By Courtney Bassett

About Courtney Bassett

Courtney took a leap of faith across the East River to Greenpoint in 2013, leaving the Village to build a mystery with two gentleman in a sunlit, registered historic antler kingdom. It's been all Transmitter Park moonlight views of the city skyline and bread baked in terra cotta flower pots ever since. [Instagram: @_rosmarine_; https://open.spotify.com/user/1227119754]

Threes @ Franklin + Kent Extending Stay through Summer

Threes @ Franklin + Kent with food by Purslane

Thanks to a warm welcome from the neighborhood and the initial success of the pop-up, Threes Brewing is extending its stay in Greenpoint! The outpost will continue to occupy the former Cassette space at 113 Franklin Street (corner of Kent St.) at least through the summer.

Though I’d been hearing great things about the Gowanus brewery for a while before my first visit, it was a Luluc concert at Tiny Montgomery—the brewery’s versatile private dining room that doubles as an intimate concert venue—that inspired my first trip to the original Threes location. With a coffee shop by Ninth Street Espresso conducive to tackling some work before the show, my sense of the place was that it would lend itself nicely to spending the day and then enjoying food by one of the pop-ups featured at the time (its food is now exclusively by The Meat Hook) and beers with friends who joined for the show.

Now much of what I loved about that welcoming, experience-focused, “come hang” vibe is just down the block from me. Known for its frequent and interesting programming, Threes will bring more of the same to Threes @ Franklin + Kent with live music and other events starting in May. In the meantime, there will be DJs a few nights per week,  as well as a lineup of other breweries coming by each Wednesday (4/19 Industrial Arts; 4/26 KCBC; 5/3 Other Half; 5/10 LIC Beer Project; 5/17 Barrier Brewing; 5/24 Transmitter). Continue reading

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Don’t…Eat…’Til Brooklyn: Benefit for Citymeals on Wheels in Williamsburg

On Thursday, April 6th, the city’s culinary community will converge in Williamsburg as some of NYC’s best restaurants, food trucks and sommeliers come together to serve up their signature cuisine, specialty cocktails and seasonal wines in support of Citymeals on Wheels.

Don’t…Eat…’Til Brooklyn, presented by the Citymeals Young Professionals Committee, will feature a smorgasbord of dishes from restaurants such as Acme, The Black Ant, Birds & Bubbles, Doughnut Plant, Huertas, Korilla BBQ, Peaches, Rosie’s, Talde and Virginia’s, cocktails from spirit sponsors including Woodford Reserve. and a wine tasting with notable sommeliers like Raj Vaidya, head sommelier at DANIEL.

The bazaar of deliciousness will take place in the former Citymeals warehouse overlooking the East River at 307 Kent Avenue. While enjoying the movable feast and revelry, guests will have the opportunity to bid on an array of packages in the silent auction ranging from fitness and outdoor adventure to Broadway and the ballet, from wine pairing dinners and whiskey tastings to a private tour with the co-founder of Brooklyn Grange. Continue reading

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Fried Chicken Shows Its Healthful Side at Pretty Southern

“NEW FRIED CHICKEN JOINT ON MY BLOCK” read the text message accompanying a selfie of my friend in front of a pretty-in-pink menu posted in the window of 14 Bedford Avenue. Since that mid-December text, the opening of the new Five Leaves neighbor, Pretty Southern, was on my radar. A few weeks ago, also accompanied by my informant and two of our friends whose culinary opinions we highly value, I dug into that eagerly anticipated “healthful take on fried chicken and celebrated southern comfort fare.” Continue reading

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Review: London Grammar At Good Room (3/2)

