Posts Categorized: Openings / Closings

Famed Thai Restaurant SriPraPhai Opens in Williamsburg

SriPraPhai, one of New York City’s best Thai restaurants, has expanded into Brooklyn. As of Sunday, the Woodside, Queens restaurant has taken over the Qi Thai Grill space at 176 North 9th Street in Williamsburg for a third location for its popular fare.

Chef Sripraphai Tipmanee, along with celebrity chef Pichet Ong, had been involved in Qi Thai Grill since its 2013 opening, but the space is now solely dedicated to the spicy food of Tipmanee. The 100-seat space has a slightly pared-down menu with evolving hours of approximately 12 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. most days.

The expansion here makes SriPraPhai more accessible for much of NYC, bringing the restaurant much closer to Brooklyn and downtown Manhattan inhabitants. Signature dishes at the restaurant, often heralded as a pioneer in NYC’s Thai scene, include the Isan sour sausage and mango sticky rice, though the expansive menu also includes lots of larb, noodles, soups, curries, and more.

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Williamsburg’s William Vale is one of the Most Popular Spots in New York City

If you ever feel like you take taxis to all of the same places, you’re not alone. Lyft makes a series of similarly repetitive drop-offs, and to commemorate them they’ve awarded Lyftie Awards to the most popular destinations around the country. In New York, their drivers were most often directed to Vandal, House of Yes, Madison Square Garden and The William Vale.

The Williamsburg luxury hotel The William Vale is another hot spot on Saturdays, which anyone who has waited in line to stand on the roof can attest to. It helps that it was featured heavily as a romantic backdrop during a rose ceremony on The Bachelor.  The couple on the reality show might have broken up, but the hipster hotel’s popularity has endured.

Lyft also chronicled where riders across America requested to visit, and the list includes Café Du Monde in New Orleans, Catch LA in West Hollywood (they recently catered DJ Khaled’s birthday party) and American Social in Miami.

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The Restaurant Formerly Known As Semilla Has Been Reborn As Casino Clam Bar

Steamer pot for two. Photo: Liz Clayman

When Williamsburg’s leading American-regional-food guru, Joe Carroll (of Fette Sau and St. Anselm fame), gets hold of a restaurant space he likes — especially one that comes with a relatively forgiving rent — he tends to hang on to it. So, where once stood Carroll’s Baltimore-style cheese-fish-sandwich shop, Lake Trout, and after that his vegetable-forward tasting room, Semilla, which closed in March, now there is Casino Clam Bar, an homage of sorts to the clam shacks and dive bars the Bergen County native and Jersey Shore aficionado has known.

Think old-school meets new-school, or maybe Randazzo’s crossed with ZZ’s minus the $20 cocktails. There are raw littlenecks on the half-shell, shrimp cocktails, and chowder by the cup or bowl, but also bottarga crackers, uni pasta, hamachi collars, cod cheeks, white clam Grandma pizza, and Petrossian caviar.

Carroll collaborated on the menu with his chef (and fellow Jersey boy), Jeremiah Del Sol, late of Bar Bolonat. They would like you to consider Casino Clam Bar as a place to pop in for a light snack washed down with something crisp and minerally from the list, which ranges from your classic Chardonnays and Chenin Blancs to California Albariño in a can. But the steamer pot for two, essentially an indoor clambake, suggests something that requires a little pacing.

Semilla’s U-shaped, 18-seat white-ash bar remains (as does the one-way bathroom mirror with a view of the kitchen), and the walls have been given a fresh coat of paint and hung with a giant shark and vintage boardwalk gaming wheels. The dishware is white enamel, the napkins kitchen-towel style, and your meal, er, snack, ends with a piece of saltwater taffy.

It’s an awfully inviting menu, and a concept that seems right for the space. The really extraordinary thing, though, is that the restaurant has been in what industry folks like to call “soft-open” mode for a couple of weeks now without a peep from the food press, or even a drive-by from Food Baby.

