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A Casually Sophisticated Night of Music, Food and the Four Elements at National Sawdust

Singer Magos Hererra and the musical ensemble during the third course FIRE, during Elements of Time + Taste at National Sawdust. Photo: Megan Penmann
Singer Magos Herrera and the musical ensemble during the third course FIRE, during Elements of Time + Taste at National Sawdust.

Earth, air, fire and water: the vital components that make up our living world were the inspiration for a special night at National Sawdust (80 N 6th St) last Thursday, where musicians collaborated with acclaimed chef Patrick Connolly of neighboring restaurant Rider and mixologist Allen Katz (NY Distilling Company) to compose an immersive performance harmonized with food and drink. The inventive evening included avant-garde music spanning several genres (jazz, electronic, folk, world), eclectic performers, and an exceptional food and cocktail pairing set in an informal salon atmosphere.

National Sawdust. Photo: Megan Penmann
Before the show, National Sawdust.

National Sawdust is a beautifully designed black box theatre with acoustics that rival the Sydney Opera House. If you’ve been to NS more than once, you’ve likely experienced a variety of stage setups. The auditorium layout was designed to play a little Tetris, with the stage location and seating arrangement tailored to each performance and always sounding incredible no matter what the scenario. Last week’s show was no different; with tables and chairs arranged cabaret-style to face the stage and corn husks as our plates, the night had a casual vibe nestled in an intimate high-end venue. Continue reading

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F*CK, That’s Delicious: Mouthy Rapper Action Bronson’s Dinner & Book Release Party at Nitehawk

Action Bronson at Nitehawk Cinema
Action Bronson at Nitehawk Cinema, via Instagram

If you have not heard of rapper, former chef and Viceland host Action Bronson’s low culture cult following, you may soon be aware of his larger-than-life presence. Born in Queens and reportedly living in North Brooklyn, he has become an icon somewhat for his brazen rap stylings, but is probably more acclaimed for his self-proclaimed lyrical adoration of the pre-packaged foods most of us grew up with—chicken tenders, Starburst, Steak-umms; and his more complex and grown-up gourmet tastes—steak that’s aged for over 20 days, lamb that’s been roasted over 7 hours, stuffing filled with truffles and pears. As a chubby, foul-mouthed yet lovable character, he appeals to many: the shameless (those who would happily chow down on dirty water hotdogs), the detail-oriented (people who would source the best ingredients to create a very simple meal) and the fun-food-havers (regular people at a backyard BBQ where the smoker’s been going for hours, where homemade food and booze is abundant and anything goes). Continue reading

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Rock Your Tastebuds at National Sawdust’s Food/Drinks/Music Pairing Event Next Thursday (9/28)!

Next Thursday evening (9/28) at 7:30pm, National Sawdust (80 N 6th St) is presenting a night of inspired food, mixology and music as they pair up small bites and cocktails with custom-composed music to simultaneously tickle your ears and your tastebuds.

James Beard Award-winning chef Patrick Connolly of Rider (National Sawdust’s sister restaurant) and “cocktail world enigma” Allen Katz, mixologist and local distiller at New York Distilling Company (79 Richardson St), will create the tantalizing culinary experience, which will offer four canapés (three h’ors doeuvres + dessert) and five cocktails on tap.

Multi-instrumentalist Yuka C. Honda, who will premiere Chopping Music. Photo by Nathan West.
Multi-instrumentalist Yuka Honda, who will premiere Chopping Music. Photo by Nathan West.

Musicians include jazz singer Magos Herrera, multi-instrumentalist Yuka C. Honda (of Cibo Matto), and pianist Oded Lev-Ari, who will lead the ensemble in a program ranging from tango to electronic music to Mexican folk song, including the world premiere of Chopping Music and a piece inspired by the humble juniper berry.

And, audience members get 20% off their bill at Rider after the event. Advance tickets are $70 and available here. Continue reading

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Nitehawk Celebrates Korean Independence Day with Fantastic Film Feast

Poster for the Film via Nitehawk
Poster for the Film via Nitehawk

Last Tuesday, Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Ave) celebrated Korean National Liberation Day with a spectacular Film Feast. The Nitehawk team collaborated with Yooeating?! and Tokki Soju to turn Chan-wook Park’s Old Boy (2003) into a multi-sensory, totally immersive thrill ride.

Old Boy is a neo-noir mystery thriller that critics have called “a dazzling work of pop-culture artistry…[that] makes us feel a part of something bigger than ourselves.” With praise like that, I knew I was in for a good time, but add to it Yooeating?!’s evocative and delicious dishes, and Tokki Soju’s imaginative pours made with Soju, a traditional Korean distilled spirit, delivered at precisely the moment of the film which inspired their creation, and Tuesday’s Film Feast was one of the most exciting and satisfying experiences I’ve had at the movies. Continue reading

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Humboldt & Jackson Has a New Dinner Menu, But First Let’s Talk About Humboldt & Jackson

Spaghetti and Mama’s Meatballs. Photo by Molly Tavoletti.

