What’s more warming and comforting than a pup snoozing beside you on the couch? Trick question…nothing! But I can tell you what comes close. A big bowl of roasted sweet potatoes fresh out of the oven. This week’s recipe comes from local food writer and cook, Julia Turshen, who shares with us one of her favorite ways to prepare this tasty orange tuber—with pancetta and soft, melty red onions. Continue reading
My Mom and I have a thing – it’s called Restaurant Week, and whenever it rolls around I am mixed with excitement but also dread because I only take the subway to Manhattan to get my teeth pulled and otherwise avoid it at all costs.
We have everything we need right here in Brooklyn (except my dentist, apparently) and now the first-ever Grand Street Restaurant Week is happening this Monday, February 17 through Sunday, February 23rd.
We are all over this. Continue reading
Growing up, I lived a stone’s throw from Lake Michigan. Nearly every day during the summer I’d go to the beach, but on the hottest afternoons, I stayed indoors. On these lazy days, I’d grab a fistful of freshly peeled carrots (this was before the ubiquity of packaged “baby carrots”) and a stack of picture books, and disappear for a while to my hiding spot— above a floor vent, under a sunny window, behind a big, blue chair.
I know, I know – Cory Feldman in the 80s… but I am more interested in the food options at tonight’s Summerscreen at McCarren Park! Bring a chair and a bib.
Handsome Hanks has my kind of menu – everything and anything is fried – except the cole slaw. Fried fish, fried crab, fried shrimp. You’re going to get some kind of seafood and I can guarantee it’s going to be fried. And if that’s not enough fried – they have french fries. Hallelujah!
It’s no surprise that Landhaus’ favorite Goonies character is Chunk – they serve Grilled Maple Bacon Sticks, which were voted best Bacon in NYC by Village Voice. Quite an honor. They will also be flipping grass-fed Cheeseburgers and Lamb Burgers (with some pork back fat on it) – and of course their signature Fresh Mint Lemonade.
No surprises here but Pizza Moto and beer and a movie from when you were four makes for a great Wednesday night.
Representing Greenpoint Selamat Pagi will be focusing on their Bali Style Wings, plus vegan Lawar Salad of long beans, lime and coconut, Beef Rendang, which is spicy beef curry with pickles and rice and a Tamarind Fizz drink.
Good appetite, Greenpoint!
Tomorrow – Sunday July 21st at 6pm begins the first in our monthly series of Sunday Night Guest Grilling at The Exley (1 Jackson St). We are pleased to have “Our Good Friend’s Mother” come by for some home cooked Caribbean food.
Be there for Jerk Burgers, Shrimp Kabobs, Trini-Style Boiled Corn and slightly cooler weather! Items can be purchased a la carte although we strongly encourage you to spring for an exceptionally large meal made up of each individual dish.
As we always do on Sundays, we’ll be serving from the best cocktail and craft beer lists in the neighborhood, hosting our very competitive Sidewalk cornhole tournament (look it up, it’s SFW we promise), and looking forward to meeting some new people.
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.
Pot Smoking Prez, Doom Poop, Meatballs, Bizarre Jazz, Mad Men, Face Paint+Feathers, Bird Shit: What’s Happening Greenpoint? (4/3-4/9)
* Story Love @ Word (126 Franklin St) 6:30-7:30pm, The Story Pirates need you, help tens of thousands of children write a complete, original story, provide positive, personalized feedback for each and every one, RSVP
• Work it Brooklyn @ Acme Studio (63 N 3rd Street) 7-9pm, $5, Spring Networking Fling, with speed-networking, beers, and mingling, RSVP
♫ Rosy Street / Bill Bartholomew + The Governours / Oy Vey @ Legion Bar (790 Metropolitan Ave) 8pm, FREE, Close Encounters moves it show to the bar scene! RSVP
♫ Waxahatchee / Certain Spiders / Modern Hut / Radiator Hospital @ 285 Kent 8pm, $10, RSVP
# Yummy Eats @ The Diamond Bar (43 Franklin St) 7pm, Korean Food Night, More Info
# 4th Annual Meatball Slapdown @ The Brooklyn Brewery (79 North 11th St) 7-10pm, $50, Buy Tix
Classic Simpsons Trivia @Berry Park (4 Berry St) 7:30pm, $10 per team, RSVP
♫ Ice Cream / Animal Tropical / The Roulettes / Claire’s Diary @ Big Snow (89 Varet St, Bushwick) 8pm, RSVP
♫ Bizarre Jazz and Blues @Bizarre (12 Jefferson St, Bushwick) 9pm, FREE, plays in a style that harkens back to an era when jazz was the pop music of the day, More Info
