In recent changes to the local dining landscape, Greenpoint will soon gain its only Greek gyro shop, and the neighborhood lost a ramen restaurant last month, amongst other closings.
While nearby restaurants like Dar (168 Driggs Ave.) serve hummus, grilled meat kabobs, and other dishes that are typically found in Greek restaurants, Greenpoint has been without a dedicated Greek restaurant since Mr. Souvlaki (208 Franklin St) closed two years ago.
The Greek food drought will end with BZ Grill’s opening at 544 Manhattan Ave., the former home of the farm-to-table restaurant Annicka. BZ Grill is under construction and the opening date has yet to be announced, but the awning has already been installed and construction workers have been spotted preparing the restaurant this week.
BZ Grill’s original location is in Astoria, where the popular $10.50 lunch special comes with a choice of a gyro, falafel, souvlaki or kebab sandwich and includes fries and a drink.
Further north on Manhattan Avenue, Afgan Kabab House (1015 Manhattan Ave.) relaunched with a new Indian menu under the name Bombay Grill & Curry. The original Afgan Kabab House menu is still available for orders, and a separate Bombay Grill & Curry Seamless site allows for orders from the Indian menu. The same owners also operate the Indian restaurant Agra Taj Mahal (1005 Manhattan Ave.) just a few doors down on Manhattan Avenue.
After opening in August 2018, Ramen Mafia (208 Franklin St.) closed last month abruptly. Signs taped on the windows in early September from the building’s management company state that entry to the building is prohibited and the restuaunr shows no signs of reopening.
Ramen Mafia received an NYC Health inspection on 8/15/19 when the restaurant was cited for lacking a Food Protection Certificate, which can result in closure but is ultimately an easy fix.