Eat & Drink

Where do you Ramen in Greenpoint?

Photo Cred: Daniel Birnbaum from Ramen Railroad

Ramen, once associated with the easy-to-cook dorm room staple Cup Noodles is now synonymous with hip Japanese food culture and can be found in cities across the globe. The ramen-only restaurant is now a viable business, and ramen can even launch empires (Momofuku, anyone?). If you haven’t tried ramen in a restaurant yet, the variety, not to mention the size, will blow away that old styrofoam cup.

So where’s the ramen in Greenpoint? If you look far and wide, you’ll see ramen is on the menu and more ramen-focused shops are a-coming. Find out all the places you can sit or stand and slurp that soothing soup after the jump. Continue reading

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Shake off the Monday Blues at The Williamsburg Hotel’s MNDFL Meditation

The Williamsburg Hotel, photo by Liz Clayman

The Williamsburg Hotel is not just for tourists and out-of-town guests — the plush boutique is expanding its public services, and this includes open meditation every other Monday.

Starting this month, the hotel at North 10th and Wythe opens its doors to launch a partnership with MDNFL, a meditation studio with outposts in Williamsburg and Manhattan. With classes in the hotel’s library bar, MNDFL will pop up every other Monday from 7–7:45 PM to help you relax and reflect. Classes cost $10 for hotel guests and $20 for visitors; cushions/mats are provided, but of course bring your own if that’s your jam. There’s no strict dress code — just come cozy.

A certified MNDFL instructor will guide guests through a step-by-step meditation practice, encouraging everyone to turn their attention inward to detox. These evening classes may improve sleep cycles, and more info about future sessions can be found here.

The library space where MNDFL classes take place, photo by Liz Clayman

The Williamsburg Hotel has a host of other eventful offerings including jazz nights on Thursdays, Sync Yoga, and — of course — Harvey, the hotel’s on-campus bar and restaurant. If you want to grab a bite after your class — and maybe a drink as well — Harvey hosts Mindful Mondays where guests who turn in their phone get a free cocktail. It’s like a sunnier episode of Black Mirror; you’re rewarded for surrendering technology. It’s the perfect way to cap off a meditation session — that is, if you don’t mind a little extra buzz.

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Greenpoint’s Tiniest Building Will House a New Mexican Restaurant

128 Greenpoint Ave
image: via Google Maps

If you’ve ever wondered what’s up with that dwarfishly charming building sitting empty on Greenpoint Avenue for quite some time, the former plumbing store will soon give birth to its new life as a Mexican restaurant, Oxomoco (pronounced oh-shoh-moh-coh). With 30 outdoor seats, they’ll be taking full advantage of the fact that the quirky little building is set back into the street. Chef Justin Bazdarich is at the helm, and his other (Italian) restaurant Speedy Romeo is known for its wood-fired ‘za. So the restaurant will put an emphasis on the fire concept, with two wood-fired ovens reportedly as the restaurant’s centerpiece. Oxomoco is an Aztec deity, goddess of the night, astrology and the calendar. She is also the “first woman,” the Aztec equivalent to Eve. No word on an opening date, but they are hiring—and we predict they’ll be open by summer for outdoor drinking/margarita season! Continue reading

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How to Celebrate Earth Day in North Brooklyn

The verdant pleasures of Transmitter Park await

Last weekend’s warm spell was a tease, and though it hardly feels like spring has settled in, Earth Day is upon us. We celebrate our blue marble this Sunday, April 22, with plenty to do around the nabe to help tidy, decorate, and love our fragile planet. Check out these (free!) events below. Continue reading

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Poke Bowls Come to Greenpoint

via @pokezestbkny

If you like raw fish, salads, and the kind of sweetgreen experience that let’s you pick and choose your ingredients, we have some good news for you: We have our first poke bowl joint in the hood.

Greenpoint is a little late in the fad, and sure it’s probably your run-of-the-mill trendy version of the traditional Hawaiian dish but a new set of friendly faces braving the risks of brick and mortar food small business ownership is welcome over another empty storefront.

Give Poké Zest (629 Manhattan Ave) a shot and tell us what you think.

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Tasty Foodie Benefit Event: Don’t Eat ‘Til Brooklyn (4/12)

Image via Citymeals on Wheels
Image via Citymeals on Wheels

WHAT: DON’T…EAT…’til Brooklyn
WHEN: April 12th, 7pm
WHERE: 307 Kent Ave
TICKETS/INFO: Tix $75, more info here

Non-profit organization Citymeals on Wheels, which helps feed more than eighteen thousand seniors in NYC is hosting a night of food, music and mingling to support their honorable efforts. Tickets are $75 and include drinks and food. Expect food from renowned chefs and food trucks with flavorful bites from The Black Ant, Levain Bakery, Doughnut Plant, Circa, Pop Pasta, La Bella Torte and more. Cocktails and wines will be curated by expert mixologists and sommeliers. The foodie-centric affair will take place in Citymeals’ former warehouse, which overlooks the East River at 307 Kent Avenue.

