Eat & Drink

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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Greenpoint Original Pizza Opening at Former Carmine’s Original Pizza This Saturday

A new pizzeria is scheduled to open this Saturday morning in a cozy Norman Avenue storefront that was formerly home to Carmine’s Original Pizza.

Greenpoint Original Pizza (93 Norman Ave.) will celebrate its grand opening this Saturday during a ribbon cutting ceremony with Assemblyman Joe Lentol in front of the storefront at 10 a.m., according to owner Baldassare Pantaleo. Continue reading

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Where to Find Pączki for Fat Thursday in Greenpoint

Today is Fat Thursday and pączki are plentiful in Greenpoint. (Image courtesy of Polka Dot)

Happy Pączki Day! As if Greenpointers need another excuse to gorge on delicious sugary fried dough (thank you, Peter Pan), it’s officially Tlusty Czwartek (Fat Thursday), or the final Thursday ahead of Ash Wednesday and the start of fasting for Lent.

The Polish tradition is said to bestow a year’s worth of good luck for those who eat as many of the fluffy frosted treats that are similar to donuts as possible. Here’s where to find pączki today in Greenpoint:

Polka Dot (726 Manhattan Ave.) is a Manhattan Avenue destination for classic Polish food and today the adorable takeout/dine-in spot has prepared plenty of doughnuts for Fat Thursday; Polka dot is open Monday — Sunday 9:00 a.m. — 8 p.m. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co. Celebrates Phil Collins Day Ahead of Grand Reopening

The new rooftop at Greenpoint Beer and Ale Co. (1150m Manhattan Ave.) features a signature Tom Fruin glass water tower.

Something was in the air Saturday afternoon. The dulcet tones of Phil Collins, yes, but also the yeasty aroma of craft beer.

Photo courtesy of Ben Weiss

Greenpoint Beer and Ale Co., a local brewery shuttered since late 2018, opened the doors of its newly renovated location at 1150 Manhattan Avenue Saturday to celebrate Phil Collins Day.


The event marked the first public showing of Greenpoint Beer and Ale’s new space before the brewery opens permanently next weekend, according to owner Ed Raven.

Inside the new Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co. (Photo courtesy of Ben Weiss)

The new space is as cavernous as the previous site, which was located on North 15th Street, but now has a new rooftop bar overlooking the Manhattan skyline. And the brewery has quadrupled its brewing capacity, adding 15 more barrels to its production line. Despite having a full kitchen, Raven plans to slim down the menu, “First and foremost, we’re brewers,” he said. Continue reading

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Humboldt & Jackson Closing With “Smiles” as Meat Hook Founders Plan New Restaurant in Same Space

Owner Bill Reed. (Photo by Molly Tavoletti).

After opening in July 2014, Humboldt & Jackson (434 Humboldt St.) will close this month with “smiles and high fives,” co-owner Bill Reed says, as the timing was right for the family-run restaurant and bar to end its run on a high note.

“Most of the time when a restaurant is going out of business it’s dead or someone just takes it over,” he said. “This was an opportunity for me and my family to actually sell our assets and to get someone in there who we feel will represent the neighborhood as good, if not better than us.”

With an assist from Reed on a lease takeover, Meat Hook founders Ben Turley and Brent Young will open a new tavern and restaurant at the Humboldt Street address called Cozy Royale. An Italian catering hall and social club by the same name functioned out of the space for over 70 years prior to Humboldt & Jackson. Continue reading

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Local Loves Blooms: Preview Our “Love Grows in Brooklyn” Valentine’s Market Vendors!!

Valentine’s Day is almost here, Greenpointers! Get into the mood, grab your boo, and see what’s budding at our “A Love Grows in Brooklyn” themed Valentine’s Market.  On Sunday, Feb 9th  from 1-7 pm we’ve cherry-picked 60+ of Brooklyn’s most talented crafters to set down their roots inside the Greenpoint Loft (67 West 5th fl) and tempt us with local handmade treasures.

It’s going to a day filled with whole lotta love. From fab shopping, soju winter cocktails, craft beer, yummy eats and FREE activities, come on down , spend the day and explore. RSVP here!

Now about that sweet shopping… Take a peek at some the amazing products you’ll be lusting after.

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Greenpoint Indonesian Restaurant Selamat Pagi Will Close in February

Selamat Pagi (152 Driggs Ave.) will close on Feb. 22nd. (Image via Google Maps)

Greenpoint Indonesian restaurant Selamat Pagi (152 Driggs Ave.) will close on February 22nd after eight years on Driggs Avenue.

After the team behind Van Leeuwen Ice Cream opened the restaurant in the fall of 2012, Selamat Pagi became one of the only Indonesian-style restaurants in the area serving seasonal and traditional dishes. Continue reading

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McCarren Park House Plans Include Restaurant and More Bathrooms

McCarren Park House (via Inca Architecture).

NYC Parks and Brooklyn Bazaar co-owners Belvy Klein and Aaron Broudo presented two weeks ago at January’s Brooklyn Community Board 1 meeting on the plan to bring a “family-friendly” restaurant to the rear of the McCarren Park house by spring 2021 following $1.2 million in renovations.

McCarren Park House as it looks today

The goal is to maintain and improve the historic brick structure that was originally built in 1911 and was last renovated in 1938 when the McCarren Park Pool was under construction.

“This will still be a parks-use building as well as a public amenity. People will be able to go into this building and see it, and enjoy it for what it is, and enjoy it both either as a patron or not,” Jonathan Chesley of INCA Architecture said during the presentation. Continue reading

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Greenpoint’s Park Deli Reopens After Temporary Closure

Park Deli (209 Nassau Ave.) (Photo via Google Maps)

Park Deli (209 Nassau Ave.) is open again after closing last week following an inspection by the Dept. of Health.

A January 16th DOH inspection resulted in a series of marks for unsanitary conditions in the food preparation area that have since been rectified.

A follow-up DOH inspection on Wednesday cleared the way for the reopening today.

Owner Krystyna Godawa and the deli are widely considered neighborhood treasures, and the Park Deli was rescued from closure in 2017 after the landlord raised the rent by more than double. The Park Deli lives on!

 

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Classic Nassau Avenue Deli Closed by Department of Health

 

Park Deli (209 Nassau Ave.) is closed following an inspection on January 16th by the NYC Dept. of Health.

The cherished McGolrick Park-adjacent Park Deli (209 Nassau Ave.), which is in a storefront that has been home to a deli since the 1930s, faced closure in 2017 when deli owner Krystyna Godawa struggled with a more than 100 percent rent increase. Broadway Stages stepped in and covered the difference in rent and saved Park Deli from shuttering.

A health inspection of the deli last week racked up 65 points (a “C” is 28 or more points) for evidence of unsanitary conditions that included evidence of live mice.

Park Deli was closed for business last Friday and the doors remained shut on Tuesday.

The nearby deli Brooklyn Standard also closed temporarily last week following a visit from DOH; the business reopened a day later after addressing a basement flood which was the root of the problem.

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