If you stopped by Greenpoint Avenue’s Nordic café, Budin (pronounced “Boo-th-in”), any time lately, you might have seen that they’re doing more than coffee and beer these days. Budin has become home to a few regular weekly food pop-ups for lunch, brunch, and dinner. The first is run by two neighborhood chefs needing something to do over the winter, while the other is bringing us all the winter comfort we need.
Chefs Kenny Monroe and Emma Jane Gonzalez are often found cooking up a storm during North Brooklyn Farms’ summer dining series. But, obviously, it’s winter. With the farm closed for the season, the two met up at Budin to brainstorm some pop-up plans. As it happens, Budin itself was looking to bring in someone for food. Now, Kenny and Emma are serving up delicious, healthy dishes every Tuesday and Wednesday at least until April. They start serving at 1pm, perfect for those of you missing lunch at Cassette and Brooklyn Label and keep going until close (10pm). Of course, as with most pop-ups, the menu changes slightly from week to week due to what’s available. Recent menu items included a tasty white bean hummus and charred broccoli on rye toast with the bread coming from Bakeri, a winter vegetable soup, and heirloom grains with mung beans, winter kale and shaved turnip. With the most expensive dishes being about $10-12 plus Budin offering $1 off draft beer & wine, NBK Farms’ pop-up is the perfect inexpensive option.
Of course, it’s easier to stay on the healthy side at the beginning of the week, but really, by Thursday night lately, the state of the world makes me want something to feed my soul. Something like a gooey grilled cheese. And The Blue Light Speak Cheesy is here to help! They’ve been setting up shop at Budin Thursday through Saturdays for dinner and are also there for Sunday brunch. The Blue Light Speak Cheesy has done events at The Diamond a few times, so it’s super exciting for them to be around on the regular. Yes, they have your classic grilled cheese with a little tomato soup, but you can also find them serving up sandwiches like Freaks & Geeks (dill Havarti, herbed feta, sautéed spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, and olive tapenade), The Forager (taleggio, crispy wild mushrooms, thyme, on brioche), and the Posh Spice (smoked mozzarella, roasted butternut squash, and fried sage). They even have an option for the vegan outlaws among us with smoky cashew “cheese,” harissa, pickled baby heirloom tomatoes, and avocado. And at least once, there’s been a secret menu breakfast taco.
Budin is located at 114 Greenpoint Avenue. North Brooklyn Farms Pop-up should run every Tuesday and Wednesday until April. They begin serving at 1PM and go until close (10PM). The Blue Light Speak Cheesy Pop-up is Thursday through Saturday, 4:30PM to close; Sunday, 11AM to 4PM.
The fight for Bushwck Inlet Park has made one of our community issues very clear: Greenpoint & Williamsburg get the short end of the stick when it comes to green space. We simply don’t have enough of it. This trickles into another issue: we also don’t have many community gardens or places that aren’t packed on the weekend where we can put our fingers in the dirt. In Greenpoint, we’re limited to the 61 Franklin Street Community Garden and the Java Street Community Garden. This lack of uncrowded green space where we can relax with neighbors, help plant a few things, and enjoy a nice evening sunset is what makes The Farm on Kent one of our hidden little gems. And tomorrow, they’ll be celebrating this glorious summer by becoming a sunset beer garden! Continue reading →
