The subject of Greenpoint’s most anticipated cafe restoration, Park Luncheonette (332, Driggs Ave), finally opened its doors in October and is now launching a full daily menu. It’s the newest venture from the team behind No Name and Matchless bar and was a long time in the making.
The original Park Luncheonette was established 1931 and, after serving the neighborhood in varying forms for almost 80 years, as well as snagging a cameo role in Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Departed’, finally closed it doors in 2009.
Ted Nugent, one of new the owners, explains that he’d had his eye on the vacant space for a while so, when the original owners decided to step to one side, he leapt at the opportunity to get involved.
“But they were careful to check us out very thoroughly first”, he says. “They came round and inspected all my other bars and restaurants to make sure that we would be the right fit for the place.” Continue reading →
Glugg? Gloog? Glerg? “Ö” is a difficult letter for me to pronounce, so when it comes to asking for this sweetly-spiced, Scandanavian mulled wine, I sometimes simplify my request to “I’ll have some of what’s simmering in that crockpot.” While spending the winter in Stockholm a few years ago, I regularly indulged in 3 pm glögg-fikas (glögg-themed coffee breaks), 5 pm jul-glöggs (glögg-themed Christmas parties?), after-work mugs-o’-glögg (i.e. happy hour)…and so on. It seemed that my Swedish friends were exceptionally good at coming up with reasons to drink glögg— reasons bound in traditions which were justified by statements like “Because. That’s just what we do.” Hard to argue with that when you can’t even pronounce an “ö” . And in the interest of keeping with tradition, you could always count on there being a plate of crispy, crunchy pepparkakor (gingerbread cookies) at the table to nibble on as you sipped your beverage. Let’s just say is was a gluttony of glögg. Continue reading →
Crema (182, Driggs Ave.) opened in September, serving up cups of coffee, pastries, and deliciously simple sandwiches. Owner Jin Han gave us an introduction to his fascination with pour-over techniques and charcuterie, which both led to his desire to open his shop. Continue reading →
On Sunday Greenpointers hosted one of my favorite of all the events that we organize, first because it supports my favorite local cause the Greenpoint Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen and secondly because it’s the most chill event we do and I actually get to talk to people and not run around like a lunatic. And we raised over $700! Continue reading →
There has been a glut of interesting new enterprises springing up on Driggs recently.
One of the most delicious is Bread for the Eater (168, Driggs Ave). This bakery and restaurant opened its doors in September and is the most recent venture from Din Yates, the man behind the extremely popular Cheeky Sandwiches in LES.
Din describes wanting to create ‘a place where warmth exudes’, and this is certainly something he’s achieved. They bake their own bread right there in the restaurant, so the smell that greets you as you enter is nothing short of heavenly. Especially on a windswept fall night. Continue reading →
The other day I got an alarming series of texts from my friend Camille. She had just baked a batch of muffins, cooled them, and set them on the countertop in ziploc bags while she stepped out to run some errands. Upon returning home, she entered her kitchen and glanced around. Something was wrong. Granola crumbs littered the floor. She heard a rustling, and surveyed the room. It was then that she locked eyes with her intruder— a fat squirrel, having entered through the open window, now huddled under the kitchen table, seemingly trying to calculate the probability of successfully dragging a Ziploc baggy full of muffins and a package of sprouted chia-goji berry granola out the window without being eaten/killed/captured and/or losing his loot.
In the horrifying aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan that struck the Philippines recently, local resident and chef extraordinaire Yana Guilbuena will be hosting a benefit dinner, SALO Labing-Isa, in Greenpoint next week to raise urgently needed funds for victims of the disaster.
On Monday, November 25th at 6pm, Yana will be serving an incredible five-course Filipino dinner at Sindicato de Cocineros on Nassau Ave. The meal will feature dishes from islands affected by the typhoon: Cebu, Panay, Negros, Leyte and Masbate. In keeping with other SALO dinners, the meal will be served ‘Kamayan’ style, a.k.a sans utensils. Continue reading →
For many who are apart from family, the holidays can be a drag. Maybe flights home are too expensive, or perhaps you choose to forgo spending time with your crazy family and their questions about what you’re doing with your life. Regardless of how you became a Thanksgiving orphan, you still have things to be thankful for, so come on! Join your neighbors and raise a glass (and some money for charity)! Dirck the Norseman, Greenpoint’s soon-to-be newest neighborhood addition, will open its doors for a sneak preview this November 28 to host a community Thanksgiving potluck dinner, and raise money for Greenpoint Church. “Orphans” should come with a $ donation, and their favorite family Thanksgiving dish to add to the smorgasbord (anything from aunt Kay’s Jell-O Salad to Grandma Bette’s Green Bean Casserole is welcome). Dirck will handle the Turkey. The kitchen will be in full operation so you can warm your dishes up onsite, with Chef Raven at the helm.
“Dirck the Norseman’s Annual Orphans’ Thanksgiving”
Date: Thanksgiving Day, November 28 Time: 3 pm ’til turkeys out Where: 7 N. 15th Street (at the corner of N. 15th and Kent/Franklin) What: Come for dinner. Come for dessert. Come to give thanks. Bring a $ donation for Greenpoint Church and a dish to share (turkey will be provided). Please RSVP by Monday, Nov. 25 to: firstname.lastname@example.org