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Vinnie’s Pizzeria Delivers Free Pies to Essential Workers

Vinnie’s Pizza is accepting donations to deliver free pizza to essential workers.

Vinnie’s Pizzeria (148 Bedford Ave.) is delivering free pizzas to essential workers during the coronavirus crisis and you can now donate a pie through their website.

The Williamsburg Pizzeria (we miss Vinnie’s Greenpoint) announced last week with an Instagram post that donations can be made through ChowNow for pies to be delivered to the people who are considered “essential” such as the workers at grocery stores, pharmacies, and hospitals

Lots of wonderful people have reached out to us asking how they can help essential workers in NYC during this crisis.  Think we figured out a way and this is how! Go to our website vinniesbrooklyn.com and order through ChowNow for pick up.  In the special instructions write DONATE  and every couple of days we will tally up the pies and bring them to a different group of essential workers and volunteers.  First up are the firefighters up the block.  Tomorrow we will bring them donations from you and us. If anyone has any suggestions of other Essential Workers (Doctors, nurses, people out in the trenches, volunteers etc) or people in need in the neighborhood that we can help out, please contact us! Appreciate everyone’s love and support in these crazy times.

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Local Grocery Stores Adjust to Social Distancing

Associated Supermarket (802 Manhattan Ave.)

Shopping for groceries during a pandemic can be a fraught experience while trying to maintain social distancing, and some grocery stores in Greenpoint are adjusting their procedures to protect customers and workers.

To slow the spread of coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends standing at least six feet from one another when in public. Grocery stores can quickly draw crowds during certain hours of the day and to help the flow of customers, crowd-control measures have been put in place at Greenpoint’s Associated (802 Manhattan Ave.) store.

A line is marked for customers at Associated (802 Manhattan Ave.)

Associated instructs customers where to stand with taped markers on the ground. A bright blue rectangle with the word “LINE” greets customers waiting at the front of the store, and markers show customers where to stand near the registers during checkout. Continue reading

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Gertie to Launch Hospitality Workers Relief Center With Free Meals

Gertie (357 Grand St.)

The Williamsburg restaurant Gertie (357 Grand St.) will offer free meals for laid off hospitality workers as a result of mass closures from the coronavirus crisis.

Starting on Thursday at 4 p.m., Gertie will become a “relief center” for anyone who has recently lost their job in the hospitality industry, as the announcement posted to Instagram on Tuesday states: “Each night, we will pack hundreds of to go dinners that people can come to pick up and take home,”

Meals will be available Tuesday – Friday from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. on a first come first served basis. The pop-up relief center will continue indefinitely until the restaurant can no longer financially support the program.

 

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We desperately need funds and donations to keep feeding furloughed restaurant workers for the Restaurant Workers Relief Program by @LEEInitiative by @chefedwardlee @lindseyofcacek⁣ ⁣ You can contribute monitarily at www.leeintiative.org or through the link in our bio. Even $5 makes a difference.⁣ All donations go right back us and other participating restaurants in other cities and go directly into feeding our community. ⁣ We need supplies: diapers, baby food, tampons, toilet paper, canned food, shelf stable food⁣ We can only buy in limited amounts so we need you to help us⁣ Please order online at @amazon @target @walmart @instacart @meijerstores or any delivery service, buy supplies through your account and ship it to Gertie (357 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211) Big thanks to @chefedwardlee and @makersmark for making this happen

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Along with the Gertie team, partners include the Prospect Heights restaurant Olmsted (which is also operating a food bank) the Lee Initiative and Makers Mark:

Due to the closure of restaurants in NYC we have an urgent need for assistance for the thousands of restaurant workers who find themselves suddenly without work, without a paycheck and without a support system. Independent restaurants are at the center of the vibrant growth in America. For the past decade, we have relied on the stellar hospitality and positive PR of the independent restaurant scene to make this a city we are incredibly proud of. But now restaurant workers need your help more than ever. If we don’t take a stand and do something now, there will not be an independent restaurant industry to speak of when the corona-virus crisis is over.

