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Welcome Boilermaker to the East Village: Punches, Boilermakers, Tap Cocktails

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Just a couple of days after Sutra closed on the Seinfeldian corner of First and First last week, Boilermaker opened up across the street. Watch out for this one: true to its name, the new incarnation of Golden Cadillac features a menu of beer and shot combos, including a six-pack of Miller High Life ever-so-tastefully paired with six shots of bourbon.
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Exit Interview: Ariel Palitz of Sutra, Now Closed After 10 Years of Partying

Ariel Palitz (Photo: Nicky Digital)

Ariel Palitz (Photo: Nicky Digital)

Last week Sutra ended its 10-year-run in the East Village with a throwdown that saw Questlove DJing and Melle Mel spitting “The Message,” his seminal hip-hop track with Grandmaster Flash.
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Jeffstaple Teams With Shake Shack and Doughnut Plant For an LES-Spun Concrete

(Photo courtesy of Shake Shack)

(Photo courtesy of Shake Shack)

Lower East Side designer Jeff Ng (aka jeffstaple) — the visionary behind the Staple Pigeon fashion line and the Reed Space boutique — has teamed up with Shake Shack for a limited edition t-shirt and concrete flavor. If that sounds like some weirdness, get this: Doughnut Plant is also involved.
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A ‘Seasonal Wood-Fired Kitchen’ Opens in Williamsburg, With Roofdeck Coming Soon

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

With Vice currently gutting the former IndieScreen for its new offices, Death By Audio closing, and the Domino complex about to go up, the corner of South 2nd Street and Kent Avenue is about to see some change. Actually, it already has, with the opening of Cow & Clover, a New American restaurant that aims to open a sprawling roofdeck by next spring.

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‘It Was a Joint’: Jazz Musicians Remember Slugs’ in the Far East

Albert Ayler outside of Slugs.

Albert Ayler outside of Slugs.

Slugs’ Saloon opened its doors in 1964, a neighborhood bar owned by Robert Schoenholt, who died in 2012, and Jerry Schultz. By early 1965, many musicians who lived in the neighborhood convinced the owners to feature live jazz. The club rivaled the Five Spot Café as one of the top jazz spots in the East Village.

Despite its implication, Slugs’ took its name from the book All and Everything by mystic George Gurdjieff, who referred to three-brained humans as “slugs.” New York law in the ‘60s prohibited the name “saloon,” so the club re-branded itself – keeping the apostrophe – as “Slugs’ in the Far East.”
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45-Year-Old Phebe’s, the ‘Sardi’s of Off-Off Broadway,’ Gets Another Facelift

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Phebe’s Tavern & Grill in the East Village has been derided for its less than classy clientele, and tends to blend into the background, but it’s actually been around since 1969, and was once considered the “Sardi’s of Off Off Broadway.” The bar on Bowery has just reopened after renovations that began just days before Labor Day weekend.
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Pig Out: New Orleans’s Cochon Is Coming to Momofuku

tumblr_nblshmlzNw1qdp3k1o1_1280As if the opening of Orleans wasn’t exciting enough for the New Orleans starved, one of the city’s finest restaurants, Cochon, is next up in Momofuku’s Late-Night Dinner series, which has been importing some of the nation’s top toques to Momofuku Ssäm Bar for limited, late-night stints.
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