After opening in July 2014, Humboldt & Jackson (434 Humboldt St.) will close this month with “smiles and high fives,” co-owner Bill Reed says, as the timing was right for the family-run restaurant and bar to end its run on a high note.
“Most of the time when a restaurant is going out of business it’s dead or someone just takes it over,” he said. “This was an opportunity for me and my family to actually sell our assets and to get someone in there who we feel will represent the neighborhood as good, if not better than us.”
With an assist from Reed on a lease takeover, Meat Hook founders Ben Turley and Brent Young will open a new tavern and restaurant at the Humboldt Street address called Cozy Royale. An Italian catering hall and social club by the same name functioned out of the space for over 70 years prior to Humboldt & Jackson. Continue reading →
Oh, yes, winter is coming, but Mister Dips, Nitehawk, and Ample Hills are all ready to help you forget all about that and enjoy these last few weeks of sunshine and warm breezes! Mister Dips debuted a few new menu items last week, Nitehawk wants you to savor boozy slushies to your heart’s content, and Ample Hills can now be delivered to your door.
First, the savory. Mister Dips, the Airstream burger shack in Vale Park at The William Vale (111 N. 12th St), is quite possibly serving up some of the best burgers in North Brooklyn. If you’ve never been, they’re of the griddle-top variety made famous by McDonald’s and vastly improved upon by Shake Shack. They’ve teamed up with Red Hook’s Hometown BBQ to bring us a fancy bacon burger. Instead of crispy bacon, the burger has thick slices of succulent pork belly topped with a spicy green chili sauce. You can wash that all down with their new float, Orange Cloud, a mix of that classic vanilla ice cream and orange soda. If you prefer your sweets at the end of dinner, try the new cone, Aunt Edna! Made specifically for autumnal enthusiasts, the cone consists of spicy cinnamon soft serve dipped in green apple shell before being topped with creme fraiche, crumbles, and caramel. You’ll want to get in on this sooner rather than later! Continue reading →
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 →
The Williamsburg Hotel | 96 Wythe Ave. 12pm-6pm, Tea Service and live jazz Cozy up in velvet banquette seating for tea time between 12pm – 6pm as Katherine Ella Wood sings lighthearted “sunny jazz.” Let her transport you back in time while sipping on premium teas while enjoying sweet and savory bites from the Brooklyn Bread Lab.
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Cherry Point | 664 Manhattan Ave. Cherry Point is offering up their chef’s table for Mother’s Day brunch and dinner. Call for more info, menu options, and bookings. 718.389.3828
Freehold | 45 S 3rd St. Brunch, flowers and MOMosas starts at 11am. Please call to make reservations in advance. More info. 718.388.7591
Humboldt & Jackson| 434 Humboldt St. 11am-4pm. $14.99 ALL YOU CAN EAT Mother’s Day brunch party. Delicious-sounding menu available on their website, and you can make a reservation for parties of 6 or more via email: [email protected]
Ok, so the headline is a bit of a misdirect. A few years ago on a trip to Barcelona, after stuffing myself silly with salty cheeses, meats, olives and wine for a week I actually did split my pants—and with a sweatshirt tied around my waist, I had to make an emergency run to H&M to appropriately clothe myself. So before I headed to Humboldt & Jackson’s Black Tap takeover on Saturday it actually crossed my mind that all the calories might cause another trouser explosion—but thankfully my will, and my pants, held strong.
Humboldt and Jackson (434 Humboldt Street) has been delighting the neighborhood with popup chefs and restaurants since they opened their doors three years ago—so if you’re a foodie you can get in the know and impress your friends by following their Instagram, which is where they announce all their events. And on this occasion, they teamed up with Black Tap. In case you’ve been living under a pile of fancy foodstuffs (or you’re not a millenial), the restaurant is famous for their epic and Instagram-worthy #crazyshakes boasting lines that can get up to six hours long. It’s a next level burger and shake joint and on many tourists’ Manhattan-must-do lists. Continue reading →
SATURDAY 4/15, 930pm! Flirt Reynolds takes over the back room spinning 70s disco/funk, 80s new wave/pop, 90s hip hop and 2000s indie dance music, all on vinyl. Dance till you’re dead! Free champagne for those dressed in throwback attire, until it runs out.@ Humboldt & Jackson (434 Humboldt Street), FREE!