 

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This is the incredible project we’ve been working on: While we are closing our doors to the public (except Saturdays), WE ARE HERE FOR HOSPITALITY WORKERS IN BROOKLYN!! Starting on Thursday March 26th in partnership with @makersmark and @leeinitiative @chefedwardlee @olmstednyc we will turn @gertienyc into a relief center with @natejackadler @caulofthewild @flippelman @_talialc_ for any restaurant worker who has been laid off or has had a significant reduction in hours and/ or pay. We are offering help for those in dire need of food and supplies. Each night, we will pack hundreds of to go dinners that people can come to pick up and take home. Dinners are offered on a first come first serve basis. Limit 1 per person unless there is an emergency situation. We will also have essential supplies on hand. We will limit how much any one person can take of these supplies but they will be handed out free to those in need. We will continue to offer this program until we can no longer financially support the program. Restaurant Workers Relief Program Due to the closure of restaurants in NYC we have an urgent need for assistance for the thousands of restaurant workers who find themselves suddenly without work, without a paycheck and without a support system. Independent restaurants are at the center of the vibrant growth in America. For the past decade, we have relied on the stellar hospitality and positive PR of the independent restaurant scene to make this a city we are incredibly proud of. But now restaurant workers need your help more than ever. If we don’t take a stand and do something now, there will not be an independent restaurant industry to speak of when the corona-virus crisis is over. Details of the program are below: – Dinner pick up address: 357 Grand St. (on the Corner of Marcy Ave + Grand St) – This program will be offered Tues-Friday unless otherwise noted – Pick up time is 4:00 to 7:00 daily To support this program and our restaurant community donate to LEEInitiative.org #chefselevatingchefs #goodfoodforgood #LEEInitiative #toosmalltofail

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How To Support Local Restaurants and Bars During The Covid Crisis

An empty Anella, pre-shutdown.

One of the best things about Greenpoint is our abundance of fantastic restaurants (some Michelin-starred, many highly praised by food critics and locals) and bars with amazing cocktails, and the hardworking and friendly staff that run them. In a very sad turn of events, all bars and restaurants in New York City have been closed to the public this week per government orders, to help stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Restaurants can, however, still serve food for pickup and takeout. As a result, liquor laws have been loosened so people can pick up and take away alcoholic beverages, including cocktails.

This is an unprecedented time for our state and for New York City. Currently, more than 15,000 people have signed a petition to Governor Cuomo to offer Relief For All Restaurants (ROAR) by a variety of measures. The petition was started by and is supported by dozens of restaurants all over the city, including some in North Brooklyn.

We don’t know how long the shutdown will be in effect, but it could be many months. And that’s a very long time for restaurant workers and small businesses to not receive an income. Very quickly this week, the air has been sucked out of the heart and soul of Greenpoint, along with the rest of New York City. So we’ve made a list of local restaurants and their current status.

If it’s an option, restaurants are encouraging patrons to order over the phone or directly instead of through an app—that way the money goes directly to the restaurants and staff instead of to a third party. You should check the restaurant or bar’s Instagram account (linked in their name) or call them to verify what they’re offering, as that’s changing by the hour. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Asian Restaurant Baoburg Launches $5 Takeout ‘Survivor Meals’

Baoburg (614 Manhattan Ave.)

The southeast Asian restaurant Baoburg (614 Manhattan Ave.) will launch a reduced-price ‘Survival Meal’ menu available for takeout on Thursday.

$5 meals will be available for pickup everyday at Baoburg from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. to help provide affordable options while most non-essential businesses shut down to prevent the spread of coronavirus.  Continue reading

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Esme’s ‘Family Meal’ to Support NYC Hunger Programs

Eseme (999 Manhattan Ave.)

The neighborhood restaurant Esme (999 Manhattan Ave.) is offering meals to-go for a suggested donation today with proceeds helping to provide food for the hungry. “As devastating as this shutdown is for the entire hospitality industry, there is a group of people at risk of going hungry in the short term: those who rely on food banks and community kitchens every week,” a note posted t0 Esme’s website states.

