Eat & Drink

Soup Takedown & National Popcorn Day This Weekend

The very famous, Greenpoint-borne food competition, The Takedowns, is back again this weekend at Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave). This month, about 20 home cooks will battle it out over warming pots of soup. Up for grabs are a plethora of prizes from Anolon, Cuisinart, Microplane and Wüsthof, plus, of course, the glory of making the best soup in Brooklyn. It’s all you can eat until the soup’s all done and only $20/person. Yours truly will be on hand to judge with criteria including creativity and replicability. It all goes down this Sunday, from 2pm – 4pm. Get your tickets here.

Nitehawk, Williamsburg’s OG dinner-and-a-movie cinema is celebrating National Popcorn Day this Friday by bringing back The Vince: Popcorn with truffle butter, Sriracha sauce, chipotle, lime, and citric salt. You can also get in on their current Pizza Popcorn made with truffle butter, Parmesan, oregano, and crispy pepperoni while watching Phantom Thread. The next big delicious food holiday on their celebration calendar is Tater Tots Day on Friday, February 2nd. For that, they will be reprising “Tots on Repeat” ($10) where you can flag down your server for a second round of the tots special once you’ve gone through the first. “Wild at Heart” is the night’s midnight special if you need more incentive. Continue reading

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Catch Future Generations at the Next Wild Honey Pie Dinner (1/24)

All images © Jackie Roman

Lately, one of the hottest tickets in Greenpoint is to the series of dinners being hosted by The Wild Honey Pie. The monthly event, which began last year, starts with a three-course dinner before a small set by an up-and-coming artist. The dinner party has been held at several locations around the neighborhood including Archestratus Books + Food on Huron Street. Needing to find a bigger space that can accommodate more guests and equipment, they’ve moved over to Le Fanfare (1103 Manhattan Ave). That’s where this month’s dinner will be held on the 24th with the local band Future Generations.

It also happens to be where last month’s dinner happened when the guest musicians were Wilder Maker. In need of a nice pre-Christmas night out, I checked it out with a neighborhood friend. As with the dinner on the 24th, $40 gets you everything you could need. Continue reading

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Greenpoint’s Patron Saint of Being Wild: Locally Made Amaro, St. Agrestis

St. Agrestis, via Instagram
St. Agrestis, via Instagram

One morning at the McGolrick Park Farmer’s Market last Fall, I had the opportunity to taste a spirit I didn’t know much about. Though, coming from a half-Italian family, I was not a complete stranger to amaro. And living in a bar culture like Brooklyn’s, the spirit turns up every now and then too.

But both encounters were prohibitive. Being a kid at family parties, trying something red in color, you want it to taste a certain way (like Dr. Pepper). Amaro got quickly filed under “gross” and “adult,” which I filed under “boring.” And today, going to a fancy bar, the prospect of a sixteen dollar cocktail sometimes has me looking for the beer list, specifically “cans.”

So, running into the Greenpoint-made amaro brand St. Agrestis on that Sunday in the park cut through my personal red tape.

First off, the label is eye-catching: a simple blue print of a woman holding a branch in one hand, and a small medicine bottle in the other. Then there’s the name. How, after twelve years of Catholic school, did I not know of a St. Agrestis (it turns out St. Agrestis is not real!)? Then there’s the color. It’s a deep shade of red, not quite letting you see all the way through the bottle, but sort of half-way through.

The whole package was intriguing, as was the flavor. Which is on the right side of bitter, and the right side of sweet— it sort of approaches both, and pulls away just before either becomes too much. In any case, I felt it was cause enough to buy a bottle and to later follow up with its maker, Louis Catizone, to find out how this mysterious alcool is made. Continue reading

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Goodbye, Pretty Southern & Golden Brown’s. Hello, Pelicana!

Pretty Southern in happier times Instagram

As Greenpoint gets hotter (figuratively, not literally), the celebrity chefs have been starting to roll in. One of the first ones in was Top Chef alum Sam Talbot and his fried chicken/Southern/gluten-free/sometimes vegan restaurant, Pretty Southern (14 Bedford Ave). The spot opened late last year and appeared to be taking a little while to hit its stride. On October 30th, they posted on Instagram about closing for renovations, but as of this week, they have yet to reopen. The allergy-mindful approach was inspired by Talbot’s own struggle with Type 1 diabetes. As of yet, there is no news about who will take over the space. [Eater]

These past few weeks also marked the closing of Greenpoint’s other sit-down fried chicken/Southern, Golden Brown’s in the Brooklyn Bazaar. An offshoot of Brooklyn Star, it was one of the neighborhood’s hidden gems, especially if you like classic fried chicken. That chicken is still available during weekend brunch at the original restaurant (593 Lorimer St). In its place is Super Burrito featuring California-style Mexican.  Continue reading

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Selamat Pagi Brings Bali to Brooklyn

A few of the items on offer at Selamat Pagi. Ethan Covey

Tucked in Greenpoint on Driggs Ave, Selamat Pagi is an Indonesian-influenced addition to the neighborhood, with plenty of options for vegetarians, vegans and meat-eaters alike. The restaurant quietly opened its doors in 2012 by Ben Van Leeuwen, Laura O’Neill, and Pete Van Leeuwen, the trio behind Van Leeuwen Ice Cream. The Indonesian menu is inspired by a series of trips to Bali and Laura O’Neill’s Australian background, where Indonesian food is widespread.

