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Brooklyn Based’s Williamsburg Immersion Includes 5 FREE Beers and More for $15 (Sat 6/23)

For the past eight summers Brooklyn Based and Brooklyn Brewery have produced a series of Saturday afternoon crawls that hit up the best bars, restaurants and shops in neighborhoods across Brooklyn. Incredibly, they’ve never held one of these Immersions in the Brewery’s own neighborhood, until now. Their first-ever Total Williamsburg Immersion is Saturday, June 23.

Not only will Immersion goers get free Brooklyn Brewery beers at four great local bars and cash in on food and retail deals, attendees will also be among the first to see the Brewery’s brand-new tasting room, where they’ll be serving complimentary brews there, too.

Your $15 tickets include 5 FREE Brooklyn Brewery Beers plus specials and discounts throughout the day. Buy tickets here! Continue reading

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Neighborhood Gem The Bounty Abruptly Closes Its Doors

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Inside The Bounty, photo by Rosie de Belgeonne

We are surprised and saddened to learn of The Bounty’s (131 Greenpoint Ave) sudden closing. We always loved how sitting at their bar felt like you were cozied up in the hull of a ship, waiting for your captain to bring you the day’s catch. With a solid seafood menu and on point service, it always felt like the cozy neighborhood gem you could take out-of-towners to impress them. The restaurant opened in 2013, and we will fondly remember their whole fish, $1 oysters and adorable back garden. Farewell, The Bounty!

The Bounty's serene garden. Photo by Rosie de Belgeonne
The Bounty’s serene garden. Photo by Rosie de Belgeonne

Via Instagram:

With a heavy heart we make the following announcement.
The Bounty has closed it’s doors.
Built by hand with a few friends, we quietly opened five Mays ago to little fanfare but eventually made good friends with lovely Greenpoint and beyond. We delighted in being a neighborhood gem and strived to offer real food, prepared with good intentions and quality ingredients. Our aim was to be a go-to place that wouldn’t let you down and might even surprise you.  Coming from various restaurant and bar worlds and experiences, we often talked about the simple trifecta of good food, service and atmosphere and tried to instill that since day one and be ourselves, if a little different.
We’ve hosted weddings and countless birthdays, anniversaries, showers, date nights, dinners and brunches out with friends. You always brought your folks here when they were in town, you sat with us at the bar and chatted with the regulars, or as our regular, you made knowledgeable recommendations to newcomers.
We sincerely apologize to everyone hit with this sudden news and closure, especially to those that have always supported us, loved us and cheered us on.

We will truly miss serving the neighborhood.  Thank you and goodnight.

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Greenpoint Restaurateurs React to Anthony Bourdain’s Death

via Xi'an Famous Foods on Instagram
via Xi’an Famous Foods on Instagram

This morning, New Yorkers woke up to the unexpected news that famous food writer, chef, critic and travel tv show host Anthony Bourdain, at 61 years old, was dead. He was a legend in the culinary world, inspiring and encouraging countless chefs to follow their dreams, in addition to motivating the world to travel, meet strangers and break bread with them. Jason Wang, CEO of famed Xi’an Famous Foods (648 Manhattan Avenue) says in an Instagram post, “[Anthony Bourdain] helped bring our family out from living in one room in Flushing to living the American dream.” He will be greatly, greatly missed.

Below, here are some tributes from local restaurants and businesses.

If you or someone you know is in distress, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Continue reading

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Famed beer garden Clinton Hall comes to Williamsburg!

Clinton Hall in Williamsburg

Clinton Hall, a modern take on a classic beer garden, known for its SUPERCRAFT™ beer and photo-worthy food offerings, has furthered its partnership with Pod Hotels to open a fifth location in Brooklyn. Located adjacent to the POD Hotel (247 Metropolitan Ave), the latest Clinton Hall is the second partnership with the POD brand. Continue reading

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The Morgan Fine Arts and Film Center Hosts Its 16th Annual Open House (Sat, 6/2)

It’s going to be an art-filled weekend with Greenpoint Open Studios and The Morgan Fine Arts and Film Center is making it really easy for everyone to visit the studios in the eastern end of the neighborhood. For its 16th Annual Open House this Saturday, June 2nd, from 12PM-1PM, there will be a free car service to bring people to the building location at 649 Morgan Ave where there will be 20+ artists opening up their studios to the public.

As icing on the cake, there will be FREE hors d’oeuvres, beer, and wine for all guests.

