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Staycation To Do in Greenpoint This Memorial Day Weekend!

Staying in Greenpoint this Memorial Day weekend? A staycation is a fantastic way to recharge and enjoy the neighborhood without the crowds. You didn’t spend your dollars traveling so why not support local businesses with some extra savings? Through Monday (5/27), you can get 30% off at neighborhood restaurants and shops on the Cinch app.

Here are some ideas for you.

Brooklyn Label (180 Franklin St)

Booze it up

Doubling up on your mimosas is easy when when it’s up to 30% off brunch cocktails. Brooklyn Label is your Greenpoint brunch go-to when you’re looking for that unbeatable combo of pancakes and booze. Day drinking is classy when it’s brunch. Continue reading

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Take Your Mom Out for Brunch in Greenpoint at These Four Local Spots this Sunday (5/12)!

Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash

This Sunday is Mother’s Day and also is the last day of Toast to Greenpoint so why not treat her to a mouthwatering meal for 25% off while supporting local businesses?

If you haven’t already, download the Cinch, and use code TOAST25 to get your discount at some classic Greenpoint spots.

Anella (222 Franklin St)

Anella’s warm, inviting interior opens onto a garden space to enjoy brunch outside (if it’s not raining). Brunch includes dishes such as an omelette with oyster and shiitake mushrooms, ricotta, and house potatoes, brioche French toast with mascarpone, and healthier options like a kale salad. Make it a boozy brunch with a Bellini that includes peach, elderflower, and prosecco.

Le Gamin (108 Franklin St)

Open since 1992, Le Gamin is where to take a mom who’d rather be in Paris. Try the escargot to really feel like you’re in France. If snails aren’t your thing, they also offer brunch fare like a mushroom and herb polenta cake with goat cheese crumbles. Finish the meal with a sweet crepe.

Brooklyn Label

Brooklyn Label is your go-to for a classic American brunch. Pancakes, benedicts, omelettes, and of course avocado toast can all be found here. It’s located in the landmark Astral building and has good vibes all around. Bring your mom here if she just wants some good pancakes and a mimosa!

If your mom has a sweet tooth, take her to Charlotte Patisserie. Enjoy French staples like a croque monsieur or a quiche – or just skip straight to dessert. Try the Duet, a white and chocolate mousse with hazelnut crunch, or a raspberry creme brulee, or their seasonal spring/summer Extravaganza, a mango-strawberry mousse topped with fresh candied strawberry.

Toast to Greenpoint is a celebration of the neighborhood produced by Cinch, which aims to connect local residents with neighborhood businesses to discover new experiences and exclusive offers. Check out the rest of the 20+ participating restaurants and bars here or simply visit your “rewards” tab in the app to explore!


Cinch

Sponsored by Cinch: An app that drives business within local communities. Once you download the app, you can choose from hundreds of participating Williamsburg and Greenpoint business to eat, drink, shop that offer specials and discounts.

Are you a local business and want to join the Cinch community? Sign up here!

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Brooklyn Label: Rediscovering the Astral’s Legacy

The Astral (Pratt Institute archives)

A lot of local history is quickly disappearing, but one place that is holding strong is Brooklyn Label (180 Franklin St.) and the historic building it calls home. French Greenpointer Robert Arbor, proprietor of Le Gamin (108 Franklin St.) re-opened Brooklyn Label in the historic Astral Building. The former management did little to recognize the amazing history of the space, something that Arbor has dedicated himself to changing.

The Astral Apartments are not only landmarked, but the building is also on the National Register of Historic Places. Arbor and his manager, Alex Russell, are determined to honor the building’s rich history and its patron philanthropist Charles Pratt, the oil baron and the richest man in 19th century Brooklyn.

Completed in 1883, the Astral Apartments were unique in their day: Unlike the flimsy tenement buildings that sprang up all around the city without basic amenities, the Astral was a kind of gift to the Greenpoint community and a solidly built showcase.

In contrast to tenements, Pratt’s building had plenty of natural light, air and even indoor plumbing, unheard of luxuries for most tenement dwellers. And the building was stunningly beautiful too!

The philanthropist hired famed architects Hugh Lamb and Charles A. Rich who also designed his stately Pratt Institute campus. Pratt commissioned them to design the Astral as a model for worker housing. Lamb & Rich based the Astral design on innovative tenement housing built by American philanthropist George Peabody in London who was a personal friend of Pratt’s.

Astral Kindergarten (Pratt Institute archives)
(Pratt Institute archives)

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New Brunches, New Shake Shack, New Ice Cream (Soon)

Brooklyn Label is back on the scene!  Image: Brooklyn Label/Instagram

The Big News: Brooklyn Label is open again! Brooklyn Label 3.0, now under the same management as Le Gamin, reopened in the past couple of weeks. The space at 180 Franklin Street has been given a little bit of a renovation in the past few months prior to the reopening. But most importantly, Le Gamin owner, Robert Arbor, wants to return Brooklyn Label to all its former glory. The menu is classic American: eggs Benedict, French toast, pancakes, burgers, and salads. They’re currently open for breakfast and lunch with dinner service coming soon.

For the past year, Mister Dips has been our answer to Shake Shack, but at some point next year, we will have an actual Shake Shack. Seems the chain will be coming to the space that formerly housed Blue Bottle at 160 Berry Street. They even threw a “surprise party” complete with free burgers and pumpkin frozen custards at North Brooklyn Farms last Wednesday. Word is doors open in the spring. Continue reading

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New Restaurants Are Coming To Franklin Street

Glasserie’s sister restaurant, BarGlory, is open.  Image: BarGlory/Instagram

At the beginning of this year, things looked bleak food-wise on Franklin Street Cassette, Jimmy’s, Brooklyn Label, Mr. Souvlaki, and Mrs. Kim’s had all gone dark during the end of 2016 or first few months of 2017. The space in Franklin Guesthouse that looks like it should be a restaurant was most definitely not yet a restaurant. We could still get sandwiches at Eagle Trading Company (258 Franklin St), tacos at Vamos Al Tequila (162 Frankin St), or enjoy the back garden of Anella (222 Franklin St), but the empty restaurants reminded us of what we couldn’t have. Luckily, those holes have been slowly filling in and this fall will be glorious for Franklin St.

