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Regress to 1996 at These Retro Video Game Nights

1403111_10202285991691876_1949360368_oMom sold the Nintendo 64 for $25 back in 2005 and that was the end of that. If your classic video game console met a similar fate at a stoop sale or a Goodwill donation, here a couple of chances to re-up on nostalgia.

Entertainment group Sexy Nerds is having its latest Retro Video Game Night next Saturday at Nevada Smiths at 100 3rd Avenue. Fellow East Village nerds from Video Games New York on East 6th Street provide the discontinued video game consoles and games, and you provide the carpal tunnel syndrome.
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This Spanish Spot Is Serving 100 Types of Mini Sandos (And Orange Cola Sangria!)

We didn’t think Bleecker Street could get any more authentically Spanish than that place that serves chips and salsa before your meal, but on Monday, it shall! Last night we got a sneak peak at the first NYC location of 100 Montaditos, a Spanish fast-casual chain that has 270 restaurants around Europe, Mexico and Colombia. (By sneak peak, we mean we were plied with free mugs of sangria and mini sandwiches.)
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Step Into This ‘Live Magazine’ For the Latest in Anti-Surveillance Fashion

After setting up a pop-up in our pop-up last month, Eric Ho and his modular elves at Made in Lower East Side have launched a 7-week project showcasing the different ways their Storefront Transformer can rock the world of an underused retail space.
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This Actor-Comedian Doesn’t Want to Desecrate His Local With ‘a Particular Type of Woman’

(Photo: Ebru Yildiz)

(Photo: Ebru Yildiz)

The bartender at Brooklyn Star doesn’t know Seaton Smith. Perhaps he will someday soon, but not because Seaton’s been a regular for the past several months. Instead, maybe it’ll be because Seaton will be on TV. The 31-year-old comedian and soon-to-be sitcom actor keeps a low profile at the bar-restaurant he visits late at night after hitting the comedy clubs. On this night, he’ll perform two sets in Times Square. Then, he’ll likely do what he usually does: come back to his neighborhood and unwind here with his preferred drink, a Sazerac. Since a kitchen fire took out the original, this Williamsburg location is just over a couple years old. But it has quickly become a favorite go-to for late-night diners and drinkers.
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This Former Momofuku Chef Wants His Pita Pop-Up to Go Permanent

(Virginia McLure)

(Virginia McLure)

Good shwarma seeks stable and (meat-)loving home, preferably in Brooklyn or the East Village.

Last night, former Momofuku Noodle Bar chef/partner Scott Garfinkel brought Furn: Project Shawarma to the backyard at Fritzl’s Lunch Box, serving up shawarma (shocker), chicken wings (with garlic toum, chili, and sumac), great northern beans stewed with lamb’s neck, chicken liver pâté, smoked lamb breast, and the traditional Bushwick palate cleanser, Narragansett tallboys.
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Dunkin’ Donuts Is Colonizing Another L Train Stop

(Photo: Kristy Ann Muniz)

(Photo: Kristy Ann Muniz)

If you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to ask for a glass of milk, and if you bitch about Dunkin’ Donuts in Williamsburg, they’re going to not care and instead keep opening more locations. Just a month after the opening of their widely bemoaned Bedford Ave. store, the popular (and not so popular) doughnut chain has started renovation on a new location directly off the Metropolitan L. Signage for the forthcoming shop has gone up at 527 Metropolitan Ave, former home to the charmingly sketchy Subway Bar.

While outrage over the new location has yet to start, it’s a safe bet that locals will most certainly not be coolatta about this.

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Nine Greenpoint Coffee Shops Stayed Up Past Their Bedtimes

This past weekend, nine coffee shops curated by Greenpointers offered special menus, treats, and live performances during the neighborhood’s first-ever celebration of its local cafés. It all happened around (where else?) Java Street. Click through our slideshow to relive Coffee’s Night Out.

Photos by Melissa Kravitz

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Stews and Booze! There’s a New Persian Spot in the East Village

That coffee-and-crepes spot isn’t the only newcomer on First Avenue. On the other side of St. Marks Place, around the corner from where Cafe Rakka recently closed for renovations, Parmys Persian Fusion just opened, serving what it says is the “first and only Persian food in the East Village.”

Co-owners Amir and Mojgan Raoufi, from the northern Iranian city of Tabriz, hope to fill what they see as a culinary void.
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The Forcella Folks Are Now Doling Out Neapolitan Slices On Bowery

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The last time someone tried to sling Neapolitan slices in the East Village, it was 2 Bros.’s short-lived Totale Pizzeria. But Forcella is hoping to succeed where los dos hermanos failed and has converted part of its dining room into Slice of Naples, a takeout spot serving (you guessed it) Neapolitan slices. It’ll be open from noon to 4 a.m., so, yeah, between this and Cafe Standard, the Bowery just got some pretty solid late-night/early-morning dining options.
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