Clam chowder with oyster crackers. Photo: Liz Clayman
Casino Clam Bar’s clams casino. Photo: Liz Clayman
Littlenecks on the half-shell. Photo: Liz Clayman
The uni pasta with housemade tagliatelle. Photo: Liz Clayman
Shaved bottarga and shrimp butter on housemade carta di musica. Photo: Liz Clayman
White clam pizza with stracciatella is baked in a pan. Photo: Liz Clayman
Italian ices for dessert. Photo: Liz Clayman
The restaurant in soft-opening mode. Photo: Liz Clayman

160 Havemeyer St., nr. S. 2nd St., Williamsburg; 718-782-3474

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Detroit-Style Pizza makes its way to Williamsburg!

“We strive to work with high quality and local products whenever available. Our food and beverage menus change with the seasons and as a result of the ongoing creative process of working to refine what we share with others.” – Emmy Squared

Emmy Squared
364 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 360-4535


Playa to the Pool at the new William Vale Hotel

While discovering Brooklyn’s newest oasis, Patzo will transport you back to the Black Rock Desert.

On Saturday, September 10, spend your day floating between two visions of paradise: a desert retreat inspired by Burning Man and Brooklyn’s most luxurious watering hole, the pool at The William Vale.

On the playa, indulge in a day of wellness followed by a night of celebration, including Yoga, Soundbath, Meditation, Drums, Massage, Healing, Giant Mirror Globe and Playa DJs.

By the pool, explore an aquatic sanctuary in the heart of Williamsburg, featuring Custom Cocktails, Poolside Snacks, Jewelry, Fashion, Body Painting, Floating Mirror Globes and Poolside DJs.

Join Patzo at The William Vale for a truly unique decompression party.

Partners & Performers:

Heart Beat Movement

The Heart Beat Movement combines live drumming with elements of yoga and meditation to make for a tribal experience, linking us to the steadiness of our own beating heart while also connecting us to one another.

Rockstar Shaman

Changes are occurring, I know you feel them! So welcome yourself to the ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE hour. In order to bring forth what we want in life we must get clear on our intention and then allow new space for it to arrive! This Rockstar Shaman session asks that you come with your intention set! What are you ready for in life? You’ll step into this magical land that supports you on entering into “your new” and minute by minute, we will activate your goal more and more with the most powerful & fun energy methods & techniques. Including dancing it all alive! Let this be the birthplace of your dream becoming a reality.


For the past 3 years Nash’s music and events came second to completing a Masters in Philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York. Now that he is done, the word on the street is that he is coming back… strong!

Miss Behavior Music

Jamie started DJing while working in finance, as a way to experiment combining a variety of sounds and genres that could be used to enhance thoughts, behaviors and overall performance in everyday life. Not only does her taste and love for music bring her frequently to the dance floor, but also she frequently works with brands to strategically curate music for specific events and other various uses. Bottom line, Jamie believes music is one of the most powerful energy sources, and the right music creates powerful results and optimal outcomes. This is at the forefront of Jamie’s work and mission in the music world…and the best is yet to come!

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WHEN: Sat, Sep 10th, 12PM – 10 PM
WHERE: The William Vale. 110 North 13th Street, Brooklyn, NY

Rosé & Oyster Tasting

When: July 13th, 2016. Where: Freehold Brooklyn 45 South 3rd st, Brooklyn, NY. What: A tasting of Long Island Rosé & Oysters at 7 pm!

• Come by for a rosé tasting, oysters opening tutorial, ways to prepare them & a taste test!
• Freehold’s chef, Michael Boulos & The Lobster Place’s Joe Cooper will talk about oyster farming in the NY region ➕ teach you how to open oysters, tell the good ones from

Freehold Brooklyn | (718) 388-7591 | 45 South 3rd st, Brooklyn, NY

The Typewriter Project: The Subconscious of the City Opening Picnic

Today, The Poetry Society of NY launches the interactive public arts initiative, The Typewriter Project: The Subconscious of the City with an opening picnic. Complimentary food and refreshments will be provided.

