Eat & Drink

TASTE Williamsburg/Greenpoint Now On Sale!

TASTE is back for its 10th anniversary! The TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint Festival will take place on Sunday, September 15 from 1–4 PM at East River State Park (90 Kent Ave) in Williamsburg.

TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint is a celebration of North Brooklyn’s local flavor, benefitting the Firehouse North Brooklyn Community Center. Now in its 10th year (!), the block party style tasting event will return to the scenic Williamsburg waterfront, bringing the neighborhood’s top restaurants, bars and independent merchants together with over 2,000 attendees to eat and drink for a great cause.

Confirmed restaurant and bar participants to date include Tacocina, Leuca, Barano, Lighthouse, Zona Rosa, Baba’s Pierogies and more, with more to be announced in the coming weeks.

Ticket sales will begin today via Eventbrite, here. Early bird tickets will start at $50 for general admission (8 food ‘tastes’ and all you can drink beverages), and VIP tickets start at $100 for all you can eat and drink, with early access to the event, and a gifting lounge with seating.

Proceeds from the event will once again go to benefit the Firehouse North Brooklyn Community Center, located in the former Engine 212 Firehouse at 134 Wythe Avenue, which is working to re-open as a crucial hub for the local community. After several years of successful fundraising towards the $2.8M goal, the project is nearly fully funded, with just $250,000 to go, and entering into the construction phase. Eat up while supporting a good cause!

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Greenpoint Retail Round-Up: New Ice Cream Shop, Barley Rebrand and More

The Royal (1025 Manhattan Ave) rebranded from Barley.

The ever-changing Greenpoint retail and restaurant landscape has experienced a number of openings in recent weeks, here’s a round-up.

 

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Starting at the north end of Manhattan Ave., the restaurant formerly known as Barley (1025 Manhattan Ave), and recently before that Whiskey Burger, closed briefly in July and relaunched as the The Royal. For fans of the fomer incarnations of the restaurant, there are few changes to the new menu, and yes, the burger is still available.

Lockwood (98 Greenpoint Ave)

At 98 Greenpoint Avenue, the awning was installed on Thursday for the forthcoming expansion of the Queens-based lifestyle store Lockwood, which is scheduled for a Septermber opening, according to owner Mackenzi Farquer who spoke with Greenpointers about the expansion. Continue reading

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Bakery Rzeszowska Closes After 34 Years

Bakery Rzesowska is closed after more than three decades in Greenpoint.

Bakery Rzeszowska (948 Manhattan Ave.) has closed after 34 years on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint. The Polish bakery was a go to for makowiec, freshly baked bread and authentic pączki near the Greenpoint Avenue subway for decades. A note posted on the front of the bakery’s building on Thursday gives thanks to their customers: Continue reading

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Madre, The Franklin Guesthouse’s New Restaurant, is Now Open

Madre on Franklin Street is now open; all photos by Ashley Sears Photography.

The Franklin Guesthouse has been motherless for years, but at long last Madre has arrived.

Serving a curated menu that veers toward comfort food and offering a homey-chic ambiance germane to birthday dinners and happy hours alike, Madre indeed evokes a maternal vibe at 214 Franklin Street. But don’t let the name confuse you: Madre is neither a Mexican restaurant nor a tapas bar. Instead, it serves a delectable medley of new-American cuisine with plenty of punch in its dozen or so dishes. Come for the dollar oysters, stay for everything else.

The ribeye cap is a menu highlight.

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North 3rd Street Market will host Summer Block Party on July 13

 

North 3rd Street Market, an indoor food hall located in the heart of Williamsburg, is hosting a free Summer Block Party on Saturday, July 13th from 12–4 PM to celebrate our vibrant community neighbors, five just-added vendors, and the season! Festivities at 103 North 3rd Street are open to the public.

Guests and neighbors can expect:

  • Arcade games (skeeball, pop-shot, etc)

  • Live DJ sets

  • Kid-friendly activities like face painting and temporary tattoo artists

  • Food and drink from tons of vendors: Baba’s Pierogis (whimsical Polish specialties), Brooklyn Shave Ice (colorful and nostalgic shaved ice desserts), Bun (Vietnamese-style salads and sandwiches), Champion Coffee (a mainstay for over a decade), Chuko (Japanese for “vintage,” this is a classic ramen bistro), Di Farra Pizza (a family-owned business since 1965), Diggy’s Dogs (hot dogs with DIY toppings), East Wind Snack Shop (serving traditional Chinese specialties), Gracie Baked (an experimental bakery), Greenberg’s Bagels (named after the first Jewish player in the MLB!), JaJaJa (serving south-of-the-border cuisine with a Brooklyn flair), Kalamaki (Greek cuisine), Lobster Joint (a Greenpoint gem), Sweet Road Bevs (health-focused juices), Tap NYC (authentic Brazilian crepes), The Little Red Planet (children’s designs), VISH (a hummus bar).

  • Musical performance by Ari the Singalong Guy 

  • Ballon Twisting by Twist Entertainment 

  • Face painting by The Paint Fairy

  • Music by Jimmy Da Gent 

  • An opportunity to connect, eat, and play with neighborhood locals!

