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Between the possible closure of Spike Hill and the news that there's now free wi-fi in East River State Park, you Williamsburgers must be feeling pretty overwhelmed. Unfortunately, there's nothing that can be done about all that—your neighborhood just attracts these things—but at least life is never boring, right? Next up for Billyburg: A new robata joint. First, what is robata? For those of you outside the foodie zeitgeist, robata is short for robatayaki, which...
New York’s perplexing obsession with dearly priced small plates shows no signs of dying down. But the tide definitely appears to have turned in recent months, veering away from Spanish tapas and Mediterranean meze, in favor of sleek Japanese izakayas; casual drinking establishments serving diminutive snacks, ideally paired with light beer and sochu. And Cherry Izakaya, a Williamsburg venture from the team behind the clubby Manhattan hotspot, Cherry at the Dream Downtown, is the latest...

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