Saturday, June 11, 2016 | 4:00 p.m.6:00 p.m. | Cost: FREE

Location: North 12th Street and Driggs Avenue Entrance in McCarren Park Brooklyn

The event includes readings from previous installations of The Typewriter Project. The Haiku Guys & Gals  will also be in attendance, providing custom poetic gifts to all attendees. The opening and piece itself are completely free and open to the public.

The Typewriter Project is a series of site-specific literary installations which invite passersby to join in a citywide linguistic exchange that exists in both the analog and digital realms. These typewriter booths are each outfitted with a vintage typewriter, 100-foot long paper scroll, and a custom-built USB Typewriter™ kit, which allows every keystroke to be collected, stored, and posted online for users to read, share, and comment upon. The Typewriter Project’s mission is to investigate, document, and preserve the poetic subconscious of the city while providing a fun and interactive means for the public to engage with the written word.

The project will open on June 11 at 4:00 p.m. and remain open to the public through July 19 at 8:00 p.m. The project’s hours of operation will be Mondays through Fridays from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sundays from noon to 8:00 p.m.

Amarcord Vintage’s Owner on Leaving Soho and Setting Sights on Williamsburg

And another Soho store bites the dust. After 10 years, vintagemainstay Amarcord Vintage Fashion will shutter its Lafayette Street location, owner Patti Bordoni announced via email today, due to Soho’s ever-increasing rents.

“We’re not the only ones succumbing to what’s going on in Soho,” Bordoni told Racked Monday afternoon. “These beautiful stores just have to give up because of the crazy rent these people are asking. New York is becoming less intriguing and interesting…all of the cool, little stores are closing. It’s a pity.”

Luckily for Bordoni, she sees a little bit of Soho’s magic in Williamsburg, where she already has an existing outpost on Bedford Avenue. That location has closed its doors as of yesterday so that the space can be majorly overhauled. “The neighborhood has changed a lot, [and] I think the crowd is ready for higher-end vintage. We’ll mix the high-end merchandise that used to sell in Soho with the best of the funky, eclectic collection that Williamsburg offered.”

So you can expect a mashup of European designers the store has always focused on, now just integrated with the Americans designers that will go with its aesthetic. “Gucci, Versace, Prada, Missoni, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, and other not-so-popular designers like Max Mara, Ferragamo…” Bordoni rattled off brands shoppers can expect to find littered among the racks of eclectic pieces that aren’t necessarily from a major fashion house but still in style and inspirational (and less expensive, too).

“In a few blocks’ radius from our store, you have beautiful stores like Ralph Lauren, J.Crew, Sabon, Levi’s, Dr. Marten’s, Bird, and the anxiously awaited Apple Store, Whole Foods and Barneys’ Co-Op,” she said. “That’s why we are focusing on enhancing our presence there. Williamsburg is the new Soho.”

Bordoni sympathizes with store owners looking to build a business without a budget. “Real estate is making it really hard for up-and-comings or startups to find a location. Whatever’s affordable [in terms of rent], then you might not have the traffic, or you might not have the right exposure. It’s really hard to find a neighborhood now where you can start and thrive.”

Amarcord will remain open on Lafayette Street until mid-April, and when the Williamsburg store re-opens right around the same time, it will be with a completely fresh, never-before-seen collection. As for a moving sale of any sort, stay tuned — Bordoni hasn’t decided quite yet, but we’re crossing our fingers.


Nike SB unveils the Nike SB Garage, an indoor skate park located in Williamsburg

Nike SB setup a temporary cement indoor skate park in Williamsburg Brooklyn for the Winter (Jan – Mar). The #NIKESBGARAGE is located at 646 Lorimer St (on the corner of Lorimer St & Meeker Ave) and opened to the public on January 16th, 2016. The space was designed with insights from riders on the Nike SB team and includes a big bank on one side, quarterpipes with pool coping lining the other and a big/small ledge (soon to be crowned with Granite). Opposite side of the big/small ledge is a small pyramid topped with a metal edged ledge. In the middle they installed two pop-up ramps modeled after sidewalk subway entry doors. Final touch was an NYC metal mesh trash can. Session info & registration is listed on their site.


