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.
It turns out Greenpoint is becoming a bit of a mecca for craft beer. Whilst the likes of Brouwerij Lane, Tørst and Dirck the Norseman have really put us on the map as a beer destination, less well-known is the fact that Nassau Avenue’s Keg & Lantern have their very own self-described ‘nano-brewery’ and that today marks their one-year anniversary of in-house brewing.
Last year owner Keiran Breen realized that the large basement below the bar was crying out to be put to use, so he placed an ad on Craigslist for an in-house brewer to come on board. He struck gold when he found Patrick Allen, an enthusiastic home-brewer who was ready to take his weekend hobby to the next level. Patrick promptly quit his job as manager of a fine art photographic printing studio, and set about upsizing his home-brewing knowledge to a far more commercial scale. Continue reading →
Minnesotan musicians, including various members of Hold Steady, Spoon, and the Wanted, opened up a pour of home in July.
Lake Street Bar (706 Manhattan Ave) sits unassumingly at Norman and Manhattan Avenues in Greenpoint. Its window-front wouldn’t stand out to anyone visiting Brooklyn, though it’s something locals would notice with its bare-fisted lack of pretension. It’s a bar, no frills. And frankly, exactly what our sometimes congested neighborhood needs.
It’s not because I am too cool for the Super Bowl – it’s that if it doesn’t happen in Greenpoint then it’s not on my radar. I’m a neighborhood agoraphobe.
While Puppy Bowl and hedgehog cheerleaders are very intriguing, unless I’m going to a house party to focus on the guacamole and nachos, I don’t really give a shit.
While working on the antithesis to this post, I did just read they are calling it the “Bro Bowl,” because the coaches of the opposing teams are brothers and are battling “head to head.” This makes me even more happy I unknowingly scheduled Sunday Supper #2 that day and there is no TV at the Luncheonette.
Ladies, these are great places to meet men who will be free Sunday afternoons and Monday evenings from early Fall through the Winter.
The Best Bars to NOT to Watch the Super Bowl in Greenpoint:
Noname Bar (597 Manhattan Ave) Because Drunk Man Noodle is tastier than annoying drunk men. (Note: the kitchen is temporarily closed while they expand the eating area downstairs – so no food for you for a week and a half more! But I needed to make that joke and that bar rules.)
Manhattan Inn (632 Manhattan Ave)
A damn good cocktail and live piano sound better than cheap beer and Beyonce. Forever.
Adelina’s (159 Greenpoint Ave)
Want to play with balls? How about rice balls smothered in red sauce?
Milk n’ Roses (1110 Manhattan Ave)
Nothing is more anti-american than pasta and wine on Superbowl Sunday. What is American is that it’s board game night! Bring in your own board game, plus Happy Hour all night (5pm until close!)
Oak & Iron (147 Franklin St)
Enjoy a great whisky cocktail with no TV in sight.