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Greenpoint Restauranteurs Battle Food Insecurity With Pay-What-You-Can Meals

The pay-what-you-can meals launched on Monday at Jimmy’s Diner (577 Union Ave.)

Greenpoint restauranteurs and married couple Blair Papagni and Josh Cohen are offering pay-what-you-can hot meals for those in need during the coronavirus pandemic, as the issue of food insecurity worries freshly out of work people in the service sector.

“As we get further into this shutdown I think it’s going to be more difficult to get hot meals. We’re a city built on people that go out to eat, so I think there’s a good portion of our younger population here that probably doesn’t cook often, and then we have our older population that maybe can’t get out,” Papagni said. Continue reading

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Madre, The Franklin Guesthouse’s New Restaurant, is Now Open

Madre on Franklin Street is now open; all photos by Ashley Sears Photography.

The Franklin Guesthouse has been motherless for years, but at long last Madre has arrived.

Serving a curated menu that veers toward comfort food and offering a homey-chic ambiance germane to birthday dinners and happy hours alike, Madre indeed evokes a maternal vibe at 214 Franklin Street. But don’t let the name confuse you: Madre is neither a Mexican restaurant nor a tapas bar. Instead, it serves a delectable medley of new-American cuisine with plenty of punch in its dozen or so dishes. Come for the dollar oysters, stay for everything else.

The ribeye cap is a menu highlight.

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Tropic of Trash, Summer Fête, Chromatic Modernity — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (7/17-7/23)

WEDNESDAY 7/17

* Environmental Justice & Health Working Group Meeting @ North Brooklyn Neighbors (61 Greenpoint Ave 6th Fl), 630pm, FREE, help develop community-based strategies to combat issues of air pollution, legacy toxins, toxic sites, and trash & waste, More Info
* Intro to Plant Parenting: Houseplant Fundamentals @ Greenery Unlimited (91 West St), 715pm, $25, plant care essentials such as watering and weekly care will be discussed along with a potting demo and plenty of Q&A time to address your specific questions, Buy Tix
SummerFest 2019 @ Triskelion Arts (106 Calyer St), 730pm, $18, a series of mixed-bill performances highlighting new created movement-based artists happening, Buy Tix
* From the Bottom UP: A Chakra Balancing Kundalini Workshop
@human @ ease (31 Nassau Ave), 8pm, $35-$40, a Kundalini practice, meditation, breathwork, and focused journaling combined with live music, Buy Tix

THURSDAY 7/18

♦ Tropic of Trash: Poetry + Performances @ Brooklyn Windwood and Brass (88 Franklin St), 7pm, $5, poets paired with improv performers, More Info
Sister Nancy, Love Always, Grace of Spades @ El Cortez (17 Ingraham St) 7pm, $27, Buy Tix
* Psychoactivism: Psychedelics and the Climate Emergency
@ Park Church Co-op (129 Russell St), 7pm, $15, a dialogue on the psychedelic community, the activist community, and the environmental movement at large, Buy Tix
♫ Bowlive VIII featuring Soulive @ Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave), 8pm, $25-$30, 10th Anniversary with Soulive, Buy Tix

FRIDAY 7/19

# A British Summertime Feast @ Archestratus (160 Huron St), 7pm, FREE (until midnight w RSVP), the meal will reflect a side of British cooking that takes inspirations from a nation’s rich agricultural and regional history, Buy Tix
SummerStarz Free Movies in the Park: “Aquaman” @ Transmitter Park (2 Greenpoint Ave), 8pm, wonderful family-friendly movies in the park, More Info
♫ Gaila / Echo Moth (duo) / Matt Ward@ Magick City (37 Box St), 7pm, $45, More Info
♫ J Hoard @ National Sawdust (80 N 6 St), 8pm, $20, Buy Tix

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Air Guitar Championships, Evening on the Ganges, Always Happy Comedy Bop — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (6/26-7/2)

