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Flower Power Spring Market, L’Rain, Torst 6th Anniversary and Brooklyn Beerlesque — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (4/3 – 4/9)

Our Flower Power-themed Greenpointers Spring Market is THIS SUNDAY (April 7th, 1-7PM) inside one of Brooklyn’s historic spaces, the beautiful Greenpoint Loft (67 West St)! Shop from 60+ highly curated local crafters and artisans while enjoying live music, views of the NYC skyline, FREE fun activities like roof deck yoga, dreamcatcher workshops, butterfly making station, immersive fairy glen, photo booth decked out with a floral art installation, 3D avatar creation, poetry, & more! Celebrate the season with peace, love, and supporting local indie business.

WEDNESDAY 4/3

* Bushwick Adult Dancing @ Earth Arts (936 Madison St.), 7pm, $10-$20, This class is focused on a creative and supportive system for women, fem and female identifying communities from all walks of life and body types. The mission is to create physical, emotional, spiritual strength and healing through dance. Buy Tix
* Doctor’s Orders Presented By The Shift Workshop @ The William Vale (111 N. 12th St.), 7pm, FREE, What happens when a biologist, physician, neuroscientist and sex researcher join together to answer questions you may have never felt comfortable asking your own doctor? More info
♫ Limited Resources 28 @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer), 9pm, $10 donation, More Info
♫ Homecoming Spring Affair with DJ Greg Poole @ Good Room (98 Meserole Ave.), 9pm, FREE, More Info

THURSDAY 4/4

* Transportation Committee Mtg — Community Board 1 @ Swinging 60s Senior Center (211 Ainslie St.), 6:30pm, FREE, More Info
♦ LIGHT YEAR 48: Digital Fairy Tales, Vengeance is Mine @ Pearl Street Triangle, 7pm, FREE, video art projected onto the Manhattan Bridge, More Info
♫ Canned Heat: A Jamiroquai Party @ Schimanski (54 N. 11th St.), 8pm, FREE w/ RSVP til 9pm, $10 after, RSVP
♫ The Buck Stops at Pete’s @ Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer St.), 11pm, $5 suggested, More Info Continue reading

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Greenpoint’s Only Michelin Star Awarded to Oxomoco

The bar at Oxomoco (courtesy of Oxomoco)

Greenpoint has been without a Michelin starred restaurant ever since Daniel Burns’ Luksus, the former Nordic tasting menu at the Danish bar Tørst (615 Manhattan Ave.), departed in December 2017.

Now, the neighborhood has a new ‘star’: Greenpoint’s wood-fired taco destination, Oxomoco (128 Greenpoint Ave.), was awarded one Michelin star yesterday after opening less than six months ago in June 2018.

 

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#repost @bazdarich ⚡️🔮⭐️ Almost two years ago @c__dub__ and I found this space to open a wood fired Mexican Restaurant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Today we earned a Michelin Star! So proud of my team especially Chef @conroy_matt for holding it down everyday, and for Chef @kaelinulrich with his opening consultancy! Sincere thanks as well to our GM Gabby, AGM Jenniffer, Olivia and Chefs Kevin and Rob in the kitchen and everyone else! Huge heartfelt thanks to my parents for all the support over the years and especially my Wife @gabrielle_meow_ for taking care of our sweet boy born the day before we opened! Super thanks as well to my partner CW! Couldn’t have done it with out all your hard work! Love you brother! ⭐️ #onwardandupward #bettertomorrowthanitwastoday

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Food News: BBQ and Southern Food Popups, Everyday Brunch & A Fish Sauce Workshop

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South Your Mouth at Little King
Charleston born chef Will Lacey of Driftwood Pantry is doing a two night stint at Williamsburg’s tiniest (and adorablest) food and wine spot Little King. Dishes will include items like pimento and brisket ravioli with a smoked tomato sauce, and curry-buttermilk fried quail schnitzel slider with miso aioli, and Carolina mustard sauce and raw veggie slaw.
Tuesday, September 25th & Wednesday, September 26th | 5pm-onward
Little King | 749 Metropolitan Ave (at Graham)
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Loaves and Fishes: The Hook-up (12/29)

Behold the Loaves! Via The Straits Times
Behold the Loaves! Via The Straits Times

Hey, Greenpoint! Hope you’re keeping warm in this frigid weather, and enjoying the swing time between Christmas and the New Year. You might be merry, but the news cycle was biblical. Both Loaves and Fishes were in the spotlight.

