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Owner of Bossa Nova Civic Club Opening ‘Elevated Diner’ in Bushwick

(Photo via John Barclay's Facebook)

(Photo via John Barclay’s Facebook)

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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Like Champers and Oysters? The McCarren Hotel’s Rooftop Is Your New Xanadu

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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.

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Chef-Driven Cantonese Spot Will Bring Venison Stir-Fry to Avenue B

(Photo courtesy Eastern Consolidated)

(Photo courtesy Eastern Consolidated)

The co-founder of what might just be “the best Chinese restaurant in Brooklyn” is setting up shop in the East Village. Ben Pope, former executive chef at 2 Duck Goose in Gowanus, has signed a 15-year lease at 165 Avenue B, per an announcement from broker Eastern Consolidated.

Pope, a former East Villager, plans to open Sum, a restaurant serving “modern and traditional Cantonese cuisine.” The name means “heart” in Cantonese and captures “how he feels about the East Village community that remains close to his heart,” said Joe Robinson, one of the brokers who represented Pope in the deal. The space, between 10th and 11th Streets, includes a 700-square-foot back garden.

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Boulton & Watt Team Opens Drexler’s, Serving Booze in a Trophy Cup

(Photo courtesy of Drexler's)

(Photo courtesy of Drexler’s)

While Jesse Malin expands his portfolio by opening Berlin underneath 2A, another East Village proprietor, Darin Rubell, is making moves a couple of blocks away. This Wednesday, Rubell (owner of Boulton & Watt and, more recently, Forrest Point) will replace his old spot, Ella, with Drexler’s, a cocktail bar serving meats, cheeses and spreads.

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Metrograph Art-House Cinema and Eatery Slated to Open On LES in February

7 Ludlow. (Photo: Angelo Fabara)

7 Ludlow. (Photo: Angelo Fabara)

As if the advent of 4DX wasn’t exciting enough, downtown film-goers are getting a new art-house cinema as well. Alexander Olch, the filmmaker-designer who owns an eponymous tie shop on Orchard Street, is bringing Metrograph to nearby 7 Ludlow Street. The theater will open in February, according to an announcement that went out today.

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Portlandia Comes to Williamsburg as Bunk Sandwiches Replaces Max

(Photo courtesy of Bunk Sandwiches)

(Photo courtesy of Bunk Sandwiches)

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.

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Joe’s Pizza Now Doling Out Lou Reed-Worthy Slices in Williamsburg

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

While we’re talking about tourists flocking to Bedford Avenue, we should probably note that the Williamsburg outpost of Joe’s Pizza has opened at 216 Bedford Avenue, on the corner of North 5th Street. The 40-year-old slice joint’s third location, which opened last week, boasts the same Baker’s Pride ovens and similar decor to the ones on East 14th Street and on Carmine Street, complete with photos of fans like Jonah Hill, Rosario Dawson, and Bill Murray. (May we add that we once saw Lou Reed emerging from the Greenwich Village original.)

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Community Board Blocks The Cock, Chance for a Bigger Cock Now in Hands of State Liquor Authority

The State Liquor Authority Committee at Community Board 3 convened yesterday evening (Photo: Nicole Disser)

The State Liquor Authority Committee at Community Board 3 convened yesterday evening (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Members of Community Board 3 tried to block The Cock from moving to the former Lit Lounge space at a meeting last night. But Allan Mannarelli, owner of the gay dive, is going forward with his plans despite outcry from neighbors.

“If they think I’m going to stand and get abused they have another thing coming,” Mannarelli had texted us before going before CB 3’s SLA committee.
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Get Blintzed at B&H Dairy’s Reopening Party

(Photo: Jaime Cone).

Owner Fawzy Abdelwahed with a customer on Friday. (Photo: Jaime Cone).

If you aren’t among the many kasha cravers who’ve flocked to B&H Dairy since its reopening Friday, here’s a fun chance to do so: Andy Reynolds, a neighbor who’s been managing the crowd-funding campaign for the East Village diner, tells us there’ll be a welcome-back party — complete with cakes, coffee and challah — this Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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The Cock Is Moving into Lit’s Old Space, ‘Will Prevail’ Against Naysayers

Lit. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Lit. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Yesterday, while sharing our oral history of Lit Lounge, we reported that Allan Mannarelli, owner of The Cock, was taking over the space. Today he confirms to us that he plans to move his Second Avenue dive a few blocks up into Lit’s currently shuttered home, and hopes to have bands like Scissor Sisters and Peaches play at the new incarnation of the “rock ‘n roll fag bar.” The potential move isn’t sitting well with the East Fifth Street Block Association, aka the “plywood patrol.” Ahead of a Community Board 3 meeting on Monday, the association is circulating a flyer demanding that neighbors “BLOCK THE COCK” and tell the “notorious” Mannarelli to “KEEP HIS COCK WHERE IT IS!!!!!”

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Challah-lujah! B&H Finally Reopens, Four and a Half Months After Gas Explosion

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

East Village residents were relieved to see that B&H Dairy, a fixture of the neighborhood, reopened this morning after being closed for several months because of the Second Avenue gas explosion. They crowded into the narrow diner, happy to once again sit down to a plate of the 76-year-old vegetarian restaurant’s Eastern European comfort food.

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‘It Was Our Fantasy': The Story of Lit Lounge, Told By Its Regulars

Cookie Gates (Photo by Erik Foss)

Cookie Gates at Lit Lounge (Photo by Erik Foss)

When Lit Lounge’s co-owner Erik Foss announced a month ago that the East Village institution would close after 13 years, we thought the place would have at least a few more wild nights in store if not the goodbye party of the decade. But after a particularly unseemly incident (even for Lit) a couple of weeks ago, the bar unceremoniously shuttered without so much as a nod and a “later, guys.”

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