food and drink

New Bistro ‘Esme’ Brings Modern American Fare to Manhattan Avenue

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Esme, the newest restaurant to open on Manhattan Avenue, is named after the female protagonist in J.D. Salinger’s ‘For Esmé – with Love and Squalor’. Happily, the new bistro reflects all of the love but none of the squalor of the touching short story about an encounter between an American soldier and an enchanting young British girl during WW2. “My dad gave the book to me and my brother when we were 14 and that story was one of the reasons we ended up going to college” says Esme co-owner Matthew Ricke. Continue reading

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Bread Brothers: Bagels, “A Gelateria of Cream Cheese,” and So Much More

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Bread Brothers Daniel (centre), Jeremy and David

Bagels, delicious bagels! With their amazing array of freshly baked goods and delicious cream cheeses, the brand new Bread Brothers Bagel Cafe will make you crave bagels for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

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12 Top Treats from Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint

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Bakeri treats going down a storm. Photos by Rosie de Belgeonne

The fifth annual Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint event happened on Sunday and it could not have been a better day for it.Brilliant sunshine, smiling faces, great music, totally manageable lines (mostly you just had to hover for a moment before getting a taste of something incredible) and best of all a whole load of ABSOLUTELY AMAZING FOOD AND DRINK!

All stall-holders were contributing their goodies for free to benefit the The Northside Town Hall Community and Cultural Center and they certainly pulled out all the stops to wow the crowds with their top-notch fare. Continue reading

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Garden to Table Dinner at Franklin Street Community Garden (09/12)

Garden_To_Dinner_GreenpointThe lovely folk at Franklin Street Community Garden invite you to join them for a ‘Garden to Table’ dinner this week to benefit the The Greenpoint Reformed Church Soup Kitchen.

The wonderful al fresco meal will take place on Friday 12th September at 7pm and will feature fresh produce from their community garden, with meat from Sun Fed Beef and additional produce donated by North Brooklyn Farms. Continue reading

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Jafflechute Event Results in Cheesey Meltdown

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Has anyone ever read Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs? It’s a kid’s book about the town of Chewandswallow. There, citizens don’t ever have to worry about stopping by a deli for milk or scouring blogs for the sexiest place to eat dinner out because their food quite literally falls from the sky. Four square meals a day come in the form of weather fronts that move through the community at a predictable pace, until one day the forecast turns on them. The food becomes inedible and the people are forced to make a mass exodus on boats constructed from stale bread. Continue reading

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TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint This Sunday (09/07)

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There’s a trillion great places to eat and drink in the area, but rarely enough time (or stomach space) to give everywhere a try. That’s why this Sunday’s Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint event is a splendid idea. Now in its 5th year, the East River State Park flavor extravaganza will host stalls from dozens of local restaurants, bars and makers all offering appetizer-sized tastes of their delicious wares.

Among the 50+ vendors you’ll find The Elm, Reynard, Extra Fancy, Maison Premiere and Brooklyn Winery, along with Greenpoint gems such as Bakeri, Ovenly, Dirck The Norseman, No Name Bar, and our all-time favorite ice cream makers Phin and Phebes. Continue reading

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Vivi Bubble Tea Moves into Old Enla Photo Space

Vivi_Bubble_Tea_Rosie_de_BelgeonneFor some weeks now, Manhattan Avenue has been illuminated by a cutesy bubblegum-pink storefront promising Vivi Bubble Tea. When I passed by at the weekend, staff were hard at work prepping the interior and a friendly chap ensured me they’d be open by next week, adding that they are “very much looking forward to being a part of the neighborhood”. Continue reading

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Mr. Curry at Achilles Heel (08/28)

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From time to time, every couple of months, I get a severe craving for an outrageously good curry. Unfortunately I’m yet to find a really awesome local curry house but, this Thursday, for one night only, help is at hand! Or at Heel (schnarfle).

Achilles Heel will be welcoming Caroline Fidanza of Saltie to host a London-style curry night extraordinaire! The full, mouthwatering menu is below and the team at Achilles will be whipping up cocktails and a special punch to pair with all the dishes.

Curry in a hurry? Not on Thursday. This is one spicy feast you’ll most definitely want to linger over! Continue reading

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Jungle Cafe: Fresh, Delicious & Vegan

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Jungle Cafe

“Wow,” someone said as I waited in line on opening day. “I’m not even a vegetarian, but there’s definitely way too much bacon in this area. This is a relief.”

Jungle Cafe (996 Manhattan Ave) is certainly a relief for the vegetarians and vegans of North Brooklyn. But fortunately it’s also incredibly delicious and so comes as a welcome addition to the rest of us as well. Continue reading

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