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With This Korean Pub’s Opening, St. Marks is Looking More and More Like 32nd St.

Pan (Photo: Anna Silman)

Pan (Photo: Anna Silman)

St. Marks Place, long dominated by head shops and Japanese restaurants, looks to be experiencing the first seedlings of a demographic shift. (Don’t worry stoners, the head shops aren’t going anywhere.)

This month, Pan celebrated its relocation from the K-town strip on 32nd Street and its grand opening at 13 St. Marks.
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Ahoy! The Owners of The Richardson Have Docked Grand Ferry in Williamsburg

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(Photo: Jeremy Balderson Photography)

The good folks who brought The Richardson to the Greenpoint-Williamsburg border have quietly birthed (berthed?) a new one — Grand Ferry.

Despite the not insignificant development that has sprung up along Kent Avenue, Joel Lee Kulp thinks his week-old waterfront tavern, located between Grand and N. 1st St., fills an overlooked gap: “A lot of places in this particular neighborhood are opening straight-up restaurants, with a bar as an afterthought,” he said. “We’re a bar primarily that’s offering a food menu a swell.”
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Danny Mena of Hecho en Dumbo Opens Sembrado en Nueva York Tonight

Sembrado (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Sembrado (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Sembrado (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Sembrado (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Tacos. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Tacos. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Sembrado (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Sembrado (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Sembrado (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Sembrado (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Sembrado (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Sembrado (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Sembrado (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Sembrado (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Sembrado (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Sembrado (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Today on East 13th Street, Hecho en Dumbo’s Danny Mena will open what his GM, Oscar Bernal, describes as a “traditional taqueria and mezcaleria” — but it won’t be too traditional.
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An Astoria Favorite Is Bringing Its Big Fat Greek Menu to the East Village

Future location of Taverna. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Future location of Taverna. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

If you haven’t had the pleasure of dining at Taverna Kyclades in Astoria, you’ll no longer need to schlep to Queens to make it happen. The family-style Greek-dining destination is opening an East Village outpost in two to three weeks at 228 First Avenue, near 14th Street.
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Williamsburg’s Heartbeet Will Soon Let Loose Its Juice on the LES

(Photo: Anna Silman)

So much for hot-dog sliders and funnel-cake fries. The nook that briefly held Munchies Joint is getting a seriously healthy makeover: the pint-sized storefront at 85 Stanton Street will soon be home to Heartbeet Juicery, a Brooklyn-based boutique juice cleanse company.
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Here’s an Early Look Inside Antler Beer & Wine Dispensary

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It looks like Antler Beer & Wine Dispensary is coming along nicely. The wine bar bound for 123 Allen Street is owned by Scott Garry and James Hendrick, who also owns Gramercy boozeries Bull’s Head Tavern and Tap Room No. 307. According to The Lo-Down, Community Board 3 voted to support their wine and beer license last week after Hendrick promised “a nice warm space for people to come after work where there’s positive energy.”

We haven’t been able to get the owners of Antler on the proverbial horn, but we did manage to nab a shot of the charmingly rustic interior, which looks well on its way to completion.
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Talking East Village-Bushwick With the Bi-Borough Producers of Slideluck

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The concept is kind of irresistible: a free dinner followed by a slideshow of local artwork. The Slideluck Potshow [the former Slideluck Potshow has rebranded as just Slideluck] began in photographer Casey Kelbaugh’s backyard in Seattle in 2000, expanded to Amsterdam, Nairobi, Bogota and beyond, and it’s coming to Bushwick this Thursday. This year, it’ll feature the work of 25 Bushwick and East Williamsburg-based artists (their names are below), one of which will be selected for a solo show at the Living Gallery in October. Bring a homemade potluck dish and you’ll get two raffle tickets for goodies from local businesses.
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Vogue Makes the ‘Long, Bumpy,’ ‘Perilous,’ ‘Costly, Time-Consuming, Often Nauseating’ Trek into Brooklyn

 

This month's issue of Vogue also includes a Brooklyn-themed fashion spread featuring Devon Aoki (right) outside of the Bedford Cheese Shop.

This month’s issue of Vogue also includes a Brooklyn-themed fashion spread featuring Devon Aoki (right) outside of the Bedford Cheese Shop.

It’s apparently been too long since a middle-aged Manhattanite went on safari in Brooklyn, so none other than Vogue has gone and published “A Distant Shore,” in which Jeffrey Steingarten “table-hops around New York’s most talked-about borough.” Oh, boy.

If the name Steingarten sounds familiar it’s not because you’re thinking of Soundgarden — it’s because a few years ago, Vogue’s restaurant critic touched off a small shitstorm among foodie types when he told Grub Street about the “dangers of Brooklyn boosterism,” recalling the time his Brooklyn-proud assistant brought him a croissant from some bakery she liked over there and he found it “only acceptable” compared to the great croissanteries of Manhattan (you know, like, Au Bon Pain).
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Wafels & Dinges Café Is OPEN and Serving Milkshakes, Coffee, and…Lox Waffles?

(Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

(Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

The insanely popular Wafels & Dinges truck opened its first brick-and-mortar location this morning at 2nd Street and Avenue B, and owner Thomas DeGeest hopes it’ll function primarily as a neighborhood coffee shop.
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This Weekend, Shane Shane Keeps the Party Popping (With Actual Poppers)

Shane Shane. (Photo: Joshua Kristal)

Shane Shane. (Photo: Joshua Kristal)

At BGSQD (Photo: Joshua Kristal)

At BGSQD (Photo: Joshua Kristal)

Shane Shane at Pride party. (Photo: Joshua Kristal)

Shane Shane at Pride party. (Photo: Joshua Kristal)

Performer. (Photo: Joshua Kristal)

Performer. (Photo: Joshua Kristal)

Shane Shane performing. (Photo: Joshua Kristal)

Shane Shane performing. (Photo: Joshua Kristal)

Crowd at BGSQD (Photo: Joshua Kristal)

Crowd at BGSQD (Photo: Joshua Kristal)

Pride party at BGSQD (Photo: Joshua Kristal)

Pride party at BGSQD (Photo: Joshua Kristal)

Twerking. (Photo: Joshua Kristal)

Twerking. (Photo: Joshua Kristal)

BGSQD. (Photo: Joshua Kristal)

BGSQD. (Photo: Joshua Kristal)

Stop your search for the novelty party du weekend, because we just found it. It’s in a basement (yes, in an actual house), and there are poppers involved. It’s called  FANCY, and it happens tomorrow night in Bushwick.
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