Jazz

New Italian ‘Le Fanfare’ Serves up Dinner with a Side of Jazz

Le_fanfare_greenpoint_rosie_de_bIn a neighborhood largely under occupation by the Haslegrave brothers, we walked into new bar and restaurant Le Fanfare to the pleasant surprise that it wasn’t another one of theirs. The design of the space is comfortable and coherent, from the sharply-painted facade to the sequin-lined stage. Attention to detail pervades everything; the printing on each page of the menu lines up perfectly with the stenciled text on the board holding it, for example. This careful attention to detail appears throughout the restaurant: ingredients, furnishing, music, and even the staff have been chosen and integrated carefully by people who realize that it only takes one cut corner to cheapen the whole experience.

Our night at Le Fanfare (1103 Manhattan Ave) began at the small round bar up front, where we were warmly welcomed by an easygoing and friendly staff. The cocktail list is short and classic, with drinks around $11, and the bar is comfortable and pleasantly backlit by a clouded mirror studded with star-like lights. I sometimes find that I mentally rank spaces like these by how badly they make me wish I could still spend long nights smoking inside at them, and this bar gets pretty high marks there. Continue reading

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Bon Appétit Greenpoint Grub Crawl 2-for-1 Ticket Offer! (06/21)

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Coco's Baked Eggs with Chorizo

“Do you always look for the longest day of the year and then miss it?” asked The Great Gatsby’s Daisy. Well there’ll be no missing it this year, not if you choose to mark the day by partaking in Bon Appétit’s Greenpoint Grub Crawl which, betwixt the hours of 11.30am-5pm, will take punters on a tour of some of the most exciting foody hotspots in the area.

And, for a very limited time, there’s a ‘buy one get one free’ deal on tickets when you use the code BAGCGO at checkout. Continue reading

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The Return of the Swamp Donkeys at the Exley Tonight! (Sat 6/7)

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Get down or chill out with The Swamp Donkeys on Saturday

Continuing our tradition of intermittently scheduled but always entertaining live, unamplified and ass-whipping shows, The Exley (1 Jackson St) proudly presents The New Orleans Swamp Donkey’s Traditional Jass Band.

Following recent NYC shows at Leadbelly, The Radegast Beer Hall and SOHO House, the Swamp Donkeys will play their unique version of traditional New Orleans Jazz from 4-pm Tonight June 7th at The Exley (1 Jackson Street, b/w Union and Meeker).

Everything happens on the front patio– live music, the hood’s best classic cocktails, some food, and no cover charge.  The band is rumored to appreciate tips, CD purchases, smiles, and dancing. Join us on a perfect Brooklyn Summer afternoon of booze, sunshine, food, and great live music. Get an idea of what you’re in store for in the video below.

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Fighting Firefighters, Dinner Boat, Ticket Fetish, Live Jazz — The Hook-Up (12/2)

Artwork by Tamara Garvey

 

Firefighters are suing the city because they allege that Ladder 146 in Greenpoint is anti-Muslim and anti-Hispanic.

Brooklyn’s first dinner boat, “The Water Table” a World War II-era ship that will be serving up seasonal New England cuisine, launches this Friday from the India Street pier.  (Brownstoner)

Steve Levin needs a garage or a bike.   (NY Post)

And finally, if you’re not doing anything tonight, you can head to Noble Street, get a drink, eat Latkes and listen to some live Chanukah jazz music.  (Brokelyn)

 

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New Orleans’ Swamp Donkeys Ass-Whipping’ Live Jass at The Exley Tonight! (6/20)

In what we hope will be the first of many live, unamplified and ass-whipping music shows, The Exley (1 Jackson St) proudly presents The New Orleans Swamp Donkey’s Traditional Jass Band.

Following recent NYC shows at Sullivan Hall, The Radegast Beer Hall and SOHO House, the Swamp Donkeys will play their unique version of traditional New Orleans Jazz from 8-11pm on Thursday June 20th at The Exley (1 Jackson Street, b/w Union and Meeker).

Everything happens on the front patio– live music, $8 aged Sazerac cocktails, and expertly (i.e. drunkenly) grilled hot dogs. No Cover charge although the band is known to appreciate tips, CD purchases, smiles, and dancing. Join us on a perfect NYC summer night of booze, humidity, food, and great live music. Get an idea of what you’re in store for in the video below.

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THE SKINT PRESENTS: THE WINTERLAND ROMP (12/15)

 

We all love our friend’s holiday potluck but, if you are looking for a REAL holiday party this season, it is The Skint’s Winterland Romp, December 15th at Littlefield(622 Degraw St. Gowanus)!

Skint Winterland Romp

Call it Christmas in a New Orleans cathouse, circa 1932. Because you’ve been very, very good this year, we’re stuffing your stockings to bursting at the Winterland Romp at Littlefield on December 15th at 8pm! Dance to sweaty old jazz from cult favorites The Hot Sardines. Coo at the sugarplums of burlesque performers The Ivory Fox and Miss Coney Island 2011, Lefty Lucy. Get lulled into a state of sublime bliss from the angelic holiday serenades of Maya Solovey. Be on the lookout for a surprise visit from the elusive Chanukah Elf! Work on your last truly epic hangover of 2012 with our $5 “Rosy Cheeks” holiday punch drink special. Pop by the FREE Winterland photo booth (courtesy of Bibi Booth) to capture your twinkling eyes, merry dimples, rosy cheeks and cherry nose that would make Saint Nick proud.

Limited-edition event posters will be available for sale, a portion of which will benefit Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

Tickets $10

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