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Casual Korean BBQ & Fried Chicken Hit Manhattan Ave.

Our new Korean BBQ spot, Bulbap Grill  Image: Bulbag Grill/Facebook

Korean BBQ. Fried Chicken. Bulgogi. These are just a few of the specialties at Bulbap Grill, the new Korean fusion restaurant at 646 Manhattan Avenue. Yes, the former site of our beloved Lomzynianka.

Bulbap Grill is looking to bring traditional Korean food to Greenpointers through a simple and short menu of core specialties like BBQ, rice bowls, chicken wings and tacos. The owner’s goal is to build a recognizable brand of restaurants, synonymous with great traditional and Korean fusion foods with the Greenpoint location being the first of three opening in the tri-state area. Continue reading

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The Québécois Finally Bring Us Poutine With The Gentry

The Gentry, Manhattan Ave, GreenpointA very warm Bienvenue, to The Gentry! This absolutely adorable French-Canadian inspired restaurant by Chef Gillian Clark is now open on Manhattan Avenue and we couldn’t be more excited. From the moment I stepped in, I realized that this is a place I will frequent often. The décor is a little Louis XIV, a little Lewis Carroll, and a dash of Brooklyn. Ornate gold mirrors of various shapes and sizes adorn the walls in a style that would make Pinterest users swoon and a cabinet is lined with a collection of teacups. The wooden tables are engraved with French scroll, adding a casual touch to the otherwise Baroque atmosphere. The sign out front proclaims that this is Montreal-style cuisine, and I smile with the knowledge that they have an entire menu page devoted to poutines.
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Where to Take Your Honey for Valentine’s Day in North Brooklyn

This is all I really want, Peter Pan’s heart-shaped doughnuts.  Image: Peter Pan Donut/Instagram

Our annual holiday to celebrate love is almost here. Yes, Valentine’s Day is next Tuesday, and if you haven’t made a plan yet, there are plenty of North Brooklyn restaurants ready to help you out.

No word yet on whether Peter Pan will be serving up their famous heart-shaped doughnuts, though.  Continue reading

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Everyone Came Out for the 7th Annual TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint!!

Image: Julia Moak
Image: Julia Moak

This past Sunday afternoon, the 7th annual TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint fed the masses in East River State Park. Over 40 of North Brooklyn’s restaurants, bars, breweries, and wineries came out to celebrate our community and have some fun on the late summer day with a little live music and games. A number of restaurants from our neck of the woods came out for the block party including Anella, Café Grumpy, Greenpoint Beer & Ale, Hail Mary, Le Gamin, and our latest hotspot 21 Greenpoint all made appearances.  The Greenpointers crew stopped by to check out the scene and taste all the things! Continue reading

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Georgian Cheeseboats Sail into Williamsburg

Cheeseboat brings Contemporary Georgian cooking to Williamsburg.
Cheeseboat brings Contemporary Georgian cooking to Williamsburg.

Walking into Cheeseboat, the new family-run Georgian restaurant at 80 Berry Street in Williamsburg, my aesthete’s heart is overjoyed.  I am immediately put at ease by the soft, romantic lighting. The boldly-patterned table coverings are ornamented with tea lights that provide a lovely glow. A stunning piece of woodwork surrounds a table tucked into the wall, reminiscent of a hobbit hole and designed by the incredibly talented Charlie Baker of Baker Structures.  We are warmly greeted by Shako, one of the family members who will be our server for the evening.  I ordered the house red, which is a surprisingly good Malbec bursting with fruit.  We start our meal with the vegetarian dip trio, which includes a smoky eggplant paste, a spinach and herb pesto, and a chargrilled onion hummus served with delicious bread.  We enjoy our dips but are anxious to move onto the star of the show– the cheeseboat. Continue reading

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Whiskey Burger: Good Burgers, Good Whiskey (and Bourbon), and Tasty Cocktails

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When 12 year neighborhood staple The Mark Bar shuttered and signs of construction began, many were sad. But really, there’s no reason to be sad. The former owners of The Mark Bar (also of The Lobster Joint), Bob Levitt and Tommy Chabrowski, are now the owners of a great new restaurant, Whiskey Burger.

Levitt and Chabowski knew they needed to give The Mark Bar an upgrade. After much thinking, they decided to pursue a 12 year dream of opening a whiskey & burger restaurant. The menu is focused on different types of burgers, fries, sides, and salads. Good whiskeys, beer, wine, and an interesting selection of cocktails are on the menu for drinks. Continue reading

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The Naked Dog: Romantic Italian Spot Brightens Up Java and West

NakedDog_Ears_525pxMany people have been anxiously awaiting the opening of The Naked Dog. There aren’t too many eateries on West Street, and this restaurant front has been teasing Greenpointers since the end of 2014. Many delays – permits, that sort of boring thing – prevented them from opening up until this past week. Continue reading

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More New Bars & Restaurants in Greenpoint: Luksus, Bread for the Eater, Lake Street

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.

© Jessie Sposato for B&B

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?

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