Saturday night I was bar hopping and stopped in at Bozu on Grand Street between Havemeyer and Roebling. It's a beautiful new bar with a small Japanese menu. They don't have their liquor license yet so they are letting people BYOB. We went in just to check the space out and the owner insisted we sit for awhile and gave us samples of some of their menu items - a really tasty warm potato dish and the "pink bomb," which is sushi salmon and scallion on pink rice which was absolutely delicious. A friend of the owner offered us drinks from his stash.
The space is really gorgeous (kind of like a newer, cleaner Decibel), the pink bomb was so good that I can't wait to try their other concotions, and the owner and workers were so friendly. I highly recommend people check it out before it gets as swamped as Larry Lawrence across the street.
On another somewhat related matter - I also finally tried Jabz Joint, the newish Cajun place on the corner of Grand & Havemeyer. The decor looks so tacky from the outside that I think it scares a lot of people away. Fortunately it isn't quite as garish inside. I had the seafood gumbo. It was decent, not bad but not great, but better than a lot of options in the area and not bad for a neighborhood place. And they have good happy hour drink prices and live jazz on weekend nights. If they revamped the decor and increased the spice on the gumbo I would go there often.