Free tickets can be reserved via Eventbrite here. For more information, visit the organization’s Instagram here!

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Maison Premiere and Sauvage File for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

Sauvage in Greenpoint

The restaurant group behind popular restaurants Maison Premiere (298 Bedford Ave.) and Sauvage (905 Lorimer St.) have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, Eater NY reports.

Maison Premiere in Williamsburg

Owners Joshua Boissy and Krystof Zizka opened Maison Premiere in 2011 and Sauvage in 2016 and told Eater that both restaurants will stay open  for business as usual despite racking up approximately $5.2 million in debt Continue reading

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Japanese Backyard Grill “Yaki Tiki” Launches at A/D/O

Yaki Tiki, a new edition to the A/D/O (29 Norman Ave.) outdoor space launched two weeks ago and merges Japanese yakitori-style cuisine and tiki drinks.

The outdoor grill

Yaki Tiki is a partnership between the Sunday in Brooklyn hospitality team (Todd Enany, Adam Landsman, Exec Chef Jaime Young, and bar director Brian Evans), as well as JT Vuong and George Padilla (formerly of Okonomi and YUJI Ramen).

We stopped by last weekend to try some yakitori skewers and boozy popsicles; everything we sampled was delicious, check out the pictures:

Maitake w sansho lime; shishito w nori, lemon; potato salad

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Find Local Summer Flavors in Greenpoint

The weather’s warmed up, the sun’s come out, and we’re out here taking full advantage! Local Greenpoint businesses have you covered with refreshing summer drinks and seasonal specials. Next time you’re looking for a place to chill with your friends, try out one of these spots and get an extra 10% off, up to 30% total, when you pay with the Cinch app and use code SUMMER! June 7-14 only.

Try a New Summer Drink

In the mood for a sour beer? Spritzenhaus has got one on tap. If sours aren’t your thing, try one of the other 24 beers on tap at this expansive beer garden. If you can’t find an awesome new beer to love with that many options, well, we don’t know what to tell you. Try a cocktail instead?

Spritzenhaus Greenpoint taps

If you’re a fan of canned cocktails, Duke’s Liquor Box has an intriguing new option to check out. The Long Drink is a Finnish tradition dating back to 1952; its refreshing citrus taste and liquor kick make it great for summertime parties.

Duke’s Liquor Box “Long Drink”

Take Your Taste Buds on Vacation

If you live in Greenpoint, you’re probably very familiar with Polish food. If you haven’t tried it yet (or even if you have), check out Polka Dot Cafe or Krolewskie Jadlo for modern takes on traditional Polish and eastern European comfort foods. Polka Dot Cafe is a casual, counter-service spot while Krolewskie Jadlo is a sit-down restaurant appropriate for a first date.

Polka Dot Cafe Polish donut

Brooklyn Label is known for their American classics and brunch, but they recently ventured into French territory with a beef bourguignon dinner special. Visit during happy hour for 2-for-1 margaritas and whiskey sours!

 


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Wrap Party for Greenpoint Open Studios Tonight! (June 9th)

Wow! What an awesome weekend it’s been. Come celebrate the wrap of 2019’s Greenpoint Open Studios at One Bedford, located on the wedge of land between Nassau and Bedford in Greenpoint. We will be spinning records, projecting artwork by GOS participants, and serving fresh watermelon soju cocktails. Registered Greenpoint Open Studios 2019 artists get one FREE drink! See you tonight!

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Everything You Need for Summer in Greenpoint

We’re hurtling into summer fast! Are you prepared? Hydrated? Ready to bust out your straw hats and sunscreen? Don’t let the heat and humidity beat you down. Cinch has a little something for you to kick off the season: an extra 10% off, for up to 30% total, at local Greenpoint shops and restaurants with code SUMMER from June 7-14.

Shop local with Cinch and play a part in keeping Greenpoint alive and vibrant!

Bring Nature Indoors

Soft Opening Brooklyn

Isn’t it nice to look at all the greenery outdoors? Don’t you want to bring some of that green inside? Houseplants help refresh the air and boost your mood, and you don’t need to be a gardening savant to care for the right one. Visit Soft Opening and talk to the owner to get the perfect plant for any light conditions.

If you’re in the mood for a different kind of nature, take a peek inside Antidote Apothecary and Tea Bar. Specializing in medicinal herbs, tinctures, oils, and other types of traditional, holistic remedies, this is the place to go for spiritual and physical healing.

Antidote Apothecary and Teabar

Cool Off in an Indie Cinema

Stuart Cinema and Cafe shows an eclectic selection of classic movies, documentaries, and recent movies. If the movies don’t interest you, they also have Super Smash Bros tournaments on the big screen!

Give Your Hair a Summer Chop

Cut, color, and blowouts for all hair textures, lengths, and styles are what you get at Hairenomics Mane Bar, a salon owned by celebrity hairstylist Tamara Laureus. Get your hair off your neck with a trendy short cut for summer, or just give your mane a refresh with a blowout. You can also get your lashes, brows, or makeup done!

Hairenomics Mane Bar

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