I’m proud to be an American, because the Parks Department just opened another stretch of Rockaway boardwalk, from Beach 97th Street to Beach 106th Street (i.e. from Low Tide Bar’s concession stand to the Caracas concession stand). Okay, fine, so the construction company is Swedish, but whatever. As you can see from the slideshow above, shit is looking good.
Bars + Restaurants
What can you expect from mixologist Albert Trummer’s new bar on Avenue C, slated to open this fall? According to the Austrian cocktail wizard, the bar’s mood board includes an intriguing mix of Damien Hirst and Sigmund Freud, with a touch of perfumery for good measure. And despite a recent petition by locals, he swears it will be accessible to local residents — and he won’t set any drinks, or his bar, on fire with again. At least, not without the proper permits.
If you’ve been awake for the past 48 hours or so, you’re probably well aware that it is, in fact, the month of July which means some of you, dearest readers, may be wondering, “Where the hell is that floating barge bar you promised me?” Rest assured, the Brooklyn Barge Bar is not lost at sea — rather she’s docked and nearly ready for seafaring (we jest, the barge itself will remain at the landing, historic boats and scuba excursions will do the launching). “It looks like it’s far from being finished, but it’s actually really close,” owner Will Drawbridge explained. “There’s some final bits of paperwork to do and then we’ll be done.”
Orphans of Les Enfants Terribles, the Afro-Brazilian restaurant that was on the Lower East Side for almost 10 years, can now make themselves at home at owner Stéfan Jonot’s new space, LES Enfants de Bohème, which opened today. Located at 177 Henry Street, the café, restaurant and bar is reminiscent of the bistros of Jonot’s hometown of Paris.
Just nine months after North Brooklyn Farms dismantled its plot at Havemeyer Park, it’s returning at a new location and hosting some al fresco, farm-to-table dinners.
It’s been almost a full year since we first caught up with the three guys behind Our Wicked Lady; needless to say, the East Williamsburg bar-venue-studio hybrid is unrecognizable as the gutted industrial space we first happened upon. Incandescent bulbs shine down on a long wooden bar, behind which glows an illuminated drink menu. “Do you think that font is too small?” Wayne Gordon asked.
While tonight is the soft opening (friends, family, and investors only), it’s clear Wayne and his partners Zachary Glass and Keith Hamilton, all service industry vets, are set on making everything just right for July 8 when they open their doors for real. “It’s going to be crazy,” Wayne said of the grand opening.
After being knocked out by a fire in early 2013, Ella Cafe reinvented itself as a Korean gastropub that never really took off. But yesterday, a signboard outside of Sujo announced that Ella was back. The owners explained the move on Facebook: “Over the past couple of months, we tried a new concept called Sujo but we kept hearing how much people missed Ella.”
Williamsburg just got a new dance destination, far from the maddening crowds that line up at Output, Verboten, Kinfolk and Good Room. Black Flamingo isn’t another boxy club – it’s a vegan restaurant that houses an intimate basement lounge with a killer analog, vinyl-friendly soundsystem. For the past couple of weeks it’s been operating under the radar, in “very, very soft-opened” mode, despite a pretty impressive lineup of DJs. But with its menu launching this week, you’re certain to hear more about it.
Here it is, folks. If you’re looking to plunk down on the avenue and get a buzz on while your fellow denizens scurry to and fro as if there’s more to life than slurping oysters in God’s great outdoors, this is the only map you’ll need all summer. Give it a gander to find most every bar and restaurant with sidewalk seating in the B+B domain. And go ahead and bookmark this bad boy, because we’ll be adding to it throughout the summer to make it still more comprehensive. It’s like the Boss said: when you’re out in the street, you feel all right.
Reported by Jaime Cone and Paula Ho
With its takeout window on Delancey Street, Adventure Café seems like a “hole in the wall” in the most literal sense. But it’s actually an extension of Sourced Adventures, a chill group of outdoorsy experts who organize weekend day trips for those looking to spring from the cage.
Anyone is welcome to order Dough doughnuts or Cafe Grumpy coffee at the walk-up window or sit at one of the two round tables inside. But the cafe also shares a hallway with The Yard, a co-working space in which Sourced Adventures also has offices. So it doubles as a place for customers to chat about trip options, rent gear, and wait for shuttles to whisk them away to a snowboarding or paintball trip.
Turns out the East Village, already a destination for Filipino food, just got not one but two new Pinoy options. In addition to Tito King’s Kitchen, a bygone neighborhood mainstay has made a return of sorts. Elvie’s Turo-Turo was a First Avenue fixture until its namesake proprietress retired and closed the place in 2009, sending this reporter into a balut panic. Now the daughter of Elvie, Carla Cinco, has opened a new takeout joint just a half-block from her mom’s former perch.
Hot on the heels of James Murphy’s wine bar, The Four Horsemen, Williamsburg’s Grand Street strip is getting another “libation-friendly seasonal American menu” courtesy of Bill Baker’s, which opens next month.
In an opening announcement, the place, named after the banker grandfather of one of the owners, claims that its “menu of delicious American fare will make us one of Brooklyn’s favorite neighborhood restaurants.” With its remote location flush up against the BQE, it’ll have its work cut out for it if it expects to lure folks east of kindred spirit Walter Foods (not to mention another Grand Street newcomer, the forthcoming Witlof.) So, among other things, it’s playing up its beer program.