Last night the second incarnation of the Brooklyn Night Bazaar kicked off in the belly of the cavernous warehouses of 149 Kent as food vendors, artisans, and musicians began a three-night competition for the attention spans of Brooklynites.
Though we ended up grabbing two of our favorite cylindrical delicacies from Asia Dog, the spareribs coming from Purple Yam's booth looked devastating, as were the smells emanating from Bon Chovie. There's simply too much food to choose from, so we recommend grazing from as many stalls as possible. We'd also recommend imbibing before you enter: the $6 Brooklyn IPAs are small & tasty enough to burn through several.
Some of your holiday shopping will inevitably occur at 11:48 p.m. in a Duane Reade on December 23, but the vendors at the Bazaar should help you class things up a bit. There's enough jewelry, clothing, and leather satchel-thingys to make you the envy of your fellow L-train commuters. Also: neon-painted refurbished typewriters and a good amount of art as well. Didn't bring Mom's platinum Amex? For a mere $6, a bottle of homemade habañero hot sauce made from peppers grown at Eagle Street Rooftop Farm will ensure the takeout sitting in your fridge will never be boring.
While the Bazaar is free, the music will cost you. A James Murphy DJ set was last night's big draw (he ended with a remix of Little Fluffy Clouds!) and Midnight Magic played waaay too early in the evening. However, tonight's superb lineup was curated by Brooklyn Vegan, and includes Fucked Up, DOM, Big Troubles, and Radical Dads, and it's just $10. Saturday night, The Hold Steady along with Titus Andronicus and others is $18 a pop. Tickets for both events can be bought here.
All the action begins at 5 p.m. and runs through 1 a.m., and food is served until midnight. Or you could just stay home and watch Bravo, or whatever, it's your life.