Rahi, a word meaning “traveler,” is the name of an upscale Indian restaurant that opened two weeks ago in the West Village. Its menu adapts locally sourced produce to explore the lesser known flavors and dishes from the Indian subcontinent. B+B sat down with owner Roni Mazumdar and chef Chintan Pandya to understand how the restaurant drills deeper into the cuisine, instead of resorting to fusion. Plus, Chef Pandya serves up two popular dishes from the menu: Banana Leaf Chicken and Inked Crab.
Next week, Cooper Union opens its doors for a three-day exploration of black identity. Titled “Drawing Lines: The Black American Experience,” the event features daily talks by Congressman John Lewis, award-winning indie comic artist Juliana Smith and artists/curators William Villalongo and Mark Thomas Gibson.
It’s a cocktail… it’s a sorbet… it’s both! And crueler than this lame opening, is that we have to wait two and half weeks to get our hands on the newest way of catching a buzz: in a boozy ice cream pint-off.
Remember those mysterious cubeheads at Astor Place? Well, now we know what they were up to. No, they weren’t trying out the hot new headware. Turns out they were shooting a short for a campaign by the Tribeca Film Festival called “See Yourself In Others.”
Brandon Scott Wolf. Memorize that name because roughly a third of any conversation with the above named person is basically those three words followed by a dot com. Hot on the heels of his two successful websites, datebrandonscottwolf.com (“the number one dating website for me, Brandon Scott Wolf”) and fightbrandonscottwolf.com (an open challenge to Floyd “Money” Mayweather to fight BSW, if he so dared), comes a third magnum opus (if three magnum opii are even permitted): followbrandonscottwolf.com.
“It’s just a local bar and we have this amazing piece of history inside of it that we’re just psyched to show everybody,” says Bryan Quackenbush, co-owner of new Bushwick drinking hole, Marco’s. The piece of history he’s talking about is a solid oak and brass bar that was built in the ’50s. It not only fits in with the idea behind the place, which is a kind of old-school return to comfort, but also kind of steals the show.
Lipstick Under My Burkha’ by Alankrita Shrivastava
Fly fashion, bloodshot eyes and hordes of young’uns two shades paler from not having seen the sun in a week: must be film fest season! The Brooklyn Film Festival just announced that it would return for its 20th year on June 2. While we wait for it to unveil its lineup, here are two other fests to catch if you slept on those Tribeca tickets.
Mysterious live-installation by the Alamo (Photo: Anaka Kaundinya)
Ugh, the Tribeca Film Festival is up to something cool at Astor Place — but they won’t tell what! Sneaky fellows. What we do is know is that there are folks (volunteers? actors? unsuspecting people on their way to work taken hostage by the crew? sad!) wearing mirrored cubes on their heads and just… standing around near the Cube cube. They’re also being filmed, so our best guess is that it’s an empathy-generating live-installation for some sort of performance art film.
To condom or not to condom? That’s the question in the pilot episode of brand new web series, Ovulady. In it, comedian, writer, actor and creator Abby Feldman’s namesake character and her new lover engage in a bizarre sexual battle over whether to use protection. Fingers are sucked and bellies are blown on while Abby tries to impregnate herself. Feldman, best known for her work in Netflix comedy Gringolandia, talks to B+B about the series and her process.
Clearly some numbers matter more than others: It’s an unholy 30 degrees out, but who cares when there’s an 80 percent discount at a Reformation sample sale, right? There are few moments in life when decision-making is this easy: choose the latest in florals over being able to feel your toes, or regret it for the next three to five seasons.