London Grammar at Good Room. All photos by Dylan Lappin

In January 2015, I became obsessed with London Grammar‘s debut album, If You Wait. I can’t recall which single I heard first, or how, but whatever that entry point was, it led to listening to the album on repeat, attempting to do any justice singing along with Hannah Reid’s infectious vocals as I volleyed from track to track: oh this is my favorite, for sure … no, wait, but this one! Was it the vulnerable Nightcall or the reflective Strong that compelled me more? The intriguing lead-off track Hey Now, the subsequent Stay Awake with its gorgeous melody and driving rhythm, or the soul-bearing title track that left me on a high and drew me in for more and more with each listen?  Continue reading

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Momofuku Alumni Serve Up Dinner Benefiting ACLU Tomorrow Night (1/31) At Alameda

original artwork by Massimo Mongiardo (@Massimomongiardo)

To paraphrase American anthropologist Margaret Mead, never underestimate the power of a few thoughtful, committed citizens to change the world.

This post was originally inspired by my excitement for a cool culinary collaboration taking place in the community tomorrow night. Then I learned from Joint Venture that all proceeds from the event would be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), designated especially for the defense of immigrant rights, and my excitement turned to heartened pride.

Like a good meal shared with good company—as Tuesday’s event looks to be—philanthropy warms my heart. Quite simply, its very meaning is rooted in the “love of mankind.” On Tuesday night, Providence, Rhode Island restaurant North and food and cultural project Joint Venture will team up with Greenpoint’s own Alameda (195 Franklin Street) to share a meal that by design celebrates working together and embodies the spirit of philanthropy. The event, which will be held at Alameda from 6-11pm, is led by North’s James Mark (formerly of David Chang’s Michelin-starred Momofuku Ko), Alameda’s Nick Padilla (previously at world renowned Momofuku Ssam Bar) and Joint Venture’s Danny Newberg (also formerly of Momofuku Ko, and most recently Estela), who have remained friends over the years despite their divergent paths since their time in the Momofuku kitchens. The seafood and vegetable-focused à la carte menu will feature yellow tail fluke crudo, grilled squid with crispy rice, whole black bass with ginger scallion sauce, and a fried salt fish sandwich. All fish is being brought directly from Rhode Island by Mark, and vegetarian and vegan options will also be available. No reservations will be taken for the event, so walk on in!

No stranger to collaborative endeavors in his role as head and founder of Joint Venture, Newberg emphasized the importance of the charitable component of this particular event. He notes the excitement about the three of them cooking together again being dampened by the events of the last couple weeks. As Mark described, “they have us a little shook.” But rather than cancel the dinner, the trio is determined to leverage the occasion for a broader impact. In a recent Instagram post promoting the event, Mark affirmed, “This country gave my family a chance a generation ago. I’m sure as hell going to do what I can to protect the next one.”

Indeed, these times call for camaraderie and community action. Please join me, Alameda, North, and Joint Venture for a coming together of friends new and old over delicious food and drink in support of the ACLU and love of mankind.

North + Joint Venture + Alameda | 195 Franklin Street
Tuesday 1.31 / 6-11pm / à la carte / walk-ins only
fish forward menu: all seafood fresh from Pt. Judith, RI
All proceeds will go to ACLU

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The Sounds Celebrate Album’s Ten Year Anniversary at Warsaw

The Sounds at Warsaw 11.25.16
The Sounds at Warsaw 11.25.16

Simply put, Swedish New Wave quintet The Sounds rocked Warsaw (261 Driggs Ave.) last Tuesday night. As their first stop in NYC during their North American tour celebrating the ten year anniversary of their hot sophomore album, Dying to Say This to You, Tuesday’s show may as well have been a stop on the original album release tour, gauging by the energy in the room, from band and audience alike.  Continue reading

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Bring It Back, Sing It Back: Róisín Murphy Opens 9th Annual Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival

Roisin Murphy at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday night. All photos: Zachary Filkoff
Róisín Murphy at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday night. Photo: Zachary Filkoff

The Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival (BEMF) kicked off on Friday, and over at Music Hall of Williamsburg (66 N. 6th St.), Róisín Murphy got things started off right with the debut show in her first American tour since 2007, when the Irish singer-songwriter’s second album, Overpowered, was released. From the moment she stepped foot on stage, bedecked in one of the night’s myriad, fantastic costumes, Murphy and her band dazzled and delighted the adoring audience.

