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Farewell to Free Pizza: Lulu’s to Close on August 9th

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Lulu's: Sadly closing its doors forever on August 9th (Image Courtesy of Lulu's)

As we were passing by Lulu’s on Sunday night we were shocked to see a sign outside saying ‘Last Call…15 Days Left‘. When we popped inside in the hope that the sign was just some kind of sick prank, our worst fears were confirmed: Lulu’s, the Franklin Street institution famed and loved for its free pizza and live music will indeed be closing its doors for the last time on August 9th.

Lulu’s Manager Ani Monteleone tells us the closure “has something to do with an unresolvable disagreement with the landlords of the space.” 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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Jello Shots & $1 Beer – Time to Get Happy! The Definitive Guide to the Greenpoint Happy Hour

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Greenpoint Happy Hour: Part I

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
Weekends 12pm-6pm
- $6 Champagne cocktails/Irish coffee

Adelina’s
159 Greenpoint Avenue (between Leonard St. and Manhattan Ave.)
Weekdays 5pm-7pm
- $4 Draught craft beer
- $5 Organic wine

★☺ Antek Restaurant
105 Norman Avenue (Between Leonard St. and Manhattan Ave.)
Daily 2pm-7pm
- $1 Beer and wine with food purchase Continue reading

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Now You Can Own a Customized Vinnie’s Special Board!

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Photo: @vinniesbrooklyn

If you’ve ever enjoyed a slice from Vinnie’s Pizzeria you’ll have enjoyed their brilliant, endlessly inventive Special Boards designed by co-owner and comic-genius Sean Berthiaume.

The pun-tastic  boards are usually based around a TV show, movie, or celebrity. A particular favorite of mine features a Bacon Bad and Meth-Ham-Feta-Bean pizza, whilst another warns of Beef Noodlety and Graphic Violentils. Continue reading

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Paulie Gee is TAKING OVER the USA!

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According to Eater, our favorite local pizzaiolo (that means pizza genius) Paulie Gee “is planning a massive multi-city expansion, aiming to open locations in Chicago, Oakland, Portland, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Columbus, and Long Island…” and of course,  ”…when evaluating potential locations he considers whether they have a similar vibe and demographic makeup to his home base location in Greenpoint, Brooklyn .”(just north of Williamsburg).

Soon you can enjoy Paulie Gee’s pizza in every coolest city in the USA!

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Kale Pies Are Back at Paulie Gee’s: Gift Guide

Do your parents ask you, “What do you want for Christmas?” and you never have any idea? Why not ask them for a gift certificate to one of your favorite local restaurants? Paulie Gee’s, Greenpoint’s best pizza restaurant, offers gift certificates!

Nothing is better on a cold winter night than warming up to delicious pizza out of a hot wood fired oven.

Is your Mom like mine? Does she actually make you get the present and then wraps it and gives it back to you? In that case it’s so easy – just call or stop in one hour before opening – around 5pm to grab your gift certificate from Paulie Gee’s.

And BIG NEWS – Kale Pies are back!

See the menu at pauliegee.com

Paulie Gee’s
60 Greenpoint Ave
(347) 987-3747

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Park Luncheonette: Now Launching a Full Daily Menu

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Park Luncheonette makes a departure from 'The Departed'

The subject of Greenpoint’s most anticipated cafe restoration, Park Luncheonette (332, Driggs Ave), finally opened its doors in October and is now launching a full daily menu. It’s the newest venture from the team behind No Name and Matchless bar and was a long time in the making.

The original Park Luncheonette was established 1931 and, after serving the neighborhood in varying forms for almost 80 years, as well as snagging a cameo role in Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Departed’, finally closed it doors in 2009.

Ted Nugent, one of new the owners, explains that he’d had his eye on the vacant space for a while so, when the original owners decided to step to one side, he leapt at the opportunity to get involved.

“But they were careful to check us out very thoroughly first”, he says. “They came round and inspected all my other bars and restaurants to make sure that we would be the right fit for the place.” Continue reading

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Park Luncheonette Is Finally Open – And Their Pizza Rules – 24 Hrs A Day!

Eating out on the cheap can be tough in Greenpoint, especially if you want to still be fancy about it. Park Luncheonette (334 Driggs Ave) is now open (24 hours a day!) and you can eat a $2 slice of pizza while enjoying not cheap beer and cocktails. It is where budget meets cool – right near McCarren Park – and it’s delicious.  Continue reading

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Paulie Gee Ricotta Pie Winner: Ricotta Be Kidding Me

There are two winners for the ricotta pie that Paulie Gee needed some help naming.

Winner #1 is Meghan O with “Ricotta Be Kidding Me!” (Email me at greenpointers at gmail.com to claim your prize!)

Johnny Boy who commented with “Feel Like Bacon Love” also won, but for another pie that was formerly named Marcella Matricana.

Paulie said, “I thought Feel Like Bacon Love was a better name for that pie so I renamed it.  Johnny came in last night with his fiancé so I gave them both pies.”

Feel Like Bacon Love – Italian Tomato and Butter Sauce Flavored with Onion and Smokey Bacon, Fresh Mozzarella, Pecorino Romano and Post-oven Milled Black Pepper
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Review: Best Margarita Pizza Comes To Greenpoint

This article made possible by a donation to our Writer’s Fund Raffle by Cato’s Army Navy.
With January seeing a few pizza-related shake ups around Greenpoint (the closings of Franklin Pizza and Carmine’s), it’s comforting to know that a new parlor is ready to step up should any other beloved shut down.

Best Margarita Pizza (172 Norman Ave) has decent competition (Vinnie’s and Carmine’s Original Pizza are nearby), but sets itself apart by close supervision – the proprietor, Karim Ahmed, oversees the parlor and does so with love.

Although four pizzas are consistently on offer, Margarita, Sicilian, Artichoke, and Crab, Ahmed touted the restaurant’s namesake above all others, hinting that he named it as such for a very good reason. For a New York slice, Ahmed’s effort is well above average.

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