Last summer, when the Brooklyn Bazaar had to vacate its Greenpoint warehouse to make way for a Mini marketing ploy, they promised to return to a new location, as so many defunct Brooklyn venues had promised before them. But glory be, Yelp is going to have to eat its “permanently closed” words, because the bazaar is actually returning this week. Last night, we got an early look at all four levels of its new home inside of what used to be a Polish banquet hall, the over-the-top ’70s vibe of which is fantastically intact.
The new Bazaar will be same same but different. There’s still a ping-pong room, a mini golf course, and arcade games. But whereas the old warehouse location combined food stands with retail vendors in the tradition of Brooklyn Flea, this one will serve as a sit-down restaurant during the week. The picnic table area has been replaced by a spacious dining room with comfortable booths and an open kitchen occupied by the folks from Brooklyn Star. Their menu, as you can see here, features fried chicken buckets, burgers, dogs, salads and the chicken-and-waffle cones they’d been serving at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar. Down the line, chef Joaquin Baca will start bringing in guests that co-owner Bazaar owner Belvy Klein tells us will be “very well known, very buzz-worthy chefs and restaurants.”
Rest assured, there will still be a variety of retail vendors on the weekends. Some 30 to 50 of them– including Ice and Vice and others who will sell non-cooked food such as desserts and cotton candy– will take over the large first-floor ballroom on Friday and Saturday nights. Starting October 9, they’ll post up during weekend brunch hours as well.
Tuesdays, Nitehawk will be screening movies, starting with Roman Polanski’s Knife in the Water (no doubt a nod to the local Polish community) and Orson Welles’s The Lady From Shanghai. They’re also screening Saturday Night Fever, an appropriate choice given that a light-up dance floor wouldn’t look out of place at the new Bazaar.
Klein says he’ll also use the ballroom for spoken word events, acoustic performances, and comic book and record shows.
Upstairs, there’s a sprawling concert hall where, last night, B+B favorite Sharkmuffin rocked out. Among the forthcoming shows, which will be ticketed, are Clap Your Hands Say Yeah on Sept. 29 ($20), Ted Leo on Sept. 24 ($15) and (yessss) A Place to Bury Strangers on Halloween ($15).
Ah, and how could we forget the karaoke rooms, reservable for $30 to $45 for 50 minutes? Don’t worry, B+B’s John Ambrosio has not been hired as karaoke manager, so belt out Adele to your heart’s delight.