Grand Street Restaurant Week is back and starts TODAY (Monday, February 18)! Through Sunday, March 3rd, diners can enjoy discounted prix fixe menus with special offerings at 15 Grand Street restaurants!
Long-time neighborhood favorites like Desy’s Clam Bar as well as neighborhood newcomers like Thompson Brooke are participating as well as local favorites including Le Barricou, AmmazzaCaffe, and Forcella. Two-course lunch offerings start at $10 and three-course dinner offerings are all less than $35 per person. For a full list of participating restaurants and their menus, visit grandstreetrestaurantweek.com. Continue reading →
His first day in Brooklyn, Joon Yoon was baptized in true New York City fashion—with bird poop. While others would consider this an ill omen, Joon saw his unexpected baptism as a harbinger of success. “Some people say it is good luck if you get pooped on,” he explained matter-of-factly over email.
His optimism was warranted. More than two decades since his 1997 arrival in New York from South Korea, Yoon—along with his brother, Jun Yoon—now manages a small green-grocery empire. The brothers own 11 stores (including two in Greenpoint), all of which are a gentlemanly variation on the original store’s name, Mr. Kiwi at 957 Broadway in Brooklyn. They have even expanded into Queens, opening Mr. Avo this year in Long Island City.
Although now bonafide American entrepreneurs, the Yoons originally lived in a provincial capital of middling size in South Korea. Rootless and with financial difficulties, they moved to the U.S. in the late 1990s, knowing no one in the New York area. When Joon first arrived at age 23, he began working in grocery stores from the Bronx to Queens at an exhausting pace—seven days a week at 14 to 18 hours a day.
In 2006, he was faced with a choice. The Woodside grocery he worked at was closing, soon leaving him without work. Joon and his family decided to take a leap and open Mr. Kiwi, the idiosyncratic name chosen spontaneously during a road trip. In the beginning, it was hard to gain traction. “They didn’t come with a lot of money or anything… When you don’t have money, there is no one who will give you money. So, they had to start with very little product in the store. Literally, maybe a one-item-per-shelf situation,” explained Jae Lim, their office manager, over the phone.
The brother-and-father team operated the store 24 hours a day, working in shifts. Junseok Yoon, their cousin, came soon after and became an integral part of the operation. Customers appreciated the cheap produce—sourced from Hunts Point Market—and generous portions from their juice bar, detailed Lim.
13 years later, one store became 11. And Mr. Kiwi was joined by Mr. Coco, Mr. Piña, Mr. Melon, Mr. Lime, Mr. Berry, Mr. Mango, Mr. Lemon, Mr. Plum, and Mr. Avo. The Yoon family has even recently opened a salad bar in Bushwick.Continue reading →
Prepare to fall in love!The Greenpointers Vintage Rose Valentine’s Market is happening THIS Sunday, February 10 from 1-7pm at The Greenpoint Loft (67 West Street), and there’s going to be plenty of fun things to do including getting TWO FREE drinks courtesy of Cinch! Be transported to a simpler time (before swiping right) with 60+ vendors, live music, locally made refreshments, and FREE activities for (literally) everyone including henna tattoos, nail art, poetry, flower crown making, dream catcher workshops, 3D avatar creation, and more~ Whether you need a gift to sweep that special someone off their feet or just want to get your DIY on, mark this on your calendar and don’t miss it! Free to enter! RSVP HERE!
# Zaitoun: A Conversation with Yasmin Khan and Kerry Diamond @ MOFAD (62 Bayard St.), 6:30pm, $35, Olives, peace and Palestinian cooking. Book signing and small bites to follow, Buy Tix ♫ Limited Resources 26 @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St.), 9pm, $10 donation, Monthly experimental series, More Info ☺ “Hey” Comedy Show @ The Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Ave.), 9pm, FREE, More Info ♫ DatKat ◡ Lostcat ◡ Lilei ◡ xxx1990 @ Jupiter Disco (1237 Flushing Ave.), 10pm, FREE, More Info
♦ Line & Label x Moon Void Tarot Card Readings! @ Line and Label (568 Manhattan Ave.), 4pm, FREE, More Info ♦ RISO PRINTING WORKSHOP @ A/D/O (29 Norman Ave.) 6:30pm, $85, make custom prints using A/D/O’s in-house Risograph printer. Buy Tix # Dinner with Sohui Kim of Korean Home Cooking @ Archestratus (160 Huron St.), 7pm, $50, Brooklyn restaurateur Sohui Kim of The Good Fork and Insa is cooking up a large Korean famliy style meal from her new cookbook KOREAN HOME COOKING: Classic and Modern Recipes, Buy Tix ♦ Triskelion Arts Presents: Mei Yamanaka @ Triskelion (106 Calyer St.), 8pm, $18, an evening of dance, Buy TixContinue reading →
The time to sip libations when we’re thirstay is almost upon us because THIS SUNDAY (Feb 10, 1-7PM ) at our Vintage Rose Valentine’s Market, our bar will be stocked with cold refreshing drinks to start your week and hot mulled wine to warm you up. We want every Greenpointer to join us in clinking to this year’s celebration of love and the neighborhood. And you have no excuse because you can have TWO FREE drinks courtesy of Cinch! So grab your boo, Galentine, neighbor, buddy, or just treat yourself 2x to a boozy cozy Sunday as you shop from our 60+ vendors, enjoy roof deck views of the Manhattan skyline, listen to live music, and enjoy any of our FREE fun activities inside the beautiful Greenpoint Loft (67 West St).
The deets: Download the Cinch app via this link and use code GP10. You will get a Greenpointers Two Free Drink Reward in your Cinch Wallet, which you can claim at the bar this Sunday (2/10)! Code can be used on Sunday only at the Greenpointers bar.