WEDNESDAY 6/26

♫ Brooklyn Air Guitar Championships @ Saint Vitus (1120 Manhattan Ave), 8pm, $15, New York’s best air guitarists battle it out to find which of them will represent Brooklyn in the US Air Guitar Championship! Part rock show, Buy Tix
♫ Democratic Primary Debate Watch Party @ Syndicated Bar (40 Bogart St), 8pm, FREE, the top-20 current candidates (by poll + individual donor numbers) split up into two nights of debates, More Info
♫ Stone Series: Simon Hanes @National Sawdust (80 N 6 St), 7pm, $25, a world premiere of an entirely new composition, Buy Tix
♦ Brooklyn Short Film Festival: 2019 @ Wythe Hotel, (80 Wythe Ave), 730pm, FREE, screening of short films for the 2019 edition, complimentary beverages and snacks, RSVP

THURSDAY 6/27

# World Pride Fundraiser “Infused” Dinner @ Archestratus (160 Huron St.), 630pm, $125, the Dru Project’s World Pride fundraiser featuring a “taste the rainbow” themed menu, featuring a variety of seasonal vegetables to tantalize the eye and the tongue, Buy Tix
♫ The chill | rooftop session @ The Lightning Society (245 Varet St), 7pm, $25, restorative/yin yoga, live sound meditation, breathwork with essential oils, reiki, and hands-on therapeutic adjustments, Buy Tix
☺♫ HOT & FUN: Comedy and Karaoke @ Baby Grand (Greenpoint 55 McGuinness Blvd), 8pm, FREE, NYC’s hottest comedians followed by karaoke, RSVP
☺ No Suggestion Weekly Open Mic @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St) 630pm, FREE, a mic geared towards improvisers & sketch comedians who want to work on their standup & characters, More Info

FRIDAY 6/28

♦☺ Always Happy Comedy Bop @ Brooklyn Bazaar
(150 Greenpoint Ave), 730pm, $5, night of never-before-seen comedy videos and shorts, submitted each month by NYC’s top comedians and filmmakers, More Info
♦ Mustang | Films on the Green @ Transmitter Park (2 Greenpoint Ave), 830pm, FREE, five sisters, driven by the same desire for independence, fight back against the limits imposed on them; in Turkish with English subtitles, More Info
♫ Evening on the Ganges: Indian Classical Music @ Sacred Arts Research Foundation (107 Green St), 7pm, $20 (suggested), a sarod-flute-tabla concertBuy Tix
♫ The Vocal Kalimba – Circle Songs @ Golden Drum (97 Green St), 730pm, $20 (suggested), a community music healing experience inspired by the circular music and rhythms of the Kalimba, More Info

 SATURDAY 6/29

♫ This Party Is Killing You: A Very Special Robyn Pride Party @ Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave), 1145pm, $15, expect your favorite Swedish chanteuse plus bumping beats plus tracks by queer icons keeping you grooving all night long, Buy Tix
♫ PRIDE 
@ A/D/O (29 Norman Ave), 3pm, FREE, Starchild & The New Romanic (DJ), Lauren Flax, and Debit will provide a colorful soundtrack to accompany YAKI TIKI tropical refreshments, RSVP
♫ MAMITA PEYOTE + ESCARIOKA @ Kingsland Bar (269 Norman Ave), 9pm, $10, Rocksteady, Reggae, Ska-Jazz, Cumbia, Swing, Funk, Rock, Gypsy Punk and Latin Pop, Buy Tix
 Al-Kimiya rhythmic meditation @ Horti Play (70 Eckford St), 4pm, $75, extended kundalini breathwork and guided sound meditation, Buy Tix
^ Well-Read Black Girl Book Discussion: Sister Love @ WORD (632 Manhattan Ave), 3pm, FREE discussion on the book “Sister Love: The Letters of Audre Lorde and Pat Parker 1974-1989,” More Info Continue reading

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Japanese Backyard Grill “Yaki Tiki” Launches at A/D/O

Yaki Tiki, a new edition to the A/D/O (29 Norman Ave.) outdoor space launched two weeks ago and merges Japanese yakitori-style cuisine and tiki drinks.

The outdoor grill

Yaki Tiki is a partnership between the Sunday in Brooklyn hospitality team (Todd Enany, Adam Landsman, Exec Chef Jaime Young, and bar director Brian Evans), as well as JT Vuong and George Padilla (formerly of Okonomi and YUJI Ramen).

