Spring meditation exercise: Close your eyes. Picture yourself clothed in billowing white linen, ocean waves spanning before you, skin kissed by rays of golden sunlight. One hand holds a frosty piña colada, the other a frivolous periodical. You gently rake your outstretched toes through the warm, white sand. Ahhhhhhh, Key West. Wish you were here, my friends… SMACK! Yeah, I slapped you. Snap out of it! A) You’re still in freezing-cold New York and B) since you’re still in the city, I’m guessing you don’t have time to meditate. But one lucky Greenpointer, Yana Gilbuena, of the Salo Project, has escaped frigid NYC and is in that crazy city of Key West, kicking off her 50 states/50 dinners series tonight! In celebration, she shares with us her recipe for sinuglaw–a spicy ceviche of pork belly, cucumber, fresh tuna, and spices– a dish native to Davao, Philippines. Continue reading →
A couple of relatively new Greenpoint eateries sadly seem to have closed their doors recently.
Bread for the Eater (168 Driggs Ave.) went dark on us in December. When we got in touch with the owner he told us that one of the partners had pulled out leaving behind issues with the lease which may have to go to court. Sadly the restaurant appears to have been closed ever since. Such a shame as we were hanging out for a patty melt in their Gold Room! Continue reading →
Whenever we have friends in town, the weekend usually starts with a hearty Greenpoint brunch to show off the neighborhood. And although there’s been endless new places opening up recently, when it comes to wowing visitors we often end up leaning on old classics for great food and reliable service
What’s more warming and comforting than a pup snoozing beside you on the couch? Trick question…nothing! But I can tell you what comes close. A big bowl of roasted sweet potatoes fresh out of the oven. This week’s recipe comes from local food writer and cook, Julia Turshen, who shares with us one of her favorite ways to prepare this tasty orange tuber—with pancetta and soft, melty red onions. Continue reading →
Your music’s swell and we know how much you enjoy a good cup o’ joe (yes, we did watch a feature-length documentary all about how f-ing cool you are and we liked it despite ourselves). But, listen James (can we call you Jimmy?), did you check the price tag on your own specialty coffee blend? It might not seem like a lot to you, seeing as how you sell out Madison Square Garden in like .5 seconds, but $26 is ABSURDLY overpriced for a bag of of coffee. Anyone who spends that much on coffee doesn’t understand how commerce works and frankly, should retreat to their penthouse with a french press. Continue reading →
Today, February 27th, is Fat Thursday (Tłusty czwartek) and according to Polish American tradition, it’s the one day a year that every bakery and pastry shop in town sell Paczki (pronounced “poch-key”). The desert is meant to be eaten the week before Ash Wednesday, a binge snack before the fast of Lent. I asked the Polish waitresses at Peter Pan why this is and they answered simply, “tradition.” The girls explained that Pasczki is eaten all year ’round in the home country, but this is the only day you can get it here. You have until 8pm tonight, or you’ll have to wait until next year.
So run, don’t walk to your nearest Polski food provider; most likely, they will be selling these doughey nuggets of joy today. Continue reading →
If you’ve ever enjoyed a slice from Vinnie’s Pizzeria you’ll have enjoyed their brilliant, endlessly inventive Special Boards designed by co-owner and comic-genius Sean Berthiaume.
The pun-tastic boards are usually based around a TV show, movie, or celebrity. A particular favorite of mine features a Bacon Bad and Meth-Ham-Feta-Bean pizza, whilst another warns of Beef Noodlety and Graphic Violentils. Continue reading →
Greenpointers contributor Yana Guilbuena is setting off on a 50 State SALO Filippino food tour with the help of Feastly. Her kick-off dinner is this Thursday 2/27 beginning at 7pm at Greenpoint Reformed Church (136 Milton St). Continue reading →
Many could argue that to love Greenpoint is to love Peter Pan donuts. Now, in proof of this, a besotted duo have chosen to express their heartfelt feelings for the fried-dough emporium in the form of a charming short documentary aptly titled Peter Pan Bakery.
Filmmakers Keif Roberts and Peter J. Haas have done a splendid job at capturing the delightful sense of community that lies at the sugar-dusted heart of Peter Pan.
You can watch the doco HERE and, after the abundance of gratuitous donut-eating shots, I defy you to resist calling in for one of your own the next time you pass by the shop.