IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Verboten Grand Opening This Weekend

Verboten translates to “forbidden” in German, but the opening of a new club of the same name in Williamsburg is by no means as restrictive as the name would suggest. It is in fact, the exact opposite. It's like the Garden of Eden, a paradise full of everything you could ever want from a nightlife, music, and arts venue, and nothing is off limits. This Friday and Saturday, March 14th and 15th, Verboten hosts the grand opening of its purpose-built venue and invites you to come try some of forbidden food and drinks, you won't regret it.

BEHIND THE PLATE
The Restaurants You Love And How They Came To Be

"There are 18,000 restaurants in New York City.

Every year more than 1,000 new restaurants open.”

You’ve heard of Café Moto, right? Maybe you haven’t, but you’ve definitely heard of Le Cirque, Daniel, and Union Square Café. Well, could you imagine opening up a restaurant in New York City and having to go up against these culinary legends?

ONLY IN NYC
Check Out Housing Corp at Williamsburg Newest Music Venue, Baby's All Right!

Housing Corp, made up of Skygro & Nick van Tiel, are hot to trot when it comes to the underground electronic scene right here in NYC.

They have been hosting basement parties and playing secret shows all over the city and now they're ready to bring it all back to Brooklyn at the newest venue in Williamsburg, Baby's All Right.

They will be bringing the beats and bass so just bring yourself and some friends and have a hell of a night!

Before you hit up Baby's All Right, check out Housing Corp's latest live set here!

What: Housing Corp Live

Where: Baby's All Right, 146 Broadway, Brooklyn

When: Saturday, February 1, 2014

DAILY BITES
Meet the Cragel

We've all heard of the Cronut by now--the croissant/donut hybrid trademarked by Dominique Ansel from Dominique Ansel Bakery that went viral. The craze may have inspired some chefs, like Scot Rossillo of The Bagel Store in Williamsburg (whose website might hurt your eyes a little), who came up with the "cragel," a croissant-meets-bagel pastry.

ONLY IN NYC
Event Re-Cap: Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival


Coming off the L train and walking onto Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg you immediatly feel the Brooklyn vibes. Chic and modern apartment buidings blend in with the old school warehouses and brownstones, making for a truly diverse neighborhood. This diversity was also found at the sixth annual Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival.

We had the opportunity to attend the festival this weekend. Held prodominately on N 6 street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival took place at different venues over 3 nights.

TOP 5
NYC's Top 5 Lesser-Known Candy Shops

Taking after its neighborhood, Williamsburg, this candy store craftily combines vintage candies with unique, somewhat avant-garde confectionery selections. Handsome Dan’s serves up homemade, all-natural snocones and old-school sodas like Moxie, Nesbitt’s and Dad’s Root Beer.

In old-fashioned glass jars (so hipster!) you’ll find gummies, salt water taffy, Pop Rocks, jawbreakers, sour yummies, delectable chocolates and much, much more. If you want to go all-out-original with your candy selection, Dan’s offers Japanese Candy kits, local Brooklyn Sweets, and crazy cotton candy flavors like Earl Grey, Chocolate, Cherry and Peppermint. Don't worry, though, they wouldn't dream of leaving out classic Original Pink.

DAILY BITES
Around the Clock at Cafe Colette

The third of Zeb Stewart aka Mr. Williamsburg’s impressive drinking and feeding hole portfolio, (think Union Pool and Hotel Delmano), Cafe Colette is the perfect mix of a polished yet informal aesthetic. The bistro, which adopts a mix of French inspired American cuisine, combines painted floors with cement tables and brightly colored walls adorned with quirky black and white photographs, to create a space that feels equally appropriate for lunch, brunch, dinner or drinks.

CULINARY OCCASIONS
SmorgasBACK

Brooklyn Flea’s Smorgasburg must’ve brought out the spring weather when they set up for the first day of the weekend food market. This past Saturday kicked off the Smorgasburg season at the new Saturday location, an empty gravel lot next to the East River State Park in Williamsburg. Due to the move, SmorgasBAR won’t be returning on Satrudays until at least June because since it’s a new location, Brooklyn Flea organizers need to reapply for a their liquor license. Annoying, right?

GET THE PARTY STARTED
St. Paddy's Day Bar Crawls

St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner, meaning it's time to whip out all your green, stock up on beers, and snag some luck o' the Irish. Since St. Paddy's is the ultimate drinking holiday, we've rounded up some of the best bar crawls happening in the city -- even the non-Irish may participate!

St. Paddy's Kick-Off Party: For just five bucks, you can attend the St. Patrick's Day Kick-Off Party, taking place at Midtown favorite, Public House. The party will take place on March 15th from 5pm until 4am. All sorts of debauchery will ensue.You can purchase your tickets here.

LIQUID COURAGE
More Beer: Rockaway Brewing Company Expands


It’s always nice to see a business grow, especially when that business is brewing beers.

Long Island City’s Rockaway Brewing Company, a microbrewery which opened in June, is now expanding its distribution to cover the LES and Williamsburg.

Formerly, the brewery only sold their ESB and Summer Ale to Low Tide Bar on 96th and the Boardwalk on Rockaway Beach, literally on a bicycle built by Recycle-A-Bicycle.