I would call the show a nonstop spectacle, but that would seem to diminish the integrity of the music—the pure quality of that infectious beat and Murphy’s vocals, impressively both lyric and percussive. Certainly, the intimate venue and the fact that Murphy changed costumes right on stage during a song or while transitioning from one to the next kept that feeling of authenticity at the forefront. The theatrical production added to, and never took away from, the musical performance. Continue reading

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Stranger Things: FIXED Halloween with S U R V I V E (Live)

halloween16-2-instaDon your Hazmat Suits and Walk through the Nether to the Upside Down…

In celebration of its 2nd anniversary and Halloween, Good Room has curated shows featuring some of the world’s best DJs alongside Brooklyn’s finest artists, and it’s been a rockout all weekend. The weekend’s festivities culminate on Halloween with FIXED, the party series by DJs JDH and Dave P that’s also celebrating its own anniversary – 12 years in November!

For this special show, Greenpoint’s own JDH and Philly’s Dave P are thrilled to be playing once again with Survive, whose Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein are behind the popular 80s nostalgia Stranger Things soundtrack, having played together recently in Joshua Tree and Survive’s hometown of Austin, Texas. According to JDH, he and Dave had been very impressed with the quartet’s live performances and enjoyed their cinematic sound. Obviously, Survive was the ideal partner for their Halloween show. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Solo Dining: Fill Up on Productivity

Editors’ Note: This is our second post in a series about solo dining. Here’s our first post.

Perhaps the most obvious spot that comes to mind when one thinks of restaurants most suitable to the individual is a cafe. Dotted with open chairs opposite a single patron hunched in front of a laptop or over a book, the scene of predominantly lopsided tables is a familiar one in North Brooklyn any day of the week. Here’s my guide for where to go to get your work done by day, and in some cases even linger into the night.

A favorite spot to get work done: counter seat at Eagle Trading Company
A favorite spot to get work done: counter seat at Eagle Trading Company

For the same reasons I think a seat at the bar is the best seat in the house, I frequently find myself at the counter of Eagle Trading Company (258 Franklin Street) where the sweet server knows I’ll be having the Coronation Chicken (mango chutney, raita, arugula $7 as sandwich; or as salad over spinach and arugula $8) as I get work or “life admin” done while enjoying refills of iced green tea and a breeze from the Franklin Street-facing windows. If I’m there for breakfast (served until 4pm daily), it’s the B11 breakfast sandwich (eggs, jack cheese, avocado, jalapeños, tomato, onion, cilantro $7) with lots of hot sauce as I launch into productivity. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Solo Dining: The Best Seat In The House

view of the bar at Anella
view of the bar at Anella

Editors’ Note: This is the first in a series of posts about the art of dining for one. FIRST UP: Comfort staples The Bounty and Anella.

I’m not sure where my penchant for solo dining originated, but it’s brought me many good meals and, perhaps paradoxically, much good conversation. One fateful dinner alone at the bar of my favorite restaurant in my then home of Denver actually landed me my second full-time job. Leaving Copenhagen a day after my friends departed enabled me to drop in for what still stands out as one of the best meals I’ve ever had, complete with a tour of the kitchen thanks to rapport struck up with bartenders and servers over the course of the meal.

Now a New Yorker, my solo dining game seems even more in play whether enjoying solitude amidst the city’s hustle and bustle, finding camaraderie in spite of anonymity, or bypassing the line out the door. One of the things I love most about Greenpoint is the sense of community, so it’s no surprise that so much of the quality local restaurant scene greets the individual diner with open arms. My “locals” are a significant part of what I love about the neighborhood. If I’m not at a concert I’m likely perched at the bar at Anella or The Bounty, my favorite spots for a solo meal. Continue reading

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