Arepas All Round! Tasty New Pop-Up at Brooklyn Safehouse

Adobera Arepa with queso fresco, black bean spread, avocado and pickled jalapenos (Image from @centavonyc)

The nights are drawing in, the temperature’s gradually dropping and it’s starting to be hands in pockets weather – but we’re not talking coat pockets – oh no – we’re talking yummy little stuffed arepa pockets!

A brand new weekly pop-up at Brooklyn Safehouse is bringing delicious arepas to Franklin street every Wednesday night. The pop-up is called Centavo, and is run by trio of friends John Monastero, Mike Lee and Mary O’Reilly, who are taking of advantage of cozy season to roll out an inventive menu of comforting hand-held treats to hungry bar-dwellers. Continue reading

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A Benefit Dinner for Greenpoint Soup Kitchen with Chefs from Saltie and Diner Journal (10/02)

greenpoint_church_vegWhen 61 Franklin Street Community Garden and Greenpoint Church get together, they throw some of the most fun and delicious fundraiser community dinners – and they’re hosting another one this Friday evening!

A $60 ticket includes an amazing three-course meal with unlimited wine from Dandelion Wine and beer by Sixpoint. Veggies are from the community garden and meat comes from Sun Fed Beef in upstate NY (and there will be a wonderful veggie option for non meat-eaters).

The meal will be prepared by two talented local chefs : Caroline Fidanza owner of Saltie, the cult Williamsburg sandwich shop, and Millicent Souris, who has cooked at Egg, Roebling Tea Room and the Queen’s Hideaway. Both chefs have published their own cookbooks and regularly contribute to Diner Journal. 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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French-Catalonian Restaurant to Open on Franklin Street this September

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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‘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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Craving Home-Cooking, but Feel Like You Just Don’t Have Time? Let Marley Spoon Help!

The Marley Spoon Box
The Marley Spoon Box

With a slew of DIY dinner delivery services popping up, it’s hard to know which one to try. Some offer more flexibility than others, which is a bonus for those of us who like to dine out as much as we enjoy making a home cooked meal. But the most important factor is certainly how the food tastes. Enter Marley Spoon. Continue reading

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Say Farewell to Winter with this ‘Before Spring’ Beer-Pairing Dinner at Le Fond (03/11)

AvantLePrintemps_Flyer_4_le_fondIt may be March but it’s still a vile slush-pit from hell out there and is nowhere near as springy as any of us would like. However, the good folks at Le Fond are realistic with their expectations of the seasons and next week will be hosting a one-off pairing dinner sensibly titled ‘Avant le Printemps’ or (as Richard Linklater might say) ‘Before Spring’.

Chef Jake Eberle is teaming up with Greenpoint Beer & Ale Company to present a delicious five-course rustic modern dinner where each plate is carefully paired with a different local brew. Continue reading

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Grand Street Restaurant Week (02/16-02/22)


Finding it hard to leave the house right now? Here’s an incentive to get you over the threshold of your icicle-encrusted front door…Grand Street is throwing its 2nd Annual Restaurant Week!

16 Grand Street restaurants between Union and Bushwick Avenues are offering hot deals on two-course lunches ($8-$10) and three-course dinners ($18-$30) all week, ending Sunday 22nd February. Okay, Grand Street’s not quite Greenpoint, but it’s probably just the right distance to give us that little bit of exercise we’ve been avoiding since before the dawn of the great freeze…and help us work up an appetite worthy of a three-course feast.

Check their website for details of participating restaurants and menu info.

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8 Places for a Romantic Greenpoint Dinner Date this Weekend…

Love Donuts at the ready...

If you came to our fabulous Valentine’s Market yesterday you’ll be well aware that the annual celebration of love etc. is fast approaching.  And the fact that it falls on a Saturday this year means that it’s even harder than usual to opt out by ‘working late’.

In case you’re in line for a romantic dinner à deux (or trois, or dix), here’s a run down on some of Greenpoint’s finest who’re laying on special menus for the occasion (as well as their usual fare):

Adelina’s (159 Greenpoint Ave)
Greenpoint’s coziest Italian is offering a four-course prix-fixe for $60 with seatings at 7pm and 9pm.
Highlights include:
-Burrata, prosciutto, balsamic fig jam and mint
-Pollo al limone: Free range chicken breast with lemon & red onion puree
-Chocolate hazelnut mousse
Reservations:info@adelinasbk.com / 347-763-0152
*** They also have some very beautiful, affordable flower arrangements available for pre- order ($25-$60)***

Esme (999 Manhattan Avenue)
Esme are marking their first V-day celebrations with a three-course modern American menu for $55 (+ $25 wine pairing)
Highlights include:
-Beef carpaccio, mustard greens, purple mustard, pecorino
-Red snapper, lobster, celery root, lemon
-Dark chocolate, pistachio, cherries
Reservations: hello@esmebk.com Continue reading

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4 Course New Year’s Eve 2014 Dinner at Esme


Still haven’t made New Year’s Dinner Plans? Join Esme tonight for our first ever New Year’s Eve Dinner.

Four courses including an egg yolk ravioli, roasted leg of lamb, scallop crudo and a mascarpone cheesecake. Wine can be paired for $35 or drinks can be ordered a la carte. Vegetarian options will be available and seating begins at 7.30pm. 75 Dollars includes tax and tip.

To reserve please call 718.383.0999 or email: hello (at) esmebk [dot] com.

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