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Pierogi Roundup: A Guide to Greenpoint’s Best Polish Dumplings

While Greenpoint is still a bastion of Polish food, community, and culture, there was a time when pierogi purveyors were more ubiquitous than banks and drug stores, longtime neighborhood resident Richard Humann recalls. In the 1980s, the large population of single Polish men working for the American dollar made for a pierogi paradise, with bare-bones cafeterias selling the dumplings for cents at seemingly every street corner. The combination of gentrification and more opportunities to make money following the fall of communism led to the departure of many of the Polish men and the resultant closure of many pierogi vendors.

In 2018, there’s still cause for indecision when picking a pierogi spot in Greenpoint, even if the dumplings today are a bit pricier and a bit more infrequent. Below, a guide to the best local pierogis.

Christina’s (853 Manhattan Ave.)

Christina’s pierogis with mushroom gravy

Opened by Krakow native and restaurant namesake Krystyna Dura in 1993, Christina’s is known for its no-frills food in a charming, but tacky diner-like space. The table service is speedy and the plates will reliably fill you up faster than you think. Sour cream will cost you 50 cents extra.

Karczma(136 Greenpoint Ave.)

 

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While the pierogi options at Karczma are limited, what they do have delivers. The waitresses are all dressed in traditional outfits or school uniforms and the restaurant itself feels from another era. The borscht bread bowl isn’t for the faint of heart, but it’s worth a second trip back to experience it.

Krajan Polskie Deli (160 Nassau Ave.)

The pierogi here qualify more for their price and location than quality, although they’re certainly tasty too. In the back of Krajan, a Polish bodega of sorts, fridges sit full of soup, milk, meat and boxes of pierogi, $8.99 for 12, meat or cheese. Nab some cow caramels on your way out: a medium-sized bag filled with them will run you just $2.99.

Krolewskie Jadlo(694 Manhattan Ave.)

 

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Commonly known as some variation of “The Knights” due to the armored figures guarding its entrance and the hard to pronounce name, Krolewskie Jadlo is a neighborhood landmark. It earned this status not only through its memorable front but also its authentic atmosphere, hearty food, and warm environment.

Polka Dot(726 Manhattan Ave.)

 

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The name and homey but chic decor make Polka Dot seem a bit out of place with the neighborhood’s food scene at first glance. A look at the prices and offerings will show you otherwise. If you’ve got room post pierogi, try the zucchini pancakes – like a lighter latka.

Pyza(118 Nassau Ave.)


This cafeteria-style eatery hasn’t been updated in decades, prices included. The atmosphere alone is worth a visit. Don’t get too comfortable while you wait for your order – it’ll be called out in Polish when its ready for pickup at the counter.

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This Weekend’s To-Do List: Greenpointers Market, Oddities Flea, Wellness Fair + Smorgasburg Night Market! (11/30-12/2)

Greenpointers Samhain Fall Market

This weekend Greenpoint has a plethora of local popup shopping destinations to pickup a gift for that special someone for the holiday season. Whether you’re looking for the perfect hand-spun gift, organic cotton children’s clothes, obscure home decor, rare teas, or group acupuncture you’re in luck!

Greenpointers Polar Vortex Holiday Market
Sunday, Dec. 2 | 1-7 p.m.
67 West Street, 5th Floor
FREE, dog-friendly, More info

Enter our immersive winterscape inside the cozy Greenpoint Loft (67 West St) that will be donned with an ice castle, snow, snowmen and polar bears, thanks to designs by scenic artist extraordinaire Art of Mano. 60+ talented makers & crafters will have beautiful creations ready for sale and there will be no shortage of FREE things to do throughout the day! RSVP on Facebook and stay updated!

While live music is performed by local bands Pink Slater and Love Always, enjoy festive cocktails and mocktails at our bar stocked with Mulled Wine made with BABE “Winter is the Worst” red wine and Woodward Extract’s Spices and refreshing locally Crafted Beer by Greenpoint Beer & Ale.

