It’s the time of year again, when the venerable Essex Street Market marks its anniversary with an all-out block party, taking over the stretch between Delancey and Rivington with pushcarts, astroturf, outdoor DJs, and delicious food galore. It’s been 76 years and as the longest-surviving market from the La Guardia era, it deserves to celebrate. (To get the full deets on its history, check out our deep dive into its roots. You can also get a free market tour at the party, from Turnstile Tours).
Bars + Restaurants
Behind an old-school bodega-like awning Josh Ku and Trigg Brown are putting the finishing touches on Win Son, their brand new Taiwanese-American restaurant, officially opening on Thursday. The place has an unassuming facade (I almost walked right past it, actually), but is home to a relatively spacious neighborhood eatery awash in natural light. Win Son lies somewhere between upscale and approachable, but with an angle on one Asian cuisine that’s surprising enough to turn all sorts of heads.
Brooklyn Brewery today announced plans to roll out their barrel program to the Brooklyn Navy Yard in a big way. The Williamsburg-based beer operation already has a warehouse at the yard where they’re aging 2,000 barrels of wine, bourbon, rum and mezcal by way of experimental processes. But come 2018, the company will open their new “primary headquarters” to the public inside Building 77 at the center of the yard, where they plan to produce 50,000 barrels of beer annually.
This morning, real-estate brokerage firm Eastern Consolidated announced that the retail condo at 17 Orchard Street– otherwise known as homebase of The Fat Radish– was sold. The 2,500 square-foot space was snatched up for $2.5 million by Elijah Equities (a real-estate company that recently made headlines for leasing their 5th avenue storefront to a Chinese burger chain, Uncle Sam Fast Food).
Bedford Avenue has more than its share of coffee spots, starting with the El Beit reboot that opened in March. But this next one promises to be a little different. Equilibria, opening just down the block from Oslo and Black Brick, isn’t just a cafe offering free wifi– it doubles and triples as a pharmacy and wellness store.
Okay, our post-winter PTSD is finally starting to wear off, thanks to all the booze boats, street fairs, and beach haps. As of 4 p.m. today, Nowadays, the sprawling outdoor oasis in Ridgewood, is also dispensing the cure.
Recently, Greenpoint has gained a handful of restaurants opened by alums from notable Manhattan spots like Babbo (Naked Dog) and the Lambs Club (Le Fond). The latest one, opening tonight, is Cherry Point, where the chef is Julian Calcott, a veteran of critical darlings Corton and Spotted Pig. It replaces Polish restaurnat CinaMoon on gradually upscaling Manhattan Avenue.
By now, everyone and their mother has tried the candy-colored extravaganza that is the rainbow bagel. For your next sugar-induced fever dream, we suggest ordering up the Cotton Candy Bubble Tea Float at Vivi Lower East Side. Presented on a wooden board and served in a mason jar (of course), the awe-inspiring tower of cotton candy comes with a tiny jug of leftover slush topped by a cute swirl of whipped cream. Cookies-and-cream ice cream, Pop Rocks, and a color-changing spoon are also involved.
The insane calorie bomb was created by Connie Shan, manager of Vivi Lower East Side, who originally hails from Hong Kong. She sells hundreds of them each week. “We tried to conceive something completely different with bubble tea,” she said of her creation. “Hong Kong has all this stuff already. People are getting all kinds of different things with cotton candy, like coffee.”
So how does this Franken-beverage get made? And how does it taste? Check out our video to find out.
On Monday John Barclay, proprietor of Bushwick mainstay Bossa Nova Civic Club, announced on Facebook that he was no longer involved with Juno, the upscale-diner “date spot” that he opened up with the help of the same investors from his nightclub venture back in December. “It had become clear that the spot wouldn’t survive without the funding that I can’t provide,” he wrote, wishing the place well.
Out this month, “Meet the Regulars: People of Brooklyn and the Places They Love” is Joshua D. Fischer’s debut book, and the first to come from Bedford + Bowery. Here’s a new installment of the series.
For more than eight years, Emi Kariya has lived in Bushwick. Nowadays, she finds the neighborhood to be “hip to the max.” Says the 42-year-old drummer and designer, “I don’t have to go to Williamsburg anymore. I used to bike all the way there for every show, every hang. Friends would only hang in Williamsburg. They wouldn’t come here. Now they all travel here. And it’s great.” Now they travel here to spots like The Narrows, the cocktail bar where Emi is a regular.
Williamsburg already has its share of oddities: soaps that look like cupcakes, budding taxidermy museums, and, of course, Pat Kiernan. But one thing it doesn’t have is cheesecake in a cone. That’s about to change. Signage indicates T-Swirl Crêpe is planting its flag on North 7th, right down the block from the Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts, and right across the street from 16 Handles.