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The Sounds Celebrate Album’s Ten Year Anniversary at Warsaw

The Sounds at Warsaw 11.25.16
The Sounds at Warsaw 11.25.16

Simply put, Swedish New Wave quintet The Sounds rocked Warsaw (261 Driggs Ave.) last Tuesday night. As their first stop in NYC during their North American tour celebrating the ten year anniversary of their hot sophomore album, Dying to Say This to You, Tuesday’s show may as well have been a stop on the original album release tour, gauging by the energy in the room, from band and audience alike.  Continue reading

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Five Awesome Polish Beauty Products

Beauty bloggers have consistently lauded the simple chicness of the beauty products found in the French pharmacy. They have praised the scientific brilliance of the 10-step Korean skincare routine. Consider this the long overdue ode to Polish beauty products, abundant, affordable, and yet perhaps still mysterious to many Greenpointers. The Polish beauty ethos—apparent in the products—is stick to what works, and to do it as naturally as possible. Here is a sampling of are some of the most popular products from around the neighborhood, no passport needed.

Bialy Jelen Natural SoapBiały Jeleń Natural Soap, $2
Find it at: Ziolko – 95 Nassau Ave #A

Summer in Brooklyn is a glorious time. Rooftop parties! Backyard barbecues! And lots and lots of sweat. Sometimes it feels like, scrub as you may, staying clean in the city in August is a fool’s errand. Before you resign yourself to a swampy, sticky month, might I suggest Bialy Jelen? This odorless, colorless bar soap makes no promises. It will not make you smell like rare flowers, nor will it magically reverse the aging process. It’s basic in the best way and does the only job you need a soap to do—get you really, really clean. You can use this unassuming bar to wash your face, your body, and even your lingerie according to one Polish model. Continue reading

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A Taste for Books: Bryant Terry’s Afro-Vegan

Collage from Archestratus' Instagram
Collage via Archestratus’ Instagram

Welcome to a new Greenpointers food series called A Taste for Books. We’ll be taking a page from the monthly cookbook club and potluck hosted by our Greenpoint neighbors, Archestratus (visit them at 160 Huron Street), featuring a different cookbook each month paired with insights from the monthly discussion. Thanks for joining us on this adventure that will highlight scrumptious recipes, dissect interesting ingredients and generally recap what happens when you mix cooks with books in Greenpoint.

First up – Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed (2014). Read more after the jump. Continue reading

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EP Review: Laura and Greg, GREYSHARKCANYON

Laura and Greg - GREYSHARKCANYON

The Bird + The Bee, She + Him, Matt + Kim, Mates of State, Wild Belle, the list goes on. Are there too many feel-good indie pop duos out there? Maybe. But Greenpointers Laura and Greg may not actually quite fit into that bubblegum box. Their just-released sophomore effort GREYSHARKCANYON has them stretching their sound, with more layers of garage and grit than their first record Forever For Sure. Though they’ve beefed up the instrumentation on this record, Laura and Greg still haven’t lost their tender touch. There’s no shortage of tambourine, so they’ve still got slight a 60s folk-pop vibe, especially with Laura’s sweet crooning in the front of the mix.

They’re in Austin playing SXSW this week but you can find them back in Brooklyn playing at Rough Trade on April 23rd.

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Greenpoint Veggie Burger Diaries: The Habitat

While I appreciate the wholeness of a portobello mushroom burger in the sense that it’s not a bunch of random chopped up ingredients, for some reason I steer clear of it. Portobello’s are big mushrooms and along the way I’ve come across big flavorless, chewy portobellos, so the The Habitat “Build Your Own” Portobello Burger was my big coming out. And it was big!

The last mushroom burger I had was at Shake Shack in Madison Square Park at least 5 years ago – and that was a cheese stuffed and fried mushroom burger with cheese fries and a strawberry shake. Needless to say I was left in a state of disgusting cheesy ecstasy.

You should have to prove that you’re not a guiltless glutton before being granted the decision making power to build your own burger. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Veggie Burger Diaries: Mother’s

Mother's Veggie Burger

While Mother’s (347 Graham Ave) is technically NOT in Greenpoint – it is the veggie burger that inspired the new Greenpoint Veggie Burger Diaries series, in which I review all the veggie burgers in the neighborhood. This series will include all veggie burger options, like portobello mushroom and bean burgers.

As a newly converted vegetarian, I love a good burger and my recent carnivore flavor palette hardly accepts “fake meat” as a substitute. That being said I can remember countless evenings of insomnia after eating a huge burger while my digestive system suffered processing all the fat.

Before I was a vegetarian I used to get the veggie burger from Mother’s – topped with bacon – partly to piss off a bossy vegan friend, but mostly because it was so delicious and never left me feeling the way meat burgers make me feel.

I’d be surprised if the veggie burger at Mother’s isn’t a regular boca burger, but it’s the fixins: red onions, crunchy pickles, optional cheddar cheese, the perfect sesame seed bun, chipotle mayo and the most delicious shoe string (or sweet potato) fries that keep me coming back.

Plus it’s a good deal at $7. Add-ons are: Cheddar, Swiss, Pepper Jack Or American $1; Bacon, Fried Free Range Egg, Hand Cut Fries (Regular Or Sweet Potato) Or Small Green Salad $2; Basket Of Fries $3.

They have great beer on tap, including my new favorite Bronx Pale Ale, and it’s the perfect spot for an easy and cheap after-work meal.

What do you think of the veggie burger at Mother’s?

Where is the best place in Greenpoint (or very closeby) to get a veggie burger?

