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Check Into Llama Inn, a Groovy Peruvian Spot Under the BQE

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Chef Erik Ramirez has moved from fancy town to… well, another fancy town. But at his new Williamsburg restaurant, the former Eleven Madison Park sous chef isn’t invoking the trappings of his old place of employment, where they still ready the dining room by ironing their white linen tablecloths. Instead, he’s going for a relaxed atmosphere and moderately priced food that’s closer to his heart. Ramirez’s parents are from Peru (they moved to New Jersey in the 1980s) and this time last year the chef was traveling there, conducting the best research we can imagine to build his menu.

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House of Yes Is Throwing a Party for its New Mini-Restaurant, Queen of Falafel

Customer waits on his food at Queen of Falafel (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Customer waits on his food at Queen of Falafel (Photo: Nicole Disser)

This weekend in Bushwick, you can jam on some Middle Eastern fare and peep in on the progress over at House of Yes during Queen of Falafel’s grand opening brunch party. As the acrobatic DIY performance collective continues to put seemingly endless layers of crazy on their new Jefferson Street home before the space can officially raise the curtains, cousins Justin Ahiyon and Ilan Telmont (both partners at HoY along with co-founders Anya Sapozhnikova and Kae Burke) have gone ahead and opened up their falafel joint inside a small corner of the building.

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Popping Into Cassette, a French Catalonian Newcomer in Greenpoint

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

“It’s sort of an unknown region in Southern France, very poor, with incredible food,” explained Henry Moynahan Rich, owner of neighborhood greats like East Williamsburg’s Fitzcarraldo and Rucola in Boerum Hill. He was talking about the inspiration behind Cassette, his new French Catalonian outpost in Greenpoint. “It’s simple, rustic, healthy food, because that’s how I like to eat.”

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Dim Sum Bar Serving Up ‘Grandma’s Recipes’ and DIY Tea

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

We happened on a new restaurant at the corner of Grand and Bedford, directly across from Radegast’s new “Flemish brasserie,” Witlof. Dim Sum Bar stands in place of the late, A-OK vegetarian spot Bliss Grand, and offers a Cantonese alternative (with some Hong Kongese flair) to nearby Asian small-bite places like Snacky down the street. “It’s a little more like what you’d find in Chinatown,” explained Gigi So, whose family owns and runs the restaurant. “My father’s cooking and my grandpa’s doing dishes.”
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Owner of Bossa Nova Civic Club Opening ‘Elevated Diner’ in Bushwick

(Photo via John Barclay's Facebook)

(Photo via John Barclay’s Facebook)

If all goes as planned this fall, John Barclay, owner of Bushwick dance destination Bossa Nova Civic Club, will be serving up over-easy eggs and bloody marys across the way at his new restaurant, which he’s calling an “elevated diner.”
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Greenpoint’s Barge Bar Is Ready For Swashbuckling

Thar she blows (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Thar she blows (Photo: Nicole Disser)

If you’ve been awake for the past 48 hours or so, you’re probably well aware that it is, in fact, the month of July which means some of you, dearest readers, may be wondering, “Where the hell is that floating barge bar you promised me?” Rest assured, the Brooklyn Barge Bar is not lost at sea — rather she’s docked and nearly ready for seafaring (we jest, the barge itself will remain at the landing, historic boats and scuba excursions will do the launching). “It looks like it’s far from being finished, but it’s actually really close,” owner Will Drawbridge explained. “There’s some final bits of paperwork to do and then we’ll be done.”

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This New Hawaiian Pop-Up Is Putting Down Roots

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Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Wahines

Brooklyn Wahines has been quietly popping up in the Stan’s Cafecito space two nights a week ever since Honolulu native Siobhán Edwards of Red Wagon Catering opened it last month, but now it’ll be open Wednesday through Saturday nights. Between that and Onomea, South Williamsburg is becoming a virtual archipelago of Hawaiian food.
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Peels Has Closed, and Its Ketchup Will Be Missed

Danny Kim

Photo: Danny Kim

Some loved their biscuits, others hated their unholy wait times but many took to Twitter upon discovering that Peels has unceremoniously closed. For starters, Claire Lobenfeld (@clairevlo) tweeted, “You served the only ketchup that didn’t trigger my mortuusequusphobia” (yes, there’s a word for fear of ketchup). We’ve gone ahead and rounded up some of the most extreme reactions to the loss of this Bowery brunch spot.
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An Astoria Favorite Is Bringing Its Big Fat Greek Menu to the East Village

Future location of Taverna. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Future location of Taverna. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

If you haven’t had the pleasure of dining at Taverna Kyclades in Astoria, you’ll no longer need to schlep to Queens to make it happen. The family-style Greek-dining destination is opening an East Village outpost in two to three weeks at 228 First Avenue, near 14th Street.
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Wafels & Dinges Café Is OPEN and Serving Milkshakes, Coffee, and…Lox Waffles?

(Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

(Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

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.
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