Back in 2017, San Loco left the East Village after 30 years of serving tacos there, and last year it left Bushwick. Now the “gringo Mex” institution is closing up its Williamsburg shop, in part because of the L train “nightmare.” Its last day will be February 24, but the owners hope to reopen nearby and have launched a fundraiser in hopes that fans will, well, shell out.
Posts by Daniel Maurer:
Could Downtown Brooklyn be the new destination for catching live music? And not just at Barclays? Hot on the heels of the reincarnated Hank’s Saloon bringing foot-stomping jams to the space above Hill Country Food Park, the nearby DeKalb Market Hall is also adding live music to its numerous food options, by opening up a performance venue with a cocktail bar attached. DeKalb Stage opens this weekend.
Valentine’s Day is, of course, when the city’s master toques spin sensuous tasting menus by pulling oysters, cocoa nibs, and other aphrodisiacs from their quiver. But are New Yorkers taking their lovers to Applebee’s and Outback Steakhouse instead?
The folks over at Lyft have sent over a list of “the most popular Valentine’s spots in New York City,” according to their ride-share data from last year. And we’re not talking Le Bernardin. More like Benihana.
We’ve long had an obsession with flyer folk, and last night on Broad City, Abbi became one of them when her laundromat lost a treasured clothing item and she decided to post flyers for her “MISSING SWEATSHIRT” (or was that “MISSING: SWEATSHIRT”?). At one point, she ducks into a deli and posts her flyer right next to a parody of the mother of them all: “Dan Smith Will Teach You Guitar.”
Because a bone-broth window wasn’t enough, the East Village now has a bone-broth kiosk. Brodo, which started as a takeout window adjacent Marco Canora’s Hearth restaurant, has temporarily taken over the Astor Place kiosk that belonged to La Newyorkina and is now ladling out bubbling, bracing broth.
A lot is happening uptown at Hudson Yards, the so-called “neighborhood of the future.” This week alone, developers unveiled the installations by Frank Stella and other artists that will be displayed across the site’s building lobbies, and it was announced that restaurateur Danny Meyer would open a 3,000-square-foot, 121-seat all-day cafe on the ground floor of The Shed, the arts center and concert hall due to open this spring with productions by Björk, Steve Reich and others. The Danny Meyer project joins others by A-list chefs like David Chang, Thomas Keller, and José Andrés.
After dropping an album of Trump dis tracks last year, Tim Heidecker is still fighting that good fight and turning our president’s verbal poop slurry into killer tunes. Today the musician-comedian, best known as half of Tim and Eric, is releasing a new EP, Another Year In Hell: Collected Songs from 2018. Up above, you’ll find a new video, created by “perfect satirist for the Trump era” Vic Berger, for the song “The Ballad of ICE Agent Ray,” a country-western tune documenting the not-so-happy trails of family separation.
When Governor Cuomo talked about the “toxic cocktail” inside of the L-train tunnel, he definitely wasn’t talking about the hot new drink. But, go figure, there’s now an L-shutdown-themed beer.
The new brew, dubbed What the L?, will be launched by Blue Point, the brewing company that just threw a free Matt and Kim show at Avant Gardner. In April, they’ll give even more love to Williamsburg– the neighborhood where Vice’s Old Blue Last was born— with a helles-style, 5.2-percent-ABV lager.
If the label art looks familiar, it’s because it was designed by Winston Tseng, the graphic designer who put up those fake “Your Train Is Delayed” posters in the Bleecker Street subway station. He’s also the guy who trolled Trumpers by wrapping an East Village garbage bin in a “KEEP NYC TRASH FEE” PSA.
According to a press release, What the L? was originally meant “to bring relief to New Yorkers during the 15-month shutdown, but at this point we’re here for New Yorkers to commiserate on what the L is going on!”
Of course, there’s no drinking on MTA trains or in subway stations. But with the Times saying riders are stuck in transportation purgatory” and the Post saying that a new MTA mitigation plan amounts to straphanger hell” (Cuomo says the plan seen by the Post is out of date), you’ll probably want to brown-bag it.