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From Bean to Brew: Inside the Café Grumpy Roastery

Cafe_Grumpy_Sack_Rosie_de_belgeonneGrumpy by name, awesome by nature, Café Grumpy has been one of Greenpoint’s most beloved coffee shops for almost a decade and now, with the addition of a new roastery, there’s even more to love.

Founded on the corner of Meserole Avenue and Diamond Street in 2005, Grumpy has since spread to five other locations including their most recent opening at Grand Central Station, where they triumphantly replaced a Starbucks. The cafe also brushed with fame during its starring role in HBO’s Girls.

In 2009 Grumpy started roasting their own beans in the back room of the Greenpoint cafe, but this year’s increased production demands led them to seek out a larger roasting space. Fortunately an ex-floristry warehouse just a few buildings down became available and their coffee-roasting palace was born. I met up with head bean buyer and ‘coffee educator’ Cheryl Kingan who gave me a grand tour of the roastery and the low down on the entire process of bean to brew. Continue reading

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Slick Willie: ‘Authentic New American’ Restaurant Inspired by Greenpoint’s Most Infamous Criminal

interior_slick_willie_cherie_YIt all started with an idea, and a few years later, new restaurant Slick Willie (179 Meserole Avenue) is a dream come true for three friends, Jeremy, Josh, and Benjamin. It took quite a while to construct and design the space, as they signed the lease on the property just before Sandy hit New York, and then everything was delayed as construction priorities changed post-storm. However, the restaurant finally opened a few weeks ago and the trio are now ready for business!

While some might think Slick Willie was named after Bill Clinton, it’s actually named after one of Greenpoint’s famous residents, Willie Sutton. He was a legendary bank robber, a “gentleman bank robber,” so called because he never killed anyone. He robbed banks because “that’s where the money is,” and the FBI gave him the name “Slick Willie” in reference to how many times he’d eluded them Continue reading

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French Pastries Get Fancy at Charlotte Patisserie

Charlotte Patisserie's splendid pastry selection

Charlotte Patisserie  (596 Manhattan Avenue)  is like a little piece of France in Greenpoint. Although it’s been open since 2011, recent renovations and the addition of a dining room have given new life to the pastry shop, which also boasts a wonderful back yard surrounded by ivy- covered brick walls.

They have also expanded their menu to offer brunch and a casual but elegant dinner. Menu options include French classics like a croque monsieur, ratatouille, omelette, crepes, Niçoise salad and croquettes.
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Caricature Artist Dan Springer Colors in Funny at Tar Pit Cafe

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When he drew his first caricature of his grade school teacher as a young kid, he thought was doing something new. While he soon learned otherwise, Dan Springer has created a career out of exaggerating the characters of people – the famous, the everyday and canines, too. Continue reading

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Charlotte Patisserie’s Expands to Offer a Full Service Menu & More!

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Perfect summertime brunch now offered at Charlotte Patisserie
We can all agree that Greenpoint majorly delivers on the foodie front – with one exception – lunch. The biggest complaint I get (and I get ALOT of complaints) is that there aren’t a TON of lunch spots to chose from. We Greenpointers want choices! Well, guess who just rolled out not only a new lunch menu, but also dinner AND brunch service, that also includes wine? Charlotte Patisserie on Manhattan Ave. And don’t forget their incredible outdoor space and the infinite array of drool-worthy desserts! Continue reading

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The Polish Pastry Experience: Café Riviera (and a hidden gallery visit)

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In the spotlight this week: The Drozdzowka

Welcome to the fourth tasty installment of our Polish Pastry Experience—a behind-the-counter look into the traditional pastries that you can find in Greenpoint’s Polish bakeries (this week with an added hidden-gallery visit).

Wondering about what’s best? Looking to try something new? Every week, we ask the bakers themselves to tell you.

This week, Café Riviera recommends…their Drożdżówka z serem (s.) at $1.50 per piece. Continue reading

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Recipes Gone Wild: Awakening’s Spring Energy Smoothie

 

Feeling like a bit of a sloth this morning? Suffering perhaps from a case of the Mondays? I concur. It’s more than a little tough to feel energized knowing that you’ve got a solid work week ahead of you. Memories of leisurely bicycling, beers with buddies, ice cream in the park, strolling in the sunshine, and other weekend-ish whims linger as you fill up your “world’s best” (fill in title here) mug. No time for daydreaming now. Time now to focus, to work, to make the donuts. How can one muster the energy and positivity in a healthy way? Thanks to Karolina Gumpert of Awakening Café (on Manhattan Avenue), I’ve found a lovely way to get that healthy boost. A bit of background about Awakening if you haven’t popped into this little spa and café yet, they’ve got a wonderful fresh juice and smoothie bar as well as an extensive menu of wellness services such as craniosacral therapy, Reiki, sound therapy, and yoga. I recently ran into Karolina from the café, and she recommended this lovely recipe to me as an energizing way to start the day, so I whipped it up in the blender and gave it a go. Delicious and clean-tasting, this nutty, vegetal, sweet treat was supremely satiating as well. A nice, clean, and simple start to the week! Now, I beseech you. Go forth and blend! Continue reading

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Spring Cocktails and Great New Eats at Five Leaves

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Mahi Mahi Sandwich with Truffle Fries

There are loads of awesome local brunch spots, but in a game of quick-fire word association I’d automatically pair ‘Greenpoint Brunch‘ with ‘Five Leaves‘. Unfortunately, as the heavily populated corner of Bedford and Lorimer demonstrates, so would the rest of the neighborhood which means you have to get there bright and early on weekends to avoid a wait for a table. Continue reading

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Five Leaves Crate Opens at Rough Trade

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Five Leaves Crate at Rough Trade

It’s been a busy year for Five Leaves owner Jud Mongell. In January his ever-popular Greenpoint eatery went bicoastal with the launch of L.A. Chapter, a Five Leaves-inspired restaurant at Ace Hotel LA.

Only three months later and another Five Leaves spin-off is already up and running, this time a little closer to home in the form of Five Leaves Crate, a pop-up cafe in collaboration with Rough Trade NYC (64 North 9th St). Continue reading

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Littleneck Lobster Rolls Coming to Greenpoint Soon!

Aaron Lefkove and Andy Curtin in front of soon-to-be Littleneck Outpost

The duo behind the much loved Gowanus seafood restaurant Littleneck are all set to unveil their newest venture in Greenpoint in April. The new cafe, aptly named Littleneck Outpost, will be located at 128 Franklin Street, right next door to Shayz Lounge and at the corner of Milton Street.

When we met with owners Aaron Lefkove and Andy Curtin they told us that the plan is to keep the Greenpoint cafe as more of a daytime operation than its Gowanus counterpart. They will start brewing La Colombe coffee and serving breakfast to early birds from around 7am, then continue through until early evening. Continue reading

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