GPBA’s new location will have an increased brewing capacity with a 20 barrel system compared to the former 5 barrel system, and they plan to experiment with new brews like blonde lagers in addition to their classic IPA offerings. “Think in terms of a batch of beer, when your grandma made a big batch of spaghetti she made a gallon of sauce at a time, now we’re going to make four gallons of sauce at a time.,” owner Ed Raven said.
“We want to provide beer for the local community, to drink fresh beer, which was an issue for us before when we didn’t have enough beer to make to go around,” Raven said. “Now well be able to fulfill the demand of the local community, but we should be able to take this out regionally around New York state.” Continue reading →
One of the most beloved local restaurants in Greenpoint, Enid’s (560 Manhattan Ave.), announced today that they will close on March 31st of this year. The neighborhood bar and restaurant originally opened in 1999 and quickly became a popular brunch and drinking spot. In a note posted on Instagram the business said they hope to say goodbye in person to their many supportive customers over the next two months:
We hope that you’ll celebrate these next two months.
“Dance” all night on Friday
Have some mimosas (and so many glasses of orange juice that we can’t even believe it) at brunch on Saturday
Do something illegal with the barback in the bathroom that night
Drink too many frozen Harrisons
the next day (Sunday)
While eating pancakes, bacon and bloody marys marvel at how different enids brunch is from club enids
During the week, come in for lunch (before work) or happy hour (after work) and tell us all about it
Have a kid (better change the laws of biology quick) & bring them in for their first lemon slice
Teach them how to talk and saw “I lover those enids pickles” or “I’ll have two beers” (actually happened)
Make an apple pie (great again)
Cut some snowflakes for the dining room shaped snow globe
The pop-up dining series Rekwēəm by chef Allyx Michele made its debut this week at the Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave) in a private dinner with an inventive 5-course tasting menu focused on seasonal ingredients.
There are three more Rekwēəm dinners planned for Jan. 29th, and Feb 12th and 26th. All dinners are BYOB and look-out for more dates in the future. This edition focuses on the sense of touch and contrasting textures of the dishes.
Chef Allyx Michele plans to make slight adjustments as the series progresses and the menu will change seasonally with the availability of fresh ingredients.
The meal begins and ends with citrus-accented dishes, and on the way to the irresistible deconstructed blood orange tart dessert, the Rekwēəm dinner delights with savory and soft pasta with crispy prosciutto and mushroom crusted seabass in a savory vegetable broth.
Starting with the salad, you won’t miss green lettuce as the crunchy chicory leaves are the perfect complement to the contrasting savory walnuts and sweet citrus. Check out the photos for more:
The changes on and around Manhattan Avenue for shopping and dining continue with recent openings and closings.
As announced on their Instagram, streetwear outlet and skateshop Coat of Arms (674 Manhattan Avenue) is closing after this Sunday, Jan. 20. The business originally opened in the Lower East Side in 2006 and relocated to its current Greenpoint location in 2014.
COA owner Aaron Hansen is preparing to move out west to sunny California and the lease is up at the Manhattan Avenue building, he’s also getting married in the spring and is ready for the next chapter. “Right now there is no plan to open a new location in CA but never say never,” Hansen said. He was also planning on keeping COA open through Sunday with the ongoing clearance sale, but the store’s stock is nearly sold out and the winter weather might impact foot traffic this weekend. “We’re almost sold out of everything, it’s looking pretty lonely in here now. Depending on today’s foot traffic and looking at the weather I think we may close Saturday night since Sunday looks pretty nasty,” Hansen said. Stop in on Saturday and wish him farewell.
Just a few steps off of Manhattan Avenue, Norman Cafe (93 Norman Ave.) opened three weeks ago serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with a 100 percent vegetarian menu and many vegan and gluten-free options. The owner Jamal, who has lived in Greenpoint for 22 years, opened Greenburg Deli (236 N. 12th St.) near Mccarren Park (at Urban Rustics’ former space) in 2018, but decided to relocate to Norman Ave. by the G train after seeing slower than expected foot traffic in the winter.
With the location change, Jamal saw an opportunity to serve the neighborhood’s growing veggie food scene: “Most of our sales were vegetarian options at Greenburg,” Jamal said, adding that the vegan burrito with scrambled turmeric tofu, brown rice, black beans, and pico de gallo is one of the most popular menu items so far.
Norman Cafe is open Mon. – Fri. from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., and weekends from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Continuing the plant-based trend in Greenpoint, the wonderful Polish women of Happy Zoe Vegan Bakery (102 Nassau Ave.) also relocated from their original Williamsburg location, in part due to the anticipation of the former l train shutdown, and are serving freshly baked vegan and gluten-free sweets. The cafe is run by a team of sisters and their mother who in addition to the baked goods also make delicious crepes for breakfast and sandwiches for lunch. Happy Zoe Bakery is open Tues. – Thur. 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., and Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Food, glorious food! Celebrate everything you love about winter in one delicious festival. Join Cannonball Productions on February 2 at the Brooklyn Expo Center (75 Noble Street) for its Winter Warmer. Enjoy boozy drinks, comfort eats, and cozy vibes on a wintry Saturday!
There’ll be unlimited spiked drinks, craft beer, and free-flowing bubbly. Top local chefs will be onsite serving up your favorite winter comfort foods — including, but not limited to, truffle mac n’ cheese. Music, games, and seasonal comfort foods will serve just-off-the-slopes vibes without all the windburn.
General admission ticket holders can choose between afternoon and evening sessions at 1:30 PM or 5:30 PM, respectively. General admission includes a commemorative tasting glass for craft beer, spirits, and wine tastings. Top local restaurants will be there selling an array of comfort food like chili, grilled cheese, waffles, and more. The boozy wonderland will feature games, live music, and plenty of festive antics too. For more information and tickets visit here!