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What’s a ‘Neo Bistro’? Greenpoint Is About to Find Out

Le Fond prepares for its opening. (Photo: Le Fond/)

Le Fond prepares for its opening. (Photo: Le Fond/)

Jake Eberle says Le Fond, the restaurant he’ll open on Norman Avenue tomorrow is casual, like a bistro, but you won’t find the usual renditions of steak frites and coq au vin there.

Instead the menu might offer a rabbit terrine, braised shoulder ribs, and chicken ballotine, i.e. a breast stuffed with something seasonal, like mushroom Duxelles and creamed broccoli. Eberle, previously a chef de cuisine at the Lambs Club in midtown, has a thing for charcuterie, so expect patés — and there will always be a $14 burger and a couple of pasta options.
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You’ll Find Scottish Duds (No Kilts) at the Glasgow Vintage Company

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Just a few days old, The Glasgow Vintage Company is the latest addition to the vintage row located on East Ninth Street between First and Second Avenues. Owner Gavin O’Brien, manning the floor when we stopped by today, told us he and his wife plus three kids had just moved eight weeks prior to the West Village from Glasgow, Scotland, where they own an almost identical shop.

Was the move perhaps a means of escaping Scotland just before the country decided to maintain its often fraught marriage with the rest of the United Kingdom? Maybe O’Brien and his family thought that in the absence of total and complete Scottish independence, bringing a plethora of wooly Scottish vintage garments out of the country was the only way to preserve Scottish identity?
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Here’s What the Ludlow’s Lounge Looks Like Now That Its Fireplace Is Blazing

The lobby lounge. (Photos: Annie Schlechter)

The lobby lounge. (Photos: Annie Schlechter)

Seating by the fireplace.

Seating by the fireplace.

The back garden.

The back garden.

The hallway.

The hallway.

The bar.

The bar.

The lobby lounge. (Photos: Annie Schlechter)Seating by the fireplace.The back garden.The hallway.The bar.

Back when we spent a night at the new Ludlow Hotel, the restaurant was a construction site and the lounge was off-limits. But now that Dirty French has opened and the lobby lounge’s limestone fireplace (described in a press release as “Trustafarian meets Miss Havisham”) is blazing, reps for team Sean MacPherson, Ira Drukier and Richard Born have sent over some updated images.
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Esme Brings Tap Cocktails and Outdoor Dining to Greenpoint

Owner Nathan Ricke behind the bar. (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Owner Nathan Ricke behind the bar. (Photo: Nicole Disser)

“How’d you find out about us?” Brandon Chamberlain wondered. After all, the new restaurant he owns along with Matt and Nathan Ricke (with whom he also shares a bar in Williamsburg, The Exley) had its soft opening on Tuesday with little fanfare.
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Manhattan Ave Gets Octopus Balls, Tapioca Balls, Meatballs

(Courtesy of Ria Bella Pizza)

(Courtesy of Ria Bella Pizza)

Greenpoint’s gradually gentrifying Manhattan Avenue got a couple more newcomers in recent weeks. But don’t worry, they aren’t serving trendy kale salads. Well, actually, one of them is, but it assures us it’s authentically Sicilian. Here’s what’s new on the strip.
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The Name Just Nails It

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Forget Primp & Polish and its hoity toity ampersand — this new nail salon on Metropolitan, near Lorimer, has to have the greatest name ever. We won’t speculate, but this bit of AOL humor (Tom Hanks humor?) might be why Cutie Calls — the mani-pedi spot that previously had the best name in all of Williamsburg (get it, cuticles?) — is closed for remodeling today. You’ve got NAIL, Cutie Calls: it’s time to step up your game.

Welcome Boilermaker to the East Village: Punches, Boilermakers, Tap Cocktails

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Just a couple of days after Sutra closed on the Seinfeldian corner of First and First last week, Boilermaker opened up across the street. Watch out for this one: true to its name, the new incarnation of Golden Cadillac features a menu of beer and shot combos, including a six-pack of Miller High Life ever-so-tastefully paired with six shots of bourbon.
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A ‘Seasonal Wood-Fired Kitchen’ Opens in Williamsburg, With Roofdeck Coming Soon

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

With Vice currently gutting the former IndieScreen for its new offices, Death By Audio closing, and the Domino complex about to go up, the corner of South 2nd Street and Kent Avenue is about to see some change. Actually, it already has, with the opening of Cow & Clover, a New American restaurant that aims to open a sprawling roofdeck by next spring.

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