♫ The Juan Maclean / Tim Sweeney / Dan Wender@ The Output (74 Wythe Ave)10pm, $15, RSVP
♦ The Unknown @ Picture Farm (338 Wythe Ave) Opening Reception 6-9pm, New paintings by Feargal Doyle, RSVP
♦ Fractured @ Projekt722 (722 Metropolitan Ave) Opening Reception 6pm, two-person exhibition featuring works by Brad Parsons and Mikel Durlam, RSVP
#Wine & Food Fest @ O Live Brooklyn (60 Broadway) 6-8pm, $10, An evening of wine and food tastings, by D.O.C. RSVP
♦‘One Hundred Foot’ 16MM FILMS @ CPR-Center for Performance Research (361 Manhattan Ave) 7pm, $6, 20 beautiful films presented on 16mm film, curated by Jim Hobbs (Q&A), Mono No Aware provides snacks & refreshments, RSVP
♦ Tracking Signals High And Low @(566 Johnson Ave, Bushwick) 7-10pm, FREE, most recent works by two artist collectives – vydavy and Project 59 dealing with global and domestic behavioral patterns, RSVP
♫ Conveyor / Sky White Tiger / Grandchildren @Cameo Gallery (93 N6th St) 8pm, $10, Conveyor, an art-rock band from Greenpoint will be performing new sounds, RSVP
♥ Spring Warriors with TalkFine / Jangula / Wild International / FancyCats @Shea Stadium (20 Meadow St, Bushwick) 9pm-4am, $5, Dance Party! Feathers, face paint and beads will turn you into the fierce warrior inside you, RSVP
* The Ladies of Bushwick Present: The Vagina Monologues (4/5-4/7) @ Pine Box Rock Shop (12 Grattan St, Bushwick) 9pm, $15, 3 performances to raise money for Sadie Nash Leadership Project, a BK advocacy organization for young women, More Info
*61 Franklin St Garden Meeting @Good Yoga (73 Calyer St) 2pm, The newest community open green space in Greenpoint, with an herb bed, native plants and flowers and a community meeting space, finalizing design, discussing membership, scheduling a build day, RSVP
♦ ”No Ocean Here” Book Launch @ The Cee Flat (988 Manhattan Ave) 4-7pm, a published poetry collection that aspires to bring social change using words, RSVP
♦ “try as we may to make silence, we cannot” @ Calico (67 West St, #205) 6-9pm, Parsons MFA fundraiser with silent auction, RSVP
♦ Halsey Hathaway @ Rawson Project (223 Franklin St) Opening Reception 6-8pm, FREE, RSVP
* BBOX Presents: Chemistry @ Fine & Raw Chocolate Factory (288 Seigel St, Bushwick) 8pm, a night of DJs, dancing and…chocolate! Cheap beer Brooklyn Brewery beer, all bar proceeds to BBOX Radio — Brooklyn Community Radio RSVP
♫ Nate Young / Eli Keszler / Monopoly Child Star Searchers / Sugarm / Ducktails @ 285 Kent, 8pm, $12, RSVP
♫ No Sky God / Lonesome Leash / John Houx / Scott Rudd @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St) 8pm, $5, RSVP
♫ Zozobra / Kowloon Walled City / The Austerity Program @ Saint Vitus (1120 Manhattan Ave) 8pm, $10, RSVP
• Birdshit @ Moma PS1 (22-25 Jackson Ave, LIC) 2-6pm, Inspired by Chekhov’s The Seagull with elements of Ginsberg’s Kaddish, BirdShit is a multimedia performance piece that combines theater, dance, video, live and pre-recorded music, and a few surprise elements, RSVP
•Open Your Eyes and Ears: Open Mic @Yes Gallery (147 India St) 5-7pm, FREE, Anyone can play music, sing, read, tap dance, the last day to see the Almost Priceless show, RSVP
*Prohibition Parallels @ The Diamond Bar (43 Franklin St) 7-10pm, FREE, Join the president of the American Pot-Smokers Association for a discussion about the parallels between alcohol prohibition and marijuana, RSVP
♥ Mad Men Premiere Party @ Trash Bar (256 Grant St) 8pm, $7, Pre-game it with a little garage and punk rock, Open bar 8-9. Food and drink specials inspired by the show, decade appropriate attire strongly encouraged! More Info
♫ Nick Waterhouse / Jonathan Toubin @Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave) 9pm, $10, More Info
☺ Broken Comedy @ Bar Matchless (557 Manhattan Ave) 9pm, FREE, Hosted by Mike Denny/Michael Che/Nimesh Patel, More Info
•Bad Movie Brooklyn Presents, Over The Top @Berry Park (4 Berry St) 8pm, FREE, Sylvester Stallone stars in “Over The Top” which bravely merges the sensitive story of a single father trying to win back custody of his son with the raw manliness of competitive truck driver arm wrestling, Bonus: Arm wrestling challenges to begin immediately afterwards RSVP
* Greenpointers’ Pick
♥ Pheremones likely
♦ Art Event
☺ Comedy Event
# Foodie Event
A few years ago, a beer store quietly nestled into the space between the old Coco 66/68 and the corner delis. Ever since, Brouwerij Lane has managed to bring to the neighborhood access to and love for those beers that even the best-stocked specialty stores have trouble finding.
