Eat & Drink

Celebrity Chef Michael Psilakis Opens Event Space and Mega-Restaurant on Driggs Avenue

Piggies_The_Hall_Greenpoint_Rosie_de_BelgeonneThere’s something about the segment of Driggs Avenue between N 10th and N 11th streets that attracts a different type of business from other blocks in the area.

First came Fushimi, a super-sized, super-shiny sushi joint that boasts the lingering spirit of a 90s lounge bar. Now, on the opposite side of the street there has sprung up a new mega-restaurant called MP Taverna, the fourth in a string of Greek establishments of the same name, spear-headed by celebrity chef Michael Psilakis.

Psilakis has become known for his appearances on a host of  cooking shows such as Iron Chef America and Ultimate Recipe Showdown, but his real kudos came about in 2008 when a Michelin star was awarded to Anthos, an upmarket restaurant he started in midtown Manhattan.

Seven years on and Psilakis is bringing his celebrated Greek food to Brooklyn. Less high-end than Anthos, MP Taverna aims to provide a contemporary take on the traditional Greek tavern, with a focus on mezze dishes that can be shared family style.

Next door to MP Taverna is Psilakis’ next venture called ‘The Hall Brooklyn‘, a giant events venue whose recent opening heralded a flashy party, complete with cordoned-off entrance line and bouncers with earpieces. Continue reading

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Calling all Volunteers! N. Brooklyn’s PRIDE Festival Needs Our Help!

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Hey hey Greenpointers! Have you got your bells on yet? If not, you better do it soon because Williamsburg’s  first ever Gay Pride Festival is popping this Saturday, June 20th, and trust us you’re not going to  want to miss this event!

A couple of weeks back we let you all know many people in the hood thought it was high time North Brooklyn had their own gay affair to remember. A who’s who of list of awesome local businesses have stepped up to the plate and are hard at work behind the scenes to make this Saturday’s event a raging success.

But as a media sponsor of the North Brooklyn’s Gay Pride Festival, we here at Greenpointers would be remiss if we didn’t let our kind readers know, this event is in desperate need of our help.

Right now, at this very moment, festival organizers are on the hunt for volunteers. Whether you are straight or gay, lesbian or asexual, it doesn’t matter. All they need are kind souls willing to spare a few hours to help make Saturday’s festival a success.

As of now event organizers are looking for help in the following areas:

  • Setting up and breaking down tables before and after the event
  • Be a point person during the festival and help answer questions
  • Help selling various merchandise

If you have a free set of hands and are willing to donate a few hours to make this an insanely awesome event, organizers would love to hear from you.

Shoot an email to hello@northbrooklynpridefest.com  for further details.

For all other information about the North Brooklyn Pride Festival, including times for kid’s activities, where to indulge in adult libations, or simply to check out what cool things will be happening  this Saturday June 20th, on North 11th Street  visit http://www.northbrooklynpridefest.com/

See you all there!

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Queens’ Biggest Flea & Food Market is in Long Island City

JWP_LICFoodFlea-1687-MLIC Flea & Food is now in its 3rd season and is bigger and better than ever. The market has the largest selection of both flea and food vendors found anywhere in Queens. Plus this year they added an All-Queens Beer Garden exclusively serving beers from Queens breweries. Continue reading

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Northside Innovation 2015: A Welcome Return for Any Respectable “Yuccie”

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Every summer, the activity in McCarren Park and the surrounding area gets a bit amplified, not just with music but with a variety of Northside Festival related revelry, including what they refer to as “NYC’s Biggest Tech Party.” Now in its fourth year, Northside Innovation returns with the Expo as well as the Conference this Thursday and Friday (6/11-12).

These are two full days packed with keynotes, fireside chats, panels, workshops, pitch competitions, and networking opportunities, so you’ll want to plan ahead and create your schedule beforehand. The Northside site has a comprehensive scheduling tool but we recommend that you download the more user friendly App instead.

The Expo takes up 50,000 square feet of McCarren Park and is free to attend but if you are anything like I was as an overworked commuter, the 12PM-7PM time frame might allow you to scurry through and pick up some schwag along the way at best. If this isn’t you, it might be fun to check out the 150+ exhibitors, who will be present to awe and inspire any passerby (aka will be doling out free shit). Continue reading

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Brooklyn Barge Bar Set to Open Soon!

brooklyn_barge_bar_view_greenpoint_rosie_de_belgeonneThe long anticipated Brooklyn Barge Bar is looming ever closer on our horizons.

Although not yet open for business, the barge itself will take up its new position near Transmitter Park later this week.