On Wednesday, March 18th, the Greenpoint eatery is holding ‘Family Meal,’ with to-go pay-what-you-can meal kits for two; the menu includes pancake kits, meatloaf with mashed potatoes, baked chicken with bread pudding, baked ziti with red sauce and garlic bread, vegetable curry, baked salmon with quinoa salad, pastrami with cabbage/potatoes, and a cauliflower casserole. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Restauranteurs Battle Food Insecurity With Pay-What-You-Can Meals

The pay-what-you-can meals launched on Monday at Jimmy’s Diner (577 Union Ave.)

Greenpoint restauranteurs and married couple Blair Papagni and Josh Cohen are offering pay-what-you-can hot meals for those in need during the coronavirus pandemic, as the issue of food insecurity worries freshly out of work people in the service sector.

“As we get further into this shutdown I think it’s going to be more difficult to get hot meals. We’re a city built on people that go out to eat, so I think there’s a good portion of our younger population here that probably doesn’t cook often, and then we have our older population that maybe can’t get out,” Papagni said. Continue reading

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Rule of Thirds Brings Innovative Japanese Cuisine to a/d/o Space

Rule of Thirds opened in February in Greenpoint

A new 85-seat restaurant inside of the a/d/o co-working space is already drawing large crowds and captures the innovative energy of the neighborhood with sharable Japanese-inspired dishes that are surprisingly capable of satisfying all dietary restrictions.

Rule of Thirds (171 Banker St.) opened last month to high anticipation replacing the traditional Scandinavian restaurant Norman, which closed in March 2019.

A partnership was formed last summer between alumni of popular Williamsburg restaurants Okonomi (150 Ainslie St.) and Sunday in Brooklyn resulting in the successful pop-up Yaki Tiki, which brought delicious Japanese BBQ and tiki drinks to the a/d/o courtyard.

JT Vuong and George Padilla (formerly of Okonomi and YUJI Ramen) and the Sunday in Brooklyn hospitality team (Todd Enany, Adam Landsman, Exec Chef Jaime Young, and bar director Brian Evans) are back again with Rule of Thirds and Greenpointers stopped in for dinner earlier this week. Continue reading

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Paulie Gee’s to Celebrate 10th Anniversary at Original Greenpoint Pizzeria With Throwback Menu, Pricing and Staff

Paulie Gee’s owner Paul Giannone in front of his Greenpoint Avenue pizza mecca.
Paulie Gee’s (50 Greenpoint Ave.) will mark a decade in the neighborhood next week with a throwback celebration featuring the original menu and many of the opening night staff to make the magical pies that continue to draw crowds years later.
Inside the cozy Paulie Gee’s on Greenpoint Avnue.
Owner Paul Giannone opened the Neapolitan-inspired pizza destination in Greenpoint in March of 2010 and has since expanded with the instant classic NYC-style Paulie G’s Slice Shop on Franklin Street and a dedicated pizza kiosk at Madison Square Garden; not to mention the Paulie Gee’s restaurants that have opened in Illinois, Ohio and Maryland.
For the 10 year anniversary celebration happening on Monday (3/9), Pauli Gee’s menu will include the pies from opening night and some surprises, as Paulie Gee’s shared on Instagram:

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Greenpoint Ice Cream Innovators Van Leeuwen Raise $18.7 Million

Van Leeuwen owner Laura O’Neill scooping some ice cream! Photo courtesy of (Sidney Bensimon)

In a homegrown success story, Van Leeuwen announced a major expansion after raising $18.7 million in funding from the private equity firm NextWorld Evergreen.

The beloved local ice cream brand has gone bi-coastal since its humble Greenpoint beginnings with 21 brick and mortar shops in Los Angeles and NYC.

In 2008, Van Leeuwen co-owner Laura O’Neill, along with brothers Ben and Pete, started selling ice cream from a bright yellow truck on the streets of Greenpoint and Williamsburg. Continue reading

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