Matt Fink

46 Publications
The Seneca Is Back, With Several New Strings to Its Bow

The Seneca Is Back, With Several New Strings to Its Bow

Since the fateful month of March 2020, the Ridgewood bar and restaurant has added a general store and a farmer’s market, with an oyster fest and multiple pop-ups around the corner.

Meet Grilled!, Bushwick’s New Dentist-Owned Vegan Joint

Meet Grilled!, Bushwick’s New Dentist-Owned Vegan Joint

The highly affordable walk-up is attached to Bushwick Dental Group and offers a few meatless nods to Latin American cuisine.

Orient Grove: East Williamsburg’s Best Kept Secret

Orient Grove: East Williamsburg’s Best Kept Secret

The roots are deep at a little known garden oasis in East Williamsburg

Ribs on the Run

Ribs on the Run

The pandemic sent a BBQ popup to Wyckoff Avenue.

The Digestivos Go Down Easy At Ammazzacaffé

The Digestivos Go Down Easy At Ammazzacaffé

A Michelin-approved highlight just off Graham Avenue stays under-the-radar, with a focus on digestivos.

The Rookery Returns

The Rookery Returns

Picking up a new chef from the shuttered Spotted Pig, a decade-old Troutman street haunt reopens its doors

A Nightmare on Irving Avenue

A Nightmare on Irving Avenue

Baked Goods, Booze & Banh Mi On Wyckoff Avenue

Baked Goods, Booze & Banh Mi On Wyckoff Avenue

Two Stumptown vets serve Vietnamese fare and a bakery menu put together by Scratchbread’s Matthew Tilden

Paperboy Love Prince Kicks Petition Month Off With Flair

Paperboy Love Prince Kicks Petition Month Off With Flair

Paloma’s Has A New Spot On Knickerbocker

Paloma’s Has A New Spot On Knickerbocker

Off The Avenue: A Family Butcher Shop Grinds On

Off The Avenue: A Family Butcher Shop Grinds On

The Albanian family behind Melinda’s are only the latest in the last century to sell meat on Greene Avenue

What More Street Vendor Permits Means For Bushwick

What More Street Vendor Permits Means For Bushwick

Bushwick Bartenders Dress Down For Pin Ups

Bushwick Bartenders Dress Down For Pin Ups

Local barkeeps make a brief ‘pivot’ to modeling to make ends meet.

Bars Turn To Hibernation As Industry Struggles With Cuomo’s Changing COVID Directives

Bars Turn To Hibernation As Industry Struggles With Cuomo’s Changing COVID Directives

Neighborhood stalwarts like Pearl’s, Old Stanley’s and 3 Diamond Door are calling it quits for now, while several others circulate an open letter to Cuomo.

Peter’s Crunchy Red Tacos Brings Birria To Bushwick

Peter’s Crunchy Red Tacos Brings Birria To Bushwick

Morgan Ave. L Station Plagued By Assaults in Last Two Months

Morgan Ave. L Station Plagued By Assaults in Last Two Months

The victims, all women between the ages of 24 and 36, have been attacked while walking alone between 8 -10 pm.

Halsey Ale House Owner Starts Gofundme For Employees Following Fire

Halsey Ale House Owner Starts Gofundme For Employees Following Fire

On the evening of December 8th Halsey Ale House caught fire.

Paperboy Prince & Kathryn Garcia Exchange Pies & Ideas

Paperboy Prince & Kathryn Garcia Exchange Pies & Ideas

The pair of mayoral candidates met in Bushwick for one of Prince’s pie-flinging political conversations.

Bushwick Nurse Among Time Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential People Of 2020

Bushwick Nurse Among Time Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential People Of 2020

Amy O’Sullivan treated Wyckoff Medical Center’s first Covid case, a woman who also became New York City’s first Covid fatality. Shortly after, she contracted – and survived – the disease herself.

