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Goodbye, Pretty Southern & Golden Brown’s. Hello, Pelicana!

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As Greenpoint gets hotter (figuratively, not literally), the celebrity chefs have been starting to roll in. One of the first ones in was Top Chef alum Sam Talbot and his fried chicken/Southern/gluten-free/sometimes vegan restaurant, Pretty Southern (14 Bedford Ave). The spot opened late last year and appeared to be taking a little while to hit its stride. On October 30th, they posted on Instagram about closing for renovations, but as of this week, they have yet to reopen. The allergy-mindful approach was inspired by Talbot’s own struggle with Type 1 diabetes. As of yet, there is no news about who will take over the space. [Eater]

These past few weeks also marked the closing of Greenpoint’s other sit-down fried chicken/Southern, Golden Brown’s in the Brooklyn Bazaar. An offshoot of Brooklyn Star, it was one of the neighborhood’s hidden gems, especially if you like classic fried chicken. That chicken is still available during weekend brunch at the original restaurant (593 Lorimer St). In its place is Super Burrito featuring California-style Mexican.  Continue reading

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North Brooklyn’s 2018 Michelin Bib Gourmands

21 Greenpoint is on the Michelin Guide’s radar  Image: 21 Greenpoint/Instagram

Greenpoint and North Brooklyn’s thriving restaurant scene has been turning (professional critic) heads for a while now, especially when it comes to the esteemed Michelin guideEvery year, their incognito inspectors scrutinize all the restaurants who’ve previously won either stars or bibs, plus all the newcomers. The bigger acclaim is when a restaurant wins coveted Michelin stars, from one to three and seemingly always the usual Manhattan high-end spots (those are announced next week). But the restaurants frequented by the hoi polloi aren’t left out. That’s where the Bib Gourmand comes in. This is where you can potentially get two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less, before tax and gratuity. And this is where our local spots shine.

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Find the Good Vibez at Achilles Heel

Golden hour at Achilles Heel  All Images: Achilles Heel/Instagram

It’s hard to attract people over to West Street. For one, it feels as if you’re in an active construction site—and on many of the blocks, you are. Second, you’re so far out of the heart of Greenpoint, in such desolation, it feels like a whole different neighborhood, or like how the neighborhood once was. Anyone who’s walked through this hushed territory at night has come upon the corner of West and Green and heard the mysterious revelry happening behind the screen door for Achilles Heel (180 West St). Continue reading

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Where to Cozy Up to a Fireplace This Winter

A roaring fire and some steaks at Achilles Heel  Image: Achilles Heel/Instagram

One way to lift your spirits during the gray days of winter—which have been disgustingly rainy, not beautiful snow-filled wonderlands—is by simply snuggling up to your honey with a nice hot toddy in hand, in front of a fire. And yet, most of us live in apartments where fires are decidedly not encouraged. Those silly building codes. Luckily, some of our favorite neighborhood bars are here for the nights where you have to fill that primordial need to get out of the cold and warm up by the fire.

Achilles Heel (180 West St) – If the staff of Achilles Heel loves one thing, it’s fire. Their fireplace keeps everything toasty through the night, but if you there in the evening, don’t be surprised if it’s being used for actual cooking.

Battery Harris (64 Frost St) – The cold can’t stop the beach vibes outside Battery Harris so they have a big fire pit to help keep you warm. It’s almost like a late summer beach bonfire. Almost.

Black Rabbit (91 Greenpoint Ave) – All the way at the back of the bar is Black Rabbit’s perfect make-out spot: on the bench in front of the fire. It’s preferred by 3 out of 4 couples.

Fire + Stout = Hygge  Image: Brouwerij Lane/Instagram

Brouwerij Lane (78 Greenpoint Ave) – Though your drink options are limited to what Brouwerij Lane’s is carrying beer/cider-wise, the fireplace and friendly company more than make up for the lack of hot toddies.

Greenpoint Beer & Ale (7 N 15th St) – To make up for all the drafty cold seeping through Greenpoint Beer & Ale’s huge glass garage doors is a substantial fireplace. Pro tip: you’ll want to sit at the bar, it can get a bit hot right in front.

Spritzenhaus (33 Nassau Ave)Our very own beer hall has one of the most impressive fireplaces. Open on three sides, you can usually get an adjacent table, but if not, you can also enjoy from a spot at the bar.

