Neighborhood Watch

Hotel Williamsburg Opens in November With Four Bars; René Redzepi of Noma at Union Square Greenmarket

Midtown: Now midtown residents and office workers won’t have to feel guilty about chowing down on a ten-inch pizza for lunch. Naked Pizza, a Louisiana-based chain whose pizzas come on ten-grain crust (including quinoa, buckwheat, and brown rice) and feature sugar-free tomato sauce, hormone-free vegetable and meat toppings, and even probiotics, has opened a branch at 954 Third Avenue. They plan to expand next month to a location in Union Square (at Third Avenue and 14th Street), and eventually to the Upper West Side, Tribeca, Brooklyn, Queens, and even the ‘burbs. [T Magazine]

Tribeca: Marc Forgione is hosting a “Coast to Coast Wine & Dine” event on Tuesday, November 15, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Guests will be treated to courses by Forgione, Brad Farmerie (Public), John Fraser (Dovetail), Missy Robbins (A Voce), and Justin Bogle (Gilt), and wine pairings from some of “California’s most noted winemakers.” Proceeds from the event will go to Feeding America, “the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity.” Tickets go on sale today and can be purchased by calling 212-941-9401. [Grub Street]
Union Square: Ferran Adrià was so yesterday. Now foodies in the know can head over to the Union Square Greenmarket this Saturday between 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. to see international “It” chef René Redzepi of Copenhagen’s Noma demonstrate cooking techniques with local market ingredients. Two other Danish chefs, Adam Aamann (who will open a restaurant in Tribeca this December) and Claus Henriksen, will join him. [Diner’s Journal/NYT]
Upper West Side: Couples will no longer have to face that age-old question, “What do you feel like? Sushi or pizza?” You can now find them in the same spot, since it appears that, yes, Serafina will be sharing a space with Geisha at 77th Street and Broadway. No word yet on whether you can order a pizza with a side of spicy tuna roll. [West Side Rag]
Williamsburg: Travelers will no longer have to shell out to stay in Manhattan now that the chic, Miami-esque Hotel Williamsburg is slated to open in early November. What’s more, this boutique hotel boasts four distinct bars, including one poolside, nestled amid a series of South Beach–style white cabanas. For any skeptics wondering what a hotel like this is doing in a neighborhood known for its hipsters and industrial vibes, rest assured: The team behind the bars is Alchemy Consulting, a “group of professional bartenders” who have elevated the art of craft cocktails at drinking destinations like Patterson House in Nashville, Tennessee, and the dreamy Violet Hour in Chicago. [WSJ]

Hotel Williamsburg Opens in November With Four Bars; René Redzepi of Noma