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 →
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 →
Many 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 →
River Styx (21 Greenpoint Ave.) is launching an exciting new dining series called ‘Native Cuisiner’ where visiting chefs and food personalities will cook meals to showcase the food of their homelands. 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?