Union Pool (484 Union Ave) – The magical backyard of Union Pool is kept warm through the winter by their fire pit, so you won’t catch a chill while waiting for your tacos.

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Greenpoint Open Studios, Food Book Fair, Bad Film Fest – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (4/27–5/03)

Greenpoint Open Studios 2016

There are more events in our weekly calendarSubmit Greenpoint events, too!

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 Soul Slam: Prince Tribute Edition @ Good Room (98 Meserole Ave) 7pm, FREE, Prince & the Revolution “Around the World in a Day” presentation by DJ Ron Like Hell and DJ Spinna, RSVP
* Wilkommen Deep House Yoga @ Verboten (54 North 11th St) 8:30pm, $20, A weekly yoga class series accompanied by soothing deep house music, Buy tix

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# Food Book Fair Kick-Off Party @ Achilles Heel (180 West St) 6pm, FREE, Food, drink and magazine specials available for purchase, More info
* Way Beer Night @ Brouwerij Lane (78 Greenpoint Ave) 7pm, FREE, Meet Alejandro Winocur (partner/brewer of Way Beer) and drink some beers straight from Brazil, RSVP
* Kevin Geeks Out About the Devil @ Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Ave) 9:30pm, $15, A video variety show filled with Satanic Panic, deals with the Devil, and Satanimation in 80s cartoons, More info

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Do We Need More Bike Racks In Greenpoint?

In typical March yo-yo weather style, we started to feel the warm dawn of spring when temps climbed to 70 degress, and then two weeks later the weather snapped back into a brilliant frost. At any rate, very soon we’ll be entering bicycle season. (Although of course for some of us it’s year round). We’ve examined the various types of bike racks along Manhattan Avenue, one of Greenpoint’s main bicycle thoroughfares, and the ways you can petition for more racks.

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An upside down U-shape bike rack on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint.

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An oldschool design, these are pretty prolific all around NYC. They’re not the latest model, but they do the job. Report a broken rack here. Continue reading

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Last Minute Mavens: What to Do, Wear, & Gift This V Day Weekend

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Well, the 14th certainly snuck up on us. If you’re stumped for date night ideas with your sweetheart, or your best partner in crime, here are six ideas to rock on the 14th or all weekend long.
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Midnight Munchies: A Guide to Late Night Eating in Greenpoint

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Black Rabbit's bar menu will see you through into the early hours

2015 hit the ground running and already the year has been busy, the days have been long, and sometimes it gets late before we’ve even entertained the thought of dinner, by which time most locals chefs are hanging up their aprons and going home.

However, lucky for us, there’s a few kitchens who fuel their stoves on midnight oil. After a bit of hungry late-night research, we’ve brought together a roundup of Greenpoint joints where you can still get fed in the wee-hours.

Black Rabbit 
This cozy fireside favorite serves up the likes of frito pie and mini cheeseburgers until 1am Friday & Saturday (10pm all other nights)

Bar Matchless 
Tuck into a steak sandwich, some bacon mac’n’cheese and hell, why not some key lime pie as well….you’ve got time, the kitchen stays open ’til 3am every night. Continue reading

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Toast to 2015 over one of these Fancy Greenpoint NYE Dinners…

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Dragging your spangly heels and not yet made plans for NYE? How about raising a glass over a tasty dinner that you haven’t had to cook and that’s close enough to home that you can walk back afterwards?

Here’s just a handful of the food and drink events that’ll be going on around Greenpoint as we roll towards the beckoning future of twenty fifteen:

Glasserie has a special prix-fixe NYE menu for $80. It features treats like carpaccio of lamb, charcoaled ribeye, and labneh parfait (full menu here),  and includes a champagne toast and special performance at midnight.
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Six Greenpoint Bars with Fireplaces to Keep you Toasty this Winter

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Fireside Glow at Black Rabbit (Images by Rosie de Belgeonne)

Just because it’s getting cold out, it doesn’t mean we have to lock ourselves in our apartments like hermits all winter, we just have to pick the right places to hang out. And we could certainly do worse than hitting up some local bars blessed with glorious open fireplaces to keep us cozy.  Here’s a few to choose from: Continue reading

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