along Williamsburg’s main thoroughfare this Spring. And the Manhattanization of Bedford continues!

The Bean’s fourth outpost — in a brand new residential building at 101 Bedford, just a block from McCarren Park — is due to open this April.
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Stop Everything, the Gilmore Girls Wanna Give (Very Few of) You Free Coffee

In case you forgot, Gilmore Girls is making a triumphant return to Netflix on November 25, just in time for the show’s Sweet 16. If you just can’t wait till then to cozy up with your best friends on Earth these strictly TV-only characters who you’re just somewhat mildly familiar with, and a piping-hot cuppa Joe (the Gilmore Girls official beverage of choice, duh), then Netflix has something sweet (but mostly just bitter) to hold you over.

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Nathan Fielder Invented a Way to Keep ‘Douchebags’ From Filming Comedy Shows

(Photo: Dylan Kenseth)

(Photo: Dylan Kenseth)

Boy, did we get an earful back when Broad City screened a sneak-peek of season 2 and we spilled the beans. And who can blame Comedy Central for wanting to keep a lid on such hilariousness? Last night at NYU Skirball Center, during his New York Comedy Festival appearance, Nathan Fielder confirmed that “Comedy Central is paranoid about stuff leaking,” and implored his adoring fans not to film the unaired episode of Nathan For You that he was about to screen.

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Schmackary’s Is Latest Manhattanite to Set Up Shop On Bedford Ave

photo-(10)Schmackary’s, a Hell’s Kitchen cookie shop that has enough of a cult following that it’s the subject of a BuzzFeed list, is the latest Manhattan spot to open on (or just off of) Bedford Avenue. The cookie shop joins Meatball Shop, Dos Toros, Umami Burger, Sweetgreen, Davey’s Ice Cream, Joe’s Pizza, The Bean, and soon Gunz and Parm in turning Williamsburg’s main drag into a mini Manhattan.

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