646 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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Trader Joe’s is coming to Williamsburg

The California-based grocery chain, which opened its first New York outpost near Union Square in 2006, has signed a lease to open an 18,000-square-foot store in a building that will be constructed at 206 Kent Ave., between North Third Street and Metropolitan Avenue. The store will be Trader Joe’s second location in Brooklyn. Its first opened on Atlantic Avenue in Cobble Hill in 2008.

Trader Joe’s will become the latest of several big-brand national retailers that have set up shop in Williamsburg as that neighborhood becomes an increasingly popular residential and retail district. Whole Foods plans to open a store next year on Bedford Avenue and North Fourth Street, three avenues away from the upcoming Trader Joe’s. Apple and JCrew have also set up shop there.

Alliance Private Capital purchased the vacant lot at 206 Kent Ave. for $18 million in January 2014 and is planning to build a 45,000-square-foot mixed-use building there with ground-floor retail and office space upstairs. The company borrowed from G4 Capital Partners, a Brooklyn-focused specialty lender, and recently refinanced for a $20 million loan from Canada-based lender Romspen that will help Alliance Private Capital begin developing the project. Trader Joe’s has agreed to anchor the building’s ground floor and basement level.

The building will be close to residential and mixed-use complexes at the south end of the Williamsburg waterfront, including the Domino Sugar Refinery, which is being built by Two Trees Management. Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer is also planning a residential complex just south of the Williamsburg Bridge. Trader Joe’s Williamsburg location will be close to residents of those upcoming projects, totaling hundreds of thousands of square feet, and will likely tap into the boatloads of shoppers who frequent the area as well as the neighborhood’s growing residential population.

The chain has become a popular supermarket in the city, with lines at its Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan locations typically winding around the store.

Trader Joe’s entry into Williamsburg follows an agreement with another supermarket chain, Wegmans, which will open a store just south of Williamsburg, in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The outpost will be Wegmans’ first in the city.


Glaze Teriyaki is opening its fourth NYC location this fall in Williamsburg

Glaze Teriyaki is opening its fourth New York City location this fall in Williamsburg. The 800 square-foot store will have 25 seats at 145 N. 4th St., with Umami Burger, Sweetgreen and Whole Foods nearby.

Co-founders Paul Krug and Dennis Lake opened the first Glaze in Midtown in 2010, following by outposts in Union Square and Midtown West. A Dumbo outpost is set to open next year.


Revered Ramen Maker Ichiran Headed to Both Chelsea and Williamsburg in 2015

Cult ramen favorite Ichiran, which serves just one thing, a Hakata-style tonkotsu in tiny private booths, has been promising New Yorkers that they will get their very own outpost for years and years. The team finally announced in January that a Chelsea location would land sometime this year, after the summer. Now, from a Craigslist job posting, it looks like New York will get two Ichirans (more is more when you’re talking about spicy, fastidiously made ramen), the Chelsea restaurant and another in East Williamsburg. The owners are looking for a general managerand an assistant manager to oversee both locations, which they say will open this year. Back in 2009, Ichiran toyed with a Greenpoint location, but it mysteriously never came to be after years of empty promises. So, maybe the team wants to finally make good on those.

The McCarren Hotel’s new restaurant should open by the end of the month

Three months after Paul Liebrandt’s Williamsburg restaurant the Elm closed its doors in the McCarren Hotel (fka King & Grove), its replacement is finally being announced. A representative tells Eater that Joe Carroll, the restaurateur behind Williamsburg staples like Fette Sau and St. Anselm, is teaming up with Francesco Panella, of local sceney celeb favorite Antica Pesa, to do all the food and beverage for the hotel. That will entail not only filling the old Elm space, but also running the rooftop bar/lounge dining venue currently being held-down but an in-house concept, Sheltering Sky.

The restaurant is slated to open in late May, while the rooftop bar should debut later this summer (presumably to give them time to swap out Sheltering Sky after the restaurant opens). The concept for this restaurant is still being kept under wraps, but given the diverse expertise of the two restaurateurs, it really could be anything. Just hope that Carroll will lend his meat expertise, and Panella will bring the beautiful people.

