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Neighborhood Gem The Bounty Abruptly Closes Its Doors

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Inside The Bounty, photo by Rosie de Belgeonne

We are surprised and saddened to learn of The Bounty’s (131 Greenpoint Ave) sudden closing. We always loved how sitting at their bar felt like you were cozied up in the hull of a ship, waiting for your captain to bring you the day’s catch. With a solid seafood menu and on point service, it always felt like the cozy neighborhood gem you could take out-of-towners to impress them. The restaurant opened in 2013, and we will fondly remember their whole fish, $1 oysters and adorable back garden. Farewell, The Bounty!

The Bounty's serene garden. Photo by Rosie de Belgeonne
The Bounty’s serene garden. Photo by Rosie de Belgeonne

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With a heavy heart we make the following announcement.
The Bounty has closed it’s doors.
Built by hand with a few friends, we quietly opened five Mays ago to little fanfare but eventually made good friends with lovely Greenpoint and beyond. We delighted in being a neighborhood gem and strived to offer real food, prepared with good intentions and quality ingredients. Our aim was to be a go-to place that wouldn’t let you down and might even surprise you.  Coming from various restaurant and bar worlds and experiences, we often talked about the simple trifecta of good food, service and atmosphere and tried to instill that since day one and be ourselves, if a little different.
We’ve hosted weddings and countless birthdays, anniversaries, showers, date nights, dinners and brunches out with friends. You always brought your folks here when they were in town, you sat with us at the bar and chatted with the regulars, or as our regular, you made knowledgeable recommendations to newcomers.
We sincerely apologize to everyone hit with this sudden news and closure, especially to those that have always supported us, loved us and cheered us on.

We will truly miss serving the neighborhood.  Thank you and goodnight.

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Greenpoint Oysters: An Old Local Tradition Revived

It seems that Greenpoint is in the midst of an oyster invasion. The Bounty (131 Greenpoint Ave.) and other places now offer dollar oysters during happy hours. Northern Territory (12 Franklin St.) hosted an Oysterfest about a week ago. And The Brooklyn Barge (3 Milton St.) and Transmitter Pier is home to the Billion Oyster Project in the East River. But actually oysters are nothing new to New York or Greeenpoint. If you want the best history of this tasty mollusk read Mark Kurlansky’s book The Big Oyster. It seems before we polluted our New York waterways there were massive oyster beds. In 1860, 12 million oysters were sold in New York markets; by 1880, our oyster beds were producing a mind boggling 700 million mollusks a year!

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Toast to 2015 over one of these Fancy Greenpoint NYE Dinners…

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Dragging your spangly heels and not yet made plans for NYE? How about raising a glass over a tasty dinner that you haven’t had to cook and that’s close enough to home that you can walk back afterwards?

Here’s just a handful of the food and drink events that’ll be going on around Greenpoint as we roll towards the beckoning future of twenty fifteen:

Glasserie has a special prix-fixe NYE menu for $80. It features treats like carpaccio of lamb, charcoaled ribeye, and labneh parfait (full menu here),  and includes a champagne toast and special performance at midnight.
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Oyster Happy Hour and New Brunch at The Bounty

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Greenpoint has seen a whole host of new restaurants open over the past year or so. One of the interesting things about this is that we get to witness their growth and development as they evolve to meet local tastes and demands.

The Bounty (131 Greenpoint Ave) is a great example of this. The restaurant opened gently last spring as an evening spot with simple, good food, and has recently extended its offerings to include weekend brunch, a daily oyster happy hour, and a gorgeous outdoor space. Continue reading

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Recipes Gone Wild: Sour Cherry Far Breton

Illustration by Libby VanderPloeg

Following Jen’s lead on Monday, I’ve got more love here for The Bounty, plus a recipe! On my last visit there, surveying the menu my eyes immediately closed in on the dessert section. Sour Cherry Far Breton? Could my eyes be deceiving me? I can’t recall ever seeing a Far Breton on a menu in Brooklyn, but it is this dessert about which I dream. I had hit the jackpot.

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Whole Fishin’ at The Bounty

Eating an entire fish – bone in – is a challenge for me. With the help of my amazing friend Yui, RIP, I got over my fear (her Dad eats the eyeballs and tail), which was the first step. While I’ve now the courage, I lack the skills. I just kind of mush it around into a big mess. Continue reading

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Welcome Aboard The Bounty – New Seafood Spot in Greenpoint

It was a perfect night for the perfect storm.  I decided to leave my land lubber gig,  put on my sea legs and set afoot on The Bounty (131 Greenpoint Ave).

As I walked inside, I felt like I was inside a ship – from the salvaged barrels to the massive sail in the ceiling to the bar comprised of haphazardly-stacked reclaimed tables and bureaus whose drawers were spilling out (because that’s what happens on a boat on a rocky sea when you don’t lock them).

This newly opened spot is essentially a raw bar featuring  local and responsibly-harvested seafood, hand-made pasta and in-house cocktail syrups. Continue reading

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