Eat & Drink

French-Catalonian Restaurant to Open on Franklin Street this September

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The corner of Franklin and Kent streets- where there will soon be a new French-Catalonian restaurant

A lot of  local places describe themselves as ‘neighborhood restaurants’. But, aside from location, what does this actually mean?  That a place is affordable? Has good food? Friendly service? Lots of regulars? Staying power?

Recently I met with some of the team behind the soon-to-open restaurant on the corner of Franklin and Kent streets.  They told me all about their plans to create their own take on the ‘neighborhood restaurant’ in Greenpoint and it sounds as though they could be on track to get the formula just right.

The restaurant, which currently goes by the working title of ‘Clouet’, is headed up by Henry Rich, owner of Italian restaurants Rucola in Boerum Hill and Fitzcarraldo in East Williamsburg. Henry is teaming up with Perry Chen, the founder of Kickstarter, with the pair having become friends after meeting at a barbecue. Continue reading

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Tasty Deals at Grand Street Summer Restaurant Week

RestaurantWk_postcard2015_digitalFollowing the success of their annual Winter Restaurant Week, now Grand Street is getting in on all the seasonal action and hosting their own Summer Restaurant Week!

Starting today and running until Sunday August 9th, 16 Grand Street restaurants between Union and Bushwick Avenues will be offering some great meal deals, with two-course lunches from $7-$10 and three-course dinners for $18-$30.

Click here for menus and more info on participating restaurants.

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Fat Goose Serves Up Seasonal New American Dishes with Fresh Local Ingredients and Classic Cocktails

Grilled Sweet Corn, Cucumber Salad, and Heirloom Tomatoes
Dinner Plates: Grilled Sweet Corn, Cucumber Salad, and Heirloom Tomatoes

Looking for your next notable neighborhood meal? Try Fat Goose, an established New American restaurant offering inventive seasonal plates in North Brooklyn.

The chef-driven menu highlights greenmarket vegetables, artisanal cheeses, and responsibly sourced meat and seafood. The dining room is relaxed and breezy with large windows and plenty of room for good conversation. Walk in and share some small plates for a casual meal among friends, or make reservations for larger parties and special occasions. This summer, don’t miss the grilled sweet corn with house chorizo, crunchy snap pea salad with sesame, and roasted chicken breast with charred cucumber and harissa. Continue reading

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Hot Sauce, Summer in the City: A Scorching Afternoon with Heatonist

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Heatonist Founder Noah Chaimberg

One of the great things about writing for Greenpointers is occasionally getting to watch dreams transform into reality.

When I first met Heatonist founder Noah Chaimberg, it was on a bitter, snowy Sunday morning back in February. He was shivering on the doorstep of a Wythe Avenue construction site, kindly waiting to greet me and explain his zany vision for a spicy future. He was part-way through a Kickstarter campaign, with the hope of raising enough funds to turn said construction site into a hot sauce tasting room and events space, complete with the world’s first hot sauce sommelier. Continue reading

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McGolrick Park Farmers Market Hosts Vegetarian Feast this Sunday, July 26th

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Barry Schwartz of Barry’s Tempeh will cook at Sunday’s Vegetarian Feast!

Recently at the McGolrick Park Farmers Market in Greenpoint, we chatted with the ONE and ONLY Barry Schwartz of Barry’s Tempeh. Not only is he Brooklyn’s resident tempeh-whisperer, but he’s also the chef lined up for the Vegetarian Feast Fundraiser this coming Sunday, July 26th. Tickets are $20; includes appetizer, entrée, dessert, and drink. Proceeds go to the Lutheran Church of the Messiah. Continue reading

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Five Boozey Slushies to Help You Through These Crazy Hot Summer Days

Frozen_negroni_Lake_street_greenpoint__RosiedeBelgeonneIf there’s one thing all Greenpointers have in common it’s that we’re reaaallly struggling with the heat right now. As I sit writing this in my sweatbox railroad apartment, I’m silently cursing the giant AC unit I dragged off the street with ‘Free…Works!!’ written across it. Yep, it works, but not well enough. I’m slowly melting, and so are all of my worldly possessions.

