By Rosie

About Rosie

Rosie de Belgeonne is a video editor and specializes in movie trailers. Her days in a dark edit suite are balanced with sunny runs around McCarren Park track and weekends spent discovering Greenpoint's finest eateries. If you have any local foody news or tip-offs you can email her at food@greenpointers.com

New Bistro ‘Esme’ Brings Modern American Fare to Manhattan Avenue

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Esme, the newest restaurant to open on Manhattan Avenue, is named after the female protagonist in J.D. Salinger’s ‘For Esmé – with Love and Squalor’. Happily, the new bistro reflects all of the love but none of the squalor of the touching short story about an encounter between an American soldier and an enchanting young British girl during WW2. “My dad gave the book to me and my brother when we were 14 and that story was one of the reasons we ended up going to college” says Esme co-owner Matthew Ricke. Continue reading

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12 Top Treats from Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint

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Bakeri treats going down a storm. Photos by Rosie de Belgeonne

The fifth annual Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint event happened on Sunday and it could not have been a better day for it.Brilliant sunshine, smiling faces, great music, totally manageable lines (mostly you just had to hover for a moment before getting a taste of something incredible) and best of all a whole load of ABSOLUTELY AMAZING FOOD AND DRINK!

All stall-holders were contributing their goodies for free to benefit the The Northside Town Hall Community and Cultural Center and they certainly pulled out all the stops to wow the crowds with their top-notch fare. Continue reading

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Garden to Table Dinner at Franklin Street Community Garden (09/12)

Garden_To_Dinner_GreenpointThe lovely folk at Franklin Street Community Garden invite you to join them for a ‘Garden to Table’ dinner this week to benefit the The Greenpoint Reformed Church Soup Kitchen.

The wonderful al fresco meal will take place on Friday 12th September at 7pm and will feature fresh produce from their community garden, with meat from Sun Fed Beef and additional produce donated by North Brooklyn Farms. Continue reading

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TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint This Sunday (09/07)

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There’s a trillion great places to eat and drink in the area, but rarely enough time (or stomach space) to give everywhere a try. That’s why this Sunday’s Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint event is a splendid idea. Now in its 5th year, the East River State Park flavor extravaganza will host stalls from dozens of local restaurants, bars and makers all offering appetizer-sized tastes of their delicious wares.

Among the 50+ vendors you’ll find The Elm, Reynard, Extra Fancy, Maison Premiere and Brooklyn Winery, along with Greenpoint gems such as Bakeri, Ovenly, Dirck The Norseman, No Name Bar, and our all-time favorite ice cream makers Phin and Phebes. Continue reading

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Grilled Cheese ‘Jafflechutes’ will be Bombarding Greenpoint this Week!

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X-marks the spot for a grilled cheese landing ©Jafflechutes

Is it a bird?  Is it a plane?  No, it’s grilled cheese!!  And you could be catching one for your lunch this week…

Earlier this year there was a miniature ruckus in the fast food world when it was announced that Jafflechutes, an innovative Melbourne-based grilled cheese concept, would be coming to NYC.

The idea behind Jafflechutes (Jaffle being the crazy Aussie term for grilled cheese) is to hurl pre-ordered grilled cheese sandwiches attached to mini-parachutes out of the sky and into the waiting arms of hungry punters. You can watch a cutesy video here of the operation in action. Continue reading

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Vivi Bubble Tea Moves into Old Enla Photo Space

Vivi_Bubble_Tea_Rosie_de_BelgeonneFor some weeks now, Manhattan Avenue has been illuminated by a cutesy bubblegum-pink storefront promising Vivi Bubble Tea. When I passed by at the weekend, staff were hard at work prepping the interior and a friendly chap ensured me they’d be open by next week, adding that they are “very much looking forward to being a part of the neighborhood”. Continue reading

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Mr. Curry at Achilles Heel (08/28)

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From time to time, every couple of months, I get a severe craving for an outrageously good curry. Unfortunately I’m yet to find a really awesome local curry house but, this Thursday, for one night only, help is at hand! Or at Heel (schnarfle).

Achilles Heel will be welcoming Caroline Fidanza of Saltie to host a London-style curry night extraordinaire! The full, mouthwatering menu is below and the team at Achilles will be whipping up cocktails and a special punch to pair with all the dishes.

Curry in a hurry? Not on Thursday. This is one spicy feast you’ll most definitely want to linger over! Continue reading

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Can you Solve the Mystery of the Disappearing Tamales?

The mysterious case of the disappearing tamales (Image courtesy of Tamale Factory)

This week we received a touching missive from a reader in distress, bringing to our attention a curious Greenpoint mystery. It wasn’t something we were able to solve, so we have decided to print the letter in full, in the hope that someone can help provide us with some answers.

“Dear Greenpointers,

I am a 19 year resident of Greenpoint. In the past eight or nine years I’ve been lucky enough to have been blessed with the most wonderful, succulent, authentic tamales that ever graced this coast – Monday to Friday, rain or shine – at the India Street G line entrance.  No tamales compared…not at any restaurant nearby, not even in Manhattan – and other ‘competing’ tamale vendors in the neighborhood didn’t even come close. Continue reading

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Summer Twilight Cocktail Party at Franklin St Community Garden (08/21)

61_Franklin_Flyer_GreeenpointYou know that cute community garden on Franklin Street?

Well, they’re hosting a summer cocktail party and it sounds like a super lovely opportunity to hang on to the fading evenings of summer whilst checking out the charming oasis for yourself. Continue reading

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