Eat & Drink

The Ho Ho Holidays are Coming to The Springs

Ever the seasonal environment, The Springs (224 Franklin Street) is outdoorsy and breezy in summer, spooky and haunted come fall, and soon its halls will be decked out for the holidays. Bringing back its iconic take on a winter wonderland, The Springs will transform into its Ho Ho Holiday Lounge from December 5 through January 1.

The pop-up lounge will get visitors and barflies into the holiday spirit with its colorful decorations, cozy fireplaces, and festive cocktails. Greg’s Trees will be located in the famous and expansive backyard, which will also become a Santa Land complete with a magical sled that is Instagram ready.

If you need to tell Santa your wish list, Mr. Claus will be swinging by on December 5 from 5 –8 PM. Greg’s tree owner Greg Walsh will bring his complete line of holiday goodies, including the largest variety of Christmas trees in the city with Fraser Fir, Noble Fir, Nordmann Fir, Balsam Fir, and the exquisite Silver Fir. Later in the month, on December 20 at approximately 8:30 PM, the Evergreenpoint Carolers will sing at The Springs to ring in the season.

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The Garden Closes After 25 Years Citing Online Corporate Competition

The Garden closed on Friday after more than two decades in Greenpoint.

The local pioneering health food market and grocery store, The Garden (921 Manhattan Ave.) closed on Friday after 25 years on the corner of Kent Street and Manhattan Avenue citing the rise of online shopping and corporate chains. Continue reading

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Nuzzle up with Nutcrackers and Sugar Plum Fairies at Greenpointers Holiday Market (12/8)!! 60+ Vendors, Mulled Wine & Craft Beer, Tasty Treats, Tarot readings, Acupuncture, Ornament Making and so much more!

Get cozy Sunday, Dec 8th 1-7pm for the Greenpointers Annual Holiday Market located at 67 West Street! This year’s Nutcracker-inspired holiday market is transforming the rustic Greenpoint Loft into a magical winter wonderland filled with local artisans, tasty treats and TONS of free interactive activities.  With so much good cheer under one roof, make it official and RSVP! Come early and stay all day. 

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Vamos Al Tequila Celebrates Reopening Tonight With Drinks on the House!

Vamos Al Tequila (162 Franklin St.) is reopening tonight at 5 p.m. with a round of drinks on the house in celebration.

A sign in the front window on Thursday stated: “We’re Back!!! Join Us for Dinner Tonight Drinks on Us See You at 5pm.”

Vamos Al Tequila (162 Franklin St.)

The Mexican restaurant that has attracted hungry customers to Franklin Street for a decade closed following a November 6th inspection by the NYC Health Dept. that racked up 46 points.

A brief closure to comply with the citations included work to install new tiles in a portion of the basement to replace the carpet.

The basement where new tiles were installed.

The owner, Maria, was in front of the building Thursday morning and explained that the health inspector found baby roaches in the basement carpet.

A thorough cleaning and floor replacement she said remedied the situation. “Tonight is a celebration,” she said, further explaining that her family lives in the neighborhood and helps with work at the restaurant.

A Greenpointers Instagram post from November 11th regarding the Vamos closure erupted into a heated discussion with more than 200 comments. Local residents pushed back against disparaging comments aimed at the quality of food and service. The post resulted in a Greenpoint woman sending a video testimonial to Greenpointers stating that restaurant staff deal with “incredibly annoying customers,” including herself.

Vamos Al Tequila will be offering a free drink of choice to all patrons tonight starting at 5 p.m. Stop in for a margarita, shot or beer tonight in celebration!

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Franklin Street Mexican Restaurant Vamos Al Tequila Closed Following Health Inspection

Vamos Al Tequila (162 Franklin St.)

Mexican restaurant Vamos Al Tequila (162 Franklin St.) was closed last week by the NYC Dept. of Health following a Nov. 6th inspection, according to the agency’s website.

 A sign in the window says that the business is closed for health violations.

The restaurant received a failing grade of 46 (an ‘A’ is 0-13 points), with “critical violations” for alleged evidence of roaches, improper food storage, and not having a vermin-proof facility.

City restaurant health inspection results can be challenged and the cited problems can potentially be fixed for the restaurant to reopen.

A popular place for locals to munch on standard Mexican fare and to enjoy outdoor seating in the warmer months, Vamos Al Tequila is a staple for affordable food options in the northern end of Greenpoint.

“I’ve had at least 300 bowls of soup alone in there in the last 10 years and never have had a problem,” a dedicated Vamos fan responded to the news on a Greenpointers Instagram post, “here’s to hoping they can sort out whatever the violation was and reopen soon – I was about to head there for some chicken soup!”

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Brooklyn Whiskers to Reopen on Box Street in 2020

The future home of Brooklyn Whiskers at Magick City (37 Box St) in Greenpoint

The vegan cafe Brooklyn Whiskers will move to a new Greenpoint location on Box Street in 2020, the business announced the same week that their 1008 Manhattan Ave. space was vacated, following “a debilitating cycle of production and staffing.”

Brooklyn Whiskers (1008 Manhattan Ave.)

