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Here’s How Locals Are Feeling About Williamsburg’s First Starbucks

Starbucks' new Williamsburg outpost (Photo: Kirsten O'Regan)

Starbucks’ new Williamsburg outpost (Photo: Kirsten O’Regan)

In case you hadn’t heard, Williamsburg finally got itself a Starbucks location this morning—on Union Ave near the Lorimer/Metropolitan L and G station. The neighborhood is already in the throes of an identity crisis, what with the closure of old stalwarts and the imminent arrival of megaliths like J. Crew. While the Twitter-sphere at large explodes with consternation at this latest development (woeful declarations of the demise of the neighborhood abound), we hit the streets to find out what locals really think about their newest coffee purveyor.
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The Line For Brooks Headley’s Veggie Burger Was Ramen-Burger-Worthy

(Photo: Anthony Pappalardo)

(Photo: Anthony Pappalardo)

Sunday afternoon a thick line of New Yorkers twisted down half of Eldridge Street and onto Stanton—all of them waiting for veggie burgers. A man passing by on a bike asked Rick Froberg (frontman of Brooklyn’s Obits and formerly of Drive Like Jehu) “What the hell is everyone waiting for?”
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Little Muenster Launches Nicaraguan Cheese Missiles

(Photo courtesy of Little Muenster)

(Photo courtesy of Little Muenster)

First the Langos Truck brought Hungarian cheese bread to town, then Old Tibilisi (now open!) brought “Georgia’s original cheeseburst” to Bleecker Street, and now this: the grilled cheese mavens of Lower East Side spot Little Muenster are opening a pop-up dedicated to Nicaraguan cheese treats.
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Sugar Gallery Has Bitter Words For Montana’s Trail House

Masback took a photo of the garbage as it stands today (photo: Montana Masback)

Masback took a photo of the garbage as it stands today (photo: Montana Masback)

Last week, Bushwick’s Sugar gallery posted some harsh words on its Facebook page aimed at neighborhood newcomer Montana’s Trail House.

They generate uncontrollable garbage on the sidewalk, at the moment it is covered by a blue tarp. Currently have an old RV plopped into 3 spots, which has not moved in 3 days. They illegally place orange cones in the street, blocking parking for all others (well, except me because I know you can just move them).
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The Choco Taco Cappuccino. It Exists.

IMG_4716While surveying the lineup for Hester Street Fair’s Ice Cream Social, we noticed that one of the vendors, Baldies, is offering a “Chaco” that’s described as “an artisanal take on the beloved ‘Choco Taco’ dessert.” Basically it’s a crepe shell filled with ice cream, with toppings like melted chocolate, almonds, and sea salt.
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Two Ice Cream Extravaganzas: Our Cup (or Cone) Runneth Over!

(Courtesy of Hester Street Fair)

(Courtesy of Hester Street Fair)

This could be the most epic ice cream battle since Mr. Softee vs. Master Softee. The Brooklyn Flea and the Hester Street Fair are each hosting ice cream extravaganzas — on the same days. That’s right: between the 10+ vendors (and 50+ flavors!) at Smorgasburg’s Creme de la Creme and the 14 vendors at Hester Street Fair’s Ice Cream Social, you’re pretty much definitely going up a belt size on the weekend of July 19.
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Inside Patacon Pisao, Aiming to Sling Venezuelan Gutbombs By Month’s End

(Photo: Courtesy Patacon Pisao)

(Photo: Courtesy Patacon Pisao)

When we hosted Patacon Pisao at the Bedford + Bowery Bazaar last summer, the Venezuelan spot planned to open on the Lower East Side on October 1. Nine months later, Jonathan Hernandez, the brand’s VP, tells us he hopes to finally start frying plantains for gigantic sandwiches in the next couple of weeks.
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At Pasta Shop, You Can Eat Rigatoni Like It’s Ramen

(Photo: Kirsten O'Regan)

(Photo: Kirsten O’Regan)

Now that the Neapolitan pizza craze has come and gone, it might just be time for pasta to take its place at the center of the table. First there was Bar Primi, which jettisoned secondi in favour of showcasing what was traditionally only the semolina-heavy first course. Now, there’s Pasta Shop, which materialized as if from thin air at a former garage space by the Jefferson Ave L stop last week.
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