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 →
There has been a glut of interesting new enterprises springing up on Driggs recently.
One of the most delicious is Bread for the Eater (168, Driggs Ave). This bakery and restaurant opened its doors in September and is the most recent venture from Din Yates, the man behind the extremely popular Cheeky Sandwiches in LES.
Din describes wanting to create ‘a place where warmth exudes’, and this is certainly something he’s achieved. They bake their own bread right there in the restaurant, so the smell that greets you as you enter is nothing short of heavenly. Especially on a windswept fall night. Continue reading →
The air is crisp and chill, puffer-coated pooches are roaming the streets of Greenpoint and it’s dark by 5pm. It’s exactly the time of year to hole-up in a cozy drinking den and spend the evening getting intimate with an extensive menu of local craft beers and delicious bar snacks.
5 Leaves is five years old today. I remember the first time I ate there, probably that long ago, and was blown away by the food, atmosphere, cocktails and the location. A lot has changed in the neighborhood in 5 years, but 5 Leaves still has incredible service and food. I want the ricotta pancakes and the Bees Knees cocktail right now!
In honor of its birthday the bar will be creating new takes on old favorites. According to owner Kathy Mecham, ”The Moscow Mule, Cuban Sidecar, Pomegranate Martini and Calvados Sidecar are all being taken apart and put back together in new ways … All Anniversary cocktails will be available for one night only for $10 each.”
Ed Raven, of Raven Importing Company and owner of Brouwerij Lane, promised that the new brewery he is opening called Grain Terminal, along with a bar/restaurant called Dirck The Norseman will be – “the most awesome sunset beer drinking spot in Brooklyn.”
Sounds great right? When I visited the huge warehouse space on No. 15th St and Franklin St. in Greenpoint, which has a view of the Manhattan skyline and Bushwick Inlet, my next question was when is it going to open? Continue reading →
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!
What’s in a name? Cafe Royal (195 Nassau Ave) was shutdown and in its’ place the owners of the building, who for reasons unknown want to remain anonymous, reopen the doors tomorrow June 21st, with a new name: Cafe Edna.
What do you think about the name change?
I chatted with manager Samantha Sharifi, one of Greenpoint’s loveliest baristas to find out what this change means for “the other side” of Greenpoint.
While you may have dug the old name and the golden rooster logo, there might have been other complaints that have been remedied by the new owners, like spotty wifi and the uncomfortable school room chairs. They overhauled the furnitures, hooked up Fios, so the internet is “10,000 times faster,” according to Samantha, plus you can print out your short stories or resumes on their wireless $0.10/copy printer and add your favorite songs to their ipod.
The same great staff with a few new hires are all on board including the beloved head chef Juan Paredes, who will still make you a delicious breakfast scramble or my favorite: the egg burrito. Plus there is an additional chicken burrito on the lunch menu and many old and new vegan and gluten free options.
Even more exciting, soon they will be rolling out a full dinner menu along with beer and wine with old favorites like the quinoa plate, vegan lasagna, the gluten-free pasta and more to come. Will you dine at Cafe Edna?
Let’s talk coffee. Samantha said they are now serving Toby’s Estate on a brand spanking new expresso machine and she will personally pull you the “perfect shot.” It better be short, girl!
Samantha is also putting together a Greenpoint artist group show, so keep your ears peeled for that.
Where have you been getting you daily caffeine dose since Royal closed and what do you think about the new name?
Cafe Edna will open tomorrow at 11am-4pm for a soft opening, then be open from 7am-6pm until they open for dinner.
When opening a new bar, coming away with a positive experience from a community board meeting presided over by a group hawkishly vigilant of both new liquor licenses and rapidly-vanishing parking spaces is no small feat, especially if in addition to drinks you’re trying to serve up a new pedestrian plaza.
However, sitting down with Etan Fraiman, who recently opened bar/restaurant Battery Harris on the once-desolate corner of Frost & Meeker along with partner David Shapiro, makes it sound like the easiest thing in the world – all you need is a little help from the DOT and a willingness to see your business in the greater context of the streetscape.
The owners of Battery Harris were actually tipped off to the DOT’s Pedestrian Plaza Program by the community board itself, and had nothing but praise for the city agency that not so long ago was referred to by many as “the department of No” for their conservative attitude towards innovation in street design. Continue reading →
The corner of Driggs & Monitor has seen a slew of passable but not extraordinary restaurants come and go over the years, including the most recent closing of Donia, which had good food occassionally. There’s been talk of a Korean restaurant taking over and today I saw they put up a sign that says: “Little Dokebi, Korean Street Food, June!” Greenpoint has almost no Korean food, excluding Mrs. Kim’s way on the other side of Greenpoint and hipster hotdogs that have kimchi, so I am very excited to see this. They’ve totally gutted the inside except the tile floor, so it looks like they aren’t half-assing it, so let’s hope it’s really good and sticks around for a while. Otherwise it should go back to what it was seven years ago when it was just a coffee shop open three hours a day that also sold pot.
On Wednesday March 20, 2013 at 6:30pm – a little bit of Cajun spice takes over Troost (1011 Manhattan Ave).
Come experience a traditional southwestern Lousiana Cajun gathering, complete with music, dancing, and authentic cuisine. Toby Rodriguez will be sharing his rich Cajun culture and savory creations. He will be preparing some of the most treasured dishes that come from a traditional pig boucherie, his specialty.
Jesse Lege, one of the fines Cajun singers and accordion players, will be playing tunes!
Tickets cost $50 – RSVP at rennie.freetown (AT) gmail.com
10% Off – Just mention Greenpointers when you RSVP