food and drink

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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Hot Stuff from Greenpoint: Heatonist to Launch a Hot Sauce Tasting Room

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© Heatonist

What’s your go-to condiment? Mustard? Ketchup? Mayo? Even those of us with the blandest of palates have to admit that these tame old options can get boring after a while. In an attempt to spice up mealtimes, a growing number of people have started obsessively reaching for hot sauce but, as flame-haired heat master Noah Chaimberg will tell you, a really good hot sauce is much more than just a condiment, it’s actually a ‘food that goes on food.’

Noah is the founder of Greenpoint-born company HEATONIST. He sources naturally-made hot sauces from suppliers around the world and has them all available for purchase.

Heatonist was founded in September 2013, and Noah started out by hosting tastings at local events such as Brooklyn Night Bazaar and Greenpointers markets. Then, last February, the online store was launched, and rapidly gained a cult following.

Following the success of the mail order service, the dream has now grown even bigger and Noah and his team are in the process of creating the Heatonist Hot Sauce Tasting Room, which they hope will become a kind of global HQ and clubhouse for hot sauce-lovers everywhere.

Noah is currently in the final week of a Kickstarter to raise funds for the new shop front. We caught up with him at the work-in-progress store located on Wythe Avenue to hear more about the venture and discover some little known secrets about the hot stuff. Continue reading

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Rise and Shine with “Early”, Greenpoint’s Newest Coffee Shop

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There’s no shortage of top-notch coffee in Greenpoint, but it’s always fun to have options and, as of last week, we just got one more, courtesy of a new cafe with the suitably caffeine-related name of ‘Early’.

Early Coffee & Sandwich Shop (967 Manhattan Avenue), held its official grand opening on Saturday, where the neighborhood was warmly welcomed in from the cold with free-flowing coffee and canapé-sized tasters of their yummy sandwich menu. Owner Radek Kucharski was cheerily doing the rounds with prosecco and hot cider, whilst cafe manager Peter Chrostowski was doling out espressos, mimosas, and sweet treats by Vegan Divas. Radek told us he’s always dreamed of opening a cafe in the area and, now that the stars have finally aligned in his favor, he’s super excited about the new venture. Continue reading

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

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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…

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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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$1 ICE CREAM SCOOPS TOMORROW AT NEW VAN LEEUWEN STORE!! (01/24)

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$1 a scoop for one hour only!! ©Van Leeuwen Ice cream

Beloved ice cream purveyors Van Leeuwen have moved locations and will be celebrating with super cheap ice cream tomorrow!

They have moved to 620 Manhattan Avenue (only a few doors along from their former location, to just the other side of Nassau Ave) and will be selling single scoops (one per person) for a mere dollar from 1pm-2pm tomorrow, Saturday 24th.

Get out in that snow-flurry and get on it!

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Midnight Munchies: A Guide to Late Night Eating in Greenpoint

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Black Rabbit's bar menu will see you through into the early hours

2015 hit the ground running and already the year has been busy, the days have been long, and sometimes it gets late before we’ve even entertained the thought of dinner, by which time most locals chefs are hanging up their aprons and going home.

However, lucky for us, there’s a few kitchens who fuel their stoves on midnight oil. After a bit of hungry late-night research, we’ve brought together a roundup of Greenpoint joints where you can still get fed in the wee-hours.

Black Rabbit 
This cozy fireside favorite serves up the likes of frito pie and mini cheeseburgers until 1am Friday & Saturday (10pm all other nights)

Bar Matchless 
Tuck into a steak sandwich, some bacon mac’n’cheese and hell, why not some key lime pie as well….you’ve got time, the kitchen stays open ’til 3am every night. Continue reading

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New Beefsteak Club ‘Hook & Cleaver’ replaces Coco on Greenpoint Avenue

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Bite-size steak samplers do the rounds at the Hook & Cleaver launch ©Rosie de Belgeonne

Hook & Cleaver, a new ‘beefsteak club’ had its official opening last night at 68 Greenpoint Avenue.

The steakhouse-cum-lounge-bar fills the space formerly occupied by Coco which closed its doors in October, just 10 months after opening in January 2014.

Hook & Cleaver is headed up by Chef Diane DiMeo, famed for appearances on TV cooking shows such as ‘The Taste’ and ‘Chopped’. She is partnering up with Brooklyn Meat Club to bring diners top cuts of meat in what she describes as ‘your old typical steakhouse’, where choice cuts of meat will be brought around on trolleys for diners to select. Continue reading

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Free Noodles and Bourdain-worthy Burgers at Xi’an Famous Foods Grand Opening Tomorrow

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The brand new Greenpoint outpost of Xi’an Famous Foods will be having its official grand opening at 648 Manhattan Avenue this Saturday December 6th.

To celebrate their arrival in the neighborhood, the northwestern Chinese mini-chain will be offering a free noodle dish or burger of choice to Greenpoint customers. To take advantage of this you need to follow them on a social media platform (facebook, twitter, instagram or weibo, whatever that is) then turn up on Saturday between 11.30am and 5pm brandishing your phone.

Anthony Bourdain is a massive fan: “This place is unbelievable!” he says. Now it’s time to see if Greenpoint agrees…

Xi’an Famous Foods is at 648 Manhattan Avenue between Nassau and Norman Avenues.

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Preservation Greenpoint Beer Crawl this Friday! (12/05)

PreservationGPTbeer_greenpointThis Friday, join Preservation Greenpoint in welcoming the holiday season by reveling in the architecture, charm, and (most importantly) BEER of historic Greenpoint!

For their bar crawl, Preservation Greenpoint will be visiting a combination of classic neighborhood institutions and relative newcomers, including a repurposed auto-body shop and a one-time plastic bag manufacturer (now named after the first European settler in the neighborhood). Two of these bars have gorgeous fireplaces to make sure you keep extra cozy!

Discover new watering holes, brush up on Greenpoint’s historic architecture and current issues, and join your neighbors for a frosty brew!

When: Friday, December 5th, 7pm
Where: Starts at Brouwerij Lane (78 Greenpoint Avenue). Moves onto The Diamond and Dirck the Norseman.
RSVP: info@preservationgreenpoint.org

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