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Greenpoint Veggie Burger Diaries: Jimmy’s Diner II

Jimmy's Diner II Black Bean Burger

In this most recent Veggie Burgers Diaries, we visited Jimmy’s Diner on Franklin St. There aren’t a ton of lunch options in the area, so we figured we’d give it a shot and try the Black Bean Burger. Plus Gina and I had some talking to do about moving into a new space – an exciting but mentally draining ordeal for my brain.  Continue reading

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Dirck The Norseman: Brooklyn’s First Brew Pub Officially Open!

Dirck_the_NorsemanSplendid news for beer lovers! Since last week your local beer drinking options just got a whole lot bigger: by 6,000 sq ft!

Yes, Friday night saw the long-awaited official opening of Dirck the Norseman (7 N 15th Street), a huge beer hall and brew pub run by Brouwerij Lane‘s Ed Raven and his team of brew experts. Continue reading

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Veggie Burger Diaries: Champs Junior

The latest veggie burger escapade took myself and a friend to Champs Junior (620 Manhattan Ave), near Nassau Ave in Greenpoint.

This is an all VEGAN burger, which brings us to the topic of this entry: the humanity! Continue reading

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Veggie Burger Diaries: Mrs. Kim’s

mrs. kim's veggie burger
Mrs. Kim's Veggie Burger

I had a secret ladies lunch at Mrs. Kim’s (160 Franklin St) and used it as an opportunity to sample the veggie burger that came highly recommended from a reader. I can’t tell you why the lunch was a secret or who I was with because then it wouldn’t be a secret, but I can tell you there was major girl talk going on that paralleled my decision to order the veggie burger. 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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Adelina’s – (Mostly) Vegetarian With New Vegan & Gluten-Free Options

Have you been to Adelina’s (159 Greenpoint Ave) lately? For the vegetarians and vegans among us, Adelina’s is secretly and ALMOST totally vegetarian – with many vegan and gluten-free options. Plus Adelina’s owner Toby recently introduced a vegan Italian street food called Farinata, which he invited us over for a try. Of course we don’t just eat and drink when we go to Adelina’s – we also shoot the you know what with Toby. Continue reading

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Whole Fishin’ at The Bounty

Eating an entire fish – bone in – is a challenge for me. With the help of my amazing friend Yui, RIP, I got over my fear (her Dad eats the eyeballs and tail), which was the first step. While I’ve now the courage, I lack the skills. I just kind of mush it around into a big mess. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Veggie Burger Diaries: Mother’s

Mother's Veggie Burger

While Mother’s (347 Graham Ave) is technically NOT in Greenpoint – it is the veggie burger that inspired the new Greenpoint Veggie Burger Diaries series, in which I review all the veggie burgers in the neighborhood. This series will include all veggie burger options, like portobello mushroom and bean burgers.

As a newly converted vegetarian, I love a good burger and my recent carnivore flavor palette hardly accepts “fake meat” as a substitute. That being said I can remember countless evenings of insomnia after eating a huge burger while my digestive system suffered processing all the fat.

Before I was a vegetarian I used to get the veggie burger from Mother’s – topped with bacon – partly to piss off a bossy vegan friend, but mostly because it was so delicious and never left me feeling the way meat burgers make me feel.

I’d be surprised if the veggie burger at Mother’s isn’t a regular boca burger, but it’s the fixins: red onions, crunchy pickles, optional cheddar cheese, the perfect sesame seed bun, chipotle mayo and the most delicious shoe string (or sweet potato) fries that keep me coming back.

Plus it’s a good deal at $7. Add-ons are: Cheddar, Swiss, Pepper Jack Or American $1; Bacon, Fried Free Range Egg, Hand Cut Fries (Regular Or Sweet Potato) Or Small Green Salad $2; Basket Of Fries $3.

They have great beer on tap, including my new favorite Bronx Pale Ale, and it’s the perfect spot for an easy and cheap after-work meal.

What do you think of the veggie burger at Mother’s?

Where is the best place in Greenpoint (or very closeby) to get a veggie burger?

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Welcome Aboard The Bounty – New Seafood Spot in Greenpoint

It was a perfect night for the perfect storm.  I decided to leave my land lubber gig,  put on my sea legs and set afoot on The Bounty (131 Greenpoint Ave).

As I walked inside, I felt like I was inside a ship – from the salvaged barrels to the massive sail in the ceiling to the bar comprised of haphazardly-stacked reclaimed tables and bureaus whose drawers were spilling out (because that’s what happens on a boat on a rocky sea when you don’t lock them).

This newly opened spot is essentially a raw bar featuring  local and responsibly-harvested seafood, hand-made pasta and in-house cocktail syrups. Continue reading

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“Super Trashy Heavy Snacky” Potlikker: New WB Restaurant By Former Queens Hideaway Chef Liza Queen

Duck confit croquetta with heirloom grapefruit, blood orange, roasted beet, cucumber, and celery salad in a sherry mignonette with fried walnuts

Before it was Anella, the restaurant space on Franklin St was the beloved Queens Hideaway that served “homely southern bent American cuisine.” If you are still broken hearted about its closing, head over to Southside Williamsburg for Chef Liza Queen’s new restaurant Potlikker (338 Bedford Ave), where you will find new riffs on old favorites because food is always on Liza’s brain.

Literally, she is holding a binder of recipes on her head!

Chef Liza Queen

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