What: The Morgan Fine Arts and Film Center’s 16th Open House
Where: 649 Morgan Ave
When: Saturday, June 2nd, 12PM-10PM

For free shuttle service from the Bedford L and Nassau G Trains. Text or call 929-233-8566 for pick up. Continue reading

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Venezuelan Pop-Up Dinner at Brooklyn Kitchen (6/2)

Venezuelan Pop Up Dinner at Brooklyn Kitchen
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Chef Mercedes Golip, whose specialty is Latin flavors, is teaming up with The Brooklyn Kitchen for a Venezuelan popup dinner at their former storefront (100 Frost St) on Saturday, June 2nd at 7pm. She’ll be presenting classic Venezuelan dishes with an urban modern twist, using locally sourced ingredients that are ” influenced by techniques and flavors with new roots.” Expect a welcome cocktail, a 7-course meal and wine pairing at an intimate communal table.

Tickets are $125, available here.

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It’s High Time for Marijuana Extract Coffees in North Brooklyn

If you’re thinking about elevating your daily cup of joe, you might want to look into CBD oil. It’s a way to enhance your coffee and it might just relax you in the process.

So, what exactly is CBD oil? Cannabidiol is extracted from marijuana plants, but no, it won’t get you high. FYI: THC is the chemical in cannabis that gets you blazed and there’s less than 0.3% of it in CBD oil. Once the CBD is extracted, it’s blended with another oil. Benefits of CBD oil can include anxiety and stress relief, anti-seizure treatment, pain relief, and more. Also, CBD is legal right now in New York, so you can find small bottles of the stuff in varying strengths at local boutiques, wellness spots and of course, vape shops.

If you want to reap the benefits of CBD oil without buying a whole bottle, there’s quite a few local spots in Greenpoint that offer CBD-infused coffee and lattes. Check out the list below and some of our taste test thoughts and reactions.

1. Vittles, 94 Franklin Street

This Franklin Street coffee joint is selling Greenpoint’s first CBD infused coffee via the brand Flower Power. It’s a smooth java that is best savored black. One cup runs $6.

2. The End, 522 Metropolitan Avenue

The End is a cafe inspired by all things Montauk. So in other words, going with the flow and keeping it easy. The cafe stocks CBD oil for purchase and also crafts a bangin’ CBD latte as well.

3. Antidote Apothecary and Tea Bar, 200 Franklin Street

Antidote whips up dairy-free herbal lattes, with a CBD-based drink coming soon. However, you can scoop up CBD-infused coffee beans at the shop right now. Then you can whip up some good vibes at home anytime.

4. Grass Roots Juicery, 336a Graham Avenue

At this ultra fresh juicery, you can add CBD to any smoothie, coffee (such as their Golden Milk Latte), and CBD small bites with cacao, pecans, and coconut.

5. Swallow Cafe, 205 North 9th Street

Swallow is another coffee shop joining the CBD scene. And, they have a cannabis latte that will wet your whistle.

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Dandelion Wine Shop’s Favorite Rosés of the Moment

via Dandelion Wine Shop

The weather is getting warmer and we can finally breakup for good with Mr. Nor’Easter. This summery breath of fresh air means it’s the start of rosé season. We asked Lily Peachin of Dandelion Wine Shop (153 Franklin Street) for some blush-colored wine recommendations for any occasion from a backyard BBQ to a rooftop romantic soiree. She notes, “Keep in mind that it’s still early in the season, and we’ll have a lot more variety in the next several weeks.” Read on for her favorites!

Rolling Summer Rosé – $25
This rosé of Gamay from Washington State is made by our dear friends at Division Winemaking Company in Portland, Oregon, after a few Dandelion employees dreamed up a bar that played only music of The Rolling Stones and Donna Summer which we would call “Rolling Summer”—while drinking beer in a bar in Paris called Some Girls, named after The Rolling Stones’ album “Some Girls”.  We didn’t make the bar happen, but we did create a label for this rosé at least. It was a beautiful moment in time shared by friends who no longer work together, but the wine lives on! Snappy red fruit and zingy acidity make this a great food wine. Continue reading

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21 Greenpoint Celebrates the 5 Year Anniversary of River Styx (RIP) by Resurrecting Nachos for One Night (Tonight 5/8!)

(via Serious Eats)

When beloved neighborhood joint River Styx closed two years ago, their nachos and Mexicali party option died with it. But the dish once touted as a runner up for “Best-Fancy Pants Nachos” by Serious Eats will be resurrected for one night only tonight (5/8) on River Styx’s 5 year anniversary of opening in what is now 21 Greenpoint (located on – you guessed it – 21 Greenpoint Ave)

According to chef and owner Homer Murray “Every day or so someone asks about the nachos which I loved and was very proud of but 21 Greenpoint just became another restaurant. A restaurant without nachos. I wanna celebrate how great Styx was and give the people what they want! So we are gonna bring the nachos back, all night. To celebrate Styx, to celebrate Greenpoint and to celebrate Fucking nachos.” Continue reading

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