new year’s eve

Record Night Marathon! Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Adelina’s

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Come listen to chill beats or bust-a-rhyme without breaking the bank!

Adelina’s (159 Greenpoint Ave) is kicking off the New Year with a record-night marathon. Greenpoint locals, musicians, and record afficianados: Ronny Moo, B-Z , John Terrelle and Tray-Z  will be taking turns at the turn table, starting at 7:30 pm.

Adelina’s is offering their regular a la carte menu PLUS a couple of savory specials. Sly Fox draft will be $4 all night and don’t forget the complimentary Prosecco toast at midnight.

Adelina’s will follow up the New Years celebration with a New Years Day Brunch from 12-5pm.

Sponsored post courtesy of Adelina’s.

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A Fancy New Year’s Eve in Greenpoint

Glasserie_NYE_2014NYE plans hanging in the lurch? Still waiting for the cooing holiday dove to bring you an invitation to the party of your dreams?

Why not take the festive bull by the by the tinsel-draped horns and book something schmancy to see in 2014?

Glasserie (95 Commercial St.) is taking bookings for a ‘festively attired’ dinner with DJs and dancing.  Continue reading

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No Champagne Headache! Meg’s New Year’s Eve Bubbly Crash Course

champagneHaven’t got your bubbly for tonight? Meg at Dandelion (153 Franklin St) can help:

When I think of celebrations like New Year’s Eve, I think of sparkling wine and I’m in good company.

During WWII, Winston Churchill is famously quoted as saying “Remember, gentlemen, it’s not just France we are fighting for, it’s Champagne!”  

And we can’t forget Brooklyn’s own Notorious B.I.G. lyrics in Juicy“Birthdays was the worst days /Now we sip champagne when we thirst-ay”.

Here’s a crash course in sparkling wine to help you choose wisely:

But first! How can we avoid the champagne headache?!?

Meg says: “Hot Peppers!”

Cremant: Sparkling wines from regions in France outside of Champagne but made in the same method are called Cremant. Generally a better bargain than Champagne, many are made from the same varietals in the same way, but in regions less heralded.  A versatile bunch, the sparkling Chenin Blancs from the Loire Valley are killer with oysters and the Cremant de Jura stands up with some of the richest Champagnes.  $15-$32 - Magnums available! 

Petillant Natural: A pet favorite of mine, “pet-nat’s” are sparkling wines fermented mostly in tank then bottled right before fermentation ends, creating a delightfully tiny bubble and often a fun, funky flavor commonly associated with natural winemaking.  Ranging from bright white to cloudy red, pet-nats are often lower in alcohol and shorter in shelf life than other sparkling wines- so drink now, and drink often!  $16-$24.

Italian Sparkling Wine: The generic name for sparklers from many regions in Italy is Spumante, and that generally refers to wines made in the traditional Champenoise method. Everyone is probably more familiar with the fun and easy Prosecco wines.  Proseccos are made from the grape Giera in the Charmat method. It’s a less expensive, quicker way to make sparkling wine, which is why bottles of Prosecco are affordable options.  Prosecco range from very dry to quite sweet, and can be found in both white and rose varieties. Some of the fruitier styles are amazing with spicy asian dishes, and rumor has it hot peppers help avoid a “champagne headache.” Our go-to, Beatrice, is one of the best selling bottles in the shop at $13!

Cava: Spanish sparkler hailing from the Catalan region, generally made from the grapes Macabeu, Perrellada, and Xarel-lo in the traditional champenoise method.  Available in both white and rose varieties, Cava can be dry or sweet. Great with tapas, and a fraction of the price of Champagne. $13-$19.

Other: There are delicious sparkling wines from almost every wine-producing place in the world, but generally fewer rules and regulations organizing them into categories.  In the US, bottles are generally labeled as “Sparkling Wine” and often denoted as being “Methode Traditional” if made in the style of Champagne or Cava, although I was recently served a bottle of “California Champagne” at a Korea-town Karaoke bar, a label that is actually illegal.  We have bubbles from South Africa and New Mexico, two places you may not think to look to for your celebretory wine, but both are Champagne-style wines made with the same grapes, similar growing climates, and totally delicious, and both are under $20.  

Champagne: A sparkling wine made in the small Champagne region of France following a specific set of guidelines set by the Institut national de l’origine et de la qualité. Champagne can be made from 100% Pinot Noir, 100% Pinot Meunier, or a mix of the two, known as a Blanc de Noirs, 100% Chardonnay, known as a Blanc de Blancs, or any combination of those three grapes resulting in both white and rose varieties. When any year’s grapes are especially good, Champagne will be made from a single harvest and labeled with the vintage. The best Champagnes have a persistent bubble and are the most well balanced- as “bready” as they are dry and citrusy.  Champagne pairs with everything- the dryer styles are excellent with shellfish while some of the sweeter varieties, in my opinion, can’t be beat with cake.  $40-$110

Whatever you choose this New Years Eve, I think the most important thing of all is who you’re drinking with.  Cheers to good wine, good company, and a happy 2013!

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New Year’s Eve in Brooklyn: Don’t Commit! Infinite Options…

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Don’t you know that “yes” is the new “maybe”? Don’t worry about that lame houseparty you replied to on facebook, because Brooklyn is the new NYC and there are plenty of other things to do on New Year’s Eve!

