Eat & Drink

Avila: A Delicious Venezuelan Newcomer

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Just when you thought that Greenpoint eating could not get any more exotic and there was no room left for another local ethnic place, along comes a great Venezuelan place called Avila (685 Manhattan Avenue) that is causing a stir amongst local foodies.

The two Venezuelan Arellano brothers, Allan and Frank, started the place just a few months ago. Greenpoint is now a very competitive market for a new restaurant, but they seem to have a growing following. Avila has a modest décor, but the food is so good it doesn’t need a splendid ambience. Continue reading

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Where To Watch The Debate In North Brooklyn Tonight!

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Whichever candidate you’re voting for or voting against, or even if you’re one of those jerks abstaining in protest, the presidential debates this year should make for some damn good trainwreck TV. ::gets popcorn::

The debate will start at 9pm and is slated to last 90 minutes, commercial-free. Next week there will be a vice presidential debate on October 4, and then two more presidential debates on October 9 and October 19.

Here’s a roundup of where you can watch the debates tonight in North Brooklyn.

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Maman Brings Le Brunch to Their Kent Street Spot

Image: Julia Moak
Image: Julia Moak

At the beginning of the summer, Greenpoint received its very own location of Manhattan’s French bakery & café du jour, Maman (80 Kent Street). It has quickly become a great place to pick up some pastries or a light sandwich, or possibly an ice cream sandwich when it was hot out. What has been missing is the heartier brunch fare found at their other locations. Similar to their current offerings, Maman’s brunch has something for everyone; there is healthy fare alongside the decidedly decadent with a few exclusive items for each location. And that part of the equation begins tomorrow when our Maman begins offering brunch in their beautiful upstairs space! Like the downstairs, the second level is all very Provençal-chic with rustic light-painted wood, hanging plants, and a fake fireplace opposite a floral black-and-white wall. Continue reading

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The History of the Greenpoint Growler

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Many Greenpoint beer afficianados these days do not drink cans or bottles of beer. In places like Beer Street (413 Graham Avenue), One Stop Beer Shop (134 Kingsland Avenue) and Brouwerij Lane (78 Greenpoint Avenue), drinkers quaff growlers of beer, but the growler is nothing new in Greenpoint. It has a long local history.

There is no clear idea of where the term growler comes from. A growler has been defined as:

Growler: A pitcher or other vessel for beer, 1885, American English, of uncertain origin; apparently an agent noun from growl (v.)

In early days the expression “work the growler” meant go on a spree. An article from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle in the 1880s describing the gang-infested Greenpoint area between Ash and Eagle Streets known as Dangertown (gotta love the name) reported that the local gangs robbed people to get money for the sole purpose of “working the growler.” Continue reading

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Everyone Came Out for the 7th Annual TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint!!

Image: Julia Moak
Image: Julia Moak

This past Sunday afternoon, the 7th annual TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint fed the masses in East River State Park. Over 40 of North Brooklyn’s restaurants, bars, breweries, and wineries came out to celebrate our community and have some fun on the late summer day with a little live music and games. A number of restaurants from our neck of the woods came out for the block party including Anella, Café Grumpy, Greenpoint Beer & Ale, Hail Mary, Le Gamin, and our latest hotspot 21 Greenpoint all made appearances.  The Greenpointers crew stopped by to check out the scene and taste all the things! Continue reading

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Greenpoint Oysters: An Old Local Tradition Revived

It seems that Greenpoint is in the midst of an oyster invasion. The Bounty (131 Greenpoint Ave.) and other places now offer dollar oysters during happy hours. Northern Territory (12 Franklin St.) hosted an Oysterfest about a week ago. And The Brooklyn Barge (3 Milton St.) and Transmitter Pier is home to the Billion Oyster Project in the East River. But actually oysters are nothing new to New York or Greeenpoint. If you want the best history of this tasty mollusk read Mark Kurlansky’s book The Big Oyster. It seems before we polluted our New York waterways there were massive oyster beds. In 1860, 12 million oysters were sold in New York markets; by 1880, our oyster beds were producing a mind boggling 700 million mollusks a year!

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Georgian Cheeseboats Sail into Williamsburg

Cheeseboat brings Contemporary Georgian cooking to Williamsburg.
Cheeseboat brings Contemporary Georgian cooking to Williamsburg.

Walking into Cheeseboat, the new family-run Georgian restaurant at 80 Berry Street in Williamsburg, my aesthete’s heart is overjoyed.  I am immediately put at ease by the soft, romantic lighting. The boldly-patterned table coverings are ornamented with tea lights that provide a lovely glow. A stunning piece of woodwork surrounds a table tucked into the wall, reminiscent of a hobbit hole and designed by the incredibly talented Charlie Baker of Baker Structures.  We are warmly greeted by Shako, one of the family members who will be our server for the evening.  I ordered the house red, which is a surprisingly good Malbec bursting with fruit.  We start our meal with the vegetarian dip trio, which includes a smoky eggplant paste, a spinach and herb pesto, and a chargrilled onion hummus served with delicious bread.  We enjoy our dips but are anxious to move onto the star of the show– the cheeseboat. Continue reading

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Brooklyn Bazaar’s Restaurant Brooklyn Star is Having a Tasting Party with Free Food and Everyone’s Invited (Wed, 9/21)

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Did you know that the recently opened Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave) has a full time restaurant? The Brooklyn Star is open every Tuesday through Sunday and is inviting friends and neighbors for a tasting party this Wednesday, Wed Sept 21, from 6pm – 9pm.

Complimentary food will be served from the full restaurant menu.
Come enjoy Fried Chicken, Jalapeno Mac N’ Cheese, Ham Hock Collard Greens, Chili Frito Pie, Corn Dogs & More!

Be sure to RSVP and check it out!

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Endless Summer: The Search for the Perfect Frozen Cocktail

Does the end of summer have you feeling blue? Unfeel all your feels and keep that summer vibe going with these tasty frozen cocktails served long after your tan fades.

Frozen White Sangria - Northern Territory
Frozen White Sangria – Northern Territory

Northern Territory
12 Franklin St., Greenpoint

Frozen White Sangria $12
Enjoy this frozen White Sangria with a killer view of Manhattan from this north Brooklyn rooftop. Additional frozen cocktails on rotation.

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Greenpoint Is Your Oyster: Best Oyster Happy Hour Deals

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It’s that lovely time of year when it stops being deathmetal-hot, but it’s still warm enough to enjoy a cold glass of rose or white wine and some delicious oysters as a pre-dinner aperitif. Here’s where we found the best oyster happy hours in Greenpoint! Shuck ’em up! Continue reading

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