Less than a month after a “freak electrical fire” cleared Alaska and forced it to close, the Bushwick bar is back on its feet. It’ll reopen tomorrow, according to a Facebook invite that promises “an INORDINATE AMOUNT of open flame candles!!!” (they’re kidding, they’re kidding). Here’s the good word. More →
Pretzel fondue, anyone? It’ll be on the menu when Sigmund’s Pretzels reopens after three months of renovations tonight.
The pretzel shop is now more of a proper dinner destination, having scrapped its former pretzel-centric menu and added beer. You can still get pretzels with dipping sauce or in bun form, on a slider or sandwich. But some of the standout dishes on the menu (below) don’t even feature pretzels. The chilled cucumber-and-spinach soup with sorrel and avocado should serve as a nice alternative to that reigning champion of heat-wave coping mechanisms, gazpacho. And there’s also a kale salad with pistachios, apples and crème fraiche. More →
Skal is coming along nicely, wouldn’t you say? (Photo: Anna Silman)
First Aska, then Torst, then Luksus, and now… Skal.
Few details have been released about the Nordic restaurant opening at 37 Canal Street. But as you can see from our photo, the revamp of the former Les Enfants Terribles space is well underway. Owner Olibjorn Stephensen, who’s been mum so far, is holding an open call this afternoon for “waiters with experience in New York City,” so it’s safe to say he’s amping up for a big opening sometime soon. More →
A Repeat Performance could certainly use a little extra space. The beloved East Village antique shop is practically bursting at the seams, overflowing with decades-worth of ephemera collected by co-owners Sharon Jane Smith and Beverley Bronson. Costume jewelry spills over on to the racks of vintage clothing, brightly colored felt hand-puppets overlook a vintage surfboard, while rows of leather satchels vie for space amidst one of the world’s most eclectic lamp collections. More →
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. More →
“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. More →
Come early August, health-food junkies living on the border of the Lower East Side and Chinatown will finally have a dumpling-free dining option to call their own. Amidst the plethora of greasy noodle bars, Alissa Wagner and Sabrina DeSousa are opening Dimes, an organic-focused café and juice bar. More →
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.” More →
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. More →
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?” More →