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Van Leeuwen Vegan Ice Cream Rules! (And it’s GMO-FREE)

Attention all you ice cream freaks who happen to be vegan, Van Leeuwen (632 Manhattan Ave) just rolled out a new line of Vegan Ice Cream – and it rules!  So stop feeling sorry for yourself and grab some VEGAN ice cream.

I taste tested Van Leeuwen’s vegan ice cream at a non-vegan dinner party in which I was asked to bring dessert. More specifically I was asked to bring Tiramusu, but no Italian bakeries were open and besides I don’t eat Tiramisu unless my cousin Roseanne makes it. So vegan ice cream it was and everyone loved it! It was gone in a few minutes and everyone wondered wanted more.

Personally I preferred the chocolate, which was extremely rich, creamy and chocolately. It has an underlying hint of coconut in a very delicious way. I am looking forward to new weekly flavors!

We chatted with the folks at Van Leeuwen about this new and miraculous vegan creation. Continue reading

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“Sex Below Deck” – Greenpoint’s Newest Cocktail Bar Alameda Delivers

© michael groth for hOmE

Greenpoint is blowin’ up, and we all know it. Case in point: Alameda (195 Franklin St,) opened by design gurus the Haslegrave brothers, is their first brick-and-mortar space. Evan and Oliver’s design company Home is responsible for the interiors of The Manhattan Inn and Paulie Gee’s, so we certainly expected the old-school charm of rustic wood accents and loads of exposed brick in this new space.

Upon first glance, Alameda pops in a way that other Greenpoint examples of the Haslegraves’ work doesn’t. Clean white walls adorned with glossy white tile open the space up infinitely, and are accompanied by nautical detailing in both the light fixtures and molding. In fact, a gentleman seated next to me at the bar remarked that the space felt like it should be on Tatooine. It felt like drinking in the below-deck bar of ship from the future that I was absolutely going to sail upon one day. I felt home.

© michael groth for hOmE

The cocktail list at Alameda is perfectly curated, with several standouts utilizing different liquors in their most elevated incarnations. My personal favorite was the Roberto Burns, a smoky mezcal delight with a generous orange rind strip served over a single ice cube. This drink is like sex below deck.

A friend enjoyed the Pita Amour, a lovely tequila concoction served up with a lime wedge. Petite, clean, and delicious.

The Phil Collins, a gin and Lillet stunner, could’ve nearly been called a salad; it had so many fresh accoutrements, including mint, lemon, and lime. An ideal summertime cocktail, folks, and I trust you won’t forget the name.

The edibles menu pleased us very much, as did the prices. Though a $17 foie gras breakfast sandwich is on offer, most items are more moderately priced around $10. A standout item on the current menu is a roasted fruit and goat cheese sandwich on baguette, the perfect combination of tang, crunch, and tender fruit without the syrupy sweetness of most jams. Along with the $9 cheeseburger (which feels like a grown-up version of In-N-Out,) their killer cocktails, and the spacious bar area and actually comfortable booths we have a winner here. Or, as I have been describing it to all my girlfriends, “our new GPT go-to.”

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Eagle Trading Company: New Greenpoint Cafe – Review

This article made possible by a donation to our Writer’s Fund by Greenpoint Veterinary Hospital.I had taken a nasty spill on the way to Eagle Trading Company (258 Eagle St). The quarter inch of snow on the streets got the best of my nearly bald bike tires, and I broke most of the fall with my shoulder.

Eagle Trading Company offered a perfect place to lick my wounds and warm up after the embarrassing tumble. ETC (Eagle Trading Company) promised me Manhattan clam chowder and coffee to succor newly forming bruises.

Essentially a TARDIS (look it up if you’re not versed in Dr. Who), the space is deceptively small from the outside, but massive once inside. Cavernous in just the right way, ETC inhabits what was formerly an abandoned storfront and what was an abandoned bodega before that. The TARDIS comparison is an apt one. Once inside ETC I was immediately struck by how welcomingly anachronistic it was.

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Grab Your Coffee & Run: Best In & Out Coffee Shops in Greenpoint

espresso greenpointDuring the holidays, time is on fast forward and we need our caffeine fix without a lot of waiting around. Here are some of the best coffee shops in Greenpoint for when we are on the go. That being said, I don’t care what kind of a rush you are in, never order you espresso in a to-go paper cup (the blasphemy!) and don’t forget to tip your barista.

Variety (145 Driggs Ave)

Excellent brew and my favorite cappuccino in the hood, the space was designed just for a coffee line. These efficient baristas magically fill orders so the wait is never long.

• Champion (1108 Manhattan Ave)

If you live this far up Manhattan, you will need a warm coffee to help you speed walk to the train. Champion has some of the best espressos in Greenpoint and some of the most on point baristas who will get you on your way without a lot of fuss.

Cup on Norman (79 Norman Ave)

Located steps from the G on Norman Ave, Cup, which has the best espresso in Greenpoint also has some of the quickest and friendliest service so you’ll be out the door in minutes.

Cookie Road (94 Franklin St)

Another café just large enough to grab your coffee order and a slice of frittata or a cheddar biscuit.

Five Leaves (18 Bedford Ave)

You don’t even have to waste time going inside, Five Leaves’ coffee window serves strong brews right out of their window on Bedford Ave.

Upright (860 Manhattan Ave)

If you catch the G at Greenpoint, check out Upright, rated the second best espresso in Greenpoint on our tour, they also have fun latte flavors and offer almond milk for anti-soy vegans.

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