Good news, Bushwick! We’ve got an Asian fusion restaurant in the neighborhood now, and it’s well worth the distinction of being the first. Barcey’s Coffee owners Christine and Ron Guillen opened Bon! Asian Spice Cafe just across the street this past summer, where they’re serving up a lots of Eastern goodies on St. Nicholas.
Good news for anyone who suffered through The Morgan : there’s a new bar in its place, and it’s probably not going to mysteriously transform into a Thai restaurant anytime soon. Tutu’s, co-owned by Lucas Walters (of Williamsburg’s The Commodore) and Jason Merritt (of nearby wine shop Big Tree Bottles) opened last month in the Morgan’s old spot off its namesake subway stop, and it’s serving up classic down-home food and drink in a lovely, old-school space.
On Friday, I traveled from the Upper West Side of Manhattan to Bushwick. I stayed with family in a relative lap-of-luxury since the power stayed on, but without trains, getting home to Brooklyn was difficult-to-impossible. Finally, when the subways started running in bits and pieces, I was ready to head home. I chose to walk most of the way, through then-powerless downtown (the electricity has since been restored). Here’s my journey:
The Upper West Side
The Upper West Side seems fairly unaffected by the storm, at least on the surface. A few branches had fallen from trees, Central Park is closed and some stores still have duct tape stuck to their windows—otherwise, Friday morning is business as usual. Limited subway service stretched from the Bronx to 34th St., so I jump on a packed 1 train. A few riders grumble about crowding, but it’s nothing unusual for this L train rush hour rider. We reach 34th St. without any delays.