Holiday Oddities Flea Market

Oddities Flea Market
Saturday, Dec. 1 – Sunday, Dec 2 | 12 p.m.-6 p.m. (10 a.m. entry for VIP ticket holders)
150 Greenpoint Ave. (Brooklyn Bazaar)
$10 entry at the door and tickets for Saturday and Sunday, Children under 10 are free, More info

Feast your eyes on medical history ephemera, anatomical curiosities, natural history items, osteological specimens, taxidermy, obscure home decor, jewelry, one of a kind dark art, and more. Inside, you will find three floors of unusual vendors from across the country, hand-picked by curator Ryan Matthew Cohn.

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The Greenpoint Palaces’ Rebirth and Revitalization

The bar at Greenpoint Palace (206 Nassau Ave)

When Greenpointers hear the word ‘change’ lately, they shudder. Many of the recent changes affecting local institutions have not been positive. Beloved stores have closed, landmarks have been demolished and gentrification has bred a slew of unwelcomed transitions. Did I even mention Amazon?

Right in time for the holiday season we have some good news: The Palace (206 Nassau Ave), formerly Goodmans, the iconic Greenpoint bar on the corner of Nassau Avenue and Russel Street, just opposite McGolrick Park, is not only going to re-open on Nov. 30, but it’s going to feature a number of improvements.

At the end of the summer of 2016, I filed a story for Greenpointers entitled “The Sad End of The Palace Café” and I was also present for the final session on September 3rd of that year. Continue reading

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Brooklyn Whiskey & Spirits Fest Comes to Greenpoint! Get $30 Off! (Sat, 12/1)

Try over 100 Styles of Whiskey and Craft Spirits this Saturday, December 1, 2018 at the Brooklyn Whiskey Fest right here in the Brooklyn Expo Center (72 Noble St)!

Greenpointers get a super duper special discount of $30 OFF. From American Kentucky bourbons to Japanese Whiskies, get to know more about whiskies directly from the experts for an ultimate tour of whiskey. And if whiskey isn’t your drink of choice, there will also be a variety of spirits like Mexican Tequila, Russian Vodka and more! Plus visitors will enjoy plenty of entertainment including live music, interactive games, amazing vendors & food for purchase.

Two great sessions to choose from don’t miss out on the biggest Whiskey Festival in Greenpoint!
Session 1: 2-5pm
Session 2: 6:30-9:30pm

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Forecast Calls for Snow Flurries of Fun at Our Polar Vortex Holiday Market (Sun, 12/2)!

Holiday Market 2016

Holiday lights are strewn up on Manhattan, and the first snow has landed — what could come next besides Greenpointers Polar Vortex Holiday Market?!

This Sunday, December 2nd from 1–7 PM, enter our immersive Winterscape inside the cozy Greenpoint Loft (67 West St) that will be donned with an ice castle, snow, snowmen and polar bears thanks to designs by scenic artist extraordinaire Art of Mano60+ talented makers & crafters will have beautiful creations ready for sale and there will be no shortage of FREE things to do throughout the day! RSVP on Facebook and stay updated!

Nail Art Holiday Market 2016

While live music is performed by local bands Pink Slater and Love Always, enjoy festive cocktails and mocktails at our bar stocked with Mulled Wine made with BABE “Winter is the Worst” red wine and Woodward Extract’s Spices and refreshing locally Crafted Beer by Greenpoint Beer & Ale.

The upstairs mezzanine leads out to the roof deck with views of the East River and Manhattan skyline as well as a number of FREE fun activities including: Continue reading

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NYC Polystyrene Ban to Begin January 1st

Starting on Jan. 1, 2019 New York City businesses and restaurants will be restricted from selling and using polystyrene foam products such as cups, bowls and packing peanuts.

Banned Items:

Polystyrene foam single-service items including cups, bowls, plates, take-out containers, and trays.
Polystyrene loose fill packaging, commonly known as packing peanuts.

Exceptions:

Expanded polystyrene containers used for prepackaged food that have been filled and sealed prior to receipt by the food service establishment, mobile food commissary, or store.
Expanded polystyrene containers used to store raw meat, pork, fish, seafood or poultry sold from a butcher case or similar retail appliance.

Councilmember Stephen Levin posted a reminder of the ban to take effect this winter.

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New French Bistro Citroën Tantalizes With 1920s Inspired Aesthetics

Citroën, Greenpoint’s newest restaurant opening Saturday (11/24) at 931 Manhattan Ave.

Get ready, Manhattan Avenue: another liquor license has been approved.