WEDNESDAY 5/18 ^ Book Launch: Shrill @ Word (126 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE, Celebrate the launch of Seattle-based writer, editor, and performer Lindy West’s memoir, More info ♫ Real Cool Times @ Troost (1011 Manhattan Ave) 9pm, FREE, Musician, artist, and longtime Greenpoint resident Dylan Ewing spins an eclectic mix of musical delights, More info
THURSDAY 5/19 # Tracing North Brooklyn’s Polish Food Heritage @ MoFAD Lab (62 Bayard St) 6:30pm, $16, A panel discussion moderated by educator Annie Hauck-Lawson and featuring urban anthropologist Filip Stabrowski and local business owner Andrew Konopka, More info * Performancy Forum @ Panoply Performance Lab (104 Meserole St) 8pm, FREE, With Michael Reinsch, Jennifer Williams, Florence Nasar, and Uniska Wahala Kano, RSVP
Greenpointers Spring Market Sunday, April 17, 1pm, FREE, The historic Greenpoint Loft (67 West St, 5th Fl), which has been beautifully restored to its pre-war glory, will come alive with old-timey themes and music. Over 60 vendors will be offering locally crafted items and food to purchase and there will be fun, free activities. More info and RSVP
[sponsored] Dancing on My Own ’80s–’00s Prom
Saturday, April 16, 10pm, $5
Littlefield (622 Degraw St)
This prom season, bury high school in the past and come party with the skint. It’s prom without the pressure, not to mention all those added expenses like dinner, hairdressers, limos, and subsequent limo cleaning (after one too many glasses of punch). There will be music by DJ Steve Reynolds, balloons up the wazoo, $5–8 drink specials, and a virtual date photo booth where you can choose your own arm candy. More info
WEDNESDAY 4/13 * Volunteer Season Opener @ North Brooklyn Farms (320 Kent Ave) 4pm, FREE, Help get North Brooklyn Farms back in action with their first volunteer day of the season, RSVP # Second Servings: Eat Your Grief @ Greenpoint address upon purchase, 7pm, $35, Girl Party presents a five-course tasting event with foods for emotional healing, Buy tix
THURSDAY 4/14 * Performancy Forum @ Panoply Performance Lab (104 Meserole St) 8pm, FREE, An evening of performance art projects by five artists dealing with intersections between their own bodies and bodies politic, RSVP * April Flux Thursday @ Flux Factory (39-31 29th St) 8pm, FREE, Flux’s monthly potluck dinner and art salon, RSVP ♫ Disc’occult @ Macri Park (462 Union Ave) 10pm, FREE, A night of disco music, ritualistic dancing, hedonism, and gory cult classics, RSVP
WEDNESDAY 10/07 # Edible Oktoberfest@ Brooklyn Brewery (79 North 11th St) 6pm, $45, A traditional meal prepared by Astor Center’s executive chef, along with pierogis from the author of Pierogi Love, More info ♫ #MADEINBKLYN @t.b.d brooklyn (224 Franklin St.) 7:30pm-10:30pm, FREE, A celebration of Brooklyn Music, Art, and Culture featuring performances by Chetti/DJ Rob Tellis/Daniel Miz, and more. RSVP * 1m1w1d Short Film Festival@ The Wythe Hotel (80 Wythe Ave)8pm, FREE, With films by Andrew Hasse and Megan Brooks / Samuel Aaron Bennett / Joey Garfield / Ben Dickinson / Matt Lenski, RSVP
THURSDAY 10/08 * Robot Chicken Season 8 Party @ Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave) 6pm, FREE, Join Robot Chicken co-creators Seth Green & Matthew Senreich for an early look at the new season, RSVP ♫ Chamber Band@ Cameo Gallery (93 North 6th St) 8pm, $5, With The Candy Apples / The Fantastic Plastics, Buy tix
[sponsored] 5th Annual Village Voice Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival
Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble St,
Saturday 9/26, 3pm, $55
Featuring over 100+ craft brews from New York and beyond, aficionados can sample the best seasonal, micro, and reserve brews, plus enjoy food, entertainment, and more! Buy tix
