By Andrew Tobia

Behind the Toque: Vincent Fraissange of Williamsburg Mediterranean Restaurant Pheasant

Chef and owner of Pheasant, Vincent Fraissange

Pheasant (445 Graham Ave.) is on the border of Greenpoint and Williamsburg offering spectacular dishes inspired by the Mediterranean coast. I recently stopped by to sample the restaurant’s newly updated winter menu, and to talk with Chef-Owner Vincent Fraissange, who also shared his recipe for wild gulf shrimp.

Greenpointers: Pheasant opened in November 2017, after you had been at Isa for a time. Was it straight from one restaurant to the next?

Chef Vincent Fraissange: I started at Isa as a regular old line cook and worked my way up to the chef position. I left there, a few months before it closed, in order to pursue something my wife and I wanted to do together, which was a catering company.

GP: Little Pheasant?

VF: Little Pheasant. We ran that for a year and a half out of Brooklyn Foodworks before we started looking for spaces. We used to live two blocks away from here — we realized that the old Graham Avenue Meats was up for lease. We met the landlords, who are sweethearts, and here we are.

GP: Between Little Pheasant and Pheasant, operationally they’re probably very separate.

VF: They are, but we do everything out of this space. Continue reading

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6 Record Stores to Visit This Black Friday for Record Store Day

Academy Records (85 Oak St.) will be participating in Record Store Day’s Black Friday 11/28. (Photo courtesy of Academy Records)

If you’re like most people, Black Friday conjures up images of big box stores and insane deals on TVs and appliances. If you’re like me, you’d rather go recording shopping.

Luckily, Record Store Day’s Black Friday edition is being held for the 10th year in a row, and there’s no shortage of quality record shops in Greenpoint for you to visit while you struggle to break free from your turkey-fueled food coma.

Academy Records Annex


The Brooklyn outpost of Manhattan’s storied Academy Records, Academy Records Annex (85 Oak St.) will be open this Black Friday. Maintaining their regular 12 to 8pm hours, Academy will be carrying most of the special Record Store Day releases. Continue reading

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