Surveying Bushwick Brooklyn and Ridgewood Queens (and beyond)

Eating & Drinking

  • Official Ridgefood Grocery Shopping Guide! (Ridgefood)
  • Commodore Chef Stephen Tanner to Serve Mexican Barbecue and Buckets of Fried Chicken at El Cortez … Maybe (Grub Street)
  • Forrest Point Has Softly Opened at Flushing/Forrest Triangle (Bushwick Daily)
  • This New Bushwick Bar Is The Most Literal Boobie Trap We’ve Ever Seen (Bedford+Bowery | Previously)
  • The Spot is Open in Ridgewood (Brownstoner)
  • Maybe Don’t Go To This Shady Restaurateur’s New Bushwick Diner (BK Mag)
  • Roberta’s Block Party is Not Happening This Year (Bushwick Daily)
  • Savoy Cafe and Grill Opens in Bushwick (Brownstoner)
  • Orleans Is Now Dressing Po’ Boys in Bushwick (Bedford+Bowery)
  • 100 Organic and Biodynamic Wines Coming to Bushwick Bar (DNAinfo)
  • A New Coffee Shop off the Halsey Stop (Bushwick Daily)
  • Montana’s Trail House Is Either ‘A Very Bad Place’ or ‘Something Pretty Special’ (Bedford+Bowery)
  • Andalucia Bar Lounge Opens in Bushwick (Brownstoner)
  • Exploring the Convergence of New York’s Culinary Past and Present in Ridgewood (Grub Street)

Eating and Drinking


  • Influx of hipsters revives 90-year-old Ridgewood German bar (Queens Courier)
  • Wreck Room Is Closing After 9 Years (Bushwick Daily)
  • Kings County Bar Moves a Few Blocks (Brownstoner)
  • At Pasta Shop, You Can Eat Rigatoni Like It’s Ramen (Bedford+Bowery)
  • Bushwick’s Newest and Most Aptly Named Spot for a Cup O’ Joe (Bushwick Daily)
  • Campaign Aims to Halt Influx of Bushwick Bars (DNAinfo)
  • New Restaurant/Bar Will Open at Flushing & Forrest Triangle (Bushwick Daily)
  • The Buildout of East Williamsburg’s Newest Hybrid Venue Has Begun (Bedford+Bowery)
  • New Ridgewood restaurant criticized for ‘soft-core porn’ wall art (Queens Courier)
  • Bushwick “Block Party” to Promote Neighborhood as Cultural Center (DNAinfo)
  • Bushwick’s New Venue, Palisades: ‘It’s Everyone’s Scene’ (Bedford+Bowery)
  • Liquor license excuse sounds like a huge crock of crap (Queens Crap)

Eating and Drinking

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  • Hungry City: Houdini Kitchen Laboratory in Ridgewood, Queens (NY Times)
  • First bite: Bushwick gets a food fest (Brooklyn Paper | DNAinfo)
  • The Rookery for Brunch (WSJ)
  • Finally: Bushwick Bar Comes Equipped With Phone Charging Stations (Observer | Bedford+Bowery)
  • Plenty to Get On Board With at Central Station, a New Outdoor Drinking Depot (Bedford+Bowery)
  • Tasty treats for everyone (Queens Chronicle)
  • This Shack Will Serve You Lobster-Topped French Fries at 1 A.M. (Bedford+Bowery)
  • Montana’s Trail House Brings Mountain Soda, Black Magic Cuisine to Bushwick (Bedford+Bowery | Previously)
  • Bees From Roberta’s Rooftop Hives Are Allegedly “Escaping & Terrorizing” Neighbors (Gothamist)

Eating and Drinking


  • Signature Dish: Norma’s (Brownstoner Queens)
  • Local Coffee Shop Owners Seek Funds for Bar Expansion (DNAinfo)
  • Bunna Cafe: Restaurant review (Daily News)
  • Ltauha Restaurant: An Instant Classic (Ridgefood)
  • Three Great Cheap Places You Should Know About (Eater)
  • Foraging in Forest Park: Japanese Knotweed, Carrot & Apple Muffins (Ridgefood)
  • Calibella – a Bushwick bakery that’s muy buena (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
  • A Food And Drink Tour Of Bushwick’s ‘Jefftown’ (Gothamist)
  • The Wheelhouse Opens on Wilson Ave (Bushwick Daily)
  • New restaurant coming to 19 Wyckoff Avenue in Bushwick? (BBH)

Eating and Drinking


  • Food Co-ops in Gentrifying Areas Find They Aren’t to Every Taste (NY Times)
  • Little Coffee Shop now open (Facebook)
  • Bunna Cafe’s Ethiopian Food Wizards Now Have Permanent Home In Bushwick (Gothamist)
  • At the Coffee Shop (Edible Queens)
  • Bushwick makes room for ginger fizz biz whiz (NY Post)
  • Barbecue Guru Tyson Ho to Open Bushwick Restaurant (Eater)

Eating and Drinking - Old Stanley’s, Sherwood’s Keep, Hi Hello, and Lot 45


Old Stanley’s

An on-premises liquor license is pending for Old Stanley’s (Que Bueno Inc.) at 226 Wyckoff Avenue, between Menehan and Grove.  SLA records indicate that Matthew Webber and Ben Altman of King Noodle are behind the new venue.  The building, previously occupied by Tu Estilo Fashion, sold in 2011 for $520,000.


Sherwood’s Keep

A Ridgewood couple has formed Sherwoods Keep Inc and applied for an on-premises liquor license for 203-205 Cypress Avenue (between Starr St and Willoughby Ave).


