When we stopped by the shop today– inside the short-lived home of Alter Vintage, where they’ve been since the start of August– we found Kyla and two other women sorting through mounds of new inventory from a recent trip to the West Coast.
If all goes as planned this fall, John Barclay, owner of Bushwick dance destination Bossa Nova Civic Club, will be serving up over-easy eggs and bloody marys across the way at his new restaurant, which he’s calling an “elevated diner.”
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After a brief turn as Sheltering Sky, the McCarren Hotel & Pool’s rooftop bar is now Xanadu. The year-round roof deck has been reimagined by Joe Carroll (Fette Sau, St. Anselm) and Francesco Panella (Antica Pesa), the team behind the hotel’s new fern bar Oleanders.
In its first venture outside Portland, Oregon, Bunk Sandwiches is bringing its “kids food for adults”–and “best breakfast sandwich ever”–to Williamsburg. The causal sandwich shop will replace well-loved Italian spot Max at its Driggs Avenue location on the corner of South 3rd Street later this year.
“Buying. That’s my addiction,” admitted Oliver Harkness, the Irish-born owner of Quality Mending Co. speaking with us over the phone. Walking into Harkness’ recently opened branch on Driggs Avenue, Williamsburg, the fruits of his vice are plain to see.
Tattoo artist Baz is bringing 16 years of experience to his new shop, Clash City Tattoo, opening today in the East Village. He had hoped to open last weekend, on the anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death (“I was going to do Elvis tattoos for cheap,” he told us), but it took a little longer than expected to finish up the interior.
While Williamsburg got an outpost of Davey’s Ice Cream last week, the Lower East Side got a self-described “classy gelato joint.” Polpo Gelato has popped up in LESspace, the Allen Street nook that previously housed Michael Alig’s paintings and before that, Los Perros Locos. The store, opened by Harrison Geller, a 17-year-old LaGuardia High School grad who spent some time in Italy, offers gelato in flavors like spicy celery and ricotta stracciatella. Check out Saturday’s offerings below.
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Before you buy a Whopcorn ice cream cone at the new Davey’s Ice Cream in Williamsburg and have it melt onto your shirt, stop a few blocks away at I Love You Bedford Ave – a high fashion clothing and art object store that opened last month. The name of the store, on Bedford Avenue, also refers to owner Alisha Trimble’s more humble beginnings. A womenswear designer for 10 years, Trimble opened the first store in an apartment sporting the address of 143. For the millennials who don’t know what a pager is, much less how to use one, 1-4-3 was also the way to page “I love you.”
Davey’s Ice Cream is celebrating the opening of its second location, on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, with free scoops Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Grab a cone of Whopcorn, a flavor special to the new shop, and if you’re an ice cream superfan be sure to enter a raffle for a chance to score a sweet new ice cream tattoo from Three Kings.
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If you were a fan of longtime watering hole Barramundi and its upstairs speakeasy, 2nd Floor on Clinton, we’re afraid you missed last call. The pair of bars had their final hurrah last night, but the good news is the space won’t stay vacant for long if all goes as planned for Tim Gashi (Rocky Slims). The restauranteur plans to open a Criff Dog style hamburger joint/speakeasy combo that he’s hoping will help revitalize the LES block.
The rapidly upscaling Lower Lower East Side — which recently got a new nightspot and French bistro — adds a cocktail destination to its ranks tonight. Bar Goto, a Japanese tapas spot, was envisioned by master mixologist Kenta Goto, who spent seven years at Houston Street drinks mecca Pegu Club.