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’s new Have & Meyer is not what you’d expect from a typical Tuscan restaurant. The bar boasts an impressive selection of single malts—a favorite for its Florence-born bar manager Andrea Alessandrini. “We didn’t aim to bring the Italian concept here,” he says. “We wanted to bring what we like to the table.” More →
While Jesse Malin expands his portfolio by opening Berlin underneath 2A, another East Village proprietor, Darin Rubell, is making moves a couple of blocks away. This Wednesday, Rubell (owner of Boulton & Watt and, more recently, Forrest Point) will replace his old spot, Ella, with Drexler’s, a cocktail bar serving meats, cheeses and spreads. More →
What can you expect from mixologist Albert Trummer’s new bar on Avenue C, slated to open this fall? According to the Austrian cocktail wizard, the bar’s mood board includes an intriguing mix of Damien Hirst and Sigmund Freud, with a touch of perfumery for good measure. And despite a recent petition by locals, he swears it will be accessible to local residents — and he won’t set any drinks, or his bar, on fire with again. At least, not without the proper permits.