• Don’t drop the ball! 19 banging ways to ring in the New Year in Brooklyn (Brokelyn)

• Ringing in 2013: Options for Every Reveler (Brooklyn Based)

Top Picks For New Year’s Eve Fun in NYC (Papermag)

Where to Spend New Year’s Eve in Brooklyn (Free Williamsburg)

• The Ultimate Guide To New Years Parties in Bushwick and Beyond (Bushwick Daily)

NYE Edition What’s Happening? Greenpoint (Greenpointers)

Happy New Year’s!

 

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NYE Plans? Stay Local : Manhattan Inn New Year’s Eve Prix-Fixe Menu

Manhattan Inn (632 Manhattan Ave) is having a 3 course New Year’s Eve prix-fixe menu for $50.
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Dinner will be from 6pm-11pm, and each meal comes with a complimentary glass of Prosecco. After dinner, DJ Eric (from Saturday’s weekly Romantically Uninvolved party) takes over for a dance party to ring in the new year. The full menu is below:

New Years Eve

Prix-Fixe $50

Meal includes complimentary glass of Prosecco 

Sweet Potato Bruschetta

Ricotta, Chili Vinegar, Nappa Cabbage

Winter Salad

Radicchio, Fennel, Buttermilk Dressing

Fluke Crudo

Black Sesame, Grapefruit, Sorrel

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Fazio Farms Duck Breast

Butternut Squash, Bulgar, Cippolini Onions 

Jamison Farms Lamb

Chestnut Cream, Sunchoke Chips, Horseradish Salt

Garganelli

Broccoli Rabe, Marjoram, Preserved Lemon

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Pot de Creme

Chocolate Ganache with Sea Salt, Cranberry, Cinnamon Tuile

For reservations call 718-383-0885 or email katie@themanhattaninn.com

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What’s Happening? New Year’s Edition

WEDNESDAY 12/27

Beer Mixology Bar Opening @ One Stop Beer Shop (134 Kingsland Ave) 7-10pm, Small bites plus complimentary beer cocktails by Brooklyn Brewery, Original Sin Cider, The Original Moonshine, RSVP (at) 1-bsb.com

THURSDAY 12/29

Free Bowling @ Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe) 12-2pm, Free Bowling, Free Shoes, RSVP
Mattison, DJ Ron Like Hell, Visuals, Scandalabra @ Zebulon (258 Wythe) 8pm-3am, A post X-mas/Pre New Year’s dance party with all the soul you’ll ever need, RSVP

 

** SATURDAY 12/31 – NEW YEAR’S EVE! (More Parties TBA) **

Rock n' Roll NYE @ Muse

Rock n’ Roll Extravaganza @ The Muse (32D So. 1st) $5, Toby Driver, Totem, Manawi Thorn “odds are pretty good* this is going to be your last new years’ eve EVER, so you might as well rock out…rumors about surprise aerial performances are unconfirmed, B.Y.O.B. if you W.A.N.T., whatever else you had planned was lamer and more expensive so just accept it.” RSVP

@ Manhattan Inn (632 Manhattan) $40 Prix Fixe Dinner while Smoking Billy Slater plays live piano then dance party with DJs Romantically Uninvolved
@ The Richardson (451 Graham) noon-4am, serving food until 2am, get dressed up and come on down! big parties: reservations (at) therichrdsonnyc.com
• Deer Tick & Friends @ Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe) 6pm, Show @ 7pm, Seating 1 – 7-10pm: $1,500; Seating 2 – 11pm-2am: $2500, All you can bowl, drink & eat, plus champagne, limit 10 per lane, more info
@ Berry Park (4 Berry) No cover, $40 bottles of bubbly, DJs all night
• Rebel Angel @ Matchless (557 Manhattan) 10pm, $10, A Weimar Cabaret New Year’s Eve Fete, featuring: Amour Obscur-Weimar Gypsy Punk, This Way to The Egress- Illuminated Freak Show Musical Notation, Plus Live Cabaret and Curiosities of Flesh by Laura Rebel Angel & Ruby Solitaire
•Masquerade Party @ Huckleberry Bar (588 Grand) 8pm, No Cover, No Reservations, *Extra Special New Year’s Eve 2012 Cocktail Menu, Complimentary Hor’dourves, DJ Benny B!, Satellite Bar in the Garden with heat lamps, masks are strongly encouraged, RSVP
• Velvet & ARKHAM @ Boulevard Tavern (579 Meeker) No Cover, 80′s new wave and goth, Times Square on the BIG SCREEN, FREE MUNCHIES ALL NIGHT, RSVP
@ Greenpoint Heights (278 Nassau) DJ’s and dancing, and a free champagne toast at midnight
@ Gutter (200 No.14th) $5, Performances by Fergus & Geronimo, The City Streets, NT, My Teenage Stride, RSVP

SUNDAY 1/1 – NEW YEAR’S DAY

 Brunch @ Habitat (988 Manhattan) 11:30-3, Prix Fixe

Kripalu Yoga Class @ Usha Veda Yoga (1104 Manhattan) 3-4:30pm, donation based yoga, all proceeds go the Greenpoint Soup Kitchen & Food Pantry

Having a New Year’s Eve Party? Email greenpointers (at) gmail.com with details.

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