No Comments

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)

Slider

Sliders. (Photo: Dyske Suematsu)

Pretzels

Sigmund's (Photo: Deena Shenker)

Sigmund's (Photo: Deena Shenker)

Sigmund's (Photo: Deena Shenker)

Sigmund's Pretzel ShopSliderPretzels

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.
Keep Reading »

1 Comment

Unlocking the Truth’s Guitarist Sustained a Monkey-Bar Injury, But Shredded Anyway

Unlocking the Truth (Photos: Phillip Pantuso)

Unlocking the Truth (Photos: Phillip Pantuso)

Unlocking the Truth (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Unlocking the Truth (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Unlocking the Truth (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Unlocking the Truth (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Unlocking the Truth (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Unlocking the Truth (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Unlocking the Truth (Photos: Phillip Pantuso)

Unlocking the Truth (Photos: Phillip Pantuso)

Unlocking the Truth (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Unlocking the Truth (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Unlocking the Truth (Photos: Phillip Pantuso)

Unlocking the Truth (Photos: Phillip Pantuso)

Unlocking the Truth (Photos: Phillip Pantuso)

Unlocking the Truth (Photos: Phillip Pantuso)

Unlocking the Truth (Photos: Phillip Pantuso)

Unlocking the Truth (Photos: Phillip Pantuso)

After getting a shoutout from Questlove and being called “the most brutal sixth grade metal band ever, ever, ever, ever” by Noisey, Unlocking the Truth has seen their preteen profile rise over the summer.

So anticipation was high when the 11- and 12-year-olds hit Cameo Gallery last night to unlock their crushing fusion of metal and hardcore, highlighted by thick heavy metal riffs, assaultive hardcore drums, and brutally epic breakdowns.
Keep Reading »

No Comments

Watch a Creepy Clown Reenact Rand Paul’s 13-Hour Filibuster (Yep, All of It)

When Rand Paul spoke for nearly 13 hours against the nomination of CIA director John Brennan and Wendy Davis railed for more than 11 hours against HB2, they weren’t clowning around.

Not so much with Rachel Mason. The artist and musician has turned Paul’s epic filibuster into political theater, as it were, by dressing up as one of her signature characters, FutureClown, and reenacting the 13-hour stand in a video now on view at Envoy Enterprises. And she’s not done yet: on Wednesday, FutureClown will perform a surprise filibuster from history in the basement of the Lower East Side gallery.
Keep Reading »

5 Comments

SKATERS Celebrated Their Record Deal With Drugs, Karaoke, and a $2,000 Dinner

rsz_skatersWhen SKATERS headlines Bowery Ballroom tonight with special guests Drowners and The Denzels, it’ll be the biggest hometown show they’ve headlined to date.

Michael Ian Cummings, Noah Rubin, and Joshua Hubbard joined forces to start the band in the fall of 2011. After their EP, Schemers, received an impressive 10,000 downloads, the trio signed to Warner Bros. and has since released a 7-inch featuring tracks “I Wanna Dance (But I Don’t Know How)” and “Armed.”
Keep Reading »

No Comments

Vice Photography and Painters on LSD: The Weekend in Art

artwork by Daniel Allegrucci

artwork by Daniel Allegrucci

No plans tonight? Galleries are having openings by the dozen this evening in all our neighborhoods. We’re most intrigued by the Vice Photo Show at Culture Fix on the Lower East Side, where all the shots from Vice’s 2013 photo issue, including female nudes photographed by Greenpoint frequenter Kim Gordon and a terrifying set of photos starring Real Life Barbie posing with cockroaches, will be on display all week starting tonight. Maybe pass if you’re squeamish and/or see more than enough roaches in your daily life already, but read on for the best art openings tonight and this weekend.
Keep Reading »

No Comments

Sexy vs. Sexton: Padma Shows Up to Support Lawsuit Against NYU 2031

As expected, Padma Lakshmi was among those who packed into a courtroom today to hear arguments against NYU’s Greenwich Village expansion plan. This was the first public hearing in a battle for the soul of the neighborhood that has become almost as heated as the hellish temperatures outside Manhattan State Supreme.
Keep Reading »

No Comments

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.
Keep Reading »

No Comments

Not What You Want On a 100-Degree Day: Fires in Williamsburg and Chinatown

Thought today was a scorcher? Just be glad you’re not wearing an FDNY uniform. Firefighters were taken to hospitals this morning when blazes broke out on the fringes of Chinatown and in Williamsburg.

The fire at 75-83A Elizabeth St., near Hester Street, started around 8:30 a.m. (the cause has yet to be determined) and lit up the first floor of a building that houses two hair salons and apartments. It was under control by 10:05 a.m., the fire department said.
Keep Reading »

No Comments

Want to Live in an ‘Old-School Williamsburg Apartment’?

Screen Shot 2013-07-18 at 11.29.36 AMYou know things have gone topsy turvy when even realtors are pining after “old-school Williamsburg.” According to the broker, this 3-bedroom apartment is in a “creative, artsy, industrial building as you would expect to find in Williamsburg before the condo developments started moving in.”

Lisa Kanouse — keeping it real! Except, she’s also marketing a 1-bedroom in a luxury building for $4,295 a month. Oh.

But whatever: this “old-school Williamsburg apartment” has views of Manhattan, so, just like the days of yore, you can “stand at the water’s edge, gazing longingly at the bright lights of Manhattan, salivating,” as Jeffrey Steingarten put it.

And the building has “outside bike storage.” So, street signs?

1 Comment

And Another Thing, Mr. Steingarten: Roberta’s Is NOT 8 Blocks From the Train

Screen Shot 2013-07-18 at 9.22.21 AM
Man, we got so worked up yesterday about Vogue’s patronizing praise of Brooklyn dining that we forgot to mention one of the things that irked us the most: Jeffrey Steingarten’s complaint about the “subway ride that often dumped us eight dark and unfamiliar blocks from supper” at Roberta’s.
Keep Reading »