Hi Hello

A liquor license application has been filed for Hi Hello LLC, a new sandwich shop planned for 247 Starr Street (at Wyckoff Ave).  Previous tenants include Mazelle, Buffalo Cantina, Palma’s Restaurant, Danielitos Restaurant, and El Encanto Restaurant.


Lot 45

A liquor license has been approved for Lot 45 LLC at 411 Troutman Street (between Wyckoff and St. Nicholas).  The new bar and outdoor lounge has a 250-person Place of Assembly permit and events booked for January.


Fair Weather Bushwick



Coffee lovers near Myrtle-Wyckoff will soon have a new choice for a cup o’ joe — Fair Weather Bushwick, which is wrapping up construction at 274 Wyckoff Avenue (between Linden & Gates).  The space was previously occupied by an accountant.

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The Bad Old Days

An on-premises liquor license is pending for The Bad Old Days, a new bar planned for the corner of Wyckoff and Himrod (146 Wyckoff Avenue / 346 Himrod Street).  Their Facebook page has sample menus and notes a 2014 opening.  The long-vacant property, once home to the Wyckoff Paint and Wallpaper Company, was purchased by a Williamsburg developer in April for $1,200,000.  Renovation is ongoing, though DOB records show an open violation for work without a permit.

Starvue Gallery

A tavern wine license has been filed for Starvue Gallery at 234 Starr Street (near Wyckoff).  The former warehouse building was purchased by Cayuga Capital Management in 2010 for $1,700,000.

Reached by email earlier this year, Cayuga co-founder Jamie Wiseman told WyckoffHeights.org “We hope the corner [Wyckoff and Starr] develops into the next Bedford Avenue and North 6th Street."  Starvue will join The Sampler, which opened in the building in June; other rumored tenants — The Shop Brooklyn and a second Guacuco restaurant — have yet to materialize.

Radio Bushwick

Around the corner at 22 Wyckoff Avenue (another Cayuga development), an on-premises liquor license was granted last week for Radio Bushwick; the venue opened over the weekend.

Blackstone Karapanos LLC

A liquor license is pending for 128 Central Avenue (between Willoughby and Troutman); the space was previously home to Bushwick Kitchen.

El Fogon Restuarant

A restaurant wine license application is pending for El Fogon Restaurant at 1701 Palmetto Street (at Cypress Ave).


  • A Food & Drink Tour Of Ridgewood, Queens (Gothamist)
  • A Kingdom in Queens (Narrative.ly)
  • The Ceremony Outshines the Stage / Hungry City: Ethiopian Lunch Box in Bushwick (New York Times)
  • Adieu, Manhattan; Bonjour, Bushwick / Florent Morellet Revels in a New Scene in Brooklyn (New York Times)
  • New Jazz Club & Speakeasy The Brass Bottle Opens in Bushwick (Bushwick Daily)
  • Watch Todd P, Peter Shapiro and Other North Brooklyn Club Owners Talk Nightlife and DIY (Bedford+Bowery)

Eating and Drinking

Akaru Sushi


A restaurant wine liquor license is pending for Akaru Sushi at 201 Wyckoff (at Harman). The restaurant will replace the Top Line Gourmet Deli, which opened in the space after the Caffe Europa closed in 2009.

Boswyck Bagels


Over at 264 Bleecker (between Irving and Myrtle) new signage has gone up for Boswyck Bagels.  The space was previously occupied by Rodriguez Restaurant.



Decatur Studios announced last week that Houdini (at Decatur and Wyckoff) is now open and serving brick oven pizza.  (Previously)

1 Knickerbocker

The bar and restaurant planned for 1 Knickerbocker will reportedly open soon, and their Facebook page has photos of the ongoing work.  (Previously)


  • The Rookery Brings British Gastropub Booze and Fare To Bushwick (Gothamist)
  • Bushwick Officially Lands on Foodie Map With Michelin Guide Listings (DNAinfo)
  • These Guys Want to Bring Brewing Back to Bushwick (Bedford+Bowery)

Eating and Drinking

Miss Ridgewood?

In 1999 the New York Times profiled Miss Williamsburg, then a new diner on a desolate Kent Avenue in the “bohemian neighborhood” of Williamsburg. 

The diner closed in 2007 (and burned in 2009), but the duo behind Miss Williamsburg - Massimiliano Bartoli and Pilar Rigon - have now set their sights on “the next Williamsburg" and are planning a restaurant at 1563 Decatur Street (at Wyckoff Ave).  A liquor license is pending with the trade name "Houdini" (the famed escape artist is buried in nearby Machpelah Cemetery).

The building - a former brewery off the Halsey stop on the L train - has been renovated into artist studios by Craig Kalpakjian and Marco Boggio Sella; Kalpakjian told WyckoffHeights.org that they also hope to eventually open a bar in the building’s basement.

1563 Decatur Street

Cypress Inn

R&R Dry Cleaners of 1702 Stanhope Street (at Cypress Avenue) recently closed, and workers have demolished the interior and are installing new sheetrock. 

Word on the street is that the a cafe and wine bar will take its place, but to date no DOB or liquor license applications have been filed (and the building has an un-investigated “work without a permit” complaint from July). 

The business will reportedly be called the Cypress Inn, taking the name from a bar that once occupied the space (and whose sign - sans neon - still hangs from the building).

1702 Stanhope Street

Boobie Trap

A DOB application was filed in late June for 308 Bleecker Street (at Irving Ave) to “alter existing fruit and vegetable store into eating and drinking establishment.”  An on-premises liquor license for “Boobie Trap LLC” is now pending; CB4 minutes indicate business owner Kristen North is planning a sidewalk cafe.  The building is owned by Calogero Verde of Verde Coal Oven Pizza.

(308 Bleecker Street)

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