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

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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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Where to Get Sweet & Savory Treats for Holiday Parties

‘Tis the season of hosting family and friends in your home. As it’s the busiest season of the year with lots on the calendar, we’ve put together a short list of places ready to help you make your loved ones feel catered to with minimum effort on you.

Monger’s Palate

Monger’s Palate builds made-to-order catering platters guaranteed to be a showstopper at your holiday cocktail party or event.  Their cheese, charcuterie and crudité platters come with seasonal, fresh ingredients that are carefully curated. Their selection of artisanal cheeses, meats and condiments are prepared to perfectly compliment each other’s flavor. Let them know what wine or beverage you’ll be serving and they’ll gladly customize your order to make your holiday table full of cheese and cheer!

Address: 192 Driggs Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Website: Monger’s Palate
Phone: (718) 383-0612
Cost: Email for pricing and availability
Highlights: Customizable platters, amazingly delicious cheese, fresh and local ingredients

 

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We Heart This Greenpoint-Produced Love Podcast: Essie’s Hour of Love

Essie's Hour of Love
The Essie’s Hour of Love team (from bottom L to R)—Essie Zar, Nancy Pappas, Grace Taylor. Photo: Chris DeMairo

Ever stumble into a café on a Tuesday morning with a dozen people plugging away on their laptops and wonder, “What are you all doing and working on?” If you said “yes,” you’re not alone. And right here in Greenpoint, you may be surprised to know that a podcast is being produced right across the table from you.

No matter what your interests or where you are in the world, the topic of love is universal. For many, it’s a question with an ongoing search for an answer—and a subject that rarely has a single point of view. Australian native Essie Zar explores perspectives on and experiences of love with those from all walks of life through her podcast Essie’s Hour of Love, produced and broadcasted right from her Greenpoint ‘shack d’amour’ a.k.a flat—a.k.a apartment—on Driggs Avenue. From other fellow podcasters, to childhood friends, to strangers along her path, Essie focuses on the identities of her subjects and their individualized, unique journeys in love and life. While her interviewees talk about things like fairytale endings, headstrong partnerships or the balance between the head and the heart, Essie’s intuition always leads her to capture their most vulnerable stories. We interviewed Essie and her team finding out how they got started, where they are now and how Greenpoint has played a part in not only the podcast’s production but also in their lives. Continue reading

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Working From Home? Check Out These Greenpoint Cafes

c/o SweetFoxCafe.com
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Our little neighborhood is home to a lot of cafes—from your quick go-to spot (that’s you, Cup) to your second-home-away-from home (thank you, Cafe Grumpy) to everything in between. If you’re a freelancer, however, some of the cafes are better for you than others because they consistently offer the essentials (like free WiFi, an empty seat, good coffee, and decent music). Some may have it all but come with baggage (like spotty WiFi, sparse seating, bad music, or lots of babies). And some don’t have anything to offer you (except for good coffee on your day off). So, where should you go? Check out this quick freelancers’ guide to see what fits your vibe. Continue reading

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French Pastries Get Fancy at Charlotte Patisserie

Charlotte Patisserie's splendid pastry selection

Charlotte Patisserie  (596 Manhattan Avenue)  is like a little piece of France in Greenpoint. Although it’s been open since 2011, recent renovations and the addition of a dining room have given new life to the pastry shop, which also boasts a wonderful back yard surrounded by ivy- covered brick walls.

They have also expanded their menu to offer brunch and a casual but elegant dinner. Menu options include French classics like a croque monsieur, ratatouille, omelette, crepes, Niçoise salad and croquettes.
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Top Outdoor Dining Spots for Embracing Summer in Greenpoint

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A sunny spot at Milk and Roses

After several false-starts to summer, it’s the arrival of gorgeous weeks like this that make it seem important to spend as much time as possible outdoors. A few among us are lucky enough to have an outdoor space of our own but fortunately, for those of us that don’t, Greenpoint has an abundance of cafes and bars offering some beautiful back yards in which to idle away some sunny hours.

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