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National Sawdust, a New Concert Hall, to Open in Williamsburg in October


The transformation of a century-old sawdust factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, into a new music center is nearly complete: organizers said Friday that the hall, National Sawdust, would open this fall and host three concerts in the New York Philharmonic’s Contact! series.

The new venue — which is envisioned as a concert hall, nightclub and recording studio and musical hangout — will work with contemporary composers and establish partnerships with some of the city’s top cultural institutions, including the Philharmonic.

Esa-Pekka Salonen will be the host of the first Contact! concert held at National Sawdust, on Nov. 16, which will be called “Salonen’s Floof and Other Delights.” The second, on Feb. 1, will feature works by young American composers including Adam Schoenberg, Nathan Heidelberger, Caroline Mallonée and Kate Soper. The last, on March 7, will feature chamber music by Olivier Messiaen and composers he influenced, and be hosted by Mr. Salonen.

The concerts will bring wide attention to the new venue, which was known during the planning process as the Original Music Workshop. It changed its name to the decidedly less-generic sounding National Sawdust to reflect the origins of the Brooklyn building it is transforming into a 13,000-square-foot music space as part of a $16 million project.

While the rest of the first year’s programming has not been announced, the artists in residence for the inaugural season give an idea of the scope of its eclecticism. National Sawdust said that it first class of artists in residence would include veterans of New York’s music scene including Beth Morrison Projects and Brooklyn Rider; as well as 1b1, a Norwegian string ensemble; Hotel Elefant, the new music group, and Netsayi, a Zimbabwean singer-songwriter.

Paola Prestini, a composer who is the creative and executive director of National Sawdust, called the chance to lead the space “a dream come true.” She will develop programming along with a lineup of advisers that span many genres, including the composers Anna Clyne, David T. Little and Nico Muhly; musicians including the pianist Simone Dinnerstein and the countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo; and musicians from the worlds of rock and pop including Bryce Dessner of The National and Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire.

Goodbye Brooklyn Night Bazaar, Hello BMW

(BK Night Bazaar/Dylan Johnson)

New York City’s largest nocturnal flea market/indie music venue/food court is being displaced by the world’s largest luxury auto maker. As of June 1st, the Brooklyn Night Bazaar has to vacate its 23,000 square-foot warehouse on Banker Street near Wythe and North 15th so that BMW can move in. Say what you will about Williamsburg’s Herschel-toting Amex dilettantes, at least they left the city to buy their SUVs.

BMW’s new space is a short Uber ride away from One North Fourth184 KentThe Edge111 Kent, and other sun-drenched entombments for the human spirit.

Belvy Klein, who co-founded and co-owns the Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Aaron Broudo, said that the eviction “hit us like a nuclear bomb.”

“The building owner did offer us to match, but it was basically close to 8 to 10 times what we are currently paying, which is just a number not even remotely on our radar,” Klein wrote in an email.

“You do have to wonder how it’s even possible anymore to operate a venue that doesn’t have massive financial backing. Coming from a punk rock/DIY background personally, to see venue after venue basically fall victim to the same developer/price-you-out scenario is really depressing. And as a native New Yorker, it pisses me off even more to see how unrecognizable this city has, and continues to, become.”

Klein confirmed that BMW would be the new tenant, but couldn’t provide any specifics. A representative from BMW has not yet responded to our request for comment.

The Brooklyn Night Bazaar just announced a series of outdoor shows at Riis Park, dubbed theRiis Park Beach Bazaar, beginning next weekend. Klein says that “up until 48 hours ago, we were looking at Riis as just an expansion of the Night Bazaar,” and that he’ll continue to look for a space in the city to put the Night Bazaar. But for now, the beach is the brand’s sole incarnation [Full disclosure: Gothamist is a “media partner” for the Riis Park events].

“Riis Park is an absolutely gorgeous beach right on the Atlantic, but if you do a quick 180, you actually see the skyline of the City,” Klein says. “With no condos or high rises blocking the view.”

