Eat & Drink

Staying Local for Thanksgiving? Six Spots Where You Can Wobble Before You Gobble, Get Stuffed with Turkey, the Fixin’s, and More!

Thanksgiving is holiday of culinary greatness. A problem if your cooking skills are below par and you’re staying home for the Holidays. Less of a problem since you live so close to the city’s hub of crave-worthy restaurants and bars.

Here’s a list of how to feast and party without the hassle of using your oven.

1) Le Fond

A close up of the dishes featured in Le Fond's Thanksgiving MenuCome join Chef Jake Eberle at “Wobble Before You Gobble” — a Thanksgiving Eve cocktail party! Cut loose a lil’ before heading out of town. They’ll have $6 aperitif specials, including house recipe Kir Royale and warm mulled wine. Chef Jake Eberle will also being serving some bites to nibble, like country pate and a French onion soup-filled Russian-style pierog.  Reservations not necessary. See the Menu here.

Address: 105 Norman Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Cost: No cover, Items a la carte
Time: Thanksgiving Eve, 6pm
Highlights: Classy cocktails, Russian pierogi, No reservations

 

2) Greenpoint Beer and Ale Co.
Mixing it up and staying in town this year? Greenpoint Beer and Ale is hosting their 5th Annual Orphans Thanksgiving. Their new kitchen resident, @maizeysundaytacos will be a making a spicy twist on the traditional Thanksgiving dinner. For $65, get fed the unorthodox turkey and wash it down with included beer and wine. Then join your new “Orphan” family as you replace football with a screening of cult favorite “This Is Spinal Tap” directed by Rob Reiner. Click here to buy tickets!

Address: 7 North 15th St, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Cost: $65, Buy tix
Time: 5pm
Highlights: Spicy turkey, New friends, Satirical movie about setting it “up to eleven” 
Bonus: A portion of the ticket sales go to support The Greenpoint Hunger Program

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The Drift, Greenpoint’s Secret Ski Lodge goes Southwest

New Fall Menu at The Drift  All photos by Eli Harrigan

The Drift (579 Meeker Ave) is your neighborhood local bar if you happen to be in this far northeast corner of Greenpoint on the edge of Brooklyn. If you haven’t visited in its first year of business, now is the time. The new fall menu and ski lodge vibe of this place is perfect for hiding away from cold weather. Influences from the bar owners’ other establishments, The Commodore and El Cortez are present as well as their namesake cocktails. Continue reading

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Glasserie Expands with Bar Glory on Franklin Street

All images courtesy of Bar Glory

Franklin Guesthouse’s restaurant space was finally occupied when Bar Glory opened in August under the stewardship of restauranteur Sara Conklin (of Greenpoint’s beloved Glasserie). The restaurant forges its own identity through an inventive and inspired combination of culinary influences. Chef Jeff Kouba’s eclectic menu takes risks in the mashup of flavors and textures with delightful and surprising results. The food is largely influenced by Central Asian and Far Eastern flavors but takes liberties with Uzbek, Thai, and Korean flavors. Its environs can be described as refined rustic-chic decor and cozy ambiance that feels slightly more casual then Glasserie. Continue reading

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For An Ever-Changing Menu From a Noma Vet, Head To Knightshift at Meyers Bageri

Knightshift, inside Meyers Bageri

Bike-lane infrastructure notwithstanding (because…c’mon, NYC. You’ve still got a LONG way to go), North Brooklyn and Copenhagen aren’t so different these days. Both areas feature a beyond-solid outerwear game, both combine the charms of a tight-knit neighborhood with the benefits of urban living…and both North Brooklyn and Copenhagen are key destinations for prestige Nordic cuisine.

We’ve got Aska (47 S 5th St), the austere and ambitious tasting-menu spot from Fredrik Berselius (a veteran of Noma, the Copenhagen spot that’s a permanent fixture on ‘best restaurant’ lists all over the world). We’ve got Norman (29 Norman Ave), a collaborative effort from Berselius and Claus Meyer, the co-founder of Noma and the chef/proprietor of the Great Northern Food Hall and Agern in Grand Central Station. And, of course, Mr. Meyers also helms Meyers Bageri (667 Driggs Ave) in South Williamsburg, where outstanding Danish rye loaves and insanely-delicious cinnamon twists can always be found.

