“Sotto casa” is an Italian idiom that translates roughly to something like, “below the house” or “on your doorstep”; in English the closest phrase we have might be something like “just around the corner.” Italians Laura and Luca Arrigoni opened their first Sottocasa pizza restaurant in Boerum Hill quite literally “below the house”—it’s situated on the ground floor of an old residential building. But the pair were in love with more than the literal meaning of the name. They wanted Sottocasa to become a neighborhood joint just around the corner: an inclusive, homey space where everyone feels welcome. Continue reading
Judging by the consistent theme of pizza and Ninja Turtles in his work lately, legendary street artist Invader is hungry for freedom slices.
We’re happy to say that Greenpoint’s very own Vinnie’s Pizzeria put some happiness in his belly recently. But mostly happy that he rewarded them handsomely with a parting gift.
“Invader loves pizza. And apparently ours,” said Vinnie’s co-owner Henrik Toncic. “He and his crew stayed for lunch after completing the job. Chill down to earth Parisians. We feel very lucky. And proud. And it’s never gonna get old walking up to it.”
According to Toncic, Invader custom-made his pizza critter especially for Vinnie’s, matching it to their logo and everything.
As tempting as it is, though, to say that pizza (and pizza alone) brought them together, Toncic has been part of the street art community his entire life. A mutual friend, photographer Stephen Kelley, facilitated the fateful meeting.
The pizzas are baked in a ceramic oven, with either a thin or traditional Sicilian crust. Some of the pizzas are pretty creative – one that they especially recommend is the Sfincione – a square pie that has tomato basil sauce, sautéed onions, anchovies, caciocavallo cheese, topped with roasted bread crumbs (Bread crumbs on pizza? Oh yes.), and extra virgin olive oil. Continue reading
As we were passing by Lulu’s on Sunday night we were shocked to see a sign outside saying ‘Last Call…15 Days Left‘. When we popped inside in the hope that the sign was just some kind of sick prank, our worst fears were confirmed: Lulu’s, the Franklin Street institution famed and loved for its free pizza and live music will indeed be closing its doors for the last time on August 9th.
Lulu’s Manager Ani Monteleone tells us the closure “has something to do with an unresolvable disagreement with the landlords of the space.” Continue reading
Fancy bars and restaurants with all sorts of sexy food and drink (Tørst, Beloved, Nights and Weekends) are all over Greenpoint these days, but let’s face it – sometimes you just want get hammered on a budget, pay homage to the neighborhood’s longtime establishments, or just check out something different and new (or old). Greenpoint definitely has no shortage of dive bars, but where to begin?
This weekend I hung out in some of these dives (a.k.a. “old man” bars) in the neighborhood and got to know them and their clientele a little better. I scoped out the drink specials, watched Jeopardy with the regulars, and relaxed in some sweet backyards. And now I present to you, along with my little rating system, some of the neighborhood’s best kept secrets:
Irene’s Pub (623 Manhattan Ave)
Despite being so centrally located, Irene’s is somewhat of a mystery. Perhaps most Greenpointers are unfamiliar with the bar’s philosophy:”it’s happy hour all the time,” which I verified as TRUTH. Irene’s prices are actually equivalent to happy hour deals, all the time – we’re talking $2 drafts and dirt-cheap mixed drinks. I repeat: all day and night long. Continue reading
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
– $6 Champagne cocktails/Irish coffee
159 Greenpoint Avenue (between Leonard St. and Manhattan Ave.)
– $4 Draught craft beer
– $5 Organic wine
The pun-tastic boards are usually based around a TV show, movie, or celebrity. A particular favorite of mine features a Bacon Bad and Meth-Ham-Feta-Bean pizza, whilst another warns of Beef Noodlety and Graphic Violentils. Continue reading
According to Eater, our favorite local pizzaiolo (that means pizza genius) Paulie Gee “is planning a massive multi-city expansion, aiming to open locations in Chicago, Oakland, Portland, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Columbus, and Long Island…” and of course, “…when evaluating potential locations he considers whether they have a similar vibe and demographic makeup to his home base location in Greenpoint, Brooklyn .”(just north of Williamsburg).
Soon you can enjoy Paulie Gee’s pizza in every coolest city in the USA!
Do your parents ask you, “What do you want for Christmas?” and you never have any idea? Why not ask them for a gift certificate to one of your favorite local restaurants? Paulie Gee’s, Greenpoint’s best pizza restaurant, offers gift certificates!
Nothing is better on a cold winter night than warming up to delicious pizza out of a hot wood fired oven.
Is your Mom like mine? Does she actually make you get the present and then wraps it and gives it back to you? In that case it’s so easy – just call or stop in one hour before opening – around 5pm to grab your gift certificate from Paulie Gee’s.
And BIG NEWS – Kale Pies are back!
See the menu at pauliegee.com
60 Greenpoint Ave
The subject of Greenpoint’s most anticipated cafe restoration, Park Luncheonette (332, Driggs Ave), finally opened its doors in October and is now launching a full daily menu. It’s the newest venture from the team behind No Name and Matchless bar and was a long time in the making.
The original Park Luncheonette was established 1931 and, after serving the neighborhood in varying forms for almost 80 years, as well as snagging a cameo role in Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Departed’, finally closed it doors in 2009.
Ted Nugent, one of new the owners, explains that he’d had his eye on the vacant space for a while so, when the original owners decided to step to one side, he leapt at the opportunity to get involved.
“But they were careful to check us out very thoroughly first”, he says. “They came round and inspected all my other bars and restaurants to make sure that we would be the right fit for the place.” Continue reading