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Red Star Bar is Back, and So Are Wings!

Photo by Chris Goldberg via Flickr

Red Star, the host of the Best Wings in Brooklyn contest, has returned to its roots as a sports bar.

In the summer of 2015, after eight years as Red Star, the bar closed down for renovations. The corner spot reopened in October 2015 as Cozinha Latina, a Brazilian restaurant.

Now Red Star is back, and with it, its wings — including the raspberry barbecue wings that surprise the sweet skeptic and the rest of the wing flavors — sweet and sour, barbecue, hot, mild, and medium.

New chef Nick Porcelli, who has appeared on Chopped and studied under Gordon Ramsay, is at the helm of the new Red Star.

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Where to Watch the 2016 Super Bowl in Greenpoint and Beyond

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Taco stadium photo courtesy of Ortega.com

Once again, the event where we try to convince the world that guacamole is a food group football is played with your hands and not with your feet is upon us.

On Sunday, February 7 at 6:30 p.m. EST, the Super Bowl 50 will pit the Carolina Panthers against the Denver Broncos in an epic battle of a young Jedi facing the evil Emperor … oh wait, nevermind. We would never insult Peyton that way. His skin is looking very fresh and unwrinkled thanks to all those product endorsements. Not as fresh as Cam, but that’s hard.

The spots to cheer on big cats versus wild, wild horses (or avoid them) after the jump.

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Cozinha Latina: An Urban Tropical Oasis with an Eclectic Brazilian Influenced Menu

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Chef Shanna Pacifico and the Roasted Delicata Squash

“Cozinha” is the Portuguese word for “kitchen” and is the inspiration behind one of the latest additions to the diverse spectrum of food establishments in our neighborhood. Cozinha Latina (37 Greenpoint Ave) is derived from “the one room in every home that represents family, love, community, and celebration” in Latin American culture and offers an array of dishes, from small to large plates, drawn from this tradition.

But it isn’t exactly a place where you can expect a home cooked meal, like your grandmother made it. It is the brainchild of a team of some well-established veterans of the culinary space, who have transformed what was formerly a sports bar into an urban tropical oasis with an eclectic menu. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Food & Drink: Summer News Round-up

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Brooklyn Barge Bar

There’s been a whole lot of comings and goings amongst Greenpoint’s bars and restaurants recently.  Here’s a round-up of a few changes that are on our radar…

Brooklyn Barge Bar  (3 Milton Street) – This novelty floating bar has been a long time in the making and it’s looking like they’ll miss the boat with the summer crowd if they don’t get things going soon. Time Out are throwing a ‘first look’ party  ($25 for unlimited beer and oysters) on the barge on August 26th, so it’s quite likely that this will be their opening night. Let’s hope they don’t have to cancel like they did with their 4th July celebrations. But, if they do, at least it means that Transmitter Park will stay a haven of tranquillity for a little longer.

Brooklyn Label (180 Franklin Street) – A sign in the window of this popular brunch spot says ‘closed for renovation’, along with a request to renew their sidewalk liquor license. However, it’s just been confirmed by the owners that the business is actually being sold and will be re-opening as something different in due course.  Continue reading

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Valentine’s Market, Mermaid Lagoon, Pinball Championships – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (2/04–2/10)

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WEDNESDAY 2/04
* Madcap Variety Show Fundraiser @ Triskelion Arts (118 North 11th St) 8pm, $16, Featuring the comic stylings of Boom Bat Gesture, Elizabeth Carena, Sara Montgomery, and many more, Buy tix
♫ A/V Salon
@ Secret Project Robot (389 Melrose St) 8pm, FREE, A salon series where artists experiment with sound and video, RSVP

THURSDAY 2/05
* Java Street Community Garden General Meeting @ t.b.a. (224 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE, In order to be entered into the lottery for a garden plot, you or a proxy must be present at the meeting, More info
* Presentation Fight Night
 @ Brooklyn Brewery (79 North 11th St) 7:30pm, $5, Presentation Party Night and Verbal Fight Club pair peer lectures with a debate-style smackdown, Buy tix
* Mermaid Lagoon Ocean Benefit @ Lot 45 (411 Troutman St) 9pm, $20, The 5th annual ocean benefit held by the Mermaids of NYC, featuring dance, acrobatics, shadow puppets, music, games, and more, Buy tix

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Cocoon Central Dance, Underground Food Collective, Drag Race Fantasy League – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (1/14–1/20)

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WEDNESDAY 1/14
♫ What Model Citizens
 @ Coco 66 (66 Greenpoint Ave) 8pm, $8, With Video Beast / Sun Voyager / Farewell Gusto, Buy tix
♫ Big Ups @ Baby’s All Right (146 Broadway) 8pm, $10, With Sick Feeling / Flagland / Downies, Buy tix Continue reading

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Big Brooklyn Holiday Toy Drive (Now Through 12/17)

It’s always exciting to buy gifts for your loved ones this time of year, but in the spirit of the holiday season, we can also give a gift to a child in need. This year’s Big Brooklyn Toy Drive is happening at locations throughout Wiliamsburg, Greenpoint, and Dumbo, including Nitehawk, the McCarren Park Ice Rink, Rough Trade, Dandelion Wine, and many others. Continue reading

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