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East Village Gets a Homegrown Haitian-West African Restaurant

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The East Village, that bastion of ethnic eats, didn’t have a West African or Haitian option until Le Marecage brought both of them at once. Unlike so many of the marketing-minded spots opening around the neighborhood, this one is a homegrown labor of love, ever-so-quietly opened by Ivory Coast native Mamadou Bamba (formerly a caterer and an instructor at the French Culinary Institute) and his Haitian-born wife Ivrose Bamba, who has been living in Stuy Town for about 35 years.
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Inside Good Room, a New Dance Destination Replacing Greenpoint’s Europa

(Photo: Jeremy Boxer)

(Photo: Jeremy Boxer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

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For the most part, the influx of proper dance clubs into Williamsburg hasn’t yet seeped north into Greenpoint — but that will change when Good Room opens early next month.
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Mysteries: Mike Tyson Statue at NYU, Turkey’s Nest in Hell’s Kitchen

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The Fillmore East’s new plaque wasn’t the only historical marker unveiled in recent days — last week, while we were trying to score tickets for Television and Joshua Light Show (some footage of the show here), we noticed this stately statue of Mike Tyson outside of Skirball Center, across from Washington Square Park. After we did a double take like Little Mac getting clocked in the jaw by Iron Mike, it was obvious this was just a promotion for his new Adult Swim show, Mike Tyson Mysteries, which — as Tyson himself has noted — is a trippy version of Scooby-Doo meets A-Team. When we walked by yesterday, the statue had vanished.
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Andrew WK Has a Surprisingly Posi Take On the Chaining of the East Village

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Last night Stoli vodka brought Andrew WK to a shindig at the Pyramid Club – part of a marketing campaign celebrating/commodifying Avenue A that also includes a Tumblr highlighting institutions like Lucy’s and A-1 Record Shop.
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Two Years After Sandy, The Future of Sunny’s Bar Is Cloudy

Sunny and sculpture. (Photo: Christina Cipriano)

Sunny and sculpture. (Photo: Christina Cipriano)

As Hurricane Sandy slammed into Red Hook, Tone Balzano Johansen was in the basement of Sunny’s, moving booze and supplies to potentially dryer places. Suddenly, the sea broke through an above-ground window. “It all came in like a Hollywood shot,” she said. “It was really quiet, then it’s just an explosion.”

Johansen, who owns the bar with her husband Sunny Balzano, dropped everything and rushed upstairs, where she threw all of her artwork onto her bed and waited for the flood to stop. When it was over, more than six feet of water stood in the basement.
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Galli Had the Gall to Open in the Former Inoteca Space

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Inoteca broke some hearts when it closed this past February, but as of last night you can once again put away pasta on the corner of Ludlow and Rivington. The Lower East Side offshoot of Soho restaurant Galli doesn’t serve truffled egg toast (sigh), but its menu of competently rendered Italian standards isn’t likely to disappoint anyone looking for carbs and carbonara. Just about the only Italian comfort food missing from the menu is fettuccine alfredo.
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Danny Bowien Is Literally a Lower East Side Poster Boy

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Everyone’s in a twitter about Matthew McConaughey’s Lincoln ad, but dude — check out Danny Bowien looking sharper than an al pastor knife in a new ad campaign for menswear etailer Frank & Oak. We spotted this on Orchard Street, just a stone’s throw from the increasingly awesome Mission Cantina (three words: “bone marrow fajitas”). The ad’s tagline is “for the journey ahead.” And speaking of the journey ahead: here, courtesy of Bowien’s twitter, is a glimpse inside the soon-to-reopen Mission Chinese.

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Brooklyn Flea’s Malaysian Mainstay Is Opening in the East Village

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Earlier this year Pasar Malam came to Williamsburg (maybe you saw their flower-festooned tent at our Bazaar this past weekend) and now the East Village is getting a Malaysian spot – one of the few varieties of ethnic food it doesn’t already have.
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Rosie’s Mexican (No Relation to Rosa Mexicano) Coming in December

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Man are the husband-and-wife team behind Chelsea’s Cookshop keeping busy. Last week Vicki Freeman and Marc Meyer debuted Vic’s in the space that previously held their Noho brunch spot Five Points. And now, with this sign, they’ve announced to the denizens of Second Avenue that they’re getting ready to open Rosie’s in the former home of Boukies.
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Here’s What the East Village Is Getting Instead of the ‘Best Chef in New York’

IMG_0872What’s coming to the former home of San Loco now that Community Board 3 has shooed off the Best Chef in New York (per this year’s James Beard Awards)? A rotisserie chicken joint. How… exciting.

Over the weekend, we noticed that signage for TakeMeHome Rotisserie Chicken has gone up at 151 Avenue A, across from Tompkins Square Park. San Loco left the nook in February and Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield of The Spotted Pig, The Breslin, etc. made a bid for a cafe, sandwich shop and wine bar there. “Are there really people that don’t want April Bloomfield coming into their neighborhood?” asked Ken Friedman at the time. “If so, fuck em!”
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