Get ready, Manhattan Avenue: another liquor license has been approved.
And that license is in good hands — Citroën, the new French bistro at 931 Manhattan Ave. with market-fresh ingredients, has been tantalizing Greenpointers with its unique cocktails on Instagram and leaving those in fear of political discussions around the Thanksgiving table wishing they were saddled up at the new restaurant’s custom-made bar.
In fact, much of the decor, chairs, and tables in Citroën — like the menu — is custom-made. That’s because long-time Brooklynite and kingpin of repurposed goods Craig Kafton is behind these nifty operations. Kafton created a similar experience at Williamsburg’s beloved but now closed Second Stop Café — notice the detail in Citroën’s recycled columns and bespoke tables — including a restored one made from Rosie Perez’ door in her old Brooklyn home.
“I’m spending more money than I ever have before on printer paper,” Todd Andrews jokingly tells me. That’s because Annicka (544 Manhattan Ave.), the recently re-opened farm brewery restaurant on a quiet edge of McCarren Park, where Andrews is both management consultant and head chef, has a drinks menu that changes almost every week. But, as far as expenses go, that paper seems to be well worth it.
A unique permit helps to explain Annicka’s frequently modified booze offerings. Ed Raven, Annicka’s owner, also owns Greenpoint Beer & Ale (7 N 15th St.), about a half mile away on Greenpoint’s West side, where he operates under a New York State farm brewery license. This allows him, as a local brewer, to serve his and other New York State produced and labeled beer, wine, cider, and spirits by the glass, at up to five retail locations without another permit. This encourages quite a bit of experimentation at Annicka, where Andrews and his team “have really run with it”, excitedly exploring what’s out there. So far he’s only had one table ask for something off menu that he couldn’t provide; his search for a New York State Sambuca continues. Continue reading →
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 Creamto 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 →
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 →