Eight months after Sutra ended its 10-year run, its replacement is now open. Bar Akuda comes from the owners of 1 Republik, a sports bar with locations in Hoboken and North Arlington, New Jersey. Kenneth Caulfield, who owns the self-described “premier sports bar” with childhood friend Keith McKeon, told us that once his gas service is upgraded the “upscale gastropub” will serve an array of burgers with “a lot of different spices and seasonings from all over the world.”
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Outdoor noshing season is officially in full swing, what with the opening of Riis Park Beach Bazaar and now two of Smorgasburg’s satellite smorgs. The Williamsburg and Fort Greene institution’s Seaport location opened today, and a Coney Island outpost opens Saturday.
The opening of East Village Organic isn’t the only recent change on First Avenue. Right next-door, soccer and rugby bar Lunasa recently shed its old image to become The Grafton. Named after the “Madison Avenue of Dublin,” hometown of Grafton bartender Gary Gregg, it’s still owned by Gavin Whiston and Patrick Byrne (both also originally Dubliners) but now features a made-over front seating area, tweaked menu and spruced up backyard perfect for enjoying a pint on a summer evening.
Eric Sosa and Michael Zuco are partners in life and now they’re about to be partners in business as well. The couple, who recently got engaged, decided to hold off their wedding in lieu of opening up a new bar on Bed-Stuy’s bustling Franklin Avenue. “We’re going to a give it a year so we can get this place on its feet,” Sosa explained. When it opens in a couple of weeks, C’mon Everybody will join a gaggle of new restaurants and bars along the Franklin Avenue strip south of DeKalb. But Sosa and Zuco are offering more than just booze and the possibility of good times. C’mon Everybody will be one of the few places in the area with a space dedicated to live music. “We’re going back to that sort of underground New York nightlife scene in the late ‘70s, early ‘80s,” Zuco explained. “We’re all really influenced by that era, and the decor reflects that without being too kitschy or over the top.”
When you’re Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, your baby shower cake ain’t coming from Carvel. So her friends — including her Greenpoint-based stylist Christian Joy — tapped DJ/baker Justine D to make her a cake. Wait, “DJ/baker?” you say? Yep. The doyenne of dance, who has a monthly residency with Nancy Whang of LCD Soundsystem at the McCarren Park Hotel, graduated from the French Culinary Institute five years ago, and now she does pastries in addition to parties. “When called upon to do a baby shower cake for Karen O. of The YYY’s,” she writes on her site, “I knew it would be a Rock and Roll adventure complete with studs, fondant to look like leather and hand painted band pins.” Here’s a closer look at those studs.
Well, that was fast. Just a handful of months after Giulio Adriani transformed his Italian spot Forcella into a tapas bar named Espoleta, he’s bowing out to let Forcella’s former general manager Gianni Nocella open a — yes — Italian spot in the space. Que sera, sera.
Despite a stalemate with the local community board, it looks like Brooklyn Barge Bar isn’t dead in the water just yet. Aiming to be Brooklyn’s smaller version of the Frying Pan, the bar recently announced on Facebook that it hopes to open later this month. There are photos circa late March of the team building the gangway in Kingston, New York, and they’ve also launched a website detailing its menu and plans for engaging the community in (hopefully) non-alcohol related outdoor activities like sailing and fishing (though we’re not sure drunk fishing will be left totally out of the equation).
Bierleichen opened its doors in Ridgewood two weeks ago and is definitely turning heads on an otherwise chill block filled with barber shops and bodegas. Heavy metal blasted out onto the sidewalk as I approached the bar. The namesake literally translates to “beer corpses,” a reference to the people who pass out in public during Oktoberfest, which is well-worth a Google Image search.
What do you do when you get bored with your tuna salad? (Portlandia voice)- put a crepe on it! First it was the two Williamsburg locations, and now 14th Street in Manhattan has lost its Subway, this time to a Japanese crepe shop.
On the eve of Faro’s official opening tonight in Bushwick, a freshly skinned goat waited in the kitchen, next to a tub of garlic bulbs. “Such a huge percentage of my success is dealing with the best products,” said chef Kevin Adey (formerly of Northeast Kingdom”>Northeast Kingdom) about the restaurant he’s launching with his wife Debbie Adey. “It makes my job so much easier. The meat we have is the highest quality meat you can get. People think I’m a wizard and all I do is put salt on it.”
Everyone knows Brooklyn’s culinary scene is heating up, but Williamsburg’s first specialty hot sauce store is taking things to a new level. With 100 varieties of hot sauce on offer and space for 50 more, Heatonist is a haven for those who like it… well, you know.