[UPDATE] A spokesperson from the car manufacturer provided us with this statement:

BMW Group has signed a rental agreement with the owners of the Banker Street building in question. There are no plans to use the building for either retail or corporate purposes from our side. We are still in the planning stages at this time. More details will be communicated at a later date.

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James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem to Open a Wine Bar in Brooklyn

James Murphy, the former frontman of LCD Soundsystem, with his wife, Christina Topsoe, in their new wine bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. CreditAlex Welsh for The New York Times


When a prominent chef heard that James Murphy had decided to open a wine bar in Brooklyn, he nudged Mr. Murphy to compose an online journal about the process.

Mr. Murphy mulled it over, at least for a moment.

“I thought I would call it ‘the Worst Idea Ever,’ ” he said the other day with a flick of the self-effacement that became his hallmark as the brain behind the dance-punk band LCD Soundsystem.

No pearls of prose ever materialized, though.

“I’ve never done it because I’m overwhelmed,” he said.

That wine bar, the Four Horsemen, is scheduled to open in early June at 295 Grand Street in Williamsburg, and it turns out that hosting a nightly party in a room with about 40 seats can be as much of a logistical ordeal as hosting one in Madison Square Garden. (Mr. Murphy has actually done that.)

While he has toured the world, both at the front of his band, now retired, and as a globally on-demand D.J., his days now overflow with conversations about slow-moving contractors, stringent health-department regulations and the mysteries of a grease trap. To borrow the title of one of his most popular songs, “New York, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down.”


Mr. Murphy in the wine bar.CreditAlex Welsh for The New York Times

At 45, Mr. Murphy likes to joke that he drifted away from spinning records because “I need something with really low margins, high risk, brutal hours and which I have no experience at.”

Beneath the man’s comic laments, though, lies a deep wellspring of enthusiasm. Mr. Murphy has evolved into a true gastronome, a restless seeker of food and wine who rattles off precise lists of his favorite haunts in Copenhagen and Paris and London and Tokyo. For those who squander a lot of time in restaurants in New York and elsewhere, his meaty frame and stubbled mug have become a familiar sight. He has befriended chefs like David Chang and René Redzepi, and for a while he said he was so accustomed to eating “like a 14th-century noble” that he acquired gout — “far and away the most painful thing I’ve ever had.”

So it was probably only a matter of time before he made a fateful leap into the hospitality business.

“We’ve been talking about this for years,” said Justin Chearno, a wine consultant and friend of Mr. Murphy who is helping to map out the selections for the bar. It has a strong emphasis on natural wines, which are ideally allowed to ferment with minimal human manipulation.

“There’s kind of a limitless amount of things I want to do, and when the path seems to open, that’s when I try to do a thing,” Mr. Murphy said, sipping a flat white at Sweatshop, a cafe and design studio a short walk from the Four Horsemen.

One partner in the wine bar is his Danish-born wife, Christina Topsoe, 34, who is due to give birth any day now. The general manager will be Katrina Birchmeier, a natural-wine advocate from Australia.


Both snacks and larger dishes will be on the menu at the Four Horsemen.CreditAlex Welsh for The New York Times

“We wanted somebody from outside,” he said. “Because she doesn’t think things are impossible yet.”

After years as a drinker of bourbon and beer, Mr. Murphy had his palate turned upside-down one afternoon in 2008 at Racines, a wine-obsessed spot in Paris where Mr. Chearno, his vinous Yoda, helped introduce him to a bottle of a Sicilian orange wine called Frank Cornelissen MunJebel Bianco No. 3, “which was so crazy,” Mr. Murphy said. “In my memory, there were leaves and twigs floating in it.”

A few sips were enough to convert him into a superfan.

“It was absolutely mind-blowing,” he said. “This was much more radical than I’d expected.”

There will be similarly radical sips among the 160 or so choices (and eventually 350) at the Four Horsemen, though there will be more traditional options, too.

“We’re not dogmatic,” he said. “Like, we don’t want to be part of an argument. If I opened a record store, it wouldn’t be all punk rock and esoterica.”

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