Le Gamin

Haunted Canoe Rides, Death By Halloween, Cartoon Carnival – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (10/29–11/04)

There are more events in our weekly calendarSubmit Greenpoint events, too!

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“Personal Truths” Opening Reception @ Picture Farm (338 Wythe Ave) THURSDAY 10/30, 6-10pm, Is there such a thing as an objective shot? Or is all photography fiction – a carefully framed version of the Truth? Personal Truths : Photo Stories That Help Us Find Ourselves, previously shown at 71A Gallery, in London, features the photographers Jonathan MehringKrisanne JohnsonMatt EichGuy MartinHarold FeinsteinShannon JensenJason AndrewAndrew McConnell

 

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Halloween Bash NEW VENUE! @ A.K.A. Bar (759 Grand St) Friday, October 31st , 10pm, $10–$20, Buy tix
For two nights, party with no rules. No club dress code. No small, packed space. Just GOOD vibes (and even better music). Costume contest, music from DJ X5Rob and DJ Danny, plus half price on selected draft beers from 9–10pm. Get your tickets now!

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY 10/29
* Bon Voyage Party @ Sunview Luncheonette (221 Nassau Ave) 7pm, FREE, An evening to honor Colette Lumiére and  experience a mise-en-sceéne inspired by her incomparable installations, More info
* Obscura Society Presents New York City Bodysnatchers
 @ Acme Studio (63 North 3rd) 8pm, $20, Author Bess Lovejoy discusses the city’s early medical industry, cadavers, and a controversial past, Buy tix
 Ho_sacalypse @ The Ho_se (28 Lawton St) 8pm, FREE, With O’ Great North / Kneeling Bus / BRAT PIT / Florida / lots more, RSVP

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Lady & West Interview and Bright Soul Album Review

Lady & West is a duo of Greenpointers Jennifer Billiot and Kirk Garrett. It is a beautiful artistic union that has produced a very good debut album called Bright Soul. I enjoy it and I enjoyed even more the chance to hear about the synergy of love and shared creative passion that led Jennifer and Kirk to make the album. Their story is an inspiration on many levels and they are yet another example of the interesting, kind people that call our wonderful neighborhood home. 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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Le Gamin: Valentine’s Gift Guide

Wining and dining in a romantic french cafe, is every girl’s fantasy. Guys, whisk your lady off to a lovely dinner at Greenpoint’s Le Gamin and let the authentic casual French ambiance make this the best Valentine’s dinner she has ever had (until you can actually take her to France!).

Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe Menu $49/person

Appetizers
Pan-seared Duck Foie Gras with port wine & black truffle lentil stew

Smoked Ahi Tuna Carpaccio with mache & cucumber salad and bourbon barrel-aged sauce

Turkish Saffron Mussel Soup
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Entrees
Pan Seared Mediterranean Dover Sole with Champagne, steamed asparagus & lemon kale salad

Free-Range Duck Legs with porcini mushroom sauce, potato gratin & haricot vert

Grass-fed boneless lamb loin with a Ras el Hanout Sabayon, potato gratin & haricot vert
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Dessert 

Valentine’s Day Special Dessert

Post Courtesy of: Le Gamin 
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GREENPOINTERS ESPRESSO TOUR RESULTS!

An excellent espresso is a cafe’s best business card. On Sunday October 2, 2011, Rebecca from I love Greenpoint, Mike & Charlie from Brooklynauts and I tasted a total of 19 espressos from every cafe* in Greenpoint in order to determine the champion of the Greenpointers 2011 Espresso Tour. The density of outstanding espressos in this neighborhood was impressive and made the tour difficult to judge, but we have a winner!

Greenpointers Espresso Tour Map

Each cafe was notified and generously donated 3 espressos. We judged using the following score sheet adapted from the World Barista Championship:

TASTE EVALUATION OF ESPRESSO:
• COLOR OF CREMA (hazelnut, dark brown, reddish reflection)  0/10  ___
• CONSISTENCY & PERSISTENCE OF CREMA*                        0/10  ___
• TASTE BALANCE (harmonious balance of sweet/acidic/bitter)  0/10  ___
• TACTILE BALANCE (full bodied, round, smooth)               0/10  ___
• TEMPERATURE** (hot but not too hot to drink)               0/10  ___
0/50  ___

BEVERAGE PRESENTATION:
• CORRECT ESPRESSO CUPS USED (60-90mL w/handle)              YES/NO
• SERVED WITH ACCESSORIES (spoon, napkin & water)            YES/NO
/2   ___

After judges’ individual scores were added, the highest possible score was 156. Results ranged between 97-142. (Only the top 3 scores are revealed.)

*We were unable to contact Ashbox and the cafe was closed on Sunday.

2011 GREENPOINTERS ESPRESSO TOUR RESULTS

 

*** 1st Place: Cup on Norman ***

Top Score: 142

2nd Place: Upright ( Score: 139)

3rd Place: Grumpy & Champion (Scores: 138 each)

OTHER CATEGORIES:

Best on Franklin St: Veronica People’s Club
Best on Manhattan Ave: Upright
Best near McGolrick Park: Variety
Best Overall Experience: Veronica People’s Club
Best Coffee Bar: Troost
Best Presentation: Le Gamin & Cafecito Bogota
Hottest Barista: Janna at Van Leeuwen
Best Team: Cookie Road
Most Unassuming: Garden Spot Cafe
Most Charming: Milk & Roses
Best Value: Royal & VPC ($2)

Congratulations to CUP, the 2011 Greenpointers Espresso Tour Champion!

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Le Gamin

A month after their “super soft opening“, Le Gamin is in full function mode with giant printed menus, sun-lit dining area, beautifully blooming flowers, a chalkboard with drinks and a most friendly staff. I briefly met with Robert, owner of Le Gamin in all its past and present existences. The handful of times I’ve dined at this casual breezy french creperie I was consistently greeted with an awesome friendly staff and some savory deliciousness. If you try only one crepe in your life I highly recommend ordering the merguez and goat cheese crepe. The chewy, slightly spicy saltiness of the sausage combined with the creamy, tarty smoothness of the cheese wrapped in slightly crisped crepe is phenomenal. And considering I’ve be life-long obsessed with nutella, the sweet crepe with strawberries and bananas topped with whip cream is straight up off the hook.

I blame Le Gamin for my fascination with merguez, a spicy lamb sausage, and pictured above is the sandwich with dijon mustard and ratatouille with a side of salad. I’ll admit it was a bit too mustardy, especially as the salad too, was lathered in a mustard dressing. But the baguette was fresh and the meat oh so fulfilling.

I happily look forward to going back there over and over again, seeing how they’ll decorate their empty lemony walls and check out their full dinner menu.

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Le Gamin Opens Its Doors To Greenpoint

 
Quaint French creperie, Le Gamin has officially opened their doors at their new Greenpoint location at 108 Franklin Street. Although they had a self-described “super soft opening” this past Saturday, the kitchen was not quite ready so they have been relying on their food truck, parked out front. Don’t worry, their kitchen should be fully functional by Wednesday, churning out crepes, sandwiches, and more goodies.
Photo courtesy of Blondie and Brownie
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