NYC Bagel Chain Black Seed Brings Montreal Flavor to Bushwick

NYC Bagel Chain Black Seed Brings Montreal Flavor to Bushwick

New Bar Offers Beer, Art, Shuffleboard and Just a Touch of Dystopia

New Bar Offers Beer, Art, Shuffleboard and Just a Touch of Dystopia

Money Is Power: Support Local Black-owned Businesses

Money Is Power: Support Local Black-owned Businesses

Bushwick is home to several black-owned cafes and restaurants. Supporting them helps the community as surely as a protest or sharply worded letter to a Congressman.

Hospitality Under Siege: Pizzette & Gordo’s Cantina

Hospitality Under Siege: Pizzette & Gordo’s Cantina

This edition of “Under Siege” profiles two eateries whose focus – apart from staying afloat in trying times – is food that speaks fluently their origin countries’ culinary language.

A Broken Social Scene On Crutches: 
Bushwick Booze To Go

A Broken Social Scene On Crutches: Bushwick Booze To Go

In order to survive the pandemic, several Bushwick bars have brought the party outdoors to meet drinkers in the warm spring air. Here a few area watering holes doing Bacchus’ work.

Sweet Chili, Acclaimed for Creative Southeast Asian Food, To Reopen For Pickup & Delivery

Sweet Chili, Acclaimed for Creative Southeast Asian Food, To Reopen For Pickup & Delivery

Bushwick’s Source For BBQ Brisket Pho Re-Opens for Delivery

Bushwick’s Source For BBQ Brisket Pho Re-Opens for Delivery

Restaurant 191 Knickerbocker Transforms Itself Into Source For Two Hot Squares a Day

Restaurant 191 Knickerbocker Transforms Itself Into Source For Two Hot Squares a Day

191 Knickerbocker, which prior to the COVID pandemic provided Bushwick with skillfully executed comfort food, has partnered with local organization Noise Church to help residents in need.

Brooklyn Renters are Organizing, Sharing Resources and Lobbying Cuomo on Facebook

Brooklyn Renters are Organizing, Sharing Resources and Lobbying Cuomo on Facebook

Grove resident Matt Clifford created a Facebook page in which the city and state governments’ response to the COVID crisis is sharply criticized and resources useful to impacted renters are collected.

Hospitality Under Siege: An Inside Look at How Bushwick Distilleries are Innovating to Survive

Hospitality Under Siege: An Inside Look at How Bushwick Distilleries are Innovating to Survive

This column’s opening entry profiles two business owners – a distiller and a sake brewer – and their navigation through the treacherous COVID waters of New York City.

Council Candidate Rick Echevarria Confronts Alleged Bushwick Price Gougers

Council Candidate Rick Echevarria Confronts Alleged Bushwick Price Gougers

The District 37 candidate posted a video online in which he can be seen questioning the warehouse manager of a Bushwick wholesaler.

Floating hospital headed for New York Harbor

Floating hospital headed for New York Harbor

The 1,000 bed USNS Comfort, which is set to arrive mid-April, will be used to help relieve New York hospitals of their non-coronavirus caseload

Bushwick Restaurant Appeals Directly to Customers Amid Cronavirus Hysteria

Bushwick Restaurant Appeals Directly to Customers Amid Cronavirus Hysteria

Gordo’s Cantina Helps Make Bushwick A Destination for Authentic Mexican Food

Gordo’s Cantina Helps Make Bushwick A Destination for Authentic Mexican Food

Gordo’s executive chef, Mexico City native Reyna Morales, is a 25-year veteran of the industry; her food is evidence both of abundant experience and intimate knowledge of her country’s cuisine.

Pizzette Serves Tradition, Quality and $1 Oysters in East Williamsburg

Pizzette Serves Tradition, Quality and $1 Oysters in East Williamsburg

Shinobu Kato: Puncturing Sake’s Posh Image One Glass At a Time

Shinobu Kato: Puncturing Sake’s Posh Image One Glass At a Time

You can take the boy out of Koenji, Tokyo, but you can’t take Koenji out of the boy.

Uruguayan Restaurant Tabaré Brings Chivito to Bushwick

Uruguayan Restaurant Tabaré Brings Chivito to Bushwick

The restaurant, open as of November 14, serves mouthwatering traditional Uruguayan classics, and daily Happy Hour specials.