The stylish space features white walls, rustic light wood tabletops, a few thoughtfully placed potted plants and pink fluorescent light accents, emitting a retro-feeling cozy pink glow. The restaurant space was originally designed and built by its founders but underwent a renovation in 2016 led by the Brooklyn architecture firm Carpenter + Mason. Continue reading

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Super Burrito Opens at Brooklyn Bazaar Tonight (1/4)

Via Super Burrito

Super Burrito, the California-style Mexican joint that first brought its fare to the Rockaways last summer, is taking over the restaurant space at Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Avenue) as of 5pm today. 

You can chow down on Super Burrito’s entire variety of super eats before, during and after all of BK Bazaar’s events.

Super Burrito’s soft opening hours are: 5pm-11pm (Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday) 5pm-1am (Friday and Saturday)

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Greenpoint Winter Survival Guide: Advice From The Barista

Rob Garcia, General Manager at Champion Coffee, 1107 Manhattan Ave

There’s nothing more enjoyable than cradling a hot coffee in this insanely cold weather. In our next interview as part of our winter survival guide series, we spoke to Champion Coffee’s Manhattan Avenue manager Rob Garcia about his favorite cold weather drinks when visiting Champion or when you’re planning a day of hibernation at home. Check out our previous interviews here and here.

COFFEE: CHAMPION | 142 Nassau Ave, 1107 Manhattan Ave
Rob Gargia, General Manager

Greenpointers: What is your favorite type of coffee drink to get through the winter?

Rob Garcia: I feel like drip coffee is underrated in general and I know that that is boring, but I really would suggest it. People think that espresso has more caffeine, but drip coffee has twice the amount. I’ve been really enjoying just sitting with a drip coffee. If you do want an espresso drink, macchiatos are also underrated in my opinion. Continue reading

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Brooklyn Whiskers, Manhattan Ave’s New Vegan Cafe/Bakery

Brooklyn Whiskers Bakery (1008 Manhattan Ave) is a sweet little place chock full of delicious goods with a creative menu, located at the north end of Greenpoint. This cafe/bakery serves up pastries and delectable desserts but also has a good-sized menu with all-day breakfast, sandwiches, bagels, and bites. Plus everything is vegan, with lots of gluten-free options as well. Fear not, however, because you won’t be missing a thing — the food here is fantastic.

This is the second location to recently open with the first one being located in Bushwick. They are also a retail and wholesale bakery in addition to having these shops. The two very friendly owners, Preesa Adeline Bullington and Michael Minahan, are frequently around and easy to chat with. The Greenpoint cafe is small but quite charming with a couple of vintage-looking mismatched chairs, wooden tables, and holiday decor this time of year. It’s also eco-friendly with bamboo products and recycling well-marked. There’s a warm, homey, personalized feel in the cafe and also fun for cat lovers with a little bit of a cat theme in the mix. Continue reading

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VENDOR CALL! Winter of LOVE Valentine’s Market! (Sun, 2/11)

Poster designed by Megan Penmann

We are gearing up for a groovy start to 2018 and kicking off our first market of the new year with a Winter of Love Valentine’s Market!

At this time, we are looking for creative crafters, makers of food, art, crafts, jewelry, pottery, etc. to join us and invite you to apply here!

Like last year’s Old-Timey Valentine’s Market we are expecting 3,000+ visitors, a full day of free fun activities, live music, and festive food & drinks, in the  beautiful Greenpoint Loft. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Trading Opens North Brooklyn’s First Spice Shop

If you’re a regular shopper at New York City’s specialty grocery shops, pop-up markets (like our very own Greenpointers markets), or back in the day at Smorgasburg, you’ve probably come across Greenpoint Trading Co.’s spices. If you’re like me, you’ve wondered why they didn’t have a small shop in the neighborhood, a place where you could look at their offerings or pop in when you need some emergency za’atar or hawaij. A few months back, owners Kimmee and Evan Hoffman finally found the perfect little space at 65a West Street for a little spice shop of their own.

Greenpoint Trading Co. and its wholesale arm, Brooklyn Spice, have been around since 2011 when they operated out of a space on Box Street. Kimmee and Even are setting out to create simple easy-to-use, healthy spice blends for the home cook. A good amount of the blends are salt-free, with all-natural ingredients and no preservatives. While the entire operation began as a weekend side project, the two Greenpointers eventually gave up their “regular” full-time jobs to focus solely on bringing New Yorkers better spices. Continue reading

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