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Archestratus Hosts a Filling Four Course Dinner of… Salad? (4/13)

Saladish
Image via Archestratus

Let’s face it: North Brooklyn restaurant menus are oversaturated with hearty, heavy, bready, cheesy and meaty comfort foods. Fried chicken sandwiches, burgers, mac n’ cheese, sausages, pizza and hot wings, among many others are all pretty dang delicious but it’s not really possible for most of us to eat them every single night. Especially in the warmer months, it’s nice to have a vegetable-forward yet hearty option for dinner. Enter the “Saladish” meal—a medley of textures and flavors  with ingredients like, “Japanese eggplants, broccoli rabe, shirataki noodles, Bosc pears, and chrysanthemum leaves” wrapped into one extremely satisfying salad-like-but-not-a-salad dish.

Saladish book cover via Amazon
Saladish book cover via Amazon

Archestratus (160 Huron St) is hosting a dinner on April 13th inspired by Chef Ilene Rosen’s new cookbook Saladish. Tickets are $70, and get you a four-course meal from Chef Rosen, a signed copy of the cookbook and a limited edition tote. Menu at the link above and after the jump.

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Weekly Roundup March 28–31: Groupmuse and Rooftops and Egg, Oh My!

A Groupmuse concert from back in November

If you’re gonna be a heathen this Holy Week (happy Easter and Passover to those of you do-gooders), might as well indulge in some of the artistic, culinary, and musical happenings around the neighborhood.

A Classical Williamsburg Eve
Groupmuse | Williamsburg (full address given to attendees only)
Wednesday, March 28 at 7:30

More info, $3 to reserve and $10+ donation to the musicans

Groupmuse — the community-building and stereotype-breaking music series — is coming to Williamsburg this week. Here’s how it works: classical music enthusiasts open up their homes, announce an event on Groupmuse’s website, and then loyal audiences look for upcoming mini-concerts in their nabes. The host for this event will welcome two violinists; if it fills up, you can always search the site for future events (or host one yourself!).

Last Call: Kombrewcha closes National Women’s Month
Egg | 138 North 8th Street
Friday, March 30 from 2–4 PM
More info, $5 ticket(/donation!)

After a month of celebrating boss ladies everywhere, Kombrewcha is closing out National Women’s Month at Egg Shop Williamsburg. Attendees are invited to kick-off the holiday weekend with a free Kombrewcha cocktail or bottle (and a few light bites!) and raise a glass to the power of women. RSVP here.

Karin Campbell’s “Sunnyside”
106 Green Art Gallery | 106 Green Street
Opening Reception on Saturday, March 31 from 6–8 PM
More info, Free

106 Green is pleased to present “Sunnyside,” a solo exhibition of new works by Karin Campbell. The exhibition will be open from March 31–April 29. Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday from 12-5. Karin Campbell’s work exudes an ecstatic painterliness: Energetic brushwork, bright colors, and wild shapes come together in joyful and rambunctious compositions. She draws from the language of cartoons, gestural abstraction, and notebook doodles. The paintings are animated, full of movement, but balance extroverted expression with interior contemplation.

Rooftop Barter
Mothership NYC | 252 Green Street
Saturday, March 31 and Sunday, April 1 from 1–5 PM
More info, Cost? Hmm…

Books with forgotten notes, pots from a drunk purchase, potteries from the Oaxaqueño valleys… Do you have stories behind the things you own? Jue, Mothership’s artist-in-residence, has been contemplating the objects of her life over the past month and will be hosting a rooftop barter this weekend. Like a yard sale, you will find everything from silverware to original artworks. Unlike a yard sale, no monies will be exchanged at this barter.

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Tasty Gig Alert: Greenpointers is Seeking a Food & Drink Editor!

© The Brothers Buoy via The Brew Inn
© The Brothers Buoy via The Brew Inn

Is Paulie Gee your bae and Peter Pan your boo? Does the thought of a new ramen joint in the nabe make your heart flutter? Do you totally know the drill with Acme Smoked Fish and recommend the best place to get pierogis? If you love our local food scene and love to write about food, we’re looking for you!

We’re looking for a Food & Drink Editor to join us! You will be responsible for keeping up with the local food scene and writing snackable food & bev content, managing and writing stories of your own, and assigning stories to contributing writers. In addition to hitting up restaurants and bars often and chatting up restaurant owners and chefs, we have monthly Editors meetings you should be able to attend as well. You must be social media savvy, highly knowledgable about North Brooklyn (you live here!), and have a great personality and fun writing style. You should be comfortable with technology, as you will be working in WordPress and using our content management platform (it’s not hard, and we’ll teach you). If you can photograph food too, that’s MEGA BONUS POINTS!

This position is paid per post written and per post edited.

Apply here or in the form after the jump.
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An R&B Concert + Dinner Pairing at Le Fanfare 3/28

The Wild Honey Pie Presents A Dinner Party with Ang Low
Le Fanfare | 1103 Manhattan Ave
Wed, March 28 | 7pm–10pm
Tickets ($50) and more info here

We’ve written about Greenpoint-based The Wild Honey Pie before—in addition to putting on larger events, they’ve been hosting intimate, musically-themed dinner parties all around the neighborhood for the past year. You can expect delicious food, communal seating, and the main musical act timed out to go with your dessert and post-dinner bevs. The ticket includes dinner, complimentary beer (the full bar will be open, but that’s not included in the ticket price). Brooklyn musical artist Ang Low will be performing at this dinner; he is known for combining smooth R&B vocal stylings with emotional electronic rhythms.
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