What's New

This week we’re sharing gallery shows to see this weekend, highlighting FIVE cool new things, and introducing you to a cool new friend: textile designer, Zoe Schlacter.

Culture Corner


Williamsburg’s newest restaurant is cooking food from long ago. Kru, an upscale Thai spot, cooks dishes inspired by ancient Thai cuisine in a beautiful space (featuring a first-date-approp backyard!!!) Kru is open at 190 N 14th St for dinner every day but Monday.   


Chelsea’s favorite Basque restaurant, Txikito, reopened Wednesday with a new look and updated menu. With new things opening in New York every minute (as reported here) it’s nice to see a place with rich history coming back strong. Txikito is open daily for dinner from 5:30pm.  

Pecking House

1 of 3 cool new Park Slope finds this week is chef Eric Huang’s fried chicken spot, Pecking House. The popular chicken got its start in the pandemic, popularized during a stint at Essex Market & now has a permanent location at 244 Flatbush Ave. OPEN NOW!


Another revival & another new spot in the Slope! The folks behind Essex Market fave, Dhamaka, have reopened Masalawala in Park Slope, near Washington Park. The new (very cool & bright) space doubles as a restaurant and market, offering high quality spices in small portions so you can use what you buy while it’s still fresh. Check them out next time you’re in the neighborhood at 365 5th Avenue, Brooklyn.


We’re continuing the Park Slope roll with Beanmonger, the neighborhood's newest coffee shop. Something we love about Beanmonger is how kind the staff are…and that you can get an egg cream as well as a perfect cortado. Open weekdays at 7 am and weekends at 8 am near the Union St R station.

LOOK (at art)
Bernie Kaminski at Turn Gallery

It’s a sign of the times that one can discover a favorite artist online – and the internet is exactly how we found Bernie Kaminski, an artist who memorializes signs of the times in papier mâché. A collection of Bernie’s works are on view at Turn Gallery in the Upper East Side now through October 20th.

Do Ho Suh at Lehmann Maupin Gallery

London-based artist Do Ho Suh, has a new (colorful) show at Chelsea gallery, Lehmann Maupin. In this exhibition, Suh expands on his exploration of the politics and subjectivity of memory in the form of sculpture, drawing, photography & film. Alongside a captivating installation, Suh includes a new work composed of detailed fabric replicas of objects from his past and present residences and studio spaces. Open until the end of October - go see it now !!


Next Wednesday, Edible Brooklyn DEVOUR are hosting Chaotic Cakes at Cherry On Top in Bushwick. The bake sale will run from 6-8pm and feature bakers Julie Saha, Aimee France, Amy Yip, and Lulu Prat. Learn more about the event here.

Cool Friends: Zoe Schlacter

Meet Zoe, an artist and textile designer from Nashville based in Brooklyn. Zoe’s captivating, graphic, and colorful work is inspired by children’s art, LGBTQ culture, queer craft traditions, and postmodern art. With every product they design, Zoe aims to create fine art-quality textile objects that can be truly lived with, elevating the domestic space and activating a playful sensibility with every use.

How did you start your career as an artist & textile designer?

I’ve always been an artist, and a lot of my work features bright colors, bold motifs, and repetitive patterns. As a teenager, I knew I wanted to go to art school, and when it came time to choose a major, textiles seemed like a natural fit. I studied textiles at RISD, and I got a job as a designer at Todd Oldham Studio when I graduated. I worked there for 4 years, and I learned a ton. That’s when I first had the opportunity to design home textiles and realized how much I love it. I started my own line while I was still working there, and in 2021, I left to work on my business full-time. I love designing for home textiles- I think it’s so special to see how each customer styles my pieces and gives them new life in their own spaces.


What's your favorite part about the New York creative community?

I grew up in Tennessee, and I always wanted to live in New York. I wanted to be in a city with lots of creative people and lots of queer people! It’s such a privilege to have formed connections with so many other artists and designers. I love how often I run into people I know here. Sometimes NYC feels like such a small town!  


What's inspiring you right now?

Right now I’m having a great time cooking with all my summer farmer’s market produce- maitake mushrooms, heirloom tomatoes, squash blossoms, striped zucchinis. I’ve been thinking about all the fun shapes, patterns, and fractals in all these fruits and veggies and how they might translate into textile motifs or inspire repeat patterns. Stay tuned!


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