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Showdown: BBQ, Takedowns & Cooking In Greenpoint With Jenn de la Vega

Jenn de la Vega, photo by Collin Clark

Baste it, taste it and tweak it again. Showdown is a cookbook about feeding the conversation along with the person.

This week, we sat down with Greenpointer and self-described “meat-head” Jenn de la Vega to talk about how competing (and winning) local competitions sparked Showdown, the cookbook.

GP: Hey Jenn! Tell us about Showdown.

De la Vega: Showdown is a compilation of 100 recipes I’ve entered into competitions. It’s not only about the ones that won. I think the big part of the story is the failure and journey along the way, building a strange cooking career out of competition, creativity and personal challenges.

GP: Did you always want to be a chef?

Jenn breaks out into a big grin.
De la Vega: Actually, I never had intentions of being a chef. Continue reading

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“It costs a lot of money to look this cheap.”—Pics From The Dolly Parton Lookalike Contest At Mable’s Smokehouse!

Last week local BBQ joint Mable’s Smokehouse (44 Berry St.) hosted a Dolly Parton Lookalike Contest, and it was epic. One of our photographers, Kate Truisi, was on hand to snap some pics of the bustling scene.

Dolly Parton Lookalike Contest at Mable's Smokehouse - Photo by Kate Truisi
All photos by Kate Truisi

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Righteous Tacos at the Holy Smoke BBQ Pop-Up

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Look for the sign, be rewarded with tacos!

If you’ve wandered by the San Damiano Mission (85 N 15th Street, formerly Holy Family Slovak Catholic Church) over the past two weekends, you’ve definitely seen some goings-on in their courtyard. That would be their summer outdoor taco pop-up, Holy Smoke NYC. Run by neighborhood restaurateur Josh Cohen and his Extra Fancy co-owner Mark Rancourt, Holy Smoke was created to raise money for the Greenpoint Community Organ Collective, the organ inside of San Damiano that is in desperate need of restoration. Every weekend this summer they’ll be hosting the pop-up with tacos, beer, rosé in a can, and even a little water feature to help keep you cool.
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Boulevard Tavern to Close its Doors for the Final Time this Weekend

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Image c/o @boulevardtavernbrooklyn

Sad news: Boulevard Tavern will be pulling its final pint this weekend, after 10 years of serving the neighborhood.

Owner Harold Kramer and his wife Ria started running the bar in 2005.  They reclaimed the name ‘Boulevard Tavern’ after discovering the signage underneath that of J&D’s, the bar that closed on the same site in the early 2000s.

Tragically, Ria lost her battle with cancer three years ago, and Harold has been struggling to manage the bar alone. Among the reasons he cites for closing, he says “it’s tough being a small business in NYC right now”.  Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Dear Diamond… (7/02)

Diamond_BirthdayNeighborhood favorite The Diamond is turning eight this week and you’re invited to their party!

On Thursday they will be celebrating their Eighth Anniversary in style with the return of eight of their favorite draft beers from throughout Diamond’s lifetime. Between 5-8pm these will all be half-price, so the likes of Harviestoun Bitter & Twisted, Local Option Dampfbier, and Schneider Weisse can all be quaffed for a mere $4 a pint. Happy Birthday indeed.

But the party doesn’t stop here. Saturday July 4th they will be hosting their famous Independence Day Grill Out….where $5 gets you a giant bratwurst with potato salad and watermelon, accompanied by a rad patio soundtrack from vinyl junkies Jackson Mico and Proudfoot.

While you’re there be sure to have a quick round of shuffleboard and if you’re rilly good then think about signing up to the monthly tournaments…winners get their name on the esteemed plaque of fame!

Diamond Bar is at 43 Franklin Street.

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Brooklyn Barge Bar Set to Open Soon!

brooklyn_barge_bar_view_greenpoint_rosie_de_belgeonneThe long anticipated Brooklyn Barge Bar is looming ever closer on our horizons.

Although not yet open for business, the barge itself will take up its new position near Transmitter Park later this week.

Despite initial opposition from neighbors and the local community board, a liquor license was finally granted on June 2nd, much to the delight of bar manager and co-owner Will Drawbridge.

Waiting on the liquor license has held up the opening process a little, but Will tells us that they are currently hoping to be up and running by the end of June. Continue reading

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Dine al Fresco with Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. at BBQ Blowout (05/12)

Greenpoint_fish_bbq_blow_outLove dinner at Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. but prefer to eat outside on a balmy evening? Here’s your chance…

Greenpoint’s favorite fishmonger is teaming up with Finger on the Pulse who’re hosting their first BBQ Blowout of the season this Tuesday May 12th on the sun-dappled patio at Williamsburg’s Good Company (10 Hope street).

A mere $10 will get you some magnificent grilled fish tacos with a side of fresh-made tortilla chips and salsa, as well as a Brooklyn Brewery beer and a shot of Jameson Whiskey. Barginzz! The event runs from 7.30pm-10.30pm.

Advance tickets are $10 and are available here, or can be purchased on the door for $15.

Let the summer of the great Brooklyn BBQ commence!

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4th of July – We Take Back The Fireworks! Cookout at The Diamond! (7/4)

Cook-Out + Dance Party!!!

‘Bout time we got the fireworks back from all places – NJ!?! We are going to cook hot dogs to our hearts’ content (even vegan ones!) at The Diamond on July 4th starting at 3pm. Here’s the deal – Brewla Bars + Yeah Dawg Vegan! + more will be available for purchase from 3-6pm. Then at 7-11pm there will be a straight up dance party courtesy of Brian Blackout. Don’t forget to RSVP on FB.

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Little Dokebi: A Delicious Taste of Korea in Greenpoint

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Little Dokebi Bar

Little Dokebi (85 Driggs Ave) has been open for just over a month and already it’s a huge hit.  So popular, in fact, that when we recently tried to go for a mid-week dinner the wait was over an hour-long. Fortunately, when we returned for Saturday brunch it was much easier to get a seat, though this may have had something to do with the fact that it was the snowiest day of winter so far! Continue reading

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Sunday Night Guest Grilling at The Exley: Caribbean! (7/21)

Tomorrow – Sunday July 21st at 6pm begins the first in our monthly series of Sunday Night Guest Grilling at The Exley (1 Jackson St). We are pleased to have “Our Good Friend’s Mother” come by for some home cooked Caribbean food.

Be there for Jerk Burgers, Shrimp Kabobs, Trini-Style Boiled Corn and slightly cooler weather!  Items can be purchased a la carte although we strongly encourage you to spring for an exceptionally large meal made up of each individual dish.

As we always do on Sundays, we’ll be serving from the best cocktail and craft beer lists in the neighborhood, hosting our very competitive Sidewalk cornhole tournament (look it up, it’s SFW we promise), and looking forward to meeting some new people.

Sponsored post courtesy of The Exley.

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