First, there was Chez Ma Tante (90 Calyer St) in the former Jimmy’s space (yes, go get the beef tartare). Of course, one of our newest chill spots is Threes at Franklin + Kent (113 Franklin St). Then, we noticed that the Franklin Guesthouse restaurant space is finally fully operational. The new spot at 214 Franklin Street is called “BarGlory” and is the sister restaurant of Glasserie. The menu is a little light with most of the sections only giving you three options, but there does seem to be something for meat-eaters and vegetarians alike. The dishes incorporate a number of East Asian ingredients including Korean kuksu, Japanese togarashi noodles, and Chinese tea eggs. The cocktails are going for $13, with several pét-nat, draft wine, and beer options. Currently, they are only open for dinner, with breakfast and lunch coming soon. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Food & Drink: Summer News Round-up

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Brooklyn Barge Bar

There’s been a whole lot of comings and goings amongst Greenpoint’s bars and restaurants recently.  Here’s a round-up of a few changes that are on our radar…

Brooklyn Barge Bar  (3 Milton Street) – This novelty floating bar has been a long time in the making and it’s looking like they’ll miss the boat with the summer crowd if they don’t get things going soon. Time Out are throwing a ‘first look’ party  ($25 for unlimited beer and oysters) on the barge on August 26th, so it’s quite likely that this will be their opening night. Let’s hope they don’t have to cancel like they did with their 4th July celebrations. But, if they do, at least it means that Transmitter Park will stay a haven of tranquillity for a little longer.

Brooklyn Label (180 Franklin Street) – A sign in the window of this popular brunch spot says ‘closed for renovation’, along with a request to renew their sidewalk liquor license. However, it’s just been confirmed by the owners that the business is actually being sold and will be re-opening as something different in due course.  Continue reading

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Top Brunching with Brooklyn Label’s New Chef José Luis Diaz

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Cuban Tamale with Pulled Pork

Whenever we have friends in town, the weekend usually starts with a hearty Greenpoint brunch to show off the neighborhood. And although there’s been endless new places opening up recently, when it comes to wowing visitors we often end up leaning on old classics for great food and reliable service

Brooklyn Label (180 Franklin St.) is one of these classics. Continue reading

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GREENPOINT VEGGIE BURGER DIARIES: BROOKLYN LABEL

Last week was a rough for me. 911 always brings me down plus I got doored with a capital – slam me into the middle of the street – D! It was one of the scariest and alienating experiences of my life. After I got up and picked up my bicycle, the first thing the driver said was not, “are you okay?” but “you were going to fast.” After the rage subsided I started shaking and crying uncontrollably, which is a little awkward on Graham Ave with all the staring passersby. Thankfully, I’m totally fine, bruised up but alive. The mental trauma and my general disenchantment with NY set in for a few days afterwards – it’s such a rough and unforgiving place sometimes.  Continue reading

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GREENPOINTERS ESPRESSO TOUR RESULTS!

An excellent espresso is a cafe’s best business card. On Sunday October 2, 2011, Rebecca from I love Greenpoint, Mike & Charlie from Brooklynauts and I tasted a total of 19 espressos from every cafe* in Greenpoint in order to determine the champion of the Greenpointers 2011 Espresso Tour. The density of outstanding espressos in this neighborhood was impressive and made the tour difficult to judge, but we have a winner!

Greenpointers Espresso Tour Map

Each cafe was notified and generously donated 3 espressos. We judged using the following score sheet adapted from the World Barista Championship:

TASTE EVALUATION OF ESPRESSO:
• COLOR OF CREMA (hazelnut, dark brown, reddish reflection)  0/10  ___
• CONSISTENCY & PERSISTENCE OF CREMA*                        0/10  ___
• TASTE BALANCE (harmonious balance of sweet/acidic/bitter)  0/10  ___
• TACTILE BALANCE (full bodied, round, smooth)               0/10  ___
• TEMPERATURE** (hot but not too hot to drink)               0/10  ___
0/50  ___

BEVERAGE PRESENTATION:
• CORRECT ESPRESSO CUPS USED (60-90mL w/handle)              YES/NO
• SERVED WITH ACCESSORIES (spoon, napkin & water)            YES/NO
/2   ___

After judges’ individual scores were added, the highest possible score was 156. Results ranged between 97-142. (Only the top 3 scores are revealed.)

*We were unable to contact Ashbox and the cafe was closed on Sunday.

2011 GREENPOINTERS ESPRESSO TOUR RESULTS

 

*** 1st Place: Cup on Norman ***

Top Score: 142

2nd Place: Upright ( Score: 139)

3rd Place: Grumpy & Champion (Scores: 138 each)

OTHER CATEGORIES:

Best on Franklin St: Veronica People’s Club
Best on Manhattan Ave: Upright
Best near McGolrick Park: Variety
Best Overall Experience: Veronica People’s Club
Best Coffee Bar: Troost
Best Presentation: Le Gamin & Cafecito Bogota
Hottest Barista: Janna at Van Leeuwen
Best Team: Cookie Road
Most Unassuming: Garden Spot Cafe
Most Charming: Milk & Roses
Best Value: Royal & VPC ($2)

Congratulations to CUP, the 2011 Greenpointers Espresso Tour Champion!

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