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Drink and Eat Like a Baller at The WhaLES, a New Korean-Style Gastropub

(Photo: Courtesy of The WhaLES)

(Photo: Courtesy of The WhaLES)

What does a real estate broker do when he’s tired of dealing with leases and property listings? Well, if it’s someone like Andy Kim, he goes ahead and opens a Korean-style gastropub instead.

The WhaLES, as Kim’s new venture is called, opened last Wednesday at 71 Clinton Street, the space that once housed Wylie Dufresne’s pioneering 71 Clinton Fresh Food and more recently played host to the short-lived Seoul Chicken. The latest tenant features Asian twists on pub favorites, such as (yes) Korean fried chicken, cheesy ramen, and the rice burger, which consists of a patty marinated in Korean spices and topped with a fried egg, served on a bun of rice, and wrapped with edible soy paper. All these goodies are prepared by executive chef Toki Numasawa, who hails from the now-closed Kirakuya in midtown.

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Albert Trummer Is All Fired Up About Sanatorium, a Place For ‘Healing With Alcohol’

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Albert Trummer of Apothéke has finally opened his new bar on Avenue C, having dropped the rather hilarious working title of Mixers & Elixirs in favor of Sanatorium, a name that’s true to both the bar’s Habsburgian decor (surgeon’s lamps, anatomy-driven artwork, even an X-Ray lightbox) and its Dionysian philosophy on wellness.

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Sauvage, ‘Wild’ Sister Resto to Maison Premiere, Opens in Greenpoint

Maison Premiere's new sister restaurant, Sauvage (Photo: Katie Burton, courtesy of Sauvage)

Maison Premiere’s new sister restaurant, Sauvage (Photo: Katie Burton, courtesy of Sauvage)

Maison Premiere has been the Belle of the Brooklyn Ball since it opened in 2011– the Williamsburg oyster bar is perpetually brimming with enraptured guests and hovering, perspiring would-bes waiting for a seat at the horseshoe bar. Earlier this month, their off-the-chain booze operation earned them the James Beard Award for “Outstanding Bar Program.” I mean, where else can you find a classy, non-diabetes-forming answer to the tiki trend, an unrivaled selection of absinthe drips, and a $20 martini that looks worthy of Macaulay Culkin’s character in a sorely needed Richie Rich Redux?

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Food + Drink: Juno Grand Opening

Schwartz, the head bartender, at the bar (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Schwartz, the head bartender, at the bar (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Last Friday, Juno — John Barclay’s stylish new restaurant, bar, and coffee spot just down the way from his raucous Bushwick dance club, Bossa Nova Civic Club — “quietly opened” its doors. When I stopped by yesterday, just a few people were sitting pretty, peering around the place (and allegedly dining too), inspecting it like a brand new spaceship had just landed off the Central Avenue stop. There was no pounding music to be heard, nor a fog machine in sight. But the food is stellar and the cocktails supreme. Get there for the grand opening, DJs start at 11 pm and cocktails go all night.

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New LES Resto to Serve Fancy Burgers, Upstairs a Speakeasy Named For a Busted Banker

(Photo by Hannah Mattix, NYMag.com)

67 Clinton Street (Photo by Hannah Mattix, NYMag.com)

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.

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At New East Williamsburg Bar, The Topaz, Sip a Cocktail Named for a Death Yarn

The reflection says it all (Photo: Nicole Disser)

The reflection says it all (Photo: Nicole Disser)

I was in the grips of a full-on Sunday hangover, on a caffeine-addled regret-stroll through East Williamsburg, when I locked eyes with a bar I’d never seen before, The Topaz. I wondered if the name, bestowed on this cocktail and small plates establishment, might be a play on “tapas.” Perhaps. But it also betrays the spirit of the place: a glimmering but none-too-fancy oasis in an otherwise spartan stretch of the neighborhood.

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The Wayland Opens a Natty Neighborhood Spot, Good Night Sonny, in the Old Simone Space

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

With the launch of Good Night Sonny, Robert Ceraso and Jason Mendenhall, the chef/bartender team behind Alphabet City’s cocktail bar/live music venue The Wayland, are finally realizing their dream of opening a classic New York City tavern in the heart of the East Village. After a gut renovation of the former Simone martini bar location on First Avenue and Saint Marks, they’re having a soft opening this week with drinks and some food; they’ll be officially open for business daily from 5 p.m. to 4 a.m. starting this Monday.

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Caitlyn Jenner Has Become a Muse For Mixologists

11041258_844937295555694_8058926355490696239_oShe likes the nightlife, baby, so it’s no surprise that Caitlyn Jenner has inspired some new cocktails.

Have a look at the drinks menu that Williamsburg’s Trophy Bar launched this week and right under the Paris Is Byrrhning you’ll see a Call Me Caitlyn, consisting of gin, egg white, absinthe, and lemon juice.

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It’s Negroni Week, Here’s Where We’re Tossin’ Em Back

Perfection (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Perfection (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Ah, the Negroni — one part gin, one part Campari, one part vermouth, but all parts refreshing, bitter sophistication. The Italian-born drink was immaculately conceived in 1919 by a bartender who, looking to make a drink called the Americano boozier, swapped soda water out for gin. It’s great either on the rocks or up — we’ve even seen a dangerously boozy frozen version that’s perfect for summer (but not for dignified nights) at the Narrows.

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The Eddy’s Kelvin Uffre Showed Us His Shrub

(Photo: Kirsten O'Regan)

(Photo: Kirsten O’Regan)

During his stints at Aldea and Maison Premiere, Kelvin Uffre started building an array of shiny vintage gadgets that are now behind the bar of The Eddy—which opened in the East Village in April. “My Google searches around 3 a.m. get pretty strange,” he laughs. “Like, ‘antique Japanese iridescent thirties teacup,’ and ‘shrub’.” The latter is a drinkable, non-alcoholic vinegar—an old-school, pre-refrigeration way of preserving fruit—that can be used as the base of a drink.
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Is Sam Lewontin a Coffee Snob? Well, It Depends What You Mean

Introducing the Couch Read. It’s the weekend: fix yourself a coffee and spend some time with these longer pieces.

Lewontin in the heat of competition (Photo: Kelsey Kudak)

Lewontin in the heat of competition (Photo: Kelsey Kudak)

Everyman Espresso has had a lot brewing lately. Earlier this week, it closed its East 13th Street store for a month of renovations and opened a pop-up at Tribeca’s Bikini Bar. All this while being sued by the state of New York for allegedly appropriating its “I ♥ NY” logo.

But Sam Lewontin, who manages the shop, is trying not to think about that right now. He’s more focused on the menu at the summer pop-up, which he’s hoping will touch off a radical new trend. It’s among the first in the country to offer espresso drinks that rival cocktails in their complexity. The Queen Mary, for instance, combines tomato jam, citrus, herb and AeroPressed Kenyan Ndaroni.
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