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Salt + Charcoal Has Fired Up the Robata in Williamsburg

(Photos courtesy Salt + Charcoal)

(Photos courtesy Salt + Charcoal)

Salt + Charcoal, the Williamsburg robata restaurant we’ve been looking forward to since August, soft-opened this week on the corner of Bedford and Grand. Their liquor license hasn’t come in yet, but the food itself – by chef-owner Jiro Iida, previously of Yakitori Totto’s sister restaurant Aburiya-Kinnosuke – looks like it can stand on its own: partner Kei Sugimoto tells us the place is one of the few if not the only Japanese spots to get the fire department’s permission to grill using the imported oak-wood charcoal known as binchotan rather than gas. Another distinguishing characteristic: there’s a piece by Kei’s father, famed photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto, hanging on the wall.
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Korilla Opens For a Test-Run Tonight, Launches Next Week

(Photo: Ilyse Liffreing)

(Photo: Ilyse Liffreing)

Hurry now to Korilla for their soft opening at Third Avenue and St. Marks Place — but don’t tell too many people, because they’re trying to keep it on the DL. The official opening should happen sometime next week (exact date TBD).

At the food-truck fleet’s first brick-and-mortar, you can choose from rice bowls, burritos, and salads with a selection of spicy pork, chicken, beef, tofu, and a wide array of kimchi and toppings. Rice bowls will go for $9, burritos for $8, and salads for $10.
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Here’s What You Could’ve Hauled Home From the Opening of Shwick Market

Shwick (all photos from @shwick on Instagram)

Shwick (all photos from @shwick on Instagram)

It’s getting hard to keep track of all the Brooklyn markets now that they’re popping up in Manhattan, even. So you can forgive yourself for missing the opening of Shwick, the much ballyhooed bazaar that — true to its name — finally hit Bushwick on Saturday.
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The Latest Brooklyn Market Is in Manhattan, Actually

1780148_791066680955463_6505091718767099592_oBrooklyn has become so cool that it’s being imported into Manhattan for tourists who are too lazy to go into Brooklyn. Four years ago, I wrote about the opening of a Brooklyn-themed restaurant in the West Village: “Manhattan’s Brooklyneer Has a Chef From Brooklyn’s Manhattan Inn,” went the improbable headline.
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A ‘Farm to Fork Eatery’ Brings Ratatouille Tabouli to East Williamsburg

(Photos: Kaitlyn Mitchell)

(Photos: Kaitlyn Mitchell)

Yes, A.W.O.L. is a “Farm to Fork Eatery,” but the East Williamsburg newcomer isn’t just for those pretentious foodies from Portlandia. True to its name, which stands for All Walks of Life, the place caters to vegetarians, vegans, celiacs, omnivores, and anything in between.
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Barcade Has Powered Up On St. Marks Place

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Barcade officially opened just a few hours ago on St. Marks, and by 5 p.m. the place was already bumping and bleeping. The new location is nothing short of brilliant – Barcade is directly (and irresistibly) in view of the stoners finishing their dogs at Papaya King, and will likely scoop up Kenka’s clientele as well. It caters to a rare breed of people who like to have “fun” while drinking.

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King Bee Is Serving Acadian Fare and a ‘Dan Smith Will Teach You Guitar’ Cocktail

(Photo: Daniel Krieger)

(Photo: Daniel Krieger)

Ok, we admit we had to resort to googling to figure out what Acadian cooking is– turns out that, like the people it was created by, it’s proto-Cajun. The menu at King Bee, which opens tonight on East Ninth Street, where Exchange Alley once lived, is inspired by this Canadian Acadian cuisine, or what Cajuns ate before they were kicked out of Canada by the British.
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Pig Faithful Congregate at Their New Church of Pork, Arrogant Swine

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Last night Arrogant Swine, Tyson Ho’s hotly anticipated beer garden and “Eastern Carolina-style barbecue” joint, opened for business in Bushwick. And the bloody thirsty came out in throngs. When we arrived around 8 p.m., the line for bits of whole-hog barbecue snaked out into the feeding yard, far past the adjacent smoke house.
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Manhattan Is Getting a Matcha Cafe, Too

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

When MatchaBar opened in Williamsburg last month, it touted itself as the only matcha cafe in the city. But it won’t be for long. B+B contributor Jenna Marotta tipped us off to another one “opening soon” at 223 East Fourth Street.

Per a sign in the window of the sliver of a space between Avenues A and B, Matcha Bar Wabi will be selling shots of the trendy Japanese green tea, matcha lattes, and espresso and lattes made with beans roasted by Stone Street Coffee Company. There will also be sweets and green tea ice cream. Plus, a “local artists show” as well as classes like “Let’s Learn About Japanese Food,” “How to Make Specialty Coffee,” and more.

We’ll keep you posted as the opening date nears.