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Farewell to Free Pizza: Lulu’s to Close on August 9th

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Lulu's: Sadly closing its doors forever on August 9th (Image Courtesy of Lulu's)

As we were passing by Lulu’s on Sunday night we were shocked to see a sign outside saying ‘Last Call…15 Days Left‘. When we popped inside in the hope that the sign was just some kind of sick prank, our worst fears were confirmed: Lulu’s, the Franklin Street institution famed and loved for its free pizza and live music will indeed be closing its doors for the last time on August 9th.

Lulu’s Manager Ani Monteleone tells us the closure “has something to do with an unresolvable disagreement with the landlords of the space.” Continue reading

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New Must-Try Spot: Cherry Izakaya Opens in Williamsburg

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Cherry Izakaya Bar

A new Japanese restaurant opened in Williamsburg on Friday. And pay attention because it’s most likely going to be one of the hottest dining spots of the summer.

Cherry Izakaya, (138 N 8th) is the hip younger sibling of the swanky Cherry at Dream Downtown. The ‘Izakaya’ part of the name comes from the term for a Japanese bar serving small plates of food usually meant for sharing. Continue reading

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How to Shell a Crab, Butcher a Bunny and Stay Relatively Sober after a Trillion Drinks: 15 Awesome Discoveries From the Greenpoint Grub Crawl

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Grub Crawl at The Diamond

Last Saturday saw swarms of hungry foodies pounding the pavements as the Bon Appétit Grub Crawl landed in Greenpoint. I’m not usually a huge fan of group tours but made an exception for this one because it involved so many amazing local bars and restaurants. And I’m mighty glad I did. The day was phenomenal, with such an incredible array of food and drink that it just went to confirm what most of us already know: Greenpoint is so hot right now!

Here’s what we learned as we did the rounds of the the five fantastic venues taking part: Continue reading

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WORLD CUP ACTION AT T.B.D. BROOKLYN (+ Drink Deals!)

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Watch the World Cup in Greenpoint at TBD Brooklyn!

How will Team USA fare in the imposing ‘group of death’? Will favorites Germany or Spain take home the title? Or will Brazil win a record sixth World Cup title on its own soil? It all begins this Thursday June 12th at 4pm.

If you can’t make it to Brazil to find out then t.b.d. (224 Franklin St) is your best bet for watching all the World Cup madness. Soccer’s premiere international competition is just two days away and t.b.d. is your spot for every bit of world-class play. Plus they have some sweet drink deals! Continue reading

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The Great Greenpoint Dive Crawl 2014

Fancy bars and restaurants with all sorts of sexy food and drink (Tørst, Beloved, Nights and Weekends) are all over Greenpoint these days, but let’s face it – sometimes you just want get hammered on a budget, pay homage to the neighborhood’s longtime establishments, or just check out something different and new (or old). Greenpoint definitely has no shortage of dive bars, but where to begin?

This weekend I hung out in some of these dives (a.k.a. “old man” bars) in the neighborhood and got to know them and their clientele a little better. I scoped out the drink specials, watched Jeopardy with the regulars, and relaxed in some sweet backyards. And now I present to you, along with my little rating system, some of the neighborhood’s best kept secrets:

Irene’s Pub (623 Manhattan Ave)

Irene's Pub

Despite being so centrally located, Irene’s is somewhat of a mystery. Perhaps most Greenpointers are unfamiliar with the bar’s philosophy:”it’s happy hour all the time,” which I verified as TRUTH. Irene’s prices are actually equivalent to happy hour deals, all the time – we’re talking $2 drafts and dirt-cheap mixed drinks. I repeat: all day and night long. 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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Lessons in Vegan Wine at Adelina’s

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Vegan Chianti at Adelina's

Call me ignorant but, until recently, I wasn’t remotely aware that most wine production is largely un-vegan.

This changed when I paid a visit to Adelina’s (159 Greenpoint Ave.) to sample a glass from their newest wine casks and Toby, the lovely owner, told me that their new Chianti is not only produced in an organic way but it is also vegan, to which I expressed some surprise. Aren’t all wines vegan? Isn’t that the joy of grapes? Apparently not. But given the way that vegan friends of mine happily knock back any wine available, I had a hunch that they weren’t in on this fact either. Continue reading

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An Evening at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Dam Funk & More

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Last Friday at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, the musical lineup was headlined by Los Angeles’ prominent original funk maestro, Dâm-Funk. Dâm opened his set by playing crowd-pleasing throwback jams, ranging from the obscure to the well-loved. Supporting sets by Norwegian musician Maya Vik, Gordon Voidwell, and DJ Thanksgiving Brown all drew from the same well of 80s synth-funk worship that Dâm has made his name on over the past 20 years. Continue reading

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Top Brunching with Brooklyn Label’s New Chef José Luis Diaz

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Cuban Tamale with Pulled Pork

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

Brooklyn Label (180 Franklin St.) is one of these classics. Continue reading

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Gumbo + Mardis Gras Beer Pairings at The Habitat Tomorrow (3/4)

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Celebrate Mardi Gras @ Habitat!

In celebration of Fat Tuesday, The Habitat is hosting a beer tasting with Bayou Teche brewery from Louisiana. The brewery crafts beers specifically to complement Cajun/Creole dishes – so it will go perfectly with my favorite dish – a generously portioned Chicken and Andouille Gumbo served with a side of warm cornbread. Plus they will be serving a Stout paired with special house made ice cream!

A flight of four following beers ($14) will be served with complimentary food pairings:

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