Echoes of the Cozy Royale catering hall can still be heard in the warm dining room in the back of the bar at Humboldt & Jackson (434 Humboldt Street). The Royale’s former owner, Joanne Perrotta, had turned down many other offers when she was looking to retire. For years, families and neighbors gathered for dinners there, and Perrotta wished to pass on that sense of community along with the space. Perrotta cared more about who was going to take the place over rather than what it was going to be.

The first time I set foot in Humboldt & Jackson was the very day it opened. I followed the renovation of the Cozy Royale into this place, a newly-titled “American Tasting Room,” step-by-step on my daily walk to the Graham Avenue L train and was thrilled to have a prospective place to call my own—my Cheers, if you will. I would cement my status by getting in right at the beginning. Over the three years since their opening I realized that the feeling of ownership and comfort that I felt is exactly what Bill Reed, the bar’s charismatic owner, wants for all his guests. Continue reading

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Threes @ Franklin + Kent Extending Stay through Summer

Threes @ Franklin + Kent with food by Purslane

Thanks to a warm welcome from the neighborhood and the initial success of the pop-up, Threes Brewing is extending its stay in Greenpoint! The outpost will continue to occupy the former Cassette space at 113 Franklin Street (corner of Kent St.) at least through the summer.

Though I’d been hearing great things about the Gowanus brewery for a while before my first visit, it was a Luluc concert at Tiny Montgomery—the brewery’s versatile private dining room that doubles as an intimate concert venue—that inspired my first trip to the original Threes location. With a coffee shop by Ninth Street Espresso conducive to tackling some work before the show, my sense of the place was that it would lend itself nicely to spending the day and then enjoying food by one of the pop-ups featured at the time (its food is now exclusively by The Meat Hook) and beers with friends who joined for the show.

Now much of what I loved about that welcoming, experience-focused, “come hang” vibe is just down the block from me. Known for its frequent and interesting programming, Threes will bring more of the same to Threes @ Franklin + Kent with live music and other events starting in May. In the meantime, there will be DJs a few nights per week,  as well as a lineup of other breweries coming by each Wednesday (4/19 Industrial Arts; 4/26 KCBC; 5/3 Other Half; 5/10 LIC Beer Project; 5/17 Barrier Brewing; 5/24 Transmitter). Continue reading

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A Look at The New All-Day Cafe, One Bedford

All images courtesy of One Bedford

It wasn’t that shocking when Nights & Weekends closed in early March. The bar had always been the “cool” spot while occupying the triangle space of the Bedford/Nassau/Lorimer/McCarren intersection. But the crew parted ways with the owners of Five Leaves back in November, and it was destined to become something else. Thankfully, it wasn’t closed for long. One speedy renovation later, it’s now open as One Bedford. Not only is the interior redesigned, the restaurant now has a whole new day-long menu. Continue reading

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Thursday Night Pop-Up Dinner at The Diamond

Images courtesy of El Jefe Nachoria

The New Yorker spilled Greenpoint’s secret recently with its profile on Franklin Street’s The Diamond. The bar is definitely one of the best low-key spots in the neighborhood for good wine, great beer, shuffleboard, slot-car racing, and nibbles. Their eats are usually limited to Dub Pies and charcuterie, the easy stuff you don’t need a kitchen for. To switch things up food-wise, they’d periodically host pop-ups for an afternoon or evening, but nothing regular. Until now. Continue reading

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A Dahl’s House: 5 Course Indian Dinner at Archestratus This Friday!

Dhal, Ankur Parikh
Dhal, a food eaten “with equal relish by toothless toddlers, husky farmers and effete urban snobs.”

Join Greenpoint chef/playwright/physician Ankur Parikh at 7:30 pm this Friday, March 17 at Archestratus Food and Books (160 Huron St.) for “A Dhal’s House”, a 5 course vegetarian dinner celebrating the various types and ways dhal, the split pulse, can be used in a meal, and can bring people of various communities and socioeconomic classes together. And more importantly, the event will examine how an ingredient that is classically associated with the Indian subcontinent draws from its roots, but has depth and breadth. It’s an offering of dhal, a once before, never again secret.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to New Women New Yorkers—the first organization dedicated to empowering young immigrant women from all national origins in New York City. It offers them a safe space, a support network and the resources and opportunities to become role models and agents of change.
$60 tickets are available here.
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Bitter Is Better At Archestratus This Friday

Bitter meal at Archestratus - Ankur ParikhThis Friday, December 16 at 7 pm, at Archestratus Food and Books (160 Huron Street), Ankur Parikh will be creating five vegetarian courses plus a cocktail celebrating and highlighting ingredients classically described as “bitter.” The dinner will explore the bitter part of our palate through items ranging from coffee to fenugreek to bitter melon to dark chocolate, and more.

Bitter dinner Archestratus Ankur ParikhThe cost is $60 for the whole menu and all of the proceeds will be donated directly to an organization called The Young Center. They are a small but special organization doing important work with the most vulnerable of the many thousands of undocumented immigrants in this country—children. The Young Center serves as expert advocates in a relatively specialized line of work that many are just learning about now, in light of our recent political climate.

Get tickets for the dinner here, and check out the Facebook event and menu here.
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