By Siobhan Wallace

About Siobhan Wallace

Siobhan Wallace is a freelance writer & editor. She co-founded the food blog Blondie & Brownie in 2008 and co-authored "New York à la Cart: Recipes and Stories from the Big Apple's Best Food Trucks" (Running Press, 2013).

Catch Dinner + a Show with The Wild Honey Pie at Archestratus

The Wild Honey Pie’s Dinners at Archestratus  All images: Ben Kaye/The Wild Honey Pie

Even in this day and age with Spotify and Soundcloud, even in a neighborhood like Greenpoint with its various venues and underground labels, it’s still hard to find new music that you like. What’s even harder is having an intimate experience with an up-and-coming artist without having to shell out serious cash. But Greenpoint’s own The Wild Honey Pie wants to change all that with their local dinner series.

First, The Wild Honey Pie is a local “collective of filmmakers, writers, designers, event producers and musicians curating great music.” Started by Westchester-native Eric Weiner and run out of a Brooklyn coworking space, the site hopes to help its visitors discover new music that wouldn’t find elsewhere. In addition to album reviews, buzz sessions, and columns, they hold events in an effort to bring together their music community. Their major one has been a late summer music camp in The Berkshires where guests have access to a variety of beloved summer camp activities plus musical performances from new artists, the ones you want to hear before they are cool. But they also hold smaller events around the city. Continue reading

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Breakfast Takedown Call for Chefs!

Earlier this year, Matt Timms brought the OG food competition, The Takedowns, back to its proper home in Greenpoint. The competition came into existence 15 years ago at Bar Matchless, when 100 people paid to eat various chilis made by amateur chefs. Now, when in the neighborhood, Matt holds the Takedowns at Brooklyn Bazaar where you can eat all you want, grab a drink, and hang all afternoon. This month, the Takedown is all about our favorite meal, breakfast. Except Matt needs one thing: chefs!

For this Breakfast Takedown at Brooklyn Bazaar on the 29th, you can go crazy. Breakfast tacos? Yes. Chilaquiles? Sì. Doughnuts? Of course. BEAR CLAWS?! We’re all about it. Hand pies? That’s basically what Pop-Tarts wish they were. Homemade granola? Sure, okay. Whatever it takes to Make Breakfast Great Again! Like with every Takedown, there will be prizes from Cuisinart, Anolon, Microplane, and Wüsthof for the People’s Choice & the Judges’ Choice. Greenpointer Jenn de la Vega and a special secret judge from the breakfast-centric website Extra Crispy will be tasting each and every bite before laying down the law. The best part is it’s all a fundraiser for United for Puerto Rico. Can’t cook but want to eat all the breakfasts? $20 tickets are still available.

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Free Ice Cream at Davey’s Next Tuesday (10/17)

Image: Davey’s Ice Cream/Instagram

Late last August, David Yoo of Davey’s Ice Cream became the person to finally sign a 15-year lease at the long-empty former Mona Lisa Coffee Shop(74 Meserole Ave). With two schools across the street, the post office, and tons of street traffic, that corner of Guernsey St and Meserole Ave is one of the busiest in Greenpoint. After a year of construction, the teal storefront and hand-painted sign From Overall Murals are finally ready for customers. And to celebrate the opening, Davey’s is doing their traditional opening party and that means ice cream for everyone!! Continue reading

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New Brunches, New Shake Shack, New Ice Cream (Soon)

Brooklyn Label is back on the scene!  Image: Brooklyn Label/Instagram

The Big News: Brooklyn Label is open again! Brooklyn Label 3.0, now under the same management as Le Gamin, reopened in the past couple of weeks. The space at 180 Franklin Street has been given a little bit of a renovation in the past few months prior to the reopening. But most importantly, Le Gamin owner, Robert Arbor, wants to return Brooklyn Label to all its former glory. The menu is classic American: eggs Benedict, French toast, pancakes, burgers, and salads. They’re currently open for breakfast and lunch with dinner service coming soon.

For the past year, Mister Dips has been our answer to Shake Shack, but at some point next year, we will have an actual Shake Shack. Seems the chain will be coming to the space that formerly housed Blue Bottle at 160 Berry Street. They even threw a “surprise party” complete with free burgers and pumpkin frozen custards at North Brooklyn Farms last Wednesday. Word is doors open in the spring. Continue reading

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Keep Summer Alive at Mister Dips, Ample Hills, & Nitehawk

Mister Dips’ New Aunt Edna Cone

Oh, yes, winter is coming, but Mister Dips, Nitehawk, and Ample Hills are all ready to help you forget all about that and enjoy these last few weeks of sunshine and warm breezes! Mister Dips debuted a few new menu items last week, Nitehawk wants you to savor boozy slushies to your heart’s content, and Ample Hills can now be delivered to your door.