* Pole Play Wednesday @ House of Yes (2 Wyckoff Ave) 9pm, FREE, Safe space for pole dancers in the NYC community to come out and show their friends and fellow aerialists what they’ve been working on, RSVP ♫ Transit.FM presents Local Service 006 @ Good Room (98 Meserole Ave) 10pm, FREE,Transit.FM returns to take over the Bad Room. Breaks, jungle, and more from some of NYC’s best drum and bass selectors, More info ♫ Hot Chip (DJ Set)/ Mike Simonetti @ Output (74 Wythe Ave) 10pm, $30,Renowned indie/electronica band Hot Chip bring their DJ skills alongside one of Brooklyn’s finest selectors Mike Simonetti, Buy tixContinue reading →
The 2017 Academy Awards will kick off this Sunday at 8:30pm. If you have the urge to watch from anywhere but your couch, here’s where you can watch it on big screens in our ‘hood.
Northern Territory | 12 Franklin St. Northern Territory is hosting an Oscars blowout in collaboration with the best Meryl Streep-themed Instagram account ever, Taste of Streep. The watch party starts with the live red carpet pre-show at 7:00 with the main show starting at 8:30. Admission is free and you have a chance to walk away with some rad Taste of Streep goodies.
*North Brooklyn Safe Streets Meet Up! @ Greenpoint Beer & Ale (7 North 15th St) 7pm, FREE, Discuss how we can work together to make our neighborhood streets safer for everyone, More info ^ Stories My Friends Tell Me @ Archestratus (160 Huron St) 7pm, FREE, Hosted series where friends have five to ten minutes each to tell an important story from their lives. By sharing our personal stories we encourage each other to write and be productive, RSVP ♫ BAE // intentions @ Tender Trap (66 Greenpoint Ave) 8pm, FREE, The INTENTIONS edition: with tools, techniques, visuals, spaces, and SOUNDS for arousing your best, lightest self in the midst of it all, RSVP
♦ United In Anger Screening @ The City Reliquary (370 Metropolitan Ave) 7pm, $10, Screening of Jim Hubbard’s “United in Anger: A History of ACT UP.” Short performance by drag queen, writer, and activist Miz Cracker plus a discussion with Miz Cracker and the filmmaker, Buy tix ^ January Depression-Fighting Group Reading @ WORD (126 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE, Celebration of new books and fantastic memoir/essay/literary nonfiction writers featuring Jason Diamond, Chloe Caldwell, Morgan Jerkins, Danielle Henderson and Kat Kinsman, RSVP * New Moon Sound Portal @ The Hollows (151 Bedford Ave) 7:30pm, by Donation, New Moon is a symbolic portal for new beginnings and it’s a perfect time to set intentions for things you’d like to create, develop, cultivate, and make manifest, RSVPContinue reading →
For all you Halloweeners out there, here are our top picks for some fine spine chillin’ in North Brooklyn. Whether you’re in the mood to dance the night away with DJs, see rad costumed cover bands, freak out at scary movies, compete in a costume contest, take a zombie terrarium class or participate in a basement seance, our neighborhood has truly an abundance of choice this year.
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GIF-O-Ween at Brooklyn Bazaar Sponsored by GIPHY and presented by Animation Block Party, GIFOWEEN is a Halloween-themed animation loop contest! This party will feature the official launch of GIPHY PRESENTS: GIF DANCE PARTY, a fully immersive dance environment that allows you to finally become dance partners with all your favorite online characters at once! Brooklyn Bazaar | 150 Greenpoint Ave. 8pm-12am, FREE, Costumes highly encouraged RSVP on Facebook
[sponsored] TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint East River State Park (90 Kent Ave) 1pm, $35–$100, More info and 30% Discount Code An annual outdoor celebration of North Brooklyn’s local flavor, now entering its 7th year. This block party–style event features samples from 50+ of the neighborhood’s best restaurants, bars, breweries, and wineries, along with live music, demonstrations, and much, much more.
WEDNESDAY 9/14 ^ Banned But Translated @ Word (126 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE, Members of the PEN America Translation Committee read from translations of books that have been banned in other countries, More info ☺ Cinder Block Comedy Festival Preview Show @ Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer St) 1opm, FREE, Hosted by Gabe Pacheco and Sameer Naseem, with Sarah Kennedy, Eman El-Husseini, Myq Kaplan, and more, More info
THURSDAY 9/15 ♦ “Slow Silent” Opening Reception@ The Yard (33 Nassau Ave) 6pm, FREE, Recent works by Eric Otto, More info ♦ New Red Wine Release & “Geometries”@ Brooklyn Oenology (209 Wythe Ave) 7pm, FREE, A solo exhibition of work by Matti Havens, plus $2 off glasses of BOE 2013 Social Club Red, More info ♫ Gimme Tinnitus Presents @ Aviv (496 Morgan Ave) 8pm, $8, With Parlor Walls / Natural Velvet / Weeping Icon / Plaque, RSVP