Eat & Drink

Bill Murray Bartending In Greenpoint: You Will Receive Total Un-Consciousness

River Styx is closing
The old River Styx. We were told when it closed that the disco ball would likely remain in the new space.

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention some big Greenpoint news reported on a lot of other sites, which is that Greenpoint restaurant River Styx (21 Greenpoint Ave.) is reopening as 21 Greenpoint this weekend after a closure and a fire. We said goodbye to their spectacular nachos weeks ago, and now Sean Telo, (previously executive chef at Extra Fancy, also a young’un), has taken over the kitchen, serving up fare sourced from local farms. Gone are the tiki-inspired drinks that led to a glorious headache the day after River Styx’s swan song closing party, and new beverage director is Sean McClure, who comes via Le Bernardin, Dirty French, and Daniel.

Oh, and the legendary Bill Murray will be tending bar at the revamped and renamed space, this Friday and Saturday night starting at 7pm. In case you needed another reason to check it out.

Update: Gothamist has reported that the restaurant will not be open to the public during this time.

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GIVEAWAY! The Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival is Back with 125+ Local and Seasonal Brews (9/24)! Win Two Tickets!

2016brooklynpour_posterBrooklyn Pour – NYC’s Largest One Day Beer Festival – is back! The 6th annual event, presented by the Village Voice (Saturday, September 24th from 3PM – 6PM at Brooklyn Expo Center at 72 Noble St) has grown to epic proportions.

With 125+ local & seasonal craft brews, expanded tastings including mead, hard seltzer and root beer, ciders and liquor for all guests, a gaming area, adining hall presented by The Astor Room, the retro supper club of Kaufman Astoria Studios, take-home souvenirs for all, sizzling surprise prizes, fun contests, amped up DJ booth & MORE, this is gonna be one amazing day of tantalizing tasting and glorious gulping.

2016brooklynpour_image1We have a pair of General Admission tickets ($110 value) to give away.

To enter: In the comments, tell us what your favorite craft beer is.

Deadline: Tuesday, September 20th, 11:59pm.

A winner will be chosen randomly and will be notified by email Wednesday (9/21).

You can also buy tickets here and get $10 off with promo code “GPOINT”. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Expands to LIC!

greenpoint-fish-interior_lic_swallaceThough they’ve only been open two years, Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. (114 Nassau Ave) has become a vital part of our neighborhood. Their front cold case is one of the few places around for sustainably-sourced fish, the back bar serves up some our most delectable dishes, and it’s all done with the kind of friendly, welcoming vibe that turns random customers into regulars. The fishmongers know off the top of their heads where all of the incredibly fresh fish is from and are more than willing to help you figure out what to buy. And over Labor Day weekend, our neighbors to the north got their own Long Island City outpost with a full fish case, fun products, and ready-to-eat items, with lobster rolls and chowdah coming soon enough. Continue reading

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TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint Returns This Sunday (Sept 18)!

Use discount code "GPERS16" for 30% off tickets (image via The Firehouse North Brooklyn Community Center)
Use discount code “GPERS16” for 30% off tickets (image via The Firehouse North Brooklyn Community Center)
Lilia (by Farrah Chamseddine)
Lilia (by Farrah Chamseddine)

For the 7th year, TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint returns this Sunday, September 18th to showcase mouthwatering dishes and drinks from the best of North Brooklyn’s local restaurants and bars. From 1-5PM in the East River State Park (90 Kent Ave), guests will get to get a taste of a variety of delicious flavors from over 50 neighborhood hangouts like Maison Premiere, Lilia, Lighthouse BK, The Meatball Shop, Cafe Mogador, Pies ‘n’ Thighs and many more! Newcomers Cheeseboat and Hail Mary of Greenpoint.

Will there be cocktails? Absolutely. Beer? Plenty of it, thanks to Brooklyn Brewery. Music? Get that booty shaking to Blonde Redhead’s DJ set and a special performance by Grammy award-winning Tim Kubbart.

Get tickets here and use discount code “GPERS16” for 30% off! Continue reading

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Greenpoint’s Sexy Underground Cinema & Supperclub

Orgone Cineclub
Popcorn on chairs at Orgone Cineclub. All photos via Orgone Cineclub.

Orgone Cineclub is a film and supperclub series organized by Mavi Phillips (Orgone Productions) and Nikki Cohen (This Place), hosted at Greenpoint’s Magick City (37 Box Street). Mavi’s a filmmaker, while Nikki’s background is in event planning, and she also occasionally DJs for The Lot Radio. Many of the films that have inspired Mavi’s work are boundary-pushing cathartic surrealist journeys challenging taboos around female sexuality and cultural norms. Together, the pair are bringing rare films and a Brooklyn-casual dinner party setting to a creative crowd. It’s cinema chic, with a sexy throwback vibe.

