Manhattan Avenue

Screamers Pizza, Greenpoint’s Own Vegan Pizzeria

image via @screamerspizzeria on Instagram
Image via @screamerspizzeria on Instagram

A few weeks ago, the former Champs Junior spot on Manhattan Avenue (between Nassau and Driggs) turned into Screamers Pizzeria, a vegan pizzeria. Screamers is owned by Brad Baker, the man behind Champs Diner and Haymaker’s Corner Store, in a joint venture with chefs Mark Mebus and Ryan Moylan of Philly’s Blackbird Pizzeria. Blackbird is apparently some of the best vegan pizza available in the country, so this is a pretty big deal in the vegan world. I stopped by to see what it’s all about and get my first taste of a true vegan-with-cheese pizza.
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Baoburg Moves to Greenpoint

Back courtyard at Baoburg's new home in Greenpoint
Beautiful back courtyard at Baoburg’s new home in Greenpoint

Get excited, Greenpointers— your walk to some seriously delicious Asian fusion just got shorter. Baoburg has moved to our very own stretch of Manhattan Avenue (between Nassau and Driggs). Chef Suchanan Aksornnan (aka Chef Bao Bao) had been delighting patrons in Williamsburg since 2013, but was forced to move her restaurant as a result of Thor Equities’ new mixed-use building. The menu is inspired by a variety of Asian cuisines with some nods to Spanish and French cooking as well. The interior of the new location at is still quite small, but Baoburg gained a beautiful back courtyard in its new home. I recommend walking straight to this oasis to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and brick facades of the outdoor space you wish was your own. Continue reading

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Do We Need More Bike Racks In Greenpoint?

In typical March yo-yo weather style, we started to feel the warm dawn of spring when temps climbed to 70 degress, and then two weeks later the weather snapped back into a brilliant frost. At any rate, very soon we’ll be entering bicycle season. (Although of course for some of us it’s year round). We’ve examined the various types of bike racks along Manhattan Avenue, one of Greenpoint’s main bicycle thoroughfares, and the ways you can petition for more racks.

Upside down U-shape bike rack on Manhattan Avenue - Greenpoint
An upside down U-shape bike rack on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint.

Upside-Down U Shape
An oldschool design, these are pretty prolific all around NYC. They’re not the latest model, but they do the job. Report a broken rack here. Continue reading

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New Bistro ‘Esme’ Brings Modern American Fare to Manhattan Avenue

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©Rosie de Belgeonne

Esme, the newest restaurant to open on Manhattan Avenue, is named after the female protagonist in J.D. Salinger’s ‘For Esmé – with Love and Squalor’. Happily, the new bistro reflects all of the love but none of the squalor of the touching short story about an encounter between an American soldier and an enchanting young British girl during WW2. “My dad gave the book to me and my brother when we were 14 and that story was one of the reasons we ended up going to college” says Esme co-owner Matthew Ricke. Continue reading

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Bread Brothers: Bagels, “A Gelateria of Cream Cheese,” and So Much More

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Bread Brothers Daniel (centre), Jeremy and David

Bagels, delicious bagels! With their amazing array of freshly baked goods and delicious cream cheeses, the brand new Bread Brothers Bagel Cafe will make you crave bagels for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

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French Pastries Get Fancy at Charlotte Patisserie

Charlotte Patisserie's splendid pastry selection

Charlotte Patisserie  (596 Manhattan Avenue)  is like a little piece of France in Greenpoint. Although it’s been open since 2011, recent renovations and the addition of a dining room have given new life to the pastry shop, which also boasts a wonderful back yard surrounded by ivy- covered brick walls.

They have also expanded their menu to offer brunch and a casual but elegant dinner. Menu options include French classics like a croque monsieur, ratatouille, omelette, crepes, Niçoise salad and croquettes.
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Holy Crêpe! Crepeteria Brings Tasty Treats to Manhattan Avenue

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Crepeteria, Manhattan Avenue

If you’ve already been for a dip in McCarren Park Pool this year you’ll know that all that splashing around can leave you hungry! But the good news is that now Greenpoint has the perfect snack for a post-swim refuel: CRÊPES!!

Crepeteria opened two weeks ago, and is handily located mere minutes from the pool at 614 Manhattan Avenue, between Driggs and Nassau. Continue reading

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The Great Greenpoint Dive Crawl 2014

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)

Irene's Pub

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

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Greenpoint Cheap Eats Diaries Volume IV: Manhattan 3 Decker

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Manhattan 3 Decker

“I feel like I’m in Pulp Fiction” says Gina as we meet for this week’s Cheap Eats adventure. This is because we have picked Greenpoint’s Manhattan 3 Decker (695 Manhattan Ave) to seek out our next budget meal. With its classic all-American interior of red leather booths and blind-shaded windows it would indeed be no surprise to hear the mockney tones of Tim Roth and Amanda Plummer plotting from the next table. Continue reading

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American Bistro ‘Esmé’ to Open on Site of Papacitos

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So long Papacitos...a new bistro's on its way!

When Mexican restaurant Papacitos abruptly closed its shutters at 999 Manhattan Avenue last summer it was unclear what had happened and what, if anything, would be taking its place.

Now, happily, the space has been taken over by the team behind The Exley who are already well on their way to transforming it into a bright and airy all-American bistro in time for summer. Continue reading

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