Just in time for summer, Chinatown got a new bubble tea parlor via Formosa Cafe, on Eldridge Street. Actually, this one is less of a parlor and more of a slick lounge, complete with pleather seating, wifi, and Shepard Fairy-esque art on the walls. If you’re in a rush for slush, check out the photo below and read on for the menu.
Eight months after Sutra ended its 10-year run, its replacement is now open. Bar Akuda comes from the owners of 1 Republik, a sports bar with locations in Hoboken and North Arlington, New Jersey. Kenneth Caulfield, who owns the self-described “premier sports bar” with childhood friend Keith McKeon, told us that once his gas service is upgraded the “upscale gastropub” will serve an array of burgers with “a lot of different spices and seasonings from all over the world.”
Outdoor noshing season is officially in full swing, what with the opening of Riis Park Beach Bazaar and now two of Smorgasburg’s satellite smorgs. The Williamsburg and Fort Greene institution’s Seaport location opened today, and a Coney Island outpost opens Saturday.
The opening of East Village Organic isn’t the only recent change on First Avenue. Right next-door, soccer and rugby bar Lunasa recently shed its old image to become The Grafton. Named after the “Madison Avenue of Dublin,” hometown of Grafton bartender Gary Gregg, it’s still owned by Gavin Whiston and Patrick Byrne (both also originally Dubliners) but now features a made-over front seating area, tweaked menu and spruced up backyard perfect for enjoying a pint on a summer evening.
Eric Sosa and Michael Zuco are partners in life and now they’re about to be partners in business as well. The couple, who recently got engaged, decided to hold off their wedding in lieu of opening up a new bar on Bed-Stuy’s bustling Franklin Avenue. “We’re going to a give it a year so we can get this place on its feet,” Sosa explained. When it opens in a couple of weeks, C’mon Everybody will join a gaggle of new restaurants and bars along the Franklin Avenue strip south of DeKalb. But Sosa and Zuco are offering more than just booze and the possibility of good times. C’mon Everybody will be one of the few places in the area with a space dedicated to live music. “We’re going back to that sort of underground New York nightlife scene in the late ‘70s, early ‘80s,” Zuco explained. “We’re all really influenced by that era, and the decor reflects that without being too kitschy or over the top.”
A year ago, when Mars Bar’s owner Hank Penza told us he was “going to reopen” in the luxury building that replaced his bar, no one could’ve imagined that he’d team up with a founder of Juice Press to open a health-food café selling $200 body oils. But here it is: NatureEs celebrated its opening last night with a party featuring kombucha on tap, smoked coconut chips, and smoothies with names like Starter Wife.
Well, that was fast. Just a handful of months after Giulio Adriani transformed his Italian spot Forcella into a tapas bar named Espoleta, he’s bowing out to let Forcella’s former general manager Gianni Nocella open a — yes — Italian spot in the space. Que sera, sera.
If you totally blew Mother’s Day and are scrambling for a belated gift, you may want to hit up The Standard, East Village this weekend — especially if your máthair is Irish. Makers & Brothers — a pair of Irish brothers who’ve done pop-ups in London, Dublin, and Berlin — have installed a shed in the hotel’s garden where they’re selling their own home goods as well as objects by likeminded makers. At a preview party last night, we spotted glasses by Irish crystal cutter J. Hill’s Standard, a stool by Irish woodworker James Carroll, napkins from Ferguson Irish Linen, scented candles inspired by Norse-Gaels, and some items designed by M & B: everything from cocktail muddlers to these cute stuffed animals.
Thanks to a generous donation from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and a super cool landlord in Gowanus who’s trying to keep the neighborhood arty, the Gowanus Darkroom went from being a distant dream to a reality for Rachel Jun and Jonathan Rodgers. “We just went for it,” Rachel said of the darkroom that opened up in February. And they’re lucky they nabbed this particular place. Darkrooms and photo studios are generally in basements, closets, warehouses, anywhere dark and dank, really. But forget all that when it comes to Gowanus Darkroom. The place is located at the top floor of an industrial building with a massive, wide-open floor plan and impressive natural light flooding in from skylights.
Despite a stalemate with the local community board, it looks like Brooklyn Barge Bar isn’t dead in the water just yet. Aiming to be Brooklyn’s smaller version of the Frying Pan, the bar recently announced on Facebook that it hopes to open later this month. There are photos circa late March of the team building the gangway in Kingston, New York, and they’ve also launched a website detailing its menu and plans for engaging the community in (hopefully) non-alcohol related outdoor activities like sailing and fishing (though we’re not sure drunk fishing will be left totally out of the equation).
Bierleichen opened its doors in Ridgewood two weeks ago and is definitely turning heads on an otherwise chill block filled with barber shops and bodegas. Heavy metal blasted out onto the sidewalk as I approached the bar. The namesake literally translates to “beer corpses,” a reference to the people who pass out in public during Oktoberfest, which is well-worth a Google Image search.