The Weekend Shortlist May 15 to 17
Hailing themselves as reinventors of the remix, Dj Jr. Flo, Matisse and Adam Tune, who make up Keys N Krates do so by bringing live instrumentation and DJs together in a new and exciting way, by performing their remixed version of the original song live allowing audiences to sing along. Before that, a great restaurant on the same block is SEA. Asian inspired from the décor to the food, this huge and gorgeous space serves up a mostly Thai menu from massaman curries to house specialties like Red SEA Duck (Half duck in red vinaigrette-tomato gravy sauce served with stir-fried mixed veggies), SEA is inexpensive and visually impressive for Brooklyn. With an increasing amount of new bars on the block, Zablozki’s is a standout that’s cozy, mostly mahogany, and has great drinks specials. A great stop off if you’re early is Academy Records. One of the biggest vinyl shops in NYC, if you are a vinyl fan, you will be blown away.
Friday May 15
Nacotheque, a party designed to highlight music from all over Latin America and Spain and produced by Juan Ramirez (Marcelo Cunning) and Amylu Meneses (Amylulita) present the band Hidrogenesse. You may not know the name Hidrogenesse, but this avant-pop electronic band from Barcelona sounds even more interesting than the name! Using Rusian vintage synthesizers these guys make eccentric music taking from many musical genre’s. For din-din, check out Clinton Street Baking Company & Restaurant. Serving up sandwiches, omelletes, and baked goods for breakfast and lunch, for dinner expect the likes of Pan Seared Halibut with sweet corn succotash, herb roasted tomatoes, and summer squash ($19). Named after the poet Paul Verlaine, the bar offers an asian food and drink menu. While you can’t order the absinthe that probably helped kill the poet, you can order drinks like the El Chupacabra, which is better tasting with a kick of its own. If you like pickles, Guss’ Pickles has been around since 1910, it’s a landmark spot, and still makes a great pickle.
Saturday May 16
One of the forefathers of cool, Leonard Cohen brings his legendary catalog of songs about love and the mysteries of life to Radio City for a two night stand starting tonight. Catch this amazing songsmith, whose voice is just as pristine as it was on his first album. Though small, Empanada Mama packs a hefty punch with more than 40 kinds of empanadas. Choose from a wheat or corn flour shell to start as ingredients include basic rice and beans to what they have dubbed “Viagra,” a wheat flour empanada stuffed with shrimp, scallop, and crab ($3). Appropriately, at Circus, you’ll get free hot dogs, peanuts, and popcorn without the animals, screaming babies, and clowns at this Rudy’s Bar spin-off that has beer just as cheap and a neighborhood feel. If cheap beer ain’t your thing, Vintage has a wine list with over 200 wines by the glass or bottle from most of the boutique wineries in Long Island and Upstate New York.
Saturday May 16
Electro-sex goddess Peaches comes back with her recently released fifth album I Feel Cream, which is awesome, but see her live to get the full musical orgasm and plenty of explicit lyrics. Close by is the ramen noodle bar called Minca. After recently trying this place, I’d highly recommend it. The ramen noodles are made fresh and way better than those you’d buy and boil. What makes the soups here great is the broth. Take the Minca Ramen, a mild broth with pork, chicken and dried seafood ($8.50), it has impeccable flavor that hits the spot. Plus it’s way less expensive than other ramen specialty restaurants and just as good. Right across the street from Minca is the Ace Bar. Sort of divey, it’s also where you’ll find people playing skeeball and shooting pool, while drinking some decent beers on tap. For dessert and coffee, Le Gamin Café is the place for crepes.
Sunday May 17
Location: Park Slope, Brooklyn
Event: Fourth Annual New York Punk & Underground Record Fair
Show time: 10 AM to 6 PM
Food: El Viejo Yayo
Drink: Buttermilk Bar
Miscellaneous: The Chocolate Room
Prepare to get your record collection completed because it’s time for the Fourth Annual New York Punk & Underground Record Fair. Dealers from all over the world and the internet converge on Southpaw in the largest record fair on the East Coast. This is also part of the 5th Avenue Street Fair going on outside of Southpaw. Keeping the night going with some Latin flavor, try El Viejo Yayo for dinner. This gorgeous and warm restaurant has an elegant dining room and an affordable menu offering Dominican/Latin cuisine. The outside of Buttermilk Bar may look non-descript, but looks are deceiving . . . just not in this case, as this low-key watering hole is where you can grab a cheap drink in a friendly atmosphere, while playing a board game or two. With a near insane menu of chocolates from coffee and tea to delectable dessert, and even beer, The Chocolate Room is a great way to end the night on a high note.