But that’s not all you’ll get at Meyers Bageri. From now through the end of the year, Meyers is hosting an evening pop-up called Knightshift, which features a menu from Mads Refslund, formerly of Acme in NoHo and an alum of (you guessed it) Noma. Refslund’s gearing up to open his own Williamsburg restaurant in 2018 (with the badass, ‘Game of Thrones’-esque name ‘Fire And Ice’), and he’s using Knightshift as a test lab for recipes, techniques, and presentations. Continue reading

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How to save at 100 local Brooklyn restaurants every day

Dining out in Brooklyn is a belly’s dream; unfortunately, it’s also a bank account’s worst nightmare. A free new app, Spotluck, remedies this issue with a wheel of discounts offering as much as 35% off every meal! Spotluck has partnered with 100 of Brooklyn’s best locally-owned restaurants and over 400 in New York.

Here are just a few of the best restaurants you can save at with Spotluck:

Slick Willie

Arguably, food and comfort are two of life’s finest pleasures. This makes Slick Willie another one! Willies is so cozy that it’s known to locals as ‘the living room’ and their menu matches up. Offerings represent the diversity of Brooklyn from tempura-style Kansas City BBQ ribs to chorizo-hash eggs benedict over Johnny cakes. Continue reading

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Get Your Tickets to Sumo Stew Before It’s Fudadome (11/15)

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For the past few years, an under-the-radar celebration of all things sumo has been regularly taking place at Brooklyn Brewery. Hosted by photographer Michael Harlan Turkell and owner of The Brooklyn Kitchen Harry Rosenblum, the evening centers around chankonabe, the stew sumo wrestlers consume while training and a live stream of grand tournaments. But the stew isn’t all there is to eat, there’s bento boxes, Japanese whisky, shochu, sake, tea, and Brooklyn Brewery’s own beers on tap for every guest. And the 17th round of Sumo Stew is next Wednesday, the 15th. Continue reading

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Adventures on the Ramen Railroad—Ramen Popup at Budin

Daniel Birnbaum of Ramen Railroad, serving up ramen at Budin (114 Greenpoint Ave) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon till 10pm. Photo by Melissa Loseby.

The Greenpoint restaurant scene offers a wealth of wonderfully diverse and exciting dining options, but for some reason, finding a soul-warming bowl of ramen has remained elusive. While the American ramen obsession has often been credited to chef David Chang and the bowls he started serving at Momofuku Noodle Bar, Japan has been riding a rollercoaster of emotion over ramen since it was brought to them by Chinese tradesmen in the nineteenth century.  Over the last few decades, Japan has created museums to ramen, ramen-themed video games and has even established ramen dating services to pair you with a partner who shares your passion for the dish.

Greenpoint is long overdue for its ramen moment.

While many would lament this culinary gap and continue to accept their fate of having to venture further afield for their broth, Greenpoint resident Daniel Birnbaum decided to take matters into his own hands. His passion for the hearty warming soup has lead him on a nourishing adventure which ultimately meant changing career paths in order to bring ramen to the neighborhood. Continue reading

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Bacon, Egg and Cheese for Days at the Breakfast Takedown This Sunday at Brooklyn Bazaar! (10/29)

Does the thought of stacks on stacks of pancakes with butter and syrup sexily dripping off the sides make you salivate? Does the aroma of bacon make your tummy tingle? If so, you NEED to make it to The Breakfast Takedown this Sunday at Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave) from 1-3pm! You will receive total deliciousness from dozens of home chefs, all battling for the ultimate prize—Best Breakfast. There’ll be an audience vote, and a judges vote by a panel of certified foodies (including myself). Plus, a portion of the event’s proceeds will be donated to Unidos Por Puerto Rico. Esteemed host of The Takedowns Matt Timms is excited to see what people will come up with. He says, “Breakfast is a fast and loose category—I eat BBQ for breakfast, when I’m feelin’ fancy, so whatever grabs the public’s collective heart from 1 to 3 on a Sunday is what’s going to win!” And, he insists, “Breakfast Tacos! That alone is a reason to come!

Tickets are $20, and your belly full o’ bacon n’ biscuits will thank you. Get thee to the takedown!

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North Brooklyn’s 2018 Michelin Bib Gourmands

21 Greenpoint is on the Michelin Guide’s radar  Image: 21 Greenpoint/Instagram

Greenpoint and North Brooklyn’s thriving restaurant scene has been turning (professional critic) heads for a while now, especially when it comes to the esteemed Michelin guideEvery year, their incognito inspectors scrutinize all the restaurants who’ve previously won either stars or bibs, plus all the newcomers. The bigger acclaim is when a restaurant wins coveted Michelin stars, from one to three and seemingly always the usual Manhattan high-end spots (those are announced next week). But the restaurants frequented by the hoi polloi aren’t left out. That’s where the Bib Gourmand comes in. This is where you can potentially get two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less, before tax and gratuity. And this is where our local spots shine.

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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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