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Not An Urban Outfitters! Franklin St is Getting… a Convention Center!

Brooklyn Expo Center - Opening October 2014

When the curtains fell to reveal a wrap around glass front building at 79 Franklin St (at Noble St) in Greenpoint, many residents wondered and dreaded what would open up there. A few of the predictions were American Apparel, Blue Bottle, Brooklyn Industries, laser tag, a roller disco and Trader Joe’s. Soon signs reading “Brooklyn Expo” were hung in the windows. Continue reading

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Northern Territory Rooftop Bar Officially Open!

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Skyline View that will have Punters Coming in Droves

Its official: Judging by a weekend of gleaming porcelain limbs sunning themselves in McCarren Park, our long-lost love Springtime has finally returned! Which means it’s now time to start thinking about where we can make the most of these warmer days and nights.

When I popped into Aussie newcomer Northern Territory (12 Franklin Street) on Saturday evening I was happy to learn that their rooftop bar is now fully operational. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Cheap Eats Diaries Volume II: Chinese Musician

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Lunchtime Feast at Chinese Musician

Last week Gina and I set out on a mission to find great local eats that would set us back no more than $7 per person. After kicking things off with a supremely wallet-friendly breakfast at Peter Pan’s, this week we decided to seek out a dirt-cheap lunching spot.

We got word that Chinese Musician (151 Greenpoint Avenue) does a lunch special for a mere $6.50. This allows you to choose a soup, a rice and an entrée from a list of 33 dishes (or 43 options if you’re feeling flush enough to spring an extra dollar). This was obviously a very exciting prospect for us.

On Saturday afternoon we slid into a sunny window booth and, before we’d even ordered, our hosts greeted us with iced water, a pot of green tea, a big bowl of savory bites and a sweet chili dipping-sauce. For free. We suspected we were onto a good thing. Continue reading

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Lessons in Vegan Wine at Adelina’s

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Vegan Chianti at Adelina's

Call me ignorant but, until recently, I wasn’t remotely aware that most wine production is largely un-vegan.

This changed when I paid a visit to Adelina’s (159 Greenpoint Ave.) to sample a glass from their newest wine casks and Toby, the lovely owner, told me that their new Chianti is not only produced in an organic way but it is also vegan, to which I expressed some surprise. Aren’t all wines vegan? Isn’t that the joy of grapes? Apparently not. But given the way that vegan friends of mine happily knock back any wine available, I had a hunch that they weren’t in on this fact either. Continue reading

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Ra Ra Rasputin! Pop-Up Dinner at Le Gamin (4/7)

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Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin Welcomes you to dine at Le Gamin

There lived a certain man in Russia long ago
He was big and strong, in his eyes a flaming glow.

In tribute to Russia’s greatest love machine, this Monday 4/7 Greenpoint’s Le Gamin will be hosting a splendid  three course buffet-style dinner complete with vodka toasts for $30 per person. Continue reading

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Littleneck Lobster Rolls Coming to Greenpoint Soon!

Aaron Lefkove and Andy Curtin in front of soon-to-be Littleneck Outpost

The duo behind the much loved Gowanus seafood restaurant Littleneck are all set to unveil their newest venture in Greenpoint in April. The new cafe, aptly named Littleneck Outpost, will be located at 128 Franklin Street, right next door to Shayz Lounge and at the corner of Milton Street.

When we met with owners Aaron Lefkove and Andy Curtin they told us that the plan is to keep the Greenpoint cafe as more of a daytime operation than its Gowanus counterpart. They will start brewing La Colombe coffee and serving breakfast to early birds from around 7am, then continue through until early evening. Continue reading

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Recipes Gone Wild: Springbok ‘n’ Rolls

I learned a new word this weekend: pronking. It’s what animals like springboks, gazelles, and antelopes do when they bounce up into the air, getting all four hooves off the ground. Here’s a clip of some springboks pronking about, all excited about fresh grass. The word comes from the Afrikaaner verb pronk, meaning to “show off” or “strut,” as in “Oh hey there, hungry lion! See how fit I am? Now why would you waste a perfectly lovely afternoon chasing me?” The moral of the story is don’t chase springboks (unless you’re a cheetah). Lunch will NEVER make it to the table. Make fresh spring rolls instead.  They taste awesome, are quick and easy to make, and will give you so much clean energy that you’re gonna wanna pronk all day long! Continue reading

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Food Porn: River Styx Native Cuisiner Series with Tom Mylan

Dennis Spina & Tom Mylan; All Photos: Fabian Palencia

A stones throw from the East River, River Styx’s relaxed atmosphere is heightened by the infectious aromas that emanate from its open kitchen, where the stove is literally the heart of the restaurant.  Being able to watch the menu come to life is an integral component of your culinary experience at this Greenpoint restaurant.

I had the privilege to attend their Native Cuisiner featuring Chef and Butcher Tom Mylan. Continue reading

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