When Greenpointers hear the word ‘change’ lately, they shudder. Many of the recent changes affecting local institutions have not been positive. Beloved stores have closed, landmarks have been demolished and gentrification has bred a slew of unwelcomed transitions. Did I even mention Amazon?
Right in time for the holiday season we have some good news: The Palace (206 Nassau Ave), formerly Goodmans, the iconic Greenpoint bar on the corner of Nassau Avenue and Russel Street, just opposite McGolrick Park, is not only going to re-open on Nov. 30, but it’s going to feature a number of improvements.
But, if you’re more into grass than grass-fed, then Long Island City is the place for you. The second phase of Hunters Point South Park opened last Wednesday, and the Architect’s Newspaper says the 11 acres of riverside park land, “brings a fresh breath of air to the formerly inaccessible, industrialized site and showcases expansive views of the East River alongside Newtown Creek.”
The “Gypsy Brewers” at Stillwater Artisanal are looking to open a home base at 321 Kingsland Avenue, which they’re calling “Production.” Stillwater Artisanal officially launched in 2010 and has been ranked as one of the best new brewers worldwide.
For the Greenpoint hub, Founder Brian Strumke envisions an “experimental fermentation facility, creatively integrating a brewery, eatery, bar and event space into a community hub for beer lovers, gourmands, and creatives.” The whole space is set to open in the fall of this year, and in addition to food, drink and creative events, Production will offer visitors limited edition beers and a chance to view the brewing process. Continue reading →
Nowadays, Greenpoint has a bewildering number of bars, but many of the best ones aren’t really places to watch a football game. So what makes a great sports bar where you can watch all the Sunday N.F.L action (or Monday night or Thursday night or Saturday College Football)? First, the bar has to have a big screen TV, preferably many TVs, so if you don’t root for the Giants or the Jets you can still catch your team’s game. Second, the bar’s gotta have good cheap beer and preferably some kind of beer and shot specials. Also, who doesn’t watch a football game without getting the munchies? A bar that serves pub grub has to rate higher than one that doesn’t. Finally, you want to watch with a good crowd, not in some mausoleum. With those categories in mind, here is a list of the top ten places to watch an N.F.L game! Continue reading →
From 11:30 p.m. until close, Greenpoint Heights, with its spacious, summery backyard, has got you covered for greasy late night bar food snacks. When you’re hungry late at night, drunkenly consult your Google Maps and stumble past McGolrick on your way to this most relaxed of backyards.
Here at Greenpoint Heights, under the light of the full moon, when you are howling for grease and fat, you will find our friend the wing. The wing, which has given sustenance to many a poor sports fan, graduate student and food-is-an-afterthought barfly, is basically required at any neighborhood bar. Greenpoint Heights’ buffalo wings are $6.00 for half a dozen and $12.00 for a dozen. During happy hour, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. every day, wings are half-off, at 50 cents apiece. Continue reading →
It’s football season again! No, not that football, sillies, the other football! It’s time for the MOTHER F-ING World Cup.
Just like leap years and presidential elections, the World Cup happens every four years (or quadrennially, which an all-around better way of saying it). And now it’s that time again! This year the games kick off on June 12th – here’s our World champion rundown list of Greenpoint bars where you can watch, in no particular order. Continue reading →
Our pals at Brokelyn just dropped the long-awaited 2014 edition of their Beer Book. And if you were thinking about gifting a box of Duane Reade chocolates to your loved one this V-Day, it’s probably a good time to reconsider. You know what’s better than waxy chocolate? BEER.
For $30, the book includes coupons for 30 beers at 30 bars all over Brooklyn (plus a few extras). So you can throw it in your pocket and hit the borough hard. They’re good for the whole year.
The best part, apart from the whole $1 beer thing, is that the book is like a little glimmer of foamy motivation that will get you to try new bars and neighborhoods that you might not get to otherwise. The Beer Book is actually 2 Books. What’s that, you say? Book 5 covers “Upper Brooklyn”(a new take on North) , which includes G-point, W-burg, B-wick, and B-Stuy (if I was a teenage girl texting, that’s how I’d break it down) and Book 6 covers “Middle Brooklyn,” which includes Cob-Hill, Dit-Park, P-Heights and P-Slope (sorry, not sorry). May we suggest a 30-bar crawl for the non-faint of liver? Continue reading →
While we patiently wait for the openings of Park Luncheonette (Driggs & Lorimer), Little Dokebi (Driggs Ave & Monitor St) and a portuguese restaurant at the old Wasco on (McGuinness Blvd & Nassau Ave), here are a few others that will be opening in Greenpoint sooner rather than later:
As reported by Eater, on July 16th Luksus, a 26-seat tasting menu restaurant will open in the back of TORST (615 Manhattan Ave). “At first it will be open for dinner Tuesday through Thursday nights, serving a five-course tasting menu from Burns, with optional beer pairings curated by Jarnit-Bjergsø. The hours will expand later.”
On a recent late night walk we spotted some construction going on at Driggs Ave and Diamond St and ran into the owner of what will soon be Bread for the Eater, which had a nice brick oven from the former pizzeria that was in the location previously. Din, who also owns Cheeky Sandwiches on Orchard St in LES, described Bread For The Eater’s offerings of fresh baguettes and bread, croissants, roasted meats, small plates and they will have a beer and wine license. This is definitely an exciting new spot on “the other side” of McGuinness Blvd.
According to Bedford & Bowery, a new Minneapolis inspired bar on Manhattan Ave near Norman Ave called Lake Street (706 Manhattan Ave) is opening soon by musicians, among them members of the bands Spoon & The Hold Steady. Bobby Drake of The Hold Steady, described it as “‘kind of old-man divey but cool bars, you know, where they could be sketchy, but not really,'” and “to that end, there will be Midwestern beers (natch), hot dogs, brats, and five TVs,” but it’s not a sports bar.
Can there ever be too many bars and dining establishments in Greenpoint?