TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint Returns this Weekend (09/13)

taste_WG_rdbLocal foodie event TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint is entering its 6th year this weekend and, judging from the scrumptiousness of last year’s celebrations, the event is not to be missed.

The annual afternoon of tastings will take place on Sunday September 13th in the East River Skate Park and will feature generous appetizer-sized samples from over 40 of the area’s best restaurants, bars, and breweries.

This year Greenpoint is represented by the likes of Anella, Bakeri, Champs, Le Fond, No Name bar and ice cream dream team Phin & Phebes. Meanwhile Williamsburg will have stalls from Maison Premiere, Oddfellows, Pies & Thighs and many more. All these tasty treats will be accompanied by live music and, no doubt, hot hot sunshine, making it the perfect way to eke out summer that little bit longer. Continue reading

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Drunkpointers: Jimmy’s Diner

Jimmy's Burger
A juicy Jimmy’s Burger to ease your drunk stomach

This week, we’re introducing you to a new food series called Drunkpointers, which highlights the after-ten p.m. eats you can get in Greenpoint when you’re drunk and hungry. First stop: Jimmy’s Diner

The thing is, you think you want pizza when you’re drunk, right? And you do. But give your drunk stomach a little variety sometimes. A sandwich will help soak up the (admittedly delicious and seemingly innocuous) lethal tequila-watermelon punch you just gulped down at Broken Land.  And maybe what you really need is some protein so you don’t pass out (at least, for an hour). Continue reading

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New Italian ‘Le Fanfare’ Serves up Dinner with a Side of Jazz

Le_fanfare_greenpoint_rosie_de_bIn a neighborhood largely under occupation by the Haslegrave brothers, we walked into new bar and restaurant Le Fanfare to the pleasant surprise that it wasn’t another one of theirs. The design of the space is comfortable and coherent, from the sharply-painted facade to the sequin-lined stage. Attention to detail pervades everything; the printing on each page of the menu lines up perfectly with the stenciled text on the board holding it, for example. This careful attention to detail appears throughout the restaurant: ingredients, furnishing, music, and even the staff have been chosen and integrated carefully by people who realize that it only takes one cut corner to cheapen the whole experience.

Our night at Le Fanfare (1103 Manhattan Ave) began at the small round bar up front, where we were warmly welcomed by an easygoing and friendly staff. The cocktail list is short and classic, with drinks around $11, and the bar is comfortable and pleasantly backlit by a clouded mirror studded with star-like lights. I sometimes find that I mentally rank spaces like these by how badly they make me wish I could still spend long nights smoking inside at them, and this bar gets pretty high marks there. Continue reading

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Eat Green in Greenpoint: Local Vegan Awareness Day (06/21)


Have you been thinking of cutting down on your meat intake but not sure where to start? Been trying to cut out dairy but feel too limited in your options? A great new local event could help set you on the right track.

Eat Green in Greenpoint is a vegan awareness day for Greenpoint hosted by Veg Corp (of the NY Vegetarian Food Festival) and will take place on Saturday 21st June between 9am-8pm. Continue reading

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The NEW Taste of Sunnyside Under the 7 Train! (5/20)

Sunnyside Shines is thrilled to present the 2014 Taste of Sunnyside on May 20th from 5:30-8:30pm, in partnership with Edible Queens. Join us for Sunnyside’s first-ever neighborhood event in this exciting location under the elevated 7 train – right in the heart of Sunnyside!

You’ll get a chance to sample the best of Sunnyside’s food and drink from more than 25 local restaurants, including Murphy’s Lobster Grill (Winner: Best Appetizer at 2014 Queens Taste), Salt & Fat (one of Zagat’s Best 100 Restaurants in NYC) and Venturo Osteria & Wine Bar (sister restaurant to Astoria’s Pachanga Patterson and Vesta). Celebrate spring with lobster mac & cheese, Colombian kernel corn, Romanian hors d’oeuvres, smoked meatballs and seitan with vegan mole poblano all while enjoying  the neighborhood’s diverse and delicious food culture.

Sponsored post courtesy of Sunnyside Shines.

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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

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

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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Grand St Restaurant Week Begins Next Week! (2/17-23)


Grand St Restaurant Week Begins 2/17-2/23!

My Mom and I have a thing – it’s called Restaurant Week, and whenever it rolls around I am mixed with excitement but also dread because I only take the subway to Manhattan to get my teeth pulled and otherwise avoid it at all costs.

We have everything we need right here in Brooklyn (except my dentist, apparently) and now the first-ever Grand Street Restaurant Week is happening this Monday, February 17 through Sunday, February 23rd.

We are all over this. 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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Imbibing Taste Talks

Taste Talks, a two-day conference on Brooklyn Food and Drink, announced its curatorial voice with April Bloomfield (of the Spotted Pig) at its helm. The event, which took place on September 14th & 15th, brought notable food, chefs and taste makers together in a bevy of curated panels, discussions, workshops, and cookouts.

Among the roster of activities, I signed up for three panels and Cook it Raw, a collaborative outdoor event where chefs worked together to create a meal using locally-sourced ingredients and as little electricity as possible – all in under 6 hours.  Below are highlights from each, including quotes to add to the Brooklyn culinary repertoire.

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