Eat & Drink

Local Love Blooms: Greenpointers Annual Spring Market Returns With Groovy Flower Power! (Sun, April 7)

A packed house at our seasonal markets

Spring into peace, love, and local business! Our sensational Flower Power Spring Market returns to the Greenpoint Loft (67 West Street, fifth floor) on Sunday, April 7 from 1 to 7 PM.

This far out event will spotlight local vendors, indie artists, and neighborhood artisans of all stripes. Thousands of neighbors and guests flock to buy and see the fruit of these artists’ labors.

The Greenpoint Loft will transfigure into a floral kingdom of hippy love and neighborhood harmony. 60+ highly curated vendors will be hawking their wares, and an exciting lineup of FREE dreamy activities awaits:

As always, our Flower Power Photobooth will be donned with an art installation made in collaboration with artist Colleen Blackard for professional photos shoots by Gustavo Ponce Photography. It’s going to be as gorgeous as the roses in our last market, so stop by, throw up the peace sign, and say, “Groovy!” Continue reading

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Drink Specials & Free Food on Grand St! (Sunday, 3/17)

This SUNDAY (March 17), 13 bars along Grand Street celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with 29 drink specials and free food. This 8th edition of the Grand Street Business Improvement District annual Pub Crawl makes your Sunday Funday easy – walk or stumble along just 6 blocks to eat and drink to your lucky charm’s desire.

Huckleberry Bar

Offers include $5 shots of Jameson Caskmates at Crystal Lake, $7 Irish Margaritas at Los Tacos McOndo, $5 grilled cheese at Noorman’s Kil, and $5 beer and shot combos at Redd’s Tavern. Free food will also be available at Dar 525, a free pizza with the purchase of a draft beer; Bushwick Country Club, free BBQ; and Thompson Brooke will have free Irish snacks. Continue reading

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Dine & Donate Supports Local Causes While You Eat (March 15-24)

Clinton Hall (247 Metropolitan Ave)

Starting this Friday, March 15th through Sunday, March 24th, feast at over 15 local restaurants while supporting a local cause! Whether you want to help abused and abandoned animals find their forever homes or support early childhood education & more, Dine and Donate” makes it easy – All you have to do is eat delicious meals for a discount! 

The deets: Go to a participating restaurant and pay using the Cinch app. 10% of your bill will go to a local non-profit and you will also get 10% or more off their bill. Not a Cinch user yet? Download the Cinch App here   

Oh and if you are snapping shots of your meals “for the gram” no judgment here cuz Cinch is also donating an extra $5 every time you share your experience and tag @cinchwallet + the restaurant you ate in or the non-profit you donated to. Be selfie to be selfless, y’all. Continue reading

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Barano: Old World Italian Cuisine With a Modern Twist in South Williamsburg

Venturing out of Greenpoint for food can be a difficult decision with the numerous options nearby for thoughtfully prepared cuisine and the array of affordable eats in the neighborhood. The Italian food scene in South Williamsburg is a delightful excuse to cross through to the other side of McCarren Park. And if by chance you end up near the Williamsburg Bridge, Barano (26 Broadway) from chef Albert Di Meglio offers a wood-fired seasonal Italian menu featuring fresh pasta and hand-pulled mozzarella made in-house.

The dishes and the name of the restaurant (which opened in April 2016) are inspired by the village of Barano on the Italian island of Ischia, near Naples, where Di Meglio’s grandmother Giuseppina was born. “From a food perspective we try for old school classics with a modern flavor,” said Jonathan Soleimanzadeh, Barano founding partner and director of operations.

Spirit Animal, a wine shop by the Barno team is set to open next door on Broadway this spring as a complimentary space that will host tastings. In the meantime, Barano makes for the perfect date spot with it’s rustic charm and spacious-yet-cozy dining room accented by oak wood, stained tiles and vintage lighting. Greenpointers staff stopped in for dinner on recent weeknight and sampled the incredible cuisine; the pictures (and memories) are already making us crave more:

Antipasto; stracciatella, wood-fired olives, giardiniera, charred marinated peppers and house bread
Octopus with farro, mint pesto, celery, pickled radish and pine nuts
Stuffed artichoke with parsley, pecorino and bread crumbs

Pasta: Safron Gigli (right); Persian saffron, Calabrian honey, pecorino, black pepper and Duo ravioli (rear) fonduta, mushrooms, brown butter, sage and aged balsamic
Torta caprese; raw dark chocolate almond tart, Calabrian anglaise

Barano is open for dinner Monday to Thursday – 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday – 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday – 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.. Brunch hours are Saturday and Sunday – 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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Explore Local Spots for $1: Taco Meals, Vietnamese Sandwiches, Poke Bowls, & More

Three Tacos at Mexico 2000

From taco meals, lox bagel and coffee, falafels, vegan breakfast burritos, pizza, poke bowl, Vietnamese sandwiches, and more you can try a range of delicious flavors in the neighborhood for less than the price of coffee.

For just $1, starting today, Friday March 1st through March 10th check out almost 20 local restaurants and bars in Williamsburg and Greenpoint.

Here’s how: Download the Cinch App and apply code “GP1”. Once it’s all set up, go to any of the participating restaurants (listed below) and pay with your Cinch Wallet! (Note: Deal applies to new sign-ups only.) Continue reading

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Sakura Market Launches at Pony Boy

(Image courtesy of Micahel Stember)

Sakura Market is a new dining experience featuring “supreme sushi grade seafood with deep Unami flavors using healthy principles” that is launching at Pony Boy (632 Manhattan Ave.) in March.

 

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Get ready to eat! Grand Street Restaurant Week starts TODAY! (Mon, 2/18)

 

(via Thompson Brooke Restaurant)

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

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A Fruit Salad More Than a Decade in the Making

Mr. Berry in Greenpoint (via Google Maps)

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.

Mr. Plum (photo: Ben Weiss)

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.

Mr. Plum (photo: Ben Weiss)

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

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I’m (Not) in Love Valentine’s Party, Lot Radio 3 Year Anniversary, Vintage Rose Valentine’s Market, Early Modern English Love Magic — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (2/6 – 2/12)

Inside the gorgeous Greenpoint Loft (photo: Gus Ponce photography)

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!


WEDNESDAY 2/6

# 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

THURSDAY 2/7

♦ 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 Tix Continue reading

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Spread Love, It’s The Greenpoint Way: TWO FREE DRINKS at our Vintage Rose Valentine’s Market (Sun, 2/10) Courtesy of Cinch!

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. 

And now for our lovey dovey menu… Continue reading

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