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Soup-ed Up In Greenpoint

qtq80-rarpaIAs the temperature drops and it officially becomes winter, we turn our palate to this comforting and convenient genre. Soup’s been trending of late on a national scale, perhaps fueled by the increase in popularity for pho and ramen or simply because chefs are now integrating more interesting ingredients and combinations—making soup a farm-to-ladle experience.

We surveyed some local restaurants to get the scoop on soup. Overall, and it comes as no surprise, folks found that as it gets colder, soup gets more popular—especially the heartier/creamier ones. However, there’s definitely a healthy overtone as well, with non-dairy or vegetarian options and even substituting yogurt for cream. Many restaurants are also regularly changing up the menu based on what’s at the market/in-season and to continually keep customers surprised. See a sampling after the jump of what’s on offer around town and get souper excited. Continue reading

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Bigos: A Traditional Polish Dish Perfect For Colder Weather

screen-shot-2016-10-29-at-9-03-31-am One of the most delicious dishes in Polish cuisine is Bigos, or as it is sometimes called in English, Hunter’s Stew. For many Polish Greenpointers it’s a staple, but many locals still do not know about this fantastic cold weather dish. Extremely hearty and filling, it’s a stew that is perfect for a cold day. No one is entirely sure how the word bigos entered the Polish language, but some say that it comes from German begossen, meaning “doused” or “basted.” Another explanation is that it comes from Italian bigutta, or “pot for cooking soup.” But wherever it comes from, bigos is a delicious stew that is worth the wait in cooking it.
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Greenpoint’s Traveling Boutique Will Now Open Shop in June!

Clotilde-WalkTheWest-GreenpointLike an old friend you might see once in a blue moon, Walk the West is Greenpoint’s traveling boutique that comes bearing goods and stories, often unexpected and unannounced. Continue reading

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Four Greenpoint Restaurants Named Among Brooklyn’s Best…

Greenpoint_Top_restaurantsWhere are the places you always take guests to eat when they come visit you in Greenpoint?

Brunch at Five Leaves? Pierogi at Lomzynianka? A Mediterranean feast at Glasserie? Let’s face it, we have a lot of amazing options to choose from.

This week, Village Voice named four Greenpoint establishments in their list of 99 Essential Restaurants in Brooklyn: Continue reading

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Lady & West Interview and Bright Soul Album Review

Lady & West is a duo of Greenpointers Jennifer Billiot and Kirk Garrett. It is a beautiful artistic union that has produced a very good debut album called Bright Soul. I enjoy it and I enjoyed even more the chance to hear about the synergy of love and shared creative passion that led Jennifer and Kirk to make the album. Their story is an inspiration on many levels and they are yet another example of the interesting, kind people that call our wonderful neighborhood home. Continue reading

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Greenpointers Cameo Showcase Preview – Adios Ghost

Greenpointers, along with Pancakes & Whiskey and Buzzchips, is putting on a show at Cameo Gallery Saturday 1/18. There are four great bands on the bill: Adios Ghost, Youngman Grand, Folding Legs, and Canon Logic. All week long we’ll feature each one to get you even more excited to come party with us this weekend. Adios Ghost kicks it off.

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Dine in Brooklyn 2008

My sister forwarded me her Amex email she got recently showing this years DIB participants. There are a lot of great places to choose from and even three Greenpoint restaurants are in on the action this year. Two Polish places and Park Luncheonette.

I had brunch at PL last week and it was pretty damn good. They offered up a juice special that was billed as a ‘detox’ but you could add gin and make it a ‘retox’. Brill!

Karczma
136 Greenpoint Avenue
718-349-1744

Krolewskie Jadlo
694 Manhattan Avenue
718-383-8393
www.krolewskiejadlo.com

Park Luncheonette
334 Driggs Avenue
718-383-0925
www.parkluncheonette.com

This year DIB takes place from March 24-31st 2008. There are also quite a few neighboring Williamsburg joints involved.

A’shay Restaurant
229 South 4th Street
718-384-8014
www.ashayrestaurant.com
baci & abbracci
204 Grand Avenue
718-599-6599
www.baciabbracciny.com
DeStefano’s – Dee Brooklyn Steakhouse
89 Conselyea Street
718-384-2836
Fornino – The Art & Science of Pizza
187 Bedford Avenue
718-384-6004
Giando on the Water
400 Kent Avenue
718-387-7000
www.giandoonthewater.com
My Moon Restaurant
184 North 10th Street
718-599-7007
www.mymoonnyc.com

There are tons of choices throughout Brooklyn, so feel free to explore! Checkout the discussion on Chowhound for some suggestions:

Dine in Brooklyn–2008 – Outer Boroughs – Chowhound

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