Posted in music | venues on August 7, 2014

by Wyatt Marshall

2 Knickerbocker when it was Living Bread Deli (via Jeannine Ortiz)
Living Bread Deli

Bushwick is getting a 24-hour diner that will double as a music venue and make-out spot. Next month, Amancay's Diner will take over the space at 2 Knickerbocker Ave, which used to be Living Bread Deli, the music venue that hosted Parquet Courts, Nobunny, Black Dice and other shows during its existence.

According to DNAinfo, the diner comes from long-time East Village business owner and self-described "professional party guy" Chang Han, former proprietor of Gama, a Korean restaurant/bar on St. Mark's, and St. Mark's Market. At Gama, Chang, 48, was known for wrestling with much younger patrons in a kiddie pool full of jello, and at St. Mark's market, a deli and grocery store, for bowling with melons. Chang told DNA info he played Spin the Bottle with four college students every Monday at Gama, saying he used to "get drunk with lots of girls." Amancay's Diner is getting a dedicated Spin the Bottle table, which is built Lazy Susan style, with a bottle attached to the table which, Chang claims, is the first of its kind in the world. Chang lives in Bushwick and is married with two college-aged sons.

The food at Amancay's will be "Bushwick-ified," in Chang's words. No word if jello is on the menu.



Comments (10)

A spin the bottle table? I'm sure that won't be creepy at all. Way to go.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2014 2:10 PM


Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2014 2:11 PM

It's never creepy if everyone's into it 2:10.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2014 2:13 PM

This is why we can't have nice things.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2014 2:14 PM

He teaches us that this is progress. Replacing a deli with low-rent music with a higher-priced deli with higher-rent music is a pure sign of victory.

"Take it to Gawker FF/GF/BS. Daddy's going to rake it in on this, and maybe he'll visit me and mom."

-Jersey Republican

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2014 2:58 PM

you can have nice things @2:14. you can't, however, have nice things in bushwick/williamsburg, because of the demographic who is currently associated with that neighborhood.

i'm sure this will get the union pool crowd really excited.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2014 2:59 PM


You don't need a comma before "because" because it's a conjunction. See how that worked in my sentence without one? Beyond that, I agree with you 100%. While I'm all for gentrification taking place - in NYC one has no choice - but the way in which it's coming to fruition there is unbelievably sad and void of any culture resembling where it came from. But hey, Spin-The-Bottle. Good for you, Brooklyn. Good. For. You.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2014 3:19 PM

^lol @ your typos.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2014 3:41 PM

grammar nazi corrected my post! ahhh!

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2014 4:30 PM

buy one sarah kesselman beej, get one free - every tuesday!

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2014 5:05 PM

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