Graham Avenue

Metropolitan Minibar Little King Reigns Supreme Over Graham L-Stop

Little King's tiny interior, filled with cozy familiarity. Photo by Jane Beiles
Little King’s tiny interior, filled with cozy familiarity. Photo by Jane Beiles

If you’ve exited the Graham Avenue L station recently, a tiny newcomer tucked away next to the corner bodega and behind a knockout set of art deco doors may have caught your eye. Little King (749 Metropolitan Ave.) has been quietly open for the past several weeks, nestled inside an elfin den that actually feels like it’s just the right size. It’s perfectly cozy, and to those nearby should become a favorite neighborhood spot. Given Graham Avenue’s recently changing landscape—late October saw the closure of Oak Wine Bar, soon Daddy’s is shuttering (and we hear Mother’s is not far behind)—in addition to a handful of empty storefronts, the area could use an additional post-work friendly local joint to wind down in and meet up with friends. Or even a good place to meet a Tinder date—Little King’s style is dressed to impress yet worn and approachable, so it fits the first date bill.

Inside Little King—the timeless vintage interior impeccably designed by partner Christina Salway—you’ll find a careful selection of all natural and biodynamic wines, a full bar with classic-sounding yet original cocktails (The John Henry, The War Horse, The Stoddard, among others), and a tight bar food menu. Continue reading

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Beer Street: An Ode to Beer

Beer Street in Brooklyn is serving up some of the best craft beer in the country.

To the beer snobs,  

cicerones

and those of good taste. 

To the curious, 

the unique, 

and the locavores–rejoice! 

If this bar had a theme song, it would be The Doors’ inimitable anthem to the odd “People are Strange.” Beer Street at 413 Graham Avenue embraces the bizarre. Their ever present sidewalk sign reminds me as I walk home from the L to “drink weird beer.” It was no accident that they were twice selected as one of the top 100 craft beer bars in the country. The narrow, intimate bar’s tastefully simple white-washed brick walls contain an atmosphere gentle and welcoming in a way that New York bars often lack. Décor aside, the best part is that this expertly curated beer bar operates without a hint of pretension. The bartenders will happily advise, educate, and guide a neophyte but never condescend. This is a different, elevated kind of service than other craft beer spots are offering and you can enjoy it without the fuss of other places (because that’s just not how we do things on Graham!). Continue reading

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Cocktails and Cajun Comfort at Bourbon Springs

Bourbon Springs is serving up some of the best bourbon cocktails in New York
Bourbon Springs is serving some of the best bourbon cocktails in New York

If you haven’t been to vibrant Graham Avenue on the border of Williamsburg and Greenpoint yet, I present to you the perfect reason to explore this part of town. Named after a communal trout fishing lodge that her grandfather founded in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Emily Casey’s Bourbon Springs somehow captures the familiarity of a little restaurant in the south, but with the all the culinary chops necessary to survive New York’s competitive restaurant scene. The Cajun-inspired menu is sure to satisfy and the bar happens to make some of the best craft cocktails in the city.  The interior is pleasant and charming; small enough to feel welcoming yet with table spacing optimized for conversation. Bourbon Springs also enjoys a quaint backyard complete with picnic tables surrounded by planters overflowing with herbs, tomatoes, and blueberries.  On Sunday evenings, they offer seasonal all-you-can-eat seafood boils, currently featuring crab and shrimp.

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The New Meat Hook, Complete With Monday Night Grilling!

The New Meat Hook, via The-Meathook.com
The New Meat Hook, via The-Meathook.com

It was big news earlier this year when our neighborhood whole-animal butcher, The Meat Hook, left their space in the back of the Brooklyn Kitchen and moved a little further into Williamsburg. The new Graham Avenue space, which opened on February 26th, is bigger, brighter and allows for a bit more interaction between their fabulous butchers and us customers. I stopped by recently to get some groceries and catch up with owner Brent Young.
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The Richardson Turns 3

The Richardson is celebrating their 3rd anniversary tomorrow afternoon with their usual flair!

We will be sippin’ $6 Single Barrel Buffalo Trace cocktails and eating whatever delectables The Meat Hook has grillin’ up on our patio THIS Sunday afternoon, August 14, from 2pm – 6pm. We invite you to slip on your Sunday Best (perhaps some seersucker or a straw hat!) and join us as we celebrate our Three Year Anniversary!!

As an added treat, our good friends, The Minerva Lions, will be celebrating with us by playing an acoustic set in The Parlor. Their set should begin around 5pm, rounding out our birthday bash in rockin’ good style.

Three Year Anniversary Celebration
Sunday, August 14, 2011 – 2-6pm
The Richardson
451 Graham Avenue

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Cheaper Cheap Monday

All three Alter locations will be open today from Noon-8pm for a very rare Monday sale… ALL Cheap Monday jeans and collection pieces (Men’s and Women’s) will be discounted 40% off the original price.

