Al fresco dining, light but filling fare, and a quieter pocket of Williamsburg: Salt+Charcoal offers it all with flare and flavors aplenty. Located on the corner of Bedford and Grand, this Japanese steakhouse is mercifully out of the weeds of the hectic Bedford Ave L Train buzz. (But at a healthy six-blocks distance, you can still feel part of the action.) And don’t let the steakhouse classification deter you: the vibe is smart-casual even as the attentive service uplifts it.
Salt+Charcoal serves Asian “temple” or “monk’s” food, which has recently been gaining notoriety— see the Chef’s Table episode on it — but in actuality, this shojin style is the foundation of all Japanese cuisine, and the purest form of Kaiseki-style dining.
Come Tuesday June 26, the restaurant is offering a one-of-a-kind experience that paradoxically bridges the world of shojin with that of Japanese dry-aged beef in a harmonious nine-course tasting event.
Despite the recent restaurant closures around Greenpoint Ave,French Epi at 123 Greenpoint Ave is still supplying excellently executed French cuisine to foodies on this long stretch of street between Manhattan and Franklin Ave. Both Chef Brian and owners Beata and Tomasz (who’ve been in the neighborhood for decades) are known for their perfectionist natures, marrying ridiculous specials alongside their fresh French menu. With Happy Hour specials starting at $4, and their 3-course $15 lunch special; fresh and flavorful seasonal offerings make this a hidden gem within the ‘hood.
On the lunch menu: French Epi’s Epic Veggie Sandwich. Image by Lindsey Johnston.
For the next month or so soccer fans in Greenpoint will be in the throes of World Cup mania. Normally placid people will dress head to toe in the uniforms of the nations they support, drape themselves in flags and even paint their faces. They will scream at the top of their lungs and experience either great joy or complete sadness before the final match in Russia brings the madness to a close on July fifteenth. Billions of people around the world watch the match and the thirty-two countries who are in the cup often grind to a halt when the national team plays. Sadly, the American Men’s National Team did not qualify, so American fans will have to support other nations.
One of the teams in the world cup this year is Poland and hundreds of locals will hit local bars decked in red and white, but local Mexicans, Germans, English, Koreans and other nationalities will turn up at local water holes to cheer their teams on. Here are some of the most popular venues to watch the match!
KEG & LANTERN | 97 Nassau Ave Keg and Lantern on Nassau Avenue has a great vibe. They have many screens and a great selection of beer and snacks. The only problem is that the place might be packed for some of the bigger matches. Continue reading →
For the past eight summers Brooklyn Based and Brooklyn Brewery have produced a series of Saturday afternoon crawls that hit up the best bars, restaurants and shops in neighborhoods across Brooklyn. Incredibly, they’ve never held one of these Immersions in the Brewery’s own neighborhood, until now. Their first-ever Total Williamsburg Immersion is Saturday, June 23.
Not only will Immersion goers get free Brooklyn Brewery beers at four great local bars and cash in on food and retail deals, attendees will also be among the first to see the Brewery’s brand-new tasting room, where they’ll be serving complimentary brews there, too.
We are surprised and saddened to learn of The Bounty’s (131 Greenpoint Ave) sudden closing. We always loved how sitting at their bar felt like you were cozied up in the hull of a ship, waiting for your captain to bring you the day’s catch. With a solid seafood menu and on point service, it always felt like the cozy neighborhood gem you could take out-of-towners to impress them. The restaurant opened in 2013, and we will fondly remember their whole fish, $1 oysters and adorable back garden. Farewell, The Bounty!
With a heavy heart we make the following announcement. The Bounty has closed it’s doors. Built by hand with a few friends, we quietly opened five Mays ago to little fanfare but eventually made good friends with lovely Greenpoint and beyond. We delighted in being a neighborhood gem and strived to offer real food, prepared with good intentions and quality ingredients. Our aim was to be a go-to place that wouldn’t let you down and might even surprise you. Coming from various restaurant and bar worlds and experiences, we often talked about the simple trifecta of good food, service and atmosphere and tried to instill that since day one and be ourselves, if a little different. We’ve hosted weddings and countless birthdays, anniversaries, showers, date nights, dinners and brunches out with friends. You always brought your folks here when they were in town, you sat with us at the bar and chatted with the regulars, or as our regular, you made knowledgeable recommendations to newcomers. We sincerely apologize to everyone hit with this sudden news and closure, especially to those that have always supported us, loved us and cheered us on.
We will truly miss serving the neighborhood. Thank you and goodnight.
What: A Tribute to Tony 🖤 When: Monday June 18th | 6p-12am Where: Magick City | 37 Box Street Prepare a dish inspired by Anthony Bourdain and Magick City will screen the episode of his show featuring that dish. Collaborative cooking encouraged, all are welcome. More info
This morning, New Yorkers woke up to the unexpected news that famous food writer, chef, critic and travel tv show host Anthony Bourdain, at 61 years old, was dead. He was a legend in the culinary world, inspiring and encouraging countless chefs to follow their dreams, in addition to motivating the world to travel, meet strangers and break bread with them. Jason Wang, CEO of famed Xi’an Famous Foods (648 Manhattan Avenue) says in an Instagram post, “[Anthony Bourdain] helped bring our family out from living in one room in Flushing to living the American dream.” He will be greatly, greatly missed.
Below, here are some tributes from local restaurants and businesses.
Clinton Hall, a modern take on a classic beer garden, known for its SUPERCRAFT™ beer and photo-worthy food offerings, has furthered its partnership with Pod Hotels to open a fifth location in Brooklyn. Located adjacent to the POD Hotel (247 Metropolitan Ave), the latest Clinton Hall is the second partnership with the POD brand. Continue reading →