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Is Mission Chinese Planning a Vietnamese Offshoot?

(Photo: Paul Wagtouicz for Grub Street)

(Photo: Paul Wagtouicz for Grub Street)

Mission Cantina has apparently closed after three years of serving up Mexican-Chinese-whatever food, but that doesn’t necessarily mean Danny Bowien’s Lower East Side empire is shrinking. According to a Community Board 3 calendar of meetings sent out today, an entity by the name of Mission Vietnamese is interested in a liquor license in the former Pies ‘n’ Thighs space.

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Holy Smokes! The Diamond Turns Its Backyard Gondola Into a Confessional

(Photo courtesy of The Diamond.)

(Photo courtesy of The Diamond.)

A priest and a hipster walk into a bar… and go to confession?

It’s no joke (okay, maybe a little bit of a joke?): Greenpoint bar The Diamond is turning the decommissioned ski gondola that’s in its back patio into a confessional, complete with legit pastor. “Is the weight of your own foolishness heavy upon your spirit?” the bar asks in an announcement. “Did you vote for the wrong candidate, and now regret it?”

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Subterranean Spot The Lø Opens Tomorrow With a ‘Secret Chef’

(Photos courtesy of The Lø)

(Photos courtesy of The Lø)

The subterranean lounge opening at 19 Kenmare tomorrow has a “secret chef,” according to its menu. The folks at The Lø aren’t saying who it is, but Camille Becerra would be a safe bet. The onetime Top Chef contestant will soon open a restaurant, De Maria, in the space above The Lø, and the 50-seat lounge is operated by Becerra’s partner in the restaurant, musician/DJ/entrepreneur Grace Lee.

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Don’t Kill Your Darlings, Bring Them To This New Bushwick Bar

(photo courtesy of Darlings)

(photo courtesy of Darlings)

Near the Knickerbocker M, a new bar called Darlings opened up early last month. From the brain of Montana Masback of Montana’s Trailhouse and Twin Suns Deli, and his collaborator Daniel “Fence” Heanue, Darlings is a “cozy pub” that could very well become your new neighborhood haunt. Keep Reading »

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Can Reusable Takeout Containers ‘Take the Guilt Out of Takeout’?

(Image via Shareware/ NAG)

(Image via Shareware/ NAG)

These days, there are countless ways to act like an entitled jerk even if you don’t go around launching empty Turkey’s Nest cups into McCarren Park (pretty sure NYC squirrels are just paid actors anyway). For starters, Amazon Prime, Seamless, Caviar, and eBay have all contributed to a massive increase in packaging waste. But starting this week, if you live and/or order takeout food within the Greenpoint area, you can sign up for a new eco-conscious initiative that will help you hate yourself a little less. Patrons of two local restaurants will be given free takeout food containers that can be returned to the restaurant for reuse.

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Taberna 97 Brings Portuguese Comfort Food to the Yaffa Cafe Space

(Photo: Michael Garofalo)

(Photo: Michael Garofalo)

After nearly two years of renovations, the space formerly occupied by Yaffa Cafe has opened its doors as Taberna 97. The team behind the new restaurant, which serves Portuguese fare in a casual tavern setting, also owns  St. Dymphna’s on the same block of St Marks Place.

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Lit’s Follow-Up Inside of the McKibbin Lofts Finally Opens Friday

(Photos courtesy of Tilt)

(Photos courtesy of Tilt)

Believe it or not, it’s been nearly three years since we broke news that legendary dive Lit Lounge would make a comeback, of sorts, underneath the McKibbin Lofts in East Williamsburg. A lot has happened since then (for one thing, Lit’s old home in the East Village is now The Cock) but it looks like it’s actually, finally happening. The new place hosts its grand-opening party this Friday. It doesn’t have the same name, but it is called Tilt, which is how you’d spell Lit after a long night at Lit.

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Fall Into a ‘Chasm’ of Art, DJs, and Music at This East Williamsburg Festival

(image courtesy of Julia Sinelnikova)

(image courtesy of Julia Sinelnikova)

Tonight, a chasm of art opens up in East Williamsburg. More specifically, tonight marks the beginning of CHASM, a four-day late-night multimedia/nightlife/performance/music event, showcasing some of the most groundbreaking artists working in the Brooklyn scene today. The experience is curated by Julia Sinelnikova, a multimedia artist who often creates under the name The Oracle and is drawn to the usage and interactions of light in her work, whether it be through curation or creation. Keep Reading »

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Squish Marshmallows Brings S’more Sweets to St. Marks Place

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Squish Marshmallow isn’t the first Hester Street Fair sweets vendor to open on St. Marks Place, between 1st and A (that would be Macaron Parlour, across the street). But it’s definitely the only one serving a marshmallow donut. Katherine Sprung, a voiceover artist turned marshmallow maven, recently soft-opened a brick-and-mortar shop that specializes in s’mores and marshmallows on a stick.

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Premiere: Addison XIV’s New EP Is an Electropop Dose of Love and Cherry Blossoms

(album cover courtesy of Addison XIV)

(album cover courtesy of Addison XIV)

Gender-fluid electropop artist Addison XIV is all about “obsessive love” in their bouncy, sugary new EP S.H.O.U.J.O., which premieres today. The four-track EP includes tracks appropriate both for the club and for crying in your room, and touches on being in love, being in love with love, being “treated like a girl,” and even a disdain for canines.

S.H.O.U.J.O. includes “WHeN i SeE yR FaCE,” a high-energy but sad track with a groovy bassline that appeared on The Culture Whore’s annual mixtape earlier this year. It’s not the only catchy song on the EP by any means; they all have their earworm qualities, from the repeated spelling in the title track to the memorable lyrics of opener “I Don’t Like Dogs.” The EP’s production recalls a variety of flavors, from ’80s R&B and ’90s pop to “happy hardcore” electronic music, video game theme songs, and J-pop.

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YURT ALERT: The Standard’s Winter Garden Is Really In-Tents

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

The bad news: One of the East Village’s secret gems, the bocce court at The Standard, has gone into hibernation. The good news: The hotel’s garden has transformed into a winter wonderland complete with Christmas trees and mini yurts.

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Williamsburg Bar-Venue Over the Eight Is Closing at the End of the Year

(photo via Over the Eight / Facebook)

(photo via Over the Eight / Facebook)

About an hour ago, Williamsburg bar and performance space Over the Eight announced on Facebook that it’ll be closing its doors at the end of next month.

“We’ve had a fantastic three and a half year, slinging cheap drinks and treasured times,” the venue wrote. “We’re honored to have hosted some incredible performers in our back room, and appreciate getting to know all of you a little better.”

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