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Sigmund’s Reopens Tonight With Beer and a Menu That Goes Way Beyond Pretzels

Sigmund's Pretzel Shop

Sigmund's (Photo: Deena Shenker)

Sigmund's (Photo: Deena Shenker)

Sigmund's (Photo: Deena Shenker)

Sigmund's (Photo: Dyske Suematsu)

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Sliders. (Photo: Dyske Suematsu)

Pretzels

Sigmund's (Photo: Deena Shenker)

Sigmund's (Photo: Deena Shenker)

Sigmund's (Photo: Deena Shenker)

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Pretzel fondue, anyone? It’ll be on the menu when Sigmund’s Pretzels reopens after three months of renovations tonight.

The pretzel shop is now more of a proper dinner destination, having scrapped its former pretzel-centric menu and added beer. You can still get pretzels with dipping sauce or in bun form, on a slider or sandwich. But some of the standout dishes on the menu (below) don’t even feature pretzels. The chilled cucumber-and-spinach soup with sorrel and avocado should serve as a nice alternative to that reigning champion of heat-wave coping mechanisms, gazpacho. And there’s also a kale salad with pistachios, apples and crème fraiche.
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When Skal Opens, the Nordic Invasion Shall Be Complete

Skal is coming along nicely, wouldn't you say? (Photo: Anna Silman)

Skal is coming along nicely, wouldn’t you say? (Photo: Anna Silman)

First Aska, then Torst, then Luksus, and now… Skal.

Few details have been released about the Nordic restaurant opening at 37 Canal Street. But as you can see from our photo, the revamp of the former Les Enfants Terribles space is well underway. Owner Olibjorn Stephensen, who’s been mum so far, is holding an open call this afternoon for “waiters with experience in New York City,” so it’s safe to say he’s amping up for a big opening sometime soon.
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A Quirky Antiques Shop Opens an Even Quirkier New Cultural Venue

The new space (Photo: Anna Silman)

The new space (Photo: Anna Silman)

The new space (Photo: Anna Silman)

The new space (Photo: Anna Silman)

The new space (Photo: Anna Silman)

The new space (Photo: Anna Silman)

The new space (Photo: Anna Silman)

The new space (Photo: Anna Silman)

The new space (Photo: Anna Silman)

The new space (Photo: Anna Silman)

The new space (Photo: Anna Silman)

The new space (Photo: Anna Silman)

The new space (Photo: Anna Silman)

The new space (Photo: Anna Silman)

A Repeat Performance (Photo: Anna Silman)

A Repeat Performance (Photo: Anna Silman)

A Repeat Performance (Photo: Anna Silman)

A Repeat Performance (Photo: Anna Silman)

The new storefront (Photo: Anna Silman)

The new storefront (Photo: Anna Silman)

The new storefront (Photo: Anna Silman)

The new storefront (Photo: Anna Silman)

A Repeat Performance could certainly use a little extra space. The beloved East Village antique shop is practically bursting at the seams, overflowing with decades-worth of ephemera collected by co-owners Sharon Jane Smith and Beverley Bronson. Costume jewelry spills over on to the racks of vintage clothing, brightly colored felt hand-puppets overlook a vintage surfboard, while rows of leather satchels vie for space amidst one of the world’s most eclectic lamp collections.
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Wafels & Dinges Café Is OPEN and Serving Milkshakes, Coffee, and…Lox Waffles?

(Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

(Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

The insanely popular Wafels & Dinges truck opened its first brick-and-mortar location this morning at 2nd Street and Avenue B, and owner Thomas DeGeest hopes it’ll function primarily as a neighborhood coffee shop.
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Yee Haw! The Levee Is Fixin’ to Reopen This Weekend [Update: Tonight!]

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(Photo: Natalie Rinn)

“Don’t worry, we aren’t changing much,” Susan Surdacki says as she takes a break from remodeling. “Just some things that needed to be fixed, painted…we want to keep the essence of the shithole, you know?” She cackles and sets down her bottle of Lone Star. A bit of sawdust and the scent of polyurethane hovers in the air.
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Check Out King Noodle, a ‘Roller Rink on Acid’ Serving Asian Grub and Tiki Drinks

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

Just a few doors down from their cocktail bar The Narrows, Keith Cochran and Matt Webber have opened King Noodle — a laid-back Pop-Asian restaurant serving up haute drunk-food and tiki drinks into the wee hours.

At a preview party Tuesday, one patron described the fifty-seat spot — outfitted with disco balls, in-your-face neon and graffiti, and flimsy tables and chairs — as a “roller rink on acid.” Owner Keith Cochran, dressed like Tony Montana in a breezy Hawaiian shirt and fedora, said it was “a meeting of K-town and Bushwick.”
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Wheeee! Milk and Pull Brings More Coffee to Bushwick

Milk and Pull (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Milk and Pull (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Milk and Pull (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Milk and Pull (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Milk and Pull (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Milk and Pull (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Milk and Pull (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Milk and Pull (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Milk and Pull (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Milk and Pull (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Milk and Pull (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Milk and Pull (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

So many coffee spots are opening in Bushwick, it’s getting hard to keep track. We were so excited about AP Coffee and then Strangeways that we somehow missed the ever-so-quiet opening of Milk and Pull Café a couple of weeks ago.
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Inside Lake Street, the New Bar From Members of The Hold Steady, Spoon

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

When we first brought word that rockers Bobby Drake (The Hold Steady, w/o.), Frank Bevan (w/o.), Rob Pope (Spoon), Eric Odness (The Wanted, Primitive Weapons) were teaming up to open a Greenpoint bar that nodded to the neighborhood joints of Minneapolis, there were plenty of demands from B+B readers. One asked “Must there be tvs?”; another wrote, “I hope they show hockey games.” Another asked, “Can you please import all of the Midwestern guys into the bar as well?”
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