The name Orgone refers to a pseudoscientific concept proposed in the 1930s by Austrian psychoanalyst Whilem Reich. He suggests it’s a sexual and universal life force meant to be harnessed for therapeutic use. Orgone Cineclub borrows the name to reference juxtaposing extremes: narrative, documentary, journalism, and fashion films that create visually sensual experiences in unexpected ways, hoping to awaken viewers and provoke good old-fashioned conversation. Orgone Cineclub presents an atmosphere where guests are encouraged to interact with strangers—in a world where a majority of our daily human connection is digital, it feels totally unique and stimulating. Continue reading

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Your Favorite Suds, Finally Portable from Greenpoint Beer and Ale Co.

geb_0489 greenpoint-beer-can-1_greenpoint_brothers-buoyTake it from us: there really is no way to prepare your body for the consumption of alcohol at ten o’clock in the morning. No amount of crack-of-dawn jogging, smoothie making or transcendent meditation will make it any easier to knock back even one sip of a strong brew before your breakfast has begun to digest. We don’t know how we didn’t expect this, showing up to photograph the first-ever canning run at Greenpoint Beer and Ale Co. The process, led by Iron Heart Canning was mind blowing enough even without the pre-lunch intoxication.

Far from the beginning of this brewery’s story, this canning is but an exciting new chapter in their long history making and importing wonderful beer. Owner Ed Raven has been in the business of great suds since the 1980s. Not long after getting his start with the Brooklyn Brewery, he began his own importing company, RavenBrands, and opened the Brouwerij Lane beer shop on Greenpoint Avenue in the early 2000s. After Raven opened Greenpoint Beer and Ale Co. in 2014, the beer shop began to serve as a pseudo-training ground for young hopefuls who want to work at the brewery–honing their palettes and familiarizing themselves with beers from all over the world. Continue reading

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So You Wanna Watch Sunday Football in a Local Bar?

Image from (spoiler alert) Keg & Lantern

Nowadays, Greenpoint has a bewildering number of bars, but many of the best ones aren’t really places to watch a football game. So what makes a great sports bar where you can watch all the Sunday N.F.L action (or Monday night or Thursday night or Saturday College Football)? First, the bar has to have a big screen TV, preferably many TVs, so if you don’t root for the Giants or the Jets you can still catch your team’s game. Second, the bar’s gotta have good cheap beer and preferably some kind of beer and shot specials. Also, who doesn’t watch a football game without getting the munchies? A bar that serves pub grub has to rate higher than one that doesn’t. Finally, you want to watch with a good crowd, not in some mausoleum. With those categories in mind, here is a list of the top ten places to watch an N.F.L game! Continue reading

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A History of Greenpoint in 25 Buildings: Bamonte’s Restaurant

Bamonte's Restaurant. Illustration by Kenzie Kline.
Illustration by Kenzie Kline

Bamonte’s Restaurant is not only the oldest restaurant in North Brooklyn; founded in 1900 by Italian immigrant Pasquale Bamonte, the restaurant claims to be the oldest Italian eatery in all of New York city. It was founded at a time when southern Greenpoint was a mecca for Italian immigrants. The restaurant has been run by the Bamonte family for four generations. It’s off the main drag, so you may have a hard time finding where the restaurant’s located—at 32 Withers Street—but it’s definitely worth the trip.
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The Mysterious Closure of the West Nassau Meat Market?

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I suppose there are some Polish vegetarians, but not many. The Poles are largely a nation of carnivores and great butcher shops have defined Greenpoint for generations. No Polish butcher shop has been more popular than the West Nassau Meat Market located at 915 Manhattan Avenue, much more popularly known as Kiszka, but about three months ago it shut down without any explanation and no one seems to know much about its closure. The closure of the butcher has been a topic of intense speculation amongst the local Polish community. Continue reading

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The Sad End of Greenpoint’s Palace Cafe (aka Goodman’s)

The Palace Cafe's sexy curvaceous bar
The Palace Cafe’s sexy curvaceous bar

The headlines said: “The Palace Café in Greenpoint is closing its doors on Saturday September 3rd after eighty-three years,” but whoever wrote those headlines was certainly no Greenpointer. Although a sign on the side awning advertised the restaurant as the Palace Café (206 Nassau Avenue), locals never called it that. To a generation of born-and-bred Greenpointers the place was always known as Goodman’s on Winthrop Park—which is actually the native Greenpointers’ name for McGolrick Park.

The bar, located on the corner of Nassau Avenue and Russell Street has been run since the fifties by the Irish-American Curtin family who did not need advertising. There was never a sign on the door announcing the name of the bar, but then again the bar was so well known amongst all Greenpointers that the bar didn’t have to advertise.

The back room for decades hosted the occasions that defined Greenpointers lives: birthdays, christenings, confirmations, funeral dinners and many more parties were held in the spacious dining hall next to the bar. Even until the 1980s many women in Greenpoint did not drink at the bar; girls nights out took place in the back room where the ladies shared laughs and secrets with a pitcher of beer. Continue reading

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