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‘Belgian Diner’ Benelux Hopes to Appeal to Post-Rave Bushwick

(image courtesy of Benelux)

After five years near the Morgan stop, bar and restaurant Tutu’s closed up shop in November 2017. While some vacant storefronts lie empty for what seems like eternities—nearby sports bar Tiltz had a two-year gap between announcing it would open and actually opening—the Bogart Street space is already home to a new tenant: Benelux, a bar and restaurant serving European-inspired food and cocktails that officially opened for lunch, brunch, and dinner yesterday. Keep Reading »

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Smart Food, Indeed! This Delicious Popcorn Helps Autistic People Land Jobs

Sam Bier (Photo via Popcorn for the People’s Instagram

If Popcorn for the People had a kernel, it was 24-year-old Samuel Bier.

Bier, who is autistic, wanted to work, travel, and live like everyone else. Three years ago, he applied for jobs, but was constantly rejected. The unemployment rate for people with autism is 80 to 90%, and it was clear that the system was working against him. That was until his parents, two doctors, saw him joyfully eating popcorn while watching Monty Python.

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Pour One Out: Greenpoint Loses Both of Its Slush Puppie Machines

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

“I don’t wanna be buried, in a pet cemetery,” sang the Ramones. But that’s exactly what will happen to the blue-hatted hound atop the Slush Puppie machine when American Deli Market leaves its home of 20 years.

A couple of weeks ago we lamented that Greenpoint Finest Deli had closed, leaving Greenpoint with just one Slush Puppie machine. Namely, the self-serve one an avenue over, at American Deli Market. The neighborhood was lucky to have even that, because Slush Puppies–which, of course, are the thinking man’s Slurpees– are nearly impossible to come by in this age of boutique kombucha, acai-infused coconut water, and yerba mate soda.

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Don’t Waffle, Go Eat Some Insects For Free On the Streets of NYC

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Insects, here! Get your fresh roasted insects, here!

No, it’s not a Beetlejuice-themed Halloween stunt, it’s a marketing campaign for The Economist. The magazine, which has given out free coffee and vegan burgers in the past, has teamed up with Belgian waffle wizards Wafels & Dinges to launch a food truck offering free mini liege waffles topped with roasted crickets and mealworms.

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Neighborhood Longtimers Anella and Nai Reopen in Greenpoint and EV

(Photo courtesy of Nai)

Two neighborhood standbys have reopened their doors–one in Brooklyn, the other in Manhattan. Nai, the Galician tapas bar that closed in July after eight years in the East Village, has reopened an avenue over. And Anella, the Greenpoint longtimer that closed that same month due to a fire, will reopen tonight in a rebuilt space.

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New Bar Brings Sliders Back to the Corner Where Williamsburg’s White Castle Once Stood

Easy Lover co-owner Aaron Koen (second from right) with staff and guests outside during the soft opening. (Photos: Nick McManus)

When the White Castle on Metropolitan Avenue closed in order to make way for a luxury apartment complex, it attracted graffiti that read “RIP LATE NIGHT SLIDERS.” Four years later, it might be time to stop mourning. On Monday, sliders returned to the corner of Metropolitan and Humboldt, as Easy Lover soft opened in the former home of Legion Bar.

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These Anti-Creep Posters Are Coming to Halloween Parties, and Could Become Law

(Flyer courtesy of Anya Saphozhnikova)

If you ask Anya Sapozhnikova, co-founder of glitzy Bushwick club and venue House of Yes, Halloween is the biggest party season in New York. It’s also “kind of the most consent violation-y weekend of the whole year,” she tells me, something that’s far scarier than any ghouls or fake blood. That’s why starting this week, both her venue and Council Member Rafael L. Espinal Jr. will be spearheading a consent education initiative in the form of a website and posters that will be displayed in prominent nightlife venues throughout the city, with future plans that could make this type of consent-centric signage required.
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Doggone: Greenpoint Is Down to Just One Slush Puppie Machine

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Exactly nine years ago to this day, I set off the alarm bells on Grub Street: “Greenpoint Braces for Slurpee Versus Slush Puppie Showdown.” At the time, a 7-Eleven was poised to hit Manhattan Avenue just blocks away from where Greenpoint Finest Deli had been serving up Slush Puppies for years. I’m sorry to inform you, nine years later, that 7-Eleven has won out. Greenpoint Finest Deli has closed and is being replaced by a bagel shop called Bagelology. The Slush Puppie machine is a goner.

As I noted so very long ago, when I had significantly fewer cavities, Slush Puppies are nearly impossible to come by in New York City. Even back then, Chowhounders (remember Chowhounders?) were asking: “Slush Puppie in New York— does it exist?”

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This Smoked Watermelon Katsu Sandwich Costs a Fraction of the $180 Steak Version

(Photos courtesy of Harry & Ida’s)

Can’t get your hands on– or don’t have the money for– New York City’s latest viral food sensation, the $75 smoked watermelon “hams” that Ducks Eatery makes at a rate of just three or four per night? Good news: Sandwich versions of the hams are now being served at the East Village restaurant’s sister spot, Harry & Ida’s. The catch: Only 30 are made per day, and they’re only available after 5pm.

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