Greenpoint has seen a whole host of new restaurants open over the past year or so. One of the interesting things about this is that we get to witness their growth and development as they evolve to meet local tastes and demands.
The Bounty (131 Greenpoint Ave) is a great example of this. The restaurant opened gently last spring as an evening spot with simple, good food, and has recently extended its offerings to include weekend brunch, a daily oyster happy hour, and a gorgeous outdoor space. Continue reading →
After several false-starts to summer, it’s the arrival of gorgeous weeks like this that make it seem important to spend as much time as possible outdoors. A few among us are lucky enough to have an outdoor space of our own but fortunately, for those of us that don’t, Greenpoint has an abundance of cafes and bars offering some beautiful back yards in which to idle away some sunny hours.
Fancy bars and restaurants with all sorts of sexy food and drink (Tørst, Beloved, Nights and Weekends) are all over Greenpoint these days, but let’s face it – sometimes you just want get hammered on a budget, pay homage to the neighborhood’s longtime establishments, or just check out something different and new (or old). Greenpoint definitely has no shortage of dive bars, but where to begin?
This weekend I hung out in some of these dives (a.k.a. “old man” bars) in the neighborhood and got to know them and their clientele a little better. I scoped out the drink specials, watched Jeopardy with the regulars, and relaxed in some sweet backyards. And now I present to you, along with my little rating system, some of the neighborhood’s best kept secrets:
Irene’s Pub (623 Manhattan Ave)
Despite being so centrally located, Irene’s is somewhat of a mystery. Perhaps most Greenpointers are unfamiliar with the bar’s philosophy:”it’s happy hour all the time,” which I verified as TRUTH. Irene’s prices are actually equivalent to happy hour deals, all the time – we’re talking $2 drafts and dirt-cheap mixed drinks. I repeat: all day and night long. Continue reading →
It’s March, the clocks have gone forward, and the sky’s almost all out-of snow. It’s time to put all this exciting extra daylight to good use by taking advantage of some of Greenpoint’s finest Happy Hours.
After some exhaustive research we’ve compiled a bumper list of some of the happiest hours around, featuring $1 fish tacos, 2-for-1 margaritas, and $6 champagne cocktails. But if we’ve missed your favorite drinking haunt, be sure to let us know!
Key to happiness:
☺ – Extra Happy Value
★ – Food Deals
♥ – Editor’s Picks
♥ Achilles Heel 180 West Street (between Green St. and Huron St.) Weekdays 2pm -6pm
- $6 Champagne cocktails/Irish coffee
Adelina’s 159 Greenpoint Avenue (between Leonard St. and Manhattan Ave.)
- $4 Draught craft beer
- $5 Organic wine
The Mark Bar (1025 Manhattan Ave) has announced a bit of good news to lift our weary, frost-bitten hearts. For every drink purchased after 8pm Sunday through Thursday customers will be given a grilled cheese sandwich – absolutely free!! Continue reading →
If this weather is leaving you longing for warmer days or perhaps a tropical vacation, save the airfare and head over to Battery Harris (64 Frost St) where you can enjoy a spicy meal and exotic cocktails that will shake off those winter shivers.
We were invited for a taste and chat with Head Chef Zachary Frankel who shared some recipes and told us why spice is perfect during the cold months.
Spicy food is really satisfying in the winter because it warms you up from the inside. Spice makes your metabolism fire. I also think having island treats reminds people of the summer to come.
If you’ve lived in North Brooklyn for a while, you’ve likely walked by MyMoon a handful of times. Situated on North 10th and Driggs, this sprawling indoor/outdoor restaurant has been around for quite some time by Williamsburg standards (I remember a friend having a birthday party there in 2006 or 2007, so that should give you an idea).
But the MyMoon of my younger years is not the one I visited last week. While the space is still massive, draped with trees and curated with large metal sculptures and purple curtains, the menu has shifted direction from a classic Greek, to Spanish-influenced Mediterranean. A perfect example of these new flavors lies in the Chef’s Choice Tapas Sampler. At $24, the sampler provides ample variety, while relying on customer favorites, as well as what is fresh and seasonal. While we were there, we tried the salmon ceviche, which was at once spicy and cool, citrusy and minty. It was the perfect scoop of flavors for a hot summer day. Continue reading →
“The Newtown Creek Armada is an art installation that invites the public to explore the past, present and future of a contaminated New York City waterway. The Newtown Creek, a Superfund site bordering Brooklyn and Queens, is one of the most polluted bodies of water in the United States. Visitors to The Armada will pilot a fleet of artist-made, miniature, remote-controlled boats along the surface of the Newtown Creek while documenting the hidden world of its waters using waterproof cameras and microphones.”
Learn more tonight 8/30 at a Fundraising Happy Hour at The Diamond (43 Franklin St) from 7-8pm. The Opening Ceremony is Saturday, 9/8 at 1pm
at the Newtown Creek Nature Walk in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
Lady returns to Veronica People’s Club for RuPaul’s Drag Race. Every Monday night Sophie Skin-Tight hosts a rotating cast of DJs and Drag Queens, plus happy hour all night, games, give-aways, prizes, and drag performances! A free shot to any queen who attends in heels or a wig. Facebook invite.
Its technically in Greenpoint, just across the BQE and before Richardson, and its technically awesome. Slow Fax is a new vintage clothing store on Graham, still in the 11222. With colorful signage and confetti glittering the sidewalk, this store is approachable from the outside and fall-in-loveable once you get in.
Karla, shop owner, is not only pinch her cheeks adorable and a sweetheart, but she knows how to buy vintage clothes that look contemporary and not like you raided granny’s closet. They also sell new designer goods, magazines, records and amazing artwork.
Its good vibes and good shopping.
Q & A with Karla from SLOWFAX:
GP: Where are you from?
K: I was born in central Brazil but moved to SF when I was just itsy bitsy.
GP: How did you find yourself in NY?
K: The people are good and I grew impatient with west coast living.
GP: Why Greenpoint?
K: Greenpoint’s charms are reminiscent of the Northwest which is were I most recently moved from but with a faaaaar more diverse culture. Love it.
GP: You stay open until 12am?
K: I’m a night owl, I can’t be the only one, right? …plus sometimes you’re out, you hate your outfit, and I thought wouldn’t be great if there was a spot to change en route?
GP: Aside from Vintage, what else do you sell?
K: SLOWFAX features one clothing designer, jeweler, and artist rotating quarterly.
Currently in the shop we’re showing off Heaven, an upcycle line from KAILA NILES who works/resides in Berkeley, CA. We carry COCO GANG’S Rose and Bows bags made right over on the island and WINDY FREDA’S jewelry all the way from Marfa, TX. We sell Magazines! Write Here Right Now, a quarterly was celebrating their third issue: 35 Stories based on 7 sentences. MORE HERE: http://writehererightnow.tumblr.com OH! AND WE HAVE RECORDS …
GP: Tell us about the artwork on the walls? K: Luca Nino Antonucci is currently our featured artist. He’s an extremely romantic nerd with a rude (as in rad) sense of humor. For you’re viewing pleasure we’re showing “From Here to There,” repetitions on compact core galaxy M87 (screen prints). His work is exceptional, check it: http://itwillbeok.com