We stopped by last weekend to try some yakitori skewers and boozy popsicles; everything we sampled was delicious, check out the pictures:

Maitake w sansho lime; shishito w nori, lemon; potato salad

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Sakura Market Launches at Pony Boy

(Image courtesy of Micahel Stember)

Sakura Market is a new dining experience featuring “supreme sushi grade seafood with deep Unami flavors using healthy principles” that is launching at Pony Boy (632 Manhattan Ave.) in March.

 

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Blown away by Sushi Belly Tower this weekend in DTLA. Amazing work by @upstreamfoods

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Food and Booze! Winter Warmer Comes to Brooklyn Expo Center on 2/2

Food, glorious food! Celebrate everything you love about winter in one delicious festival. Join Cannonball Productions on February 2 at the Brooklyn Expo Center (75 Noble Street) for its Winter Warmer. Enjoy boozy drinks, comfort eats, and cozy vibes on a wintry Saturday!

There’ll be unlimited spiked drinks, craft beer, and free-flowing bubbly. Top local chefs will be onsite serving up your favorite winter comfort foods — including, but not limited to, truffle mac n’ cheese. Music, games, and seasonal comfort foods will serve just-off-the-slopes vibes without all the windburn.

General admission ticket holders can choose between afternoon and evening sessions at 1:30 PM or 5:30 PM, respectively. General admission includes a commemorative tasting glass for craft beer, spirits, and wine tastings. Top local restaurants will be there selling an array of comfort food like chili, grilled cheese, waffles, and more. The boozy wonderland will feature games, live music, and plenty of festive antics too. For more information and tickets visit here!

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Selamat Pagi’s Summer Menu Now Offers Van Leeuwen’s Ice Cream Sundaes

Van Leeuwen’s Ice Cream is now featured at Selamat Pagi

If there’s not enough heat in your summer, stop by Selamat Pagi to further spice it up. Right off idyllic McGolrick Park at 152 Driggs Avenue, Seamat Pagi is one of Greenpoint’s few Indonesian restaurants, serving dishes with a kick and — as of this summer — sundaes infusing Van Leeuwen Ice Cream to help you cool down.

Under the direction of new executive chef Jack Roche, these delectable new treats include the Sumatra Sundae (vegan cold brew ice cream, coconut whip cream, cacao nibs, and luxardo cherry sauce) and the Subtropic Summer Sorbets (strawberry and soursop, mango sorbet, coconut whip cream, and house-made candied fennel brittle). Continue reading

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Sumo Stew is Back Next Week! (7/17)

Sumo Stew

The biggest ever Sumo Stew is coming to East Williamsburg next Tuesday (7/17) at Arrogant Swine (173 Morgan Avenue) from 6-9pm. The event is hosted by photographer Michael Harlan Turkell and Harry Rosenblum, the owner of The Brooklyn Kitchen. The pair teamed up to create a Japan-centered foodie event series (they’ve done more than a dozen at this point) featuring bowls of chankonabe (sumo stew) as the main dish, which sumo wrestlers make and chow down on before a match. And, of course, sumo wrestling matches are live streamed during the evening. This round of Sumo Stew will feature a North Carolina BBQ-style Whole Hog chankonabe, in collaboration with BBQ joint Arrogant Swine.
Tickets and complete event info here.

Bowls of chankonabe. Photo via Sumo Stew
Bowls of chankonabe. Photo via Sumo Stew
Michael Harlan Turkell (r) and Harry Rosenblum (l). Photo via Sumo Stew
Michael Harlan Turkell (r) and Harry Rosenblum (l). Photo via Sumo Stew

The tickets are $60, but that gets you a whole lot of Japanophile fun. Each participant gets a bento box, bowl of chankonabe, and 2 drink tickets to be used for sake, shochu, or a whisky cocktail – and round after round of sumo. Plus, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Japan Society. Here’s a detailed list of all the cool things you’ll get:

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Awesome Foodie Volunteer Gig: Rescue Leftover Cuisine and Feed The Hungry

In New York City, one in six people is food insecure, which means that they don’t have consistent access to enough food, and they may not know where their next meal is coming from. Thankfully, there’s a program to recover leftover food from restaurants all around the city and distribute it to those in need. Rescuing Leftover Cuisine is a NYC-based non-profit dedicated to connecting food with the hungry and reducing food waste, and they’re currently seeking general volunteers and also looking for two Lead Rescuers in Greenpoint. Continue reading

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