It was our first week shaping our “social life” around our new pup “D” – ain’t she a cutie? Basically unless we find a dog sitter, we can’t go anywhere for more than a few hours because her bladder is the size of a pea and she really doesn’t think it’s that big of a deal to sneak into the living room and take a mini dump on the floor when Jon and I are passed out on the couch at 9:30pm. See what I mean about our “social life”? Continue reading
You may have noticed on Franklin St that Kill Devil Hill moved next door and in its place is Duke’s Liquor Box (170 Franklin St), a liquor store named after the son of Kill Devil Hill‘s Mary Brockman and Patrick Dacy. The kid is in my opinion “officially” the cutest kid in Greenpoint.
According to Patrick, the loan that jump started the business was from Duke’s Grandma, and it will be paid back to Duke in the form of a college fund or “travel the world fund.” An adorable letter from Grandma is framed up front and reads, “this is the weirdest college fund I’ve ever heard of.” It’s okay Grandma, this kid is set! Continue reading
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.”
Cheers! To many many more birthdays!
She is an amazing chef with a totally professional crew. The supper was superb and the service was so on point. 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
While we patiently wait for the openings of Park Luncheonette (Driggs & Lorimer), Little Dokebi (Driggs Ave & Monitor St) and a portuguese restaurant at the old Wasco on (McGuinness Blvd & Nassau Ave), here are a few others that will be opening in Greenpoint sooner rather than later:
As reported by Eater, on July 16th Luksus, a 26-seat tasting menu restaurant will open in the back of TORST (615 Manhattan Ave). “At first it will be open for dinner Tuesday through Thursday nights, serving a five-course tasting menu from Burns, with optional beer pairings curated by Jarnit-Bjergsø. The hours will expand later.”
On a recent late night walk we spotted some construction going on at Driggs Ave and Diamond St and ran into the owner of what will soon be Bread for the Eater, which had a nice brick oven from the former pizzeria that was in the location previously. Din, who also owns Cheeky Sandwiches on Orchard St in LES, described Bread For The Eater’s offerings of fresh baguettes and bread, croissants, roasted meats, small plates and they will have a beer and wine license. This is definitely an exciting new spot on “the other side” of McGuinness Blvd.
According to Bedford & Bowery, a new Minneapolis inspired bar on Manhattan Ave near Norman Ave called Lake Street (706 Manhattan Ave) is opening soon by musicians, among them members of the bands Spoon & The Hold Steady. Bobby Drake of The Hold Steady, described it as “‘kind of old-man divey but cool bars, you know, where they could be sketchy, but not really,’” and “to that end, there will be Midwestern beers (natch), hot dogs, brats, and five TVs,” but it’s not a sports bar.
Can there ever be too many bars and dining establishments in Greenpoint?
Following recent NYC shows at Sullivan Hall, The Radegast Beer Hall and SOHO House, the Swamp Donkeys will play their unique version of traditional New Orleans Jazz from 8-11pm on Thursday June 20th at The Exley (1 Jackson Street, b/w Union and Meeker).
Everything happens on the front patio– live music, $8 aged Sazerac cocktails, and expertly (i.e. drunkenly) grilled hot dogs. No Cover charge although the band is known to appreciate tips, CD purchases, smiles, and dancing. Join us on a perfect NYC summer night of booze, humidity, food, and great live music. Get an idea of what you’re in store for in the video below.
Sponsored post courtesy of The Exley.
Start your summer off properly with BBQ and Cocktails at The Richardson!
Chef Ryall Hyatt has created an inspired Lamb and Beef Kofta to pair with the Rye. The Kofta (think of it as a spiced, skewered meatball) will be grilled then served with a Rye-infused honey sauce and a sprinkle of fresh herbs.
For only $10 you can try them both, or, order a la carte for $6 each.
Come early as supplies of Kofta are limited!
Sponsored post courtesy of The Richardson.
Greenpoint is blowin’ up, and we all know it. Case in point: Alameda (195 Franklin St,) opened by design gurus the Haslegrave brothers, is their first brick-and-mortar space. Evan and Oliver’s design company Home is responsible for the interiors of The Manhattan Inn and Paulie Gee’s, so we certainly expected the old-school charm of rustic wood accents and loads of exposed brick in this new space.
Upon first glance, Alameda pops in a way that other Greenpoint examples of the Haslegraves’ work doesn’t. Clean white walls adorned with glossy white tile open the space up infinitely, and are accompanied by nautical detailing in both the light fixtures and molding. In fact, a gentleman seated next to me at the bar remarked that the space felt like it should be on Tatooine. It felt like drinking in the below-deck bar of ship from the future that I was absolutely going to sail upon one day. I felt home.
The cocktail list at Alameda is perfectly curated, with several standouts utilizing different liquors in their most elevated incarnations. My personal favorite was the Roberto Burns, a smoky mezcal delight with a generous orange rind strip served over a single ice cube. This drink is like sex below deck.
A friend enjoyed the Pita Amour, a lovely tequila concoction served up with a lime wedge. Petite, clean, and delicious.
The Phil Collins, a gin and Lillet stunner, could’ve nearly been called a salad; it had so many fresh accoutrements, including mint, lemon, and lime. An ideal summertime cocktail, folks, and I trust you won’t forget the name.
The edibles menu pleased us very much, as did the prices. Though a $17 foie gras breakfast sandwich is on offer, most items are more moderately priced around $10. A standout item on the current menu is a roasted fruit and goat cheese sandwich on baguette, the perfect combination of tang, crunch, and tender fruit without the syrupy sweetness of most jams. Along with the $9 cheeseburger (which feels like a grown-up version of In-N-Out,) their killer cocktails, and the spacious bar area and actually comfortable booths we have a winner here. Or, as I have been describing it to all my girlfriends, “our new GPT go-to.”
Last night (out of nowhere!) I dreamt about the final scene in Slumdog Millionaire, when the entire cast breaks out into an amazing dance routine – and the best part – I was dancing with them. (I really dreamt this. I have no idea why.)
This morning I saw a new event on our Greenpointers calendar…
Himanshu Suri, of the late Das Racist, is spinning ’60s and ’70s Bollywood vinyl at Beloved (674 Manhattan Ave) tonight, Tuesday April 23, 2013 from 7-11pm!
Greenpoint, you always make my dreams come true!