Greenpoint Food & Drink: Summer News Round-up
There’s been a whole lot of comings and goings amongst Greenpoint’s bars and restaurants recently. Here’s a round-up of a few changes that are on our radar…
Brooklyn Barge Bar (3 Milton Street) – This novelty floating bar has been a long time in the making and it’s looking like they’ll miss the boat with the summer crowd if they don’t get things going soon. Time Out are throwing a ‘first look’ party ($25 for unlimited beer and oysters) on the barge on August 26th, so it’s quite likely that this will be their opening night. Let’s hope they don’t have to cancel like they did with their 4th July celebrations. But, if they do, at least it means that Transmitter Park will stay a haven of tranquillity for a little longer.
Brooklyn Label (180 Franklin Street) – A sign in the window of this popular brunch spot says ‘closed for renovation’, along with a request to renew their sidewalk liquor license. However, it’s just been confirmed by the owners that the business is actually being sold and will be re-opening as something different in due course.
Coco 68 / Hook & Cleaver/ Barrachos (68 Greenpoint Avenue) – After a disappointingly short run as Coco 68, this space played host to a couple of disastrous pop-ups spearheaded by TV chef Diane Dimeo. Now it sits empty and the restaurant is up for grabs once again. Let’s hope the next team makes more of a go of it.
Dar 525 (168 Driggs Avenue) Williamsburg’s popular and affordable Middle Eastern/Mediterranean joint is opening a second restaurant on Driggs, housed in the former site of Bread for the Eater. No work has yet taken place to transform the interior so it’s going to be a good couple of months before the new restaurant is up and running.
Lomzynianka (646 Manhattan Avenue)- This kitschy Polish favorite has been shuttered for months now under the guise of ‘renovations’. We’ve tried to get in touch with the owners but have had no reply, so we’re really hoping it’s coming back. Where else can we eat pierogi under fairy lights and taxidermy stag heads?
Naked Dog (47 Java Street) – Originally planned to open last January but delayed by legalities, this restaurant is finally set to open later this month. Naked Dog will serve organic ‘urban rustic food ‘ made with seasonal ingredients sourced from local purveyors.
Ovenly (31 Greenpoint Avenue) – Greenpoint’s bakeshop darlings are opening a Manhattan outlet at Urban Space Vanderbilt, just north of Grand Central, due to open later this month. Nice to know we can soon get an Ovenly fix whenever we need to soothe the pain of Midtown.
Red Star Bar (37 Greenpoint Avenue) – Greenpoint’s all-star sports bar was billed as being closed for renovations for the month of June. Now, in August, the shutters are still firmly closed and a little bird tells us it may be reopening as a 24-hour diner. Stay tuned!
Sweetleaf Coffee (159 Freeman Street) – Founded in Long Island City in 2008, Sweetleaf has since taken its coffee brand to Williamsburg and now, of course, Greenpoint. The Freeman street outpost has a roastery in the back and cafe space in the front. Softly opening this week, the official grand opening is next Monday. Full write-up coming soon!
Sweet Fox Cafe (142 Nassau Avenue) – This friendly French cafe is sadly closing soon, after less than a year. Their delightful buttery croissants will be missed. Adieu Sweet Fox.
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