And that license is in good hands — Citroën, the new French bistro at 931 Manhattan Ave. with market-fresh ingredients, has been tantalizing Greenpointers with its unique cocktails on Instagram and leaving those in fear of political discussions around the Thanksgiving table wishing they were saddled up at the new restaurant’s custom-made bar.

In fact, much of the decor, chairs, and tables in Citroën — like the menu — is custom-made. That’s because long-time Brooklynite and kingpin of repurposed goods Craig Kafton is behind these nifty operations. Kafton created a similar experience at Williamsburg’s beloved but now closed Second Stop Café — notice the detail in Citroën’s recycled columns and bespoke tables — including a restored one made from Rosie Perez’ door in her old Brooklyn home.

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Join Us at Northern Territory’s Hibernation Party This Saturday (11/17)

Northern Territory (12 Franklin St.)
If you haven’t heard the news, the lovely people at Northern Territory (12 Franklin St.) are hibernating for the winter and the venue will close for the season after this Saturday before reopening in Spring 2019 for its final year at the current location.
Come and say goodbye in person to the Northern Territory crew at their Winter Hibernation Party this Saturday, Nov. 17, from 4 p.m. – closeGreenpointers will be guest bartending with pumpkin spice hot mulled apple cider, a favorite from our Samhain Fall Market.
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Emo Legends Stick to New Songs, Not Crowd Pleasers

 

Saves The Day playing in front of a packed Warsaw crowd in Greenpoint on Wednesday, Nov. 14th. Photo by Peter Kirchhausen

There is absolutely nothing wrong with a nostalgia-soaked night of music, and on Wednesday night at Warsaw (261 Driggs Ave.), Saves the Day was exactly that. But although it pains me to write, the nostalgia seems to be wearing thin.

It was an early 2000’s North East emo basement scene recreated nearly 20 years later in North Brooklyn, in front of all those 17-year-olds who are now nearing their 40s. Although the band on stage at Warsaw still features emo-rock legend vocalist Chris Conley, most of the other members- a literal revolving door with over 20 different people over the years- are mostly all new. The previous dozen plus band members chose to bow out years ago when it just stopped being fun, countless years before the creation of the newly released ninth studio album which dropped earlier this November.

Conley wearing a dark tinted sunglass inside Warsaw on Wednesday night. Photo by Peter Kirchhausen

Three or four times during the 90 minute set, there were sparks from the fan favorites that put the band on the national map, such as the opener “At Your Funeral,”  “Freakish,” or “Holly Hox.” For the remainder of the setlist, the audience was starved of what they paid to hear- the early catalog- and for a Wednesday night, the packed crowd was not willing to fake it. Conley has every right to create a set list which he prefers, relying on either newer or older songs, but musicians can read audiences very quickly and Conley knows what is going on. The audience stood idle in for large chunks of time while newer songs were performed and it appeared tough for the other bandmates to fake the energy on stage. Conley was often stationary in the center and putting out low energy all night, something I previously have not seen out of him during more recent live performances. Continue reading

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Greenpoint’s Only Michelin Star Awarded to Oxomoco

The bar at Oxomoco (courtesy of Oxomoco)

Greenpoint has been without a Michelin starred restaurant ever since Daniel Burns’ Luksus, the former Nordic tasting menu at the Danish bar Tørst (615 Manhattan Ave.), departed in December 2017.

Now, the neighborhood has a new ‘star’: Greenpoint’s wood-fired taco destination, Oxomoco (128 Greenpoint Ave.), was awarded one Michelin star yesterday after opening less than six months ago in June 2018.

 

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#repost @bazdarich ⚡️🔮⭐️ Almost two years ago @c__dub__ and I found this space to open a wood fired Mexican Restaurant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Today we earned a Michelin Star! So proud of my team especially Chef @conroy_matt for holding it down everyday, and for Chef @kaelinulrich with his opening consultancy! Sincere thanks as well to our GM Gabby, AGM Jenniffer, Olivia and Chefs Kevin and Rob in the kitchen and everyone else! Huge heartfelt thanks to my parents for all the support over the years and especially my Wife @gabrielle_meow_ for taking care of our sweet boy born the day before we opened! Super thanks as well to my partner CW! Couldn’t have done it with out all your hard work! Love you brother! ⭐️ #onwardandupward #bettertomorrowthanitwastoday

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