ALTER Men
109 Franklin St
(at Greenpoint Ave.)
Brooklyn, NY. 11222
Tel. 718.784.8818

ALTER Woman
140 Franklin St.
(at Greenpoint Ave.)
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Tel. 718.349.0203

ALTER Graham Ave (Co-Ed)
407 Graham Ave
(btwn Jackson and Withers)
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Tel 718.609.0203

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Variety Holiday Market

I got an email from darling Lila Dobbs, the buyer over at The Brooklyn Kitchen and The Meat Hook in Williamsburg. She’s participating in a holiday pop-up market at Variety Cafe with some other local food-business people. Perfection for stocking stuffers and a great place to stop on the way to your weekend soirees.

Did you wait until the last minute to buy stocking stuffers? Have you been shopping to the point of low blood-sugar induced delirium? Either or neither, come next weekend to Variety Cafe in Williamsburg for a one-time only Holiday Pop-Up Market! On December 18th and 19th from 10-5pm, me and 5 other Brooklyn-based jammers and confectioners will be slinging locally baked, spun and/or preserved holiday treats. You can look forward to bags of biscotti, jars of jams, butters, fruitcakes, caramels and yule-logs! (Yule-logs!)

There’s no reason not to stop by. Located conveniently on Graham Avenue, right outside the L train, Variety is surrounded by dozens of other small shops and boutiques.

Variety Holiday Market
Saturday 12/18/10 & Sunday 12/19/10
10am-5pm
Variety Cafe
368 Graham Avenue

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Greenpoint Gift Guide: Alter

With tomorrow being the 1st Annual Franklin Street Holiday Stroll, you most certainly will be stopping in to Alter for a gift or two.

Graphic canvas Tote bags by Jessica Crosby $20.00 – Greenpoint based illustrator Jessica Crosby creates these graphically pleasing canvas totes.It is Unisex and a great gift for that fashionably Eco conscious friend.

Women’s Osborn for ALTER shoes $149.00 – A collaboration between ALTER and Greenpoint’s own Osborn Design. Hand made in Guatemala with vintage fabrics from the ALTER archives.
ALTER (MEN)
109 Franklin St.
Brooklyn, NY 11222
718 784 8818
ALTER (WOMEN)
140 Franklin St.

Brooklyn, NY 11222
718 349 0203

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Reality Pop Up: La Bella Torte

This Spring I posted about Joe & AnneMarie Glaser’s La Bella Torte. First they had the cannoli’s that Pacino couldn’t refuse and then they had a one day pop-up shop at The Cozy Royale. But opening today is thier own Holiday pop-up shop! You can buy those famous cannoli’s at La Bella Torte starting today November 9th through December 31st.

And to continue the tradition of other local reality show locals, you’ll be able to watch Joe on TLC starting December 6th as he competes against nine others for the title of Cake Boss: NEXT GREAT BAKER hosted by the Buddy Valastro!

La Bella Torte
341 Graham Avenue
Fan them on Facebook here.

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Save The Date: A Phat Way to Spend a Tuesday

Those über cool peeps from The Desk Set* are hosting a Mardi Gras Party and it looks like it’s going to be one hell of a shindig. I can’t think of a better way to spend Fat Tuesday. Just the though of being able to win a bar tab is enough to get me very excited.


The Desk Set is proudly hosting a Mardi Gras Party
to Benefit the New Orleans Public Library Tuesday February 5th 8pm til late
Daddy’s Bar
437 Graham Ave., Williamsburg

DJs playing classic greasy R & B sides from the great state of Louisiana, tons of Mardi Gras beads, homemade King Cakes, hurricane drink specials, raffle prizes, perhaps some second lining, & much more!

Here are some of the raffle prizes from from fabulous local businesses (the list is growing; expect more prizes to come!)

Buy one ticket for $2, five tickets for $5 and fifteen tickets for $10. Contact us if you can’t make the party and would like to purchase some tickets.

The drawing will be held at 10:30pm at the party.

You do not need to be present to receive your prize – we’ll contact you.

All of the proceeds from the Raffle and drink specials will go to the project described below:

The New Orleans Public Library NOPL Archives:

The City Archives and Special Collections have microfilms of the Times-Picayune that are going vinegary. We need to replace the films back to mid- late-19th century and clean/replace the cabinets. We have been negotiating with ProQuest, which holds the license, and hope to achieve a price considerably lower than their original figure, but we’re trying to raise $50K, perhaps more, soon.

Come out, bring your friends, and let the good times roll, all while supporting a great cause!

*The Desk Set is an informal group of librarians, archivists, Library Science students and other individuals who love books. The Desk Set gatherings usually entail meeting up at bars in Greenpoint or Williamsburg and sometimes we go on field trips, have picnics or book swaps. Check us out at www.myspace.com/thedeskset & www.thedeskset.org

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