Compared to the tiny former storefront on Manhattan Ave, much more space, an increased number of tables, and outdoor seating are being promised at the new Brooklyn Whiskers 33 Box St. location, which is part of the community arts space Magick City

Brooklyn Whiskers likened the new space to “a living room and commercial kitchen for artists” and the greater community in a post on social media:

The silver lining! We’ll be making some magick on Box Street in 2020 . @magickcity is the kind of tucked away gem that reminds you why we ❤️ new york . It’s a living room and commercial kitchen for artists, artisans, neighbors and friends . lovers or strangers, sisters and brothers . It’s a very special place and with some work will be our new #greenpoint home.

While no date is set, an early 2020 opening is in the works, and in the meantime, Brooklyn Whiskers is directing its loyal customers to seek out their signature baked goods at Le Labo Fragrances (120 N 6th St) in Williamsburg.

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Fornino now serving signature dishes at The Springs this fall and winter

From The Spring’s Insta account

Ever the home to backyard shenanigans and yummy snacks, Greenpoint’s sprawling bar The Springs (224 Franklin St) will now exclusively serve food from Fornino this fall and winter. Fornino‘s Executive Chef and owner Michael Ayoub will serve his signature Italian dishes nightly at the Greenpoint bar.  Fornino has been in the pizza-making business since 2004, with locations at 849 Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint, and Pier 6 at Brooklyn Bridge Park in the spring and summer.

The Fornino menu at The Springs features Eggplant Parmesan, Anna Rosé’s Meatballs, Arancini, and Fried Smashed PotatoesSalads include the Chopped, Arugula, Kale, and Caesar. The pizza offerings include the Marinara, made with tomato, oregano, garlic and olive oil; and the Margherita Classica, topped with tomato, mozzarella, basil, olive oil and parmesan. Additional pizza options include the Genovese, Monzese, Pugliese, Calabrese, Salsiccia Di Pollo, Tre-Carni, and the famous Al Roker, made with sopressata picante, fontina, caramelized onion, roast pepper, tomato, mozzarella and rosemary.

And GF friends, delight! Any pizza can be made gluten-free. The menu will be offered from 4 to 10 PM on weekdays and 4 to 11 PM on weekends. Warm up at The Springs with some Italian goodies!

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New Pierogi Shop Pieroƶek to Open on Manhattan Avenue Wednesday

Pierozek (592 Manhattan Ave.) will open on Wednesday (11/6)

A new pierogi shop that was inspired by another restaurant based in Poland will open Wednesday on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint.

Pieroƶek (592 Manhattan Ave.) is from married couple Alexandra Siwiec and Radek Kucharski, who told the NY Times that the business will help to “maintain the cultural heritage” of Greenpoint against a backdrop of recently-closed Polish-owned businesses on Manhattan Avenue such as Bakery Rzeszowska (948 Manhattan Ave.) and Green Farms Supermarket (918 Manhattan Ave.) . Continue reading

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Brooklyn Whiskers Closes Manhattan Avenue Location, Hints at New Greenpoint Space

Brooklyn Whiskers (1008 Manhattan Ave.)

The vegan cafe with cat flair, Brooklyn Whiskers (1008 Manhattan Ave), is now closed following an announcement on social media on Monday.

Specializing in dairy and gluten-free baked goods and sandwiches, the cafe opened at the end of 2017 in a small space on the northern end of Manhattan Avenue and was open as recently as Sunday.

“We finally conceded that this location is not the future of #brooklynwhiskers Greenpoint,” the post stated, explaining that a “silver lining announcement” will follow:

We have permanently shuttered our #1008manhattanavenue location. Yesterday was our last hurrah. And what a banner day it was! We had one of our busiest days to date, and loved welcoming the chill fall air with all of you that came out. This project was a brutal labor of love that we spilled A LOT of blood, sweat, and tears over – confident that despite the tiny footprint, we would be able to carve out a sustainable niche for all you crazy food and animal lovers on Manhattan Avenue. After revisiting our #brandgoals (and bottom line!) and following the most recent event in a debilitating cycle of production and staffing trials, we finally conceded that this location is not the future of #brooklynwhiskers Greenpoint . Thank you for all of the love and unending support these last two years. We are truly humbled and grateful. And stay tuned for our next announcement . There is a #silverlining.

The retail and wholesale bakeshop also has a new flagship location at 1037 Broadway in Bushwick and their original space at  760 Dodworth St., which is in the works to reopen “as soon as this week,” according to another Instagram post from Brooklyn Whiskers.


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Good morning #brooklynwhiskers family! We have a 3-part news cycle to share with you today, starting with an exciting update on our #dodworthstreet space: Our original location will be open again as soon as this week. We’ll be featuring some nostalgic classics including Theo blend french press and Del Sol espresso by #caffevita . Organic teas by #rishitea . morning and afternoon treats by #brooklynwhiskers . and service by the likes of @worshiptroy . We will NOT be featuring some other nostalgic delights, most notably the leak directly over the coffee bar that you all put up with SO generously on rainy days for 3 years! I think we fixed it! 🤞 Stay tuned for more updates on which day will be opening day. It’ll be as soon as I can put the door back on the hinges. Literally ❤️ we love and appreciate you all so much. Let’s celebrate the rest of fall on the patio of 760 Dodworth (but please keep going to #1037broadway too please and thank you!!)

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 If the cafe was a go-to for your vegan snacks, then there may be a reason to withhold feelings of loss, as Brooklyn Whiskers hinted “stay tuned” for their next announcement…


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