Eat & Drink

Salt+Charcoal on Bedford To Offer Nine-Course Tasting Menu on Tuesday

Guest Chef Hiroki Odo from the Michelin-starred Kajitsu with Salt+Charcoal’s Chef Tadaaki Ishizaki

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. 


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Givin’ All the Flavor Feels to French Foodies: French Epi

Grilled Whole Branzino. Image by Lindsey Johnston.

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.
Heirloom Tomato and Buratta Salad. Image by Lindsey Johnston.

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Your Guide To Watching The World Cup in Greenpoint

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(2016) A Poland supporter walks down Nassau Avenue with facepaint and a Polish flag before the Poland-Portugal match. Photo: Erik Keithley

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!

The scene at Keg & Lantern
(2016) Poland fans gather in numbers to watch the Poland vs. Portugal game, and to enjoy Keg and Lantern’s tasty handcrafted beers. Photo: Erik Keithley

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

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Get This Heart Shaped Pizza On Pizza at Vinnie’s Pizzeria Today (6/21) for Charity!

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Vinnie’s Heart Shaped Pizza on Pizza, via Vinnie’s

Today, June 21st, both locations of Vinnie’s Pizzeria in Greenpoint (253 Nassau Ave) and Williamsburg  (148 Bedford Ave) will be making a special heart-shaped “pizza on pizza” slice for a cause that’s close to their, well, hearts. 100% of the proceeds from the heart pizza sold today will go to charities helping families separated at U.S. borders. Yesterday, after political pressure and anger from citizens across the country, Trump signed an order to keep families together by detaining them together after illegal border crossings. The charities they’re supporting are The Texas Civil Rights Project, The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, The Catholic Charities of Rio Grand Valley and The Kids in Need of Defense. And, a friend of theirs will match all the money Vinnie’s raises.

Stop by to get your special slice to support the cause! ❤️
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Brooklyn Based’s Williamsburg Immersion Includes 5 FREE Beers and More for $15 (Sat 6/23)

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.

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Neighborhood Gem The Bounty Abruptly Closes Its Doors

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Inside The Bounty, photo by Rosie de Belgeonne

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!

The Bounty's serene garden. Photo by Rosie de Belgeonne
The Bounty’s serene garden. Photo by Rosie de Belgeonne

Via Instagram:

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.

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Greenpoint Restaurateurs React to Anthony Bourdain’s Death

via Xi'an Famous Foods on Instagram
via Xi’an Famous Foods on Instagram

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.

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Famed beer garden Clinton Hall comes to Williamsburg!

Clinton Hall in Williamsburg

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

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The Morgan Fine Arts and Film Center Hosts Its 16th Annual Open House (Sat, 6/2)

It’s going to be an art-filled weekend with Greenpoint Open Studios and The Morgan Fine Arts and Film Center is making it really easy for everyone to visit the studios in the eastern end of the neighborhood. For its 16th Annual Open House this Saturday, June 2nd, from 12PM-1PM, there will be a free car service to bring people to the building location at 649 Morgan Ave where there will be 20+ artists opening up their studios to the public.

As icing on the cake, there will be FREE hors d’oeuvres, beer, and wine for all guests.

What: The Morgan Fine Arts and Film Center’s 16th Open House
Where: 649 Morgan Ave
When: Saturday, June 2nd, 12PM-10PM

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