First, the savory. Mister Dips, the Airstream burger shack in Vale Park at The William Vale (111 N. 12th St), is quite possibly serving up some of the best burgers in North Brooklyn. If you’ve never been, they’re of the griddle-top variety made famous by McDonald’s and vastly improved upon by Shake Shack. They’ve teamed up with Red Hook’s Hometown BBQ to bring us a fancy bacon burger. Instead of crispy bacon, the burger has thick slices of succulent pork belly topped with a spicy green chili sauce. You can wash that all down with their new float, Orange Cloud, a mix of that classic vanilla ice cream and orange soda. If you prefer your sweets at the end of dinner, try the new cone, Aunt Edna! Made specifically for autumnal enthusiasts, the cone consists of spicy cinnamon soft serve dipped in green apple shell before being topped with creme fraiche, crumbles, and caramel. You’ll want to get in on this sooner rather than later! Continue reading

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Participatory Budgeting Meetings Tonight & Next Week (9/20 & 9/27)

For the past few years, City Council Member Stephen Levin has allowed the residents of District 33 to decide how to allocate at least $1 million of discretionary funds. And it’s time to submit ideas for next year! Need some inspiration? Here are winning ideas from other districts (26, 34, 35, 36, and 39). Or you can help Stephen Levin and his team brainstorm ideas at one of the upcoming neighborhood meetings!

Participatory budgeting has been going on in New York City for seven years now with District 33 joining during the second year. In short, “Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget.” Yes, voters directly decide which of the proposed projects they feel should be funded and the popular vote wins. Projects are funded until the available money runs out. Earlier this year, 3,789 turned out to vote with the winners including bus clocks along the B62/B32 bus routes; a STEAM Lab for Samuel Dupont Elementary School/P.S. 31 (75 Meserole St); and upgraded electrical wiring at Monitor School/P.S. 110 (124 Monitor St). Continue reading

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All the Produce of Manhattan Avenue

One of the under-appreciated hallmarks of New York life is your local vegetable stand. A step below the bounty found at our farmers markets, our vegetable stands come in handy on your walk home from the subway or when you’re on a budget and need a little bit more fresh produce in your daily diet. In Greenpoint, the majority of our 24-hour vegetable stands can be found along Manhattan Avenue with the most popular two right off of Greenpoint Avenue. There, we have a veritable vegetable war where every man needs to pick a side.

Mom & Pop’s Organic Market aka Poland Farm | 889 Manhattan Ave
The OG Korean greengrocer of Manhattan Avenue, Mom & Pop’s, the former Poland Farm, is the place consistently giving you deals on produce. Most of the good stuff is found outside where you have to hold your ground against pedestrians, people waiting for the bus, and old ladies who will really want their plums! Keep in mind that the “better” deals are for produce that needs to be eaten today or possibly tomorrow. Continue reading

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New Restaurants Are Coming To Franklin Street

Glasserie’s sister restaurant, BarGlory, is open.  Image: BarGlory/Instagram

At the beginning of this year, things looked bleak food-wise on Franklin Street Cassette, Jimmy’s, Brooklyn Label, Mr. Souvlaki, and Mrs. Kim’s had all gone dark during the end of 2016 or first few months of 2017. The space in Franklin Guesthouse that looks like it should be a restaurant was most definitely not yet a restaurant. We could still get sandwiches at Eagle Trading Company (258 Franklin St), tacos at Vamos Al Tequila (162 Frankin St), or enjoy the back garden of Anella (222 Franklin St), but the empty restaurants reminded us of what we couldn’t have. Luckily, those holes have been slowly filling in and this fall will be glorious for Franklin St.

First, there was Chez Ma Tante (90 Calyer St) in the former Jimmy’s space (yes, go get the beef tartare). Of course, one of our newest chill spots is Threes at Franklin + Kent (113 Franklin St). Then, we noticed that the Franklin Guesthouse restaurant space is finally fully operational. The new spot at 214 Franklin Street is called “BarGlory” and is the sister restaurant of Glasserie. The menu is a little light with most of the sections only giving you three options, but there does seem to be something for meat-eaters and vegetarians alike. The dishes incorporate a number of East Asian ingredients including Korean kuksu, Japanese togarashi noodles, and Chinese tea eggs. The cocktails are going for $13, with several pét-nat, draft wine, and beer options. Currently, they are only open for dinner, with breakfast and lunch coming soon. Continue reading

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4 Days Left of Grand Street’s Restaurant Week

If you’ve eaten out on Grand Street this week, you’d have noticed it is Grand Street Restaurant Week once again! Unlike the regular Restaurant Week, Grand Street’s lets the restaurant set the price. This means you can have a two-course lunch special for $9-$15, and three-course dinner for $12-$30. To sweeten the deal, Grand Street BID is throwing an Instagram contest where the best photo wins a $50 gift card. And who couldn’t use a (basically free) $50. It’s honestly one of the better ways to eat out and support small businesses this weekend! Continue reading

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Greenpoint is Grieving Over The Habitat’s Closing

Our sanctuary in the storm, our pretend ski lodge, our light in the dark is being snuffed out  image: Habitat/Instagram

The news came in June and some of us are still reeling from it. After nine-and-a-half years at 988 Manhattan Avenue, The Habitat will be closing its doors forever on Saturday, September 16th. The owners tried to negotiate a new lease with reasonable market rates, but they couldn’t come to an agreement with the landlords. Ever since I first stepped foot inside during an epic 2008 pub crawl, Habitat has always held a special place in my heart. The trivia night involving real buzzers and graphics, art shows including one involving my first true love (ice cream), afternoon happy hour, their always fantastic tap list, and of course, the food. Delicious, unpretentious, and affordable, as good bar food should be. To me, Habitat and Mark Bar (RIP) balanced each other out on what was the quieter side of Manhattan Avenue. Alas, all good things must come to an end. Continue reading

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