New Restaurant ‘Cassette’ brings French-Catalonian Flavor to Franklin Street

Images courtesy of Cassette

‘Tis the season for new restaurant openings, and last week Greenpoint had three*. One of the tastiest additions to our burgeoning dining scene is a delightful French Catalonian eatery called Cassette, whose name roughly translates as ‘little box’. Don’t let the name mislead you though, as the space is anything but small. Positioned on the corner of Kent and Franklin streets, the front of the restaurant takes up at least a quarter of the block, which it comfortably shares with Ramona, Kennaland and the former Lulu’s.

Cassette is adjacent to the Kickstarter HQ on Kent, which is somewhat convenient since one of the partners is Kickstarter founder Perry Chen. In creating the new restaurant, Perry teamed up with Henry Rich, owner of Boerum Hill’s popular neighborhood Italian Rucola. Also hailing from Rucola is head chef Joe Pasqualetto whose passion for good, simple food means that Cassette’s veg-focused menu is primed for success from the word go. Continue reading

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Brooklyn Barge Bar Finally Open – Just in Time for Autumn!

bbb_greenpoint_bargeSummer may be officially over, but a little change of season’s not standing in the way of the launch of the longest-anticipated bar in Greenpoint.

After months of uncertainty, Brooklyn Barge Bar finally opened its gangplank to the public on Friday. Continue reading

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A Sunday Evening With a Burmese Twist Inside Sunview Luncheonette

bar_lucky_number_greenpoint_rdbIt was the final Sunday evening of August and, whilst most of the city was recovering from another scorching weekend, in a hidden corner of Greenpoint things were only  just starting to warm up. The venue was Sunview Luncheonette, the charming former diner perched on the Nassau side of McGolrick Park. The event was a Burmese supper pop-up by Lucky Number, a tasty new enterprise masterminded by creative duo Tyler Drosdeck and Michael Sablan.

Michael, a talented chef who has previously cooked at Mission Chinese and Northeast Kingdom, is on a quest is to bring Burmese cuisine to NYC (of which there is currently surprisingly little). “We’re not yet ready to open a full-on restaurant”, he tells me, “but a pop-up is a great way to take the temperature and gauge our audience.” Continue reading

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TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint Returns this Weekend (09/13)

taste_WG_rdbLocal foodie event TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint is entering its 6th year this weekend and, judging from the scrumptiousness of last year’s celebrations, the event is not to be missed.

The annual afternoon of tastings will take place on Sunday September 13th in the East River Skate Park and will feature generous appetizer-sized samples from over 40 of the area’s best restaurants, bars, and breweries.

This year Greenpoint is represented by the likes of Anella, Bakeri, Champs, Le Fond, No Name bar and ice cream dream team Phin & Phebes. Meanwhile Williamsburg will have stalls from Maison Premiere, Oddfellows, Pies & Thighs and many more. All these tasty treats will be accompanied by live music and, no doubt, hot hot sunshine, making it the perfect way to eke out summer that little bit longer. Continue reading

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Burmese Pop-Up Dinner at McGolrick’s Sunview Luncheonette (08/30)

Burmese feast in a charming luncheonette setting – Photo: Sam Fleischner

Living in NYC allows us to sample cuisine from all over the world, right? Well, largely, yes, but when it comes to Burmese food there is actually only one dedicated restaurant in the entire city and it’s all the way over on the Upper East Side.

However, Greenpointers with an inclination for Burmese fare can finally be spared a trip out of the neighborhood because this Sunday a fabulous Burmese food pop-up will be happening at the former Sunview Luncheonette near McGolrick Park.

Chef Michael Sablan (who has previously cooked at Mission Chinese and Northeast Kingdom), will be whipping up a six-course feast with dishes that include: Shan Tofu (a”tofu” made with chick peas), Oh No Khao Swe (coconut chicken noodle soup with marbled egg and pickled mustard greens), and the classic Burmese preserved green tea leaf salad. Continue reading

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

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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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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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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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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