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Greenpoint Cheap Eats Diaries Volume III: God Bless/USA Deli

The many special meal deals at God Bless (including "corn nuggets with fries"???)

This week, Rosie and I set out to try the famous falafel at God Bless Deli, which is somewhat of a Greenpoint legend among the broke, the inebriated, and the down and out.

It might not be now, and it may not happen for a while, but at some point while living on these hallowed streets, God Bless will sneak up on you. It might be at 3am after downing one too many $1 jello shots at Capri Social Club. Or maybe you will find yourself gazing at the $3.50 falafel sandwich during of those in-between-paycheck weeks when your stomach is craving a liter of garlic sauce on a mass of fried chickpeas. If you haven’t found your special falafel moment yet, it’s only a matter of time. And we can’t promise that it won’t be involve at least some level of shame. Continue reading

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American Bistro ‘Esmé’ to Open on Site of Papacitos

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So long Papacitos...a new bistro's on its way!

When Mexican restaurant Papacitos abruptly closed its shutters at 999 Manhattan Avenue last summer it was unclear what had happened and what, if anything, would be taking its place.

Now, happily, the space has been taken over by the team behind The Exley who are already well on their way to transforming it into a bright and airy all-American bistro in time for summer. Continue reading

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Five Leaves Crate Opens at Rough Trade

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Five Leaves Crate at Rough Trade

It’s been a busy year for Five Leaves owner Jud Mongell. In January his ever-popular Greenpoint eatery went bicoastal with the launch of L.A. Chapter, a Five Leaves-inspired restaurant at Ace Hotel LA.

Only three months later and another Five Leaves spin-off is already up and running, this time a little closer to home in the form of Five Leaves Crate, a pop-up cafe in collaboration with Rough Trade NYC (64 North 9th St). Continue reading

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Recipes Gone Wild: Adina Grigore’s “It’s Spring So Let Your Skin Know It” Mask

Yesterday morning I decided to go for a run along the river, and I thought to myself Oh hey! I think it’s warm enough to don my shorts today!  After finding them in the bottom drawer buried under sweatshirts and long johns, I put on my running shorts, laced up my sneakers, and ran out the door. Down the sidewalk I bounded, happy to feel the sunshine on my skin for the first time this season. Along the way, I stopped to tie my shoe, and, in doing so, came face to face with my bare shins. Gasp! They were looking pretty shabby and neglected—pale, dry, and in need of some TLC. After wrapping up my run, I wrote to my friend and neighbor Adina Grigore (of S.W. Basics) to ask if she had any good skincare recipes to get me glowing again. Well of course she did! And in no time I had a recipe for a gentle exfoliating mask made from simple, basic ingredients (and on a sidenote, it actually sounds like it could be good on a slice of toast!).

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Food Book Fair and Pop-Up Bookstore at the Wythe Hotel

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Food Book Fair 2014

It’s almost time to welcome the return of the popular Food Book Fair to Brooklyn.
Now in its third year, the event will run at the Wythe Hotel between 25th-27th April and will bring together food enthusiasts, chefs, artists and writers for a long weekend of foodie fun. Continue reading

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PareUp with the App that Cuts Food Waste and Gets you Great Discounts

PareUpAs a nation, America is consuming more than ever before. And with greater consumption comes a greater amount of waste.

Around 40% of all food produced in the US is wasted every year. In NYC alone we throw away 6.5 million pounds of food EACH DAY, that’s the equivalent of 24 subway cars filled to the brim. When so much of the global population is starving, this statistic is extremely alarming. Continue reading

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Northern Territory Rooftop Bar Officially Open!

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Skyline View that will have Punters Coming in Droves

Its official: Judging by a weekend of gleaming porcelain limbs sunning themselves in McCarren Park, our long-lost love Springtime has finally returned! Which means it’s now time to start thinking about where we can make the most of these warmer days and nights.

When I popped into Aussie newcomer Northern Territory (12 Franklin Street) on Saturday evening I was happy to learn that their rooftop bar is now fully operational. Continue reading

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Recipes Gone Wild: Grandma Ethel’s No-Bake Chocolate Matzo Layer Cake

 

Drop those yeasted baked goods, my friends, because tonight Passover begins! This very important week on the Jewish calendar, sometimes referred to as the “season of freedom” (what could be better?!?) and “festival of  the matzo,” is a sacred commemoration of the emancipation of the Jewish people from slavery by the Egyptians 3,300 years ago. So in honor of Passover, I’m cookin’ with Matzo, that blank-canvas of a cracker—thin, crunchy, and, toasty, ready to absorb any flavor combo you throw it’s way .  While talking to Greenpointer’s own Gina Pollack at our Spring Market yesterday, she described to me this chilled, no-bake chocolate matzo cake that her Grandma, Ethel Harvey, used to make for the family…and I new we had to share it! Continue reading

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Greenpoint Cheap Eats Diaries Volume II: Chinese Musician

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Lunchtime Feast at Chinese Musician

Last week Gina and I set out on a mission to find great local eats that would set us back no more than $7 per person. After kicking things off with a supremely wallet-friendly breakfast at Peter Pan’s, this week we decided to seek out a dirt-cheap lunching spot.

We got word that Chinese Musician (151 Greenpoint Avenue) does a lunch special for a mere $6.50. This allows you to choose a soup, a rice and an entrée from a list of 33 dishes (or 43 options if you’re feeling flush enough to spring an extra dollar). This was obviously a very exciting prospect for us.

On Saturday afternoon we slid into a sunny window booth and, before we’d even ordered, our hosts greeted us with iced water, a pot of green tea, a big bowl of savory bites and a sweet chili dipping-sauce. For free. We suspected we were onto a good thing. Continue reading

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