- Baby’s All Right
146 Broadway, nr. Bedford Ave., Williamsburg; 718-599-5800
Considering Williamsburg’s reputation for raw DIY spaces (Death by Audio, the recently shuttered 285 Kent), the elegant Baby’s All Right, designed by the folks behind the Box, feels very done-up. There’s a floor modeled after the maze in The Shining, orb-chomping laser-cut alligators, and LED installations by industrial demigod Tucker Viemeister. Yet proprietors Zachary Mexico and Billy Jones share the same anything-goes spirit as their new neighbors, with laid-back parties and live shows that cut across a wide spectrum of experimental (Pharmakon, Stephen O’Malley), guitar-guided (Nobunny, Sebadoh), and sample-spliced (Powell, the Range) sounds. They also offer a reputable food menu from Ronald Murray, late of Acme and Bouley.
Best Concert Venue
From the 2014 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).