WEDNESDAY 9/23 * Who Is Bozo Texino? @ Light Industry (155 Freeman St) 7:30pm, $8, A poetic inquiry into the aesthetics and culture of hobo graffiti, More info ♫ Fancy Hair@ Macri Park (462 Union Ave) 11pm, FREE, With DJs Dicap and Timothy Allen Living, shows, tattoos, and more, RSVP
THURSDAY 9/24 * Archipelago Books Fall Fête @ Wythe Hotel (80 Wythe Ave) 7pm, $60, Celebrate world literature and independent publishing with an open bar, appetizers, live music, raffles, gift bags, and good books, More info # Aaron Burr Cider Celebration @ North Brooklyn Farms (320 Kent Ave) 7pm, $95, A sampling of Aaron Burr ciders will be paired with a bountiful five-course farm-to-table meal, Buy tix ☺ Drunk Science @ Annoyance Theater (367 Bedford Ave) 9:30pm, $5, Three intoxicated comedians compete to present the best scientific dissertation to a panel of real scientists, More info * Out of the Ash @Glasshouse ArtLifeLab (246 Union Ave) Opening night 8pm, $25 An immersive, multimedia theater experience that transports guests to a fantastically maniacal realm where a cyclically diabolical house party takes place. Buy tix
* Voices of Brooklyn: Build Houses & Plant Gardens @ St. Paul’s Theater (334 South 5th St) 6:30pm, FREE, Latin American songs of love and protest are paired with stories about building a sustainable home from discarded shipping containers, RSVP ☺ Bk Comedy Festival: Fringe With Benefits @ The Gutter (200 North 14th St) 8pm, $5, With Nick Vatterott / Lauren Maul / Julio Torres, and more, Buy tix
♦ Vivid Stills @ Cloud City (85 North 1st St) 6:30pm, FREE, An exhibition of posters designed for screenings at Spectacle Theater, RSVP # Forage + Fire in the Forest @ North Brooklyn Farms (320 Kent Ave) 7pm, $85, A wood-fired tour of wild edibles and August farm bounty, Buy tix * Kevin Geeks Out About Lady Robots @ Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Ave) 9:30pm, $15, a virtual parade of robots from the last 100 years of science fiction, More info
[sponsored] Mark Kraus Record Release Show
Saturday, Pete’s Candy Store, 8pm, FREE Record release show for Greenpoint-based singer/songwriter Mark Kraus’s new album The Story of Everything, an immediate, cinematic, and at times heartbreaking solo debut that’s both deeply personal and universal. It’s a record about epochs of time: youth in revolt, a life long love story, the start and end of everything. More info
WEDNESDAY 8/05 * The Big Quiet @ North Brooklyn Farms (329 Kent Ave) 7pm, $1, A group meditation session in a popup farm as the sun sets over the NYC skyline, More info * Circus of Dreams @ Bizarre Bar (12 Jefferson St) 9pm, $7, With Glitter Twins, Lolo Haha, Fritz Donnelly, Baucous Burly Q, Lindsee Lonesome, and many more, RSVP
THURSDAY 8/06 ♫ Degentrification @ Aviv (496 Morgan Ave) 8pm, $8, With Doziac / Strays / Parasio, RSVP ♫ End @ The Good Room (98 Meserole Ave) 10pm, $15, UK-based DJ Secondcity brings house and techno to Brooklyn, Buy tix
Sunday Supper #8 on August 4th, 2013 from 7-9pm will not only feature amazing and truly locally grown produce from North Brooklyn Farms, but the location within Havemeyer Park (Kent Ave bet. So. 3rd & So. 4th) with a view of the Williamsburg Bridge and a summer sunset behind the Manhattan skyline will be truly exquisite.
Chef Emma Jane Gonzalez and North Brooklyn Farms’ Farmer Ryan Watson present a menu of local seasonal food and Sailor Jerry is providing the cocktails. Proceeds benefit North Brooklyn Farms.
• Delicate Green Pea Soup, Mint, Rosewater
• Grilled Cornbread, BBQ Adzuki Beans, Greens
• Fresh Heirloom Tomato, Herb Cashew Cream
• Fruit Parfait, Almond Cream, Balsamic Reduction
• Sailor Jerry Rum Basil Mint Mojito