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 →
The air is crisp and chill, puffer-coated pooches are roaming the streets of Greenpoint and it’s dark by 5pm. It’s exactly the time of year to hole-up in a cozy drinking den and spend the evening getting intimate with an extensive menu of local craft beers and delicious bar snacks.
Locals have been buzzing about the forthcoming bar, cafe, and design store, BÚÐIN, making its debut in the neighborhood come December. We sat down with co-owners Crystal Pei and Elliot Rayman (their third business partner, Rut Hermannsdóttir, is based in Norway) to talk coffee, aquavit, Finnish design and why Brooklyn and Scandinavia go so well together. Continue reading →
Greenpoint’s freshest beer store, Brouwerij Lane (78 Greenpoint Ave), has a couple very exciting events happening beginning tonight and continuing this Saturday (10/26). Along with cold, crisp autumn days are freshly brewed wet hop harvest and pumpkin ales! All day Saturday, Oktober 26th, beginning at Noon, Brouwerij Lane will feature plenty of seasonally delicious beers, seasonal food and fun! There’s nothing better on a crisp autumn day than freshly brewed pumpkin ale, except when the ale is tapped from the cask and poured from an actual pumpkin!
And tonight Thursday 10/24) from 6-10pm, Brouwerij Lane will be ushering in a new era of modern French breweries with Pays Flamand. Brewer Mathieu Lesenne will be here to share with you his wonderful beers such as the hoppy blonde Anosteké as well as his collaboration with Norway’s Nøgne Ø titled Prototype Juniper Porter. Just to sweeten the deal we’ll be pouring the Nøgne collaboration with French Brewery Page 24 a Rubarb IPA as well as a keg of French Canadian brewery Trou Du Diable Dubai Pillée double IPA. To compliment your sipping, we’ll be accompanied by French jams from DJ Bocky. It’ll be a blast!
Nothing is more Sunday than brunch! So for our 10th Sunday Supper Edition, Clean Plate Co. is preparing a delicious three course brunch at The Diamond (43 Franklin St) on October 6, 2013 from noon-2pm. That’s right – brunch dessert, plus booze! That’s a happy Sunday.
I have personally had Clean Plate Co.’s grits TWICE (because I am now a stalker) and am obsessed with a capital O!
5 Leaves is five years old today. I remember the first time I ate there, probably that long ago, and was blown away by the food, atmosphere, cocktails and the location. A lot has changed in the neighborhood in 5 years, but 5 Leaves still has incredible service and food. I want the ricotta pancakes and the Bees Knees cocktail right now!
In honor of its birthday the bar will be creating new takes on old favorites. According to owner Kathy Mecham, ”The Moscow Mule, Cuban Sidecar, Pomegranate Martini and Calvados Sidecar are all being taken apart and put back together in new ways … All Anniversary cocktails will be available for one night only for $10 each.”
Ed Raven, of Raven Importing Company and owner of Brouwerij Lane, promised that the new brewery he is opening called Grain Terminal, along with a bar/restaurant called Dirck The Norseman will be – “the most awesome sunset beer drinking spot in Brooklyn.”
Sounds great right? When I visited the huge warehouse space on No. 15th St and Franklin St. in Greenpoint, which has a view of the Manhattan skyline and Bushwick Inlet, my next question was when is it going to open? Continue reading →
If you have any relationship with The Richardson—albeit it a one-nighter, Grand Ferry (229 Kent Ave) will feel strangely, wonderfully, familiar. And that’s because co-founders Jon Derosa and Joel Lee Kulp—as well as the staff, are transplants from Greenpoint’s popular speakeasy. Located on Kent Ave in Williamsburg, this waterfront tavern is inspired by a ferry that docked nearby until 1918.
Dig old stuff? If you are an antique nut like me, you will appreciate that the mirrors, prints, and resident mermaid (who exists as a sculpture and is printed on Grand Ferry’s matchbox) all hail from Kulp’s treks to the Mecca of antique fairs—Brimfield. Lining the walls are early 20th century prints of the East River—including one of the East River bridge, now known as the Williamsburg Bridge. Continue reading →
About 30 or so young Greenpointers lazed around Brouwerij Lane (78 Greenpoint Ave) last Thursday, drinking free craft beer from plastic cups and, time to time, gazing at pictures of cats and meme-inspired captions scrawled on canvases.
Artist Scott Chasse, creator of “OMG Webcats,” casually bearded, wearing a loose, unbuttoned shirt, popped around the room. Is there a hidden message to these trite, pop-culture images that have been art-ified?
Chasse says it’s more about the craft than any hard-to-discern message. ”It’s not trying to make anyone think too hard. Yet it took a lot of thought into it to make it that way,” he said. Chasse, who lives and works in Greenpoint (he runs the Calico gallery at 67 West Street), aims to create images that impress without challenging.
“I don’t want anybody to feel as though it’s inaccessible or that you can’t understand it,” he added. Continue reading →