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Adventures on the Ramen Railroad—Ramen Popup at Budin

Daniel Birnbaum of Ramen Railroad, serving up ramen at Budin (114 Greenpoint Ave) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon till 10pm. Photo by Melissa Loseby.

The Greenpoint restaurant scene offers a wealth of wonderfully diverse and exciting dining options, but for some reason, finding a soul-warming bowl of ramen has remained elusive. While the American ramen obsession has often been credited to chef David Chang and the bowls he started serving at Momofuku Noodle Bar, Japan has been riding a rollercoaster of emotion over ramen since it was brought to them by Chinese tradesmen in the nineteenth century.  Over the last few decades, Japan has created museums to ramen, ramen-themed video games and has even established ramen dating services to pair you with a partner who shares your passion for the dish.

Greenpoint is long overdue for its ramen moment.

While many would lament this culinary gap and continue to accept their fate of having to venture further afield for their broth, Greenpoint resident Daniel Birnbaum decided to take matters into his own hands. His passion for the hearty warming soup has lead him on a nourishing adventure which ultimately meant changing career paths in order to bring ramen to the neighborhood. Continue reading

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Jafflechute Event Results in Cheesey Meltdown

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©Rosie de Belgeonne

Has anyone ever read Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs? It’s a kid’s book about the town of Chewandswallow. There, citizens don’t ever have to worry about stopping by a deli for milk or scouring blogs for the sexiest place to eat dinner out because their food quite literally falls from the sky. Four square meals a day come in the form of weather fronts that move through the community at a predictable pace, until one day the forecast turns on them. The food becomes inedible and the people are forced to make a mass exodus on boats constructed from stale bread. Continue reading

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Grilled Cheese ‘Jafflechutes’ will be Bombarding Greenpoint this Week!

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X-marks the spot for a grilled cheese landing ©Jafflechutes

Is it a bird?  Is it a plane?  No, it’s grilled cheese!!  And you could be catching one for your lunch this week…

Earlier this year there was a miniature ruckus in the fast food world when it was announced that Jafflechutes, an innovative Melbourne-based grilled cheese concept, would be coming to NYC.

The idea behind Jafflechutes (Jaffle being the crazy Aussie term for grilled cheese) is to hurl pre-ordered grilled cheese sandwiches attached to mini-parachutes out of the sky and into the waiting arms of hungry punters. You can watch a cutesy video here of the operation in action. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Cheap Eats Diaries Volume IV: Manhattan 3 Decker

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Manhattan 3 Decker

“I feel like I’m in Pulp Fiction” says Gina as we meet for this week’s Cheap Eats adventure. This is because we have picked Greenpoint’s Manhattan 3 Decker (695 Manhattan Ave) to seek out our next budget meal. With its classic all-American interior of red leather booths and blind-shaded windows it would indeed be no surprise to hear the mockney tones of Tim Roth and Amanda Plummer plotting from the next table. Continue reading

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Jello Shots & $1 Beer – Time to Get Happy! The Definitive Guide to the Greenpoint Happy Hour

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Greenpoint Happy Hour: Part I

It’s March, the clocks have gone forward, and the sky’s almost all out-of snow. It’s time to put all this exciting extra daylight to good use by taking advantage of some of Greenpoint’s finest Happy Hours.

After some exhaustive research we’ve compiled a bumper list of some of the happiest hours around, featuring $1 fish tacos, 2-for-1 margaritas, and $6 champagne cocktails. But if we’ve missed your favorite drinking haunt, be sure to let us know!

Key to happiness:
☺ – Extra Happy Value
★ – Food Deals
♥ – Editor’s Picks

Achilles Heel
180 West Street (between Green St. and Huron St.)
Weekdays 2pm -6pm
Weekends 12pm-6pm
– $6 Champagne cocktails/Irish coffee

Adelina’s
159 Greenpoint Avenue (between Leonard St. and Manhattan Ave.)
Weekdays 5pm-7pm
– $4 Draught craft beer
– $5 Organic wine

★☺ Antek Restaurant
105 Norman Avenue (Between Leonard St. and Manhattan Ave.)
Daily 2pm-7pm
– $1 Beer and wine with food purchase Continue reading

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Recipes Gone Wild: Gouda Times with MacKenzie Smith

Phew! I thought the weekend might never come, but it’s officially almost here, bringing with it the things that make all that hard work worthwhile.  Time for cooking real dinners (as opposed to opening a can of hominy and digging in with a spoon), time for fresh pretzels at the beer store, time to sleep in and go to the gym, time to just…enjoy. You see, life’s short. Keep your chin up! Have a mimosa! Eat a grilled cheese! And whenever I see that grilled cheese social pop-up sandwich board magically appear in our neighborhood, I’m happily reminded to do just that. I asked the lovely MacKenzie Smith of Grilled Cheese Social to share with me one of her very special sandwich recipes this week, and she answered the call with a list of ingredients that harkens back to my midwestern roots… it’s the Gouda Times: a Wisconsin-themed brat-and-gouda grilled cheese on a pretzel roll with spicy mustard. I can hear my “a”s getting more nasal-y just reading the recipe.  Oh ya, you betcha! She also identified her power animal as a dachshund. A fierce breed! I was actually bitten on the face by a dachshund at the age of five.  Now let’s grill some cheese.
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