Fortunately there’s plenty of freshly-chilled local hideouts to escape to, some of which offer that ingenious invention: the frozen cocktail. We’ve rounded up a few our faves, and it just so happens that each of our picks has outdoor space…so it’s really up to you to choose between icy AC and scorchio sunshine!

Frozen_Harrison_Enids_Greenpoint_RosiedeBelgeonneFrozen Harrison – Enid’s  
Enid’s Frozen Harrison combines tequila and grapefruit with a healthy slosh of cranberry to give us the definitive Greenpoint summer drink. It’s large and refreshing, and during happy hour costs only $5…the best deal of them all! (Happy hour is daily 4-7pm and all night on Mondays.) At other times the Harrison is $9.

Enid’s is at 560 Manhattan Avenue on the corner of Driggs Avenue. Continue reading

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Our Summer Market is Happening this Sunday (7/19)!! Preview our Vendors!!

July 19 (1-7PM) at Greenpoint Loft (67 West St, 5th Fl)// Poster design by Akane Ogura

We are excited for our annual Summer Market and cannot wait to introduce to you our awesome vendors!

The Deets: Sunday July 19th from 1-7pm at Greenpoint Loft (67 West, St, 5th Fl)

RSVP on Facebook !

Activities (FREE): Photo Booth by Gustavo Ponce, with Greenpoint Garden Variety Watermelon Patch designed by Libby VanderPloegNail Art by @Peenk!, Massages by Human@Ease,Henna Tattoos by Miss V, Rooftop Yoga by Hosh Yoga (donation based).

Refreshments: Craft Beer by Greenpoint Beer and Ale + Homemade Watermelon SojuCafe Grumpy Iced Coffee + many food vendors!

Special thanks to our sponsors! Continue reading

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Watermelon Soju, Craft Beer, Rooftop Yoga, Henna Tattoos, Painted Postcards, 50+ Vendors, & more!!! Summer Market (7/19)

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July 19, 2015 (1-7PM) at Greenpoint Loft (67 West St, 5th Floor)// Poster Design by Akane Ogura

Summers in Greenpoint call for outdoor revelry and picnics so we’re bringing both to the upcoming Summer Market because did you know that Greenpoint Loft has an amazing rooftop space with views of the Manhattan Skyline and the East River? Plus, illustrator Libby VanderPloeg is hand drawing a Garden Variety Watermelon Patch for a picnic themed photobooth manned by Gustavo Ponce! Your handsome mugs will come alive like living art as they did in the last market.

RSVP for Sunday, July 19th from 1-7PM at the Greenpoint Loft (67 West St, 5th Fl).

There will be FREE Activities, Craft Beer and Refreshments, Local Shopping, and Music:

GreenpointLoft_Rooftop_View_275pxRooftop Yoga: Is there a better way to get your urban zen on? Visitors have enjoyed Greenpoint Loft’s outdoor section for its views but we thought we should take advantage of the weather by inviting Hosh Yoga to host a donation-based yoga class there.

Henna Tattoos: Ohm your way over to Miss V, who will get her demons out by doling out some Henna Tattoos. Continue reading

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Black Flamingo on Borinquen Features a Stealth Vegetarian Menu

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Black Flamingo may appear to be all about the vibe, with its splashy seventies-in-Florida décor and stylish downstairs dance club that feels like a Norwegian sauna accidentally fell into a Dan Flavin installation. The space was designed by Hecho Inc., who worked on The Box, Stanton Social, Beauty & Essex, Speedy Romeo, Baby’s All Right, and these dumpster pools.

But the latest from David Shapiro and Etan Fraiman of Battery Harris (another destination restaurant where you can while away your evening hours and dollars in a beautiful tropical environment) is all about the food and the drinks, so far. The hordes of dance mobs have yet to descend.

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