This month, on December 12, they participated in a sale that put even their exceptional tap list to shame: the one-time-only release of what many consider to be the world’s best beer, the Trappist abbey Westvleteren’s XII.
Long story short, this stuff is usually only available by making the trek to the abbey in Belgium. The monks needed a new roof for the abbey, and financed it with a one-time international sale of their already world-renowned beer.
Naturally, even before the beer was actually sold it was the subject of many a column-filling news piece. I was lucky enough to run into Erik Olsen, of Brouwerij Lane, at the Greenpointers Holiday Market this year and place an advance order for a gift set.
He told me what the process was like to distribute one of the world’s rarest beers.
Erik was contacted by one of his distributors a few weeks prior to the December 12th sale date and offered the chance to distribute the beer. Most interesting were the restrictions placed on the sale: although the beer could definitely have retailed for much more, distributors were prohibited from selling individual bottles and encouraged to only sell a single six-bottle gift set to each customer for $85.
While this might seem pricey, stores like Brouwerij Lane aren’t making a profit off this – they paid $82.50 for each box and were limited to between 16 and 80 gift sets. Of the 20 they ended up buying, they had pre-orders for every one of those before they released them on the 12th. That hasn’t stopped beer hunters from calling them non-stop about it – three calls just in the time it took to answer my questions. This has also fostered a thriving resale market in flagrant violation of the monks’ wishes for the sale. Sadly, none of the beer scalpers responded to my emails so I can’t say if people actually pay this much, but the asking price seems to be at least $400 for the set and as much as $1,000.
Even if you didn’t manage to get your paws on a Westy, Brouwerij Lane is a great spot to pick up bottles for your co-workers and a fresh pint for yourself. Many consider the Westvleteren to be highly regarded more for its rarity than flavor, so there’s plenty of other Trappist beers on their shelves if you’d like to see what all the fuss was about.
Think of it as a unique homemade meal in your favorite bar (or other unexpected location.)
The meal will include an appetizer, main, dessert and special cocktail for $35.
Our first dining event will take place on Little Christmas, Sunday, January 6th, 2013 from 7-9pm at Beloved (674 Manhattan Ave) with a TBA chef.
Little Christmas is also known as the Feast of the Epiphany, when the wise men visited the baby Jesus and presented him with gifts. In my family on Little Christmas we do what we do on all holidays, stuff our faces with food.
As such we are making a call for local chefs, home cooks and food makers of all kinds. (No culinary school required.) This is a great chance to show off your cooking talent, share family traditions, make people happy and promote your own supper club, food blog, product or future restaurant. You will be paid and given a food budget. Email greenpointers (at) gmail.com and tell us a little about yourself.
If you are a venue interested in hosting, please email greenpointers (at) gmail.com.
I made a Sicilian Rice Ball Supper for a similar weekly dining series that took place at Veronica People’s Club. It was a great night and I am hoping to recreate the same fun and delicious vibe.
A few bucks gets you a raffle ticket for some great local prizes, a beer, first hand accounts of kitchen mishaps and survival, and some awesome speed networking– not bad for a Tuesday night! Food vendors will also be on hand to curb your hunger. Register and/or Donate Now!
You don’t have to be in the food industry to attend, so register and spread the word!
Raffle and ticket sales will benefit ReStore Red Hook, which is helping businesses devastated by Hurricane Sandy (the majority of businesses on their site suffered damages of $50,000 or more, and they need help reaching their goal). Food vendors will also donate 10% of sales to ReStore Red Hook.
Tickets are $15.