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The South Is Rising

Clockwise from top left: Hickoree’s Floor Two, Gourmet Guild, Breukelen Bier Merchants, Maison Premiere.  

Other Conveniences
Live the locavore dream.
You can calculate a neighborhood’s livability by its crime rate and school system, or by something far more frivolous—like ease of access to ooey-gooey doughnuts. The 2,800-square-foot Gourmet Guild (35) (110 Broadway., nr. Bedford Ave.; 718-388-7726) is the go-to source for small-batch perishables, including Long Island produce, free-range eggs, and shot-put-size Dough doughnuts. Six blocks away, fill your growler with one of sixteen on-tap brews or select from 500 bottles at Breukelen Bier Merchants (36) (182 Grand St., nr. Bedford Ave.; 347-457-6350), where the grocery section also specializes in Brooklyn-made goods. Ferry it all home on a new set of wheels from the outpost of East Village fixture Landmark Vintage Bicycles (37) (376 Bedford Ave., nr. S. 4th St.; 347-799-2116).

Coming Soon …
A hotel, movie theater, and racing-inspired taproom.
Zak Pelaccio’s gonzo eatery Fatty ’Cue (38) (91 S. 6th St., nr. Berry St.; 718-599-3090) finally reopens in October with a new focus on raw and roasted seafood. Also due this fall: the Brooklyn edition of Max (39) (740 Driggs Ave., at S. 2nd St.), an Italian charmer with 40 seats and a focus on small plates. From the owners of Post Office bar comes OTB (40) (141 Broadway, nr. Bedford Ave.), an “old man”–ish ode to New York’s defunct Off-Track Betting joints. Lights will be numbered like betting windows, and the drink menu will resemble a racetrack form. Williamsburg Cinemas (41) (217 Grand St., at Driggs Ave.), a seven-screen movie house with stadium-style seating, will test the famously snobby residents’ appetites for blockbuster fare. Another indicator that South Williamsburg has become a destination: Juan Figueroa of Bushwick’s New York Loft Hostel bought the ­Williamsburg Savings Bank (42) (175 Broadway, nr. Driggs Ave.) in 2010 and has been furiously renovating ever since. When he’s done, the Beaux Arts landmark will house a 350-person event hall for weddings and corporate functions, a ballroom, and a 150-seat restaurant. Two private dining rooms will inhabit the bank’s former offices, and there’s a hotel blueprinted for next door.

Reporting by Melanie Barnes, Alex Carp, Jillian Goodman, Jenny Miller, Jen Ortiz, and S. Jhoanna Robledo.


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