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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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Yee Haw! The Levee Is Fixin’ to Reopen This Weekend [Update: Tonight!]

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(Photo: Natalie Rinn)

“Don’t worry, we aren’t changing much,” Susan Surdacki says as she takes a break from remodeling. “Just some things that needed to be fixed, painted…we want to keep the essence of the shithole, you know?” She cackles and sets down her bottle of Lone Star. A bit of sawdust and the scent of polyurethane hovers in the air.
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San Fran Transplant Opens Taqueria Diana, Now Serving Monster Burritos

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Matt La Rue, the proprietor of the newly opened Taqueria Diana, had always dreamed of opening a taqueria in New York. The Stockton, California native spent a decade cooking in “more upscale” Bay Area Mexican restaurants, and came to love San Francisco-style burritos and quesadillas when he moved to the Mission District a few years ago.
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Charles Bellafiore Usually Finds Someone to Talk to at Enid’s

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(Photo: Ebru Yildiz)

Last week, the unthinkable happened: Enid’s went dry. The Greenpoint bar’s liquor license expired and it went a week without being able to serve (yesterday it announced on Facebook: “booze is back!”). This was particularly a blow to Charles Bellafiore, who’s been a regular at Enid’s since it opened just before the turn of the century – which is a much cooler way of saying 1999.
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Check Out King Noodle, a ‘Roller Rink on Acid’ Serving Asian Grub and Tiki Drinks

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

King Noodle (Photo: Jon Hoeg)

Just a few doors down from their cocktail bar The Narrows, Keith Cochran and Matt Webber have opened King Noodle — a laid-back Pop-Asian restaurant serving up haute drunk-food and tiki drinks into the wee hours.

At a preview party Tuesday, one patron described the fifty-seat spot — outfitted with disco balls, in-your-face neon and graffiti, and flimsy tables and chairs — as a “roller rink on acid.” Owner Keith Cochran, dressed like Tony Montana in a breezy Hawaiian shirt and fedora, said it was “a meeting of K-town and Bushwick.”
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Wheeee! Milk and Pull Brings More Coffee to Bushwick

Milk and Pull (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Milk and Pull (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Milk and Pull (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Milk and Pull (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Milk and Pull (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Milk and Pull (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Milk and Pull (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Milk and Pull (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Milk and Pull (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Milk and Pull (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Milk and Pull (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Milk and Pull (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

So many coffee spots are opening in Bushwick, it’s getting hard to keep track. We were so excited about AP Coffee and then Strangeways that we somehow missed the ever-so-quiet opening of Milk and Pull Café a couple of weeks ago.
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Inside Lake Street, the New Bar From Members of The Hold Steady, Spoon

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

Lake Street (Lauren Carol Smith)

When we first brought word that rockers Bobby Drake (The Hold Steady, w/o.), Frank Bevan (w/o.), Rob Pope (Spoon), Eric Odness (The Wanted, Primitive Weapons) were teaming up to open a Greenpoint bar that nodded to the neighborhood joints of Minneapolis, there were plenty of demands from B+B readers. One asked “Must there be tvs?”; another wrote, “I hope they show hockey games.” Another asked, “Can you please import all of the Midwestern guys into the bar as well?”
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Bushwick Is Burning: Underground Trap Raves Keep It Weird

Dancer, Dai Burger, Junglepussy, Kay Rizz, Contessa Stuto

Dancer, Dai Burger, Junglepussy, Kay Rizz, Contessa Stuto

Passion Lounge (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Passion Lounge (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Dai Burger (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Dai Burger (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Passion Lounge (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Passion Lounge (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

 Contessa Stuto (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Contessa Stuto (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Passion Lounge (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Passion Lounge (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Dai Burger performing (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Dai Burger performing (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Passion Lounge (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Passion Lounge (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Dancer (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Dancer (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Juliana Huxtable of House of Ladosha (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Juliana Huxtable of House of Ladosha (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Bailey Styles (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Bailey Styles (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Joey LaBeija (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Joey LaBeija (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Junglepussy (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Junglepussy (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Richard Kennedy (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Richard Kennedy (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

 Dosha Devastation of House of Ladosha (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Dosha Devastation of House of Ladosha (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

WC Kids TeeBurr and Matt Sebastian (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

WC Kids TeeBurr and Matt Sebastian (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Santana WIlliams (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Santana WIlliams (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

TeeBurr texts, Matt Sebastian and Kay Rizz share fishbowl

TeeBurr texts, Matt Sebastian and Kay Rizz share fishbowl

It’s 3 a.m. at Passion Lounge, the heavily mirrored club on Broadway previously known as Angels, and the roving underground party known as Ultra Velvet is in full swing. Brooklyn rapper Dai Burger coos a line from her new single into the mic: “Soufflé, I could come on these bitches all day.” She’s iced in iridescent blue from head to transparent heel. Her audience is similarly attired in ensembles ranging from the futuristic to the obscene. As lasers spin, they share fish bowls, sipping an orgy of liquor from long straws. Passion’s towering security guards look on, confused.
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The 40-Year-Old Hipster Goes to a Rave

Tom Lombardi has returned to his stomping grounds of Williamsburg after several years away.

(Illustration: James Powers)

(Illustration: James Powers)

The wife and I ride the elevator thirty-something floors up the spine of a newly constructed condo that stands, along with its glassy companions, on the waterfront on Kent Avenue. My wife’s friends’ crib is magnificent, with floor-to-ceiling windows that expose various sides: South and East Williamsburg, Greenpoint and beyond. Little people – humans below, not midgets – can be seen sipping sunset cocktails on roof decks.
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What’s the Best Least Atrocious $1 Slice? Crazy Legs Conti Finally Settles It

Last week, while Tim “Eater X” Janus took home a bronze at the Nathan’s hot-dog eating contest, his East Village roommate and fellow competitive eater Crazy Legs Conti was conspicuously absent from the eater’s table.
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