Despite initial opposition from neighbors and the local community board, a liquor license was finally granted on June 2nd, much to the delight of bar manager and co-owner Will Drawbridge.

Waiting on the liquor license has held up the opening process a little, but Will tells us that they are currently hoping to be up and running by the end of June. Continue reading

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‘Brooklyn 664 Wine & Dine’ Replaces CinaMoon on Manhattan Avenue

wine_dine_greenpointNot long ago there was a restaurant at 664 Manhattan Avenue called CinaMoon. Polish Ambassador Witold Sobków once cited it as one of the best places for traditional Polish food in NYC and although I’d meant to visit I had never actually gotten around to it.

Recently I walked past and saw that CinaMoon had closed and the signage had changed to an eighties-tastic ‘Wine & Dine’. The new restaurant was yet to open but as I peered through the window a guy came out and introduced himself as Alex. I asked him what kind of food it was going to be. “Modern American” he said,  adding “we’re going to have the best food in Greenpoint”. Continue reading

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6 Exotic Ingredients You Should Try Cooking With

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Admit it. Sometimes you find yourself in a fancy grocery store, staring at a fruit you can’t name or a sauce you can’t pronounce. You think to yourself, What would I even do with this? Will I ever be the kind of person that knows how to use star anise in a recipe?

Blue Apron makes learning about new (and delicious) ingredients fun. Their weekly recipes are designed to introduce you to new flavors while gently showing you your way around the kitchen. Best of all, these fresh ingredients from small farms and specialty vendors are shipped to you without a grocery store mark-up. That means the ingredients are more affordable, you don’t buy more than you need, and you won’t spend an hour trying to find them in your local gourmet supermarkets. And if you sign up now, you’ll receive two free meals on your first order. Continue reading

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Guacamole-Off at Diamond Bar (05/31)

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Hoarding a secret guac recipe that your friends have been coveting for years? The time has come to let it reap you some extra glory….at Diamond Bar‘s Guac-Off this Sunday!

The avocado showdown is part of a fabulous Taco and Ceviche pop-up hosted by local caterer The Fury, and the competing guac will be served up alongside tacos from 2-4pm. Diners will then vote for their favorite, ultimately crowning one contender Guacamole Master Extraordinaire (and earning them a glittering prize!!)

Anyone wishing to enter the guac-off should email Dave: dave@thediamondbrooklyn.com

To take part, just make up a standard serving (approx 3 avocados) and take it along on the day. Diamond will take care of the rest.

Taco and Ceviche Pop-Up with Guacamole contest is this Sunday May 31st at Diamond Bar (43 Franklin Street)

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Meet the Poffee People: A Greenpoint Couple Takes Mini Pancakes to New Heights

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Combine one graphic designer and one marketing mastermind. Add a hot griddle and a bunch of fresh ingredients. Shake it all together with diverse flavor profiles and an appreciation for both sweet and savory. Stick it on a toothpick and serve at your local food market–you’ve got Poffees, a new mini pancake pop-up created by Greenpoint couple Dan Dalzotto and Lindsay Liu.

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Poffertjes, originally a Dutch treat served at markets or festivals, are made in batches on a large cast iron griddle with small indentations, creating a spongy miniature pancake traditionally served with powdered sugar. Dalzotto, who grew up in Melbourne Australia, grew up on the treat and shared it with his girlfriend Liu, who has been a dedicated foodie when not working her day job in marketing. “It’s like a mini pancake but with more burn bits and smothered in butter,” says Dalzotto. The duo wanted to bring some variety to the delicious little puffs and make them as diverse as their backgrounds. From maple bacon to banana Nutella to parmesan pesto to scallion pancake with ponzu sauce, these bite size snacks hit both sugar and salt cravings and are the perfect snack while roaming food fairs like the Queens Night Market or Hester Street Fair, where Poffees will be sold regularly this summer.

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Greenpointers caught up with Liu and Dalzotto during their official launch this week about their new business run out out of their Greenpoint apartment, their hopes for even more taste profiles from around the world, and how these mini pancakes brought them together as a couple.

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Oh Honey Plays Free Outdoor Show This Wednesday

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DJ Ariella opens the free show

If you want to see how North Brooklyn culture fares in a foreign land, head down to the Brooklyn Half-Marathon pre-party taking place this Wednesday in Brooklyn Heights Park from noon to 9 pm. The Williamsburg-based folk-pop band Oh Honey performs a free set at 8:45 pm, and food trucks and graffiti artists will be present.

Party sponsors are also offering $10 to anyone who shows up with a photo ID that has a Greenpoint address, because they want to amp up the event’s cool factor. Just kidding, no paid appearances for us. Continue reading

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