Up first, lovely loaves. A bread crawl through NYC (via Singapore!) finds the best bread in all boroughs at Torst (615 Manhattan Avenue). The Greenpoint Sour and Russian Rye got special shoutouts!

As for Fishes: Greenpoint Fish and Lobster (114 Nassau Ave) hosted its 3rd Annual Feast of the Seven Fishes Dinner on Christmas Eve. The dinner is an Italian-American Christmas tradition. And it wasn’t just diners at the restaurant who were feasting. According to News 12, Greenpoint Fish and Lobster sold 100 pounds of fish, more than 100 lobsters and almost 1,000 clams in the two days before Christmas Eve to neighbors looking to make their own holiday meals. 

But, not every restaurant in Greenpoint felt such loving vibes over the holiday. In fact, Peking Express (237 Nassau Avenue) was robbed of $1,200 on Christmas Eve. Police are asking the public to help identify the perpetrator.

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The New Menu at Tørst is a Perfect Mix of Nordic & American

A new spread at Tørst  Image courtesy of Tørst

As 2016 came to an end, Michelin-starred Luksus shut its doors in the back room of Tørst (615 Manhattan Ave), adding to the pile of restaurant closings in our area. For a moment it seemed that Tørst would revert entirely to a Nordic beer bar with a few bites. But all hope is not lost, Chef Jesus “Chuy” Cervantes, who worked at Cosme before spending two years under Chef Burns at Luksus, was ready to over the food program at Tørst and bring it to the next level. A recent lunch—yes, Tørst is open for lunch—showed there are still many Nordic influences on the expanded menu along with some quite delectable bread, but now they also have excellent takes on regular bar food. Continue reading

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Luksus, Unexpected Luxury in a Greenpoint Hideaway

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Wintergreen at Luksus Photo By Julia Moak

Behind the unassuming street front of Tørst bar, is Greenpoint’s most famous culinary secret, Luksus. This is one of North Brooklyn’s highest acclaimed eateries, yet humbly tucked away behind the beer bar, you may not know it is there. For two years running, it has held the only Michelin star status in the neighborhood, an honor it hopes to continue into 2017 after the New York City recipients are announced on November 17th. Even those who have ordered from the Tørst menu may not know that the dishes were created by world-renowned chef Daniel Burns, previously of Momofuku, The Fat Duck in the UK, and Noma in Copenhagen. The understated presence of Luksus in Brooklyn is void of pretension and reflects the persona of Burns and the cuisine. Continue reading

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The Lunch Counter: Where to Eat on the Southern Side of Greenpoint

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Photo by rene-germany, via Flickr Creative Commons

In the second part of The Lunch Counter series (part one was North Greenpoint), we explore the “glitzier” south side of Greenpoint. Given the proximity to Williamsburg, it’s not surprising that the food scene follows some of the trends of our neighbors to the south. There are well-known chef-owners, brewers, local chains, vegan-only establishments and some traditional standbys.

From matcha to meat plates to mount qi pork sauce, there are lots of tempting meal options near Manhattan Avenue to lure you away from your coworking desk. Read on for your options after the jump. Continue reading

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An Interview with Bands Playing Our CMJ Showcase Friday (10/16)

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I was not sure whether to be excited or afraid about meeting the bands playing our upcoming showcase at Bar Matchless.

At the last Greenpointers showcase, I got pressed up against a sweaty man in polyester shorty-shorts, and calf-length socks, who was sporting an alto saxophone. It was in a narrow hallway.

His band had just finished playing a set where the lead singer repeatedly expressed his love for weed and Taylor Swift.

My interview with the bands below might operate as an advance warning of what to expect Friday night, or enticement to attend. Ideally, it is both. Continue reading

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Bottoms Up! Here’s to One Year of In-House Brewing at Keg & Lantern

Front_Keg_Lantern_greenpoint_Rosie_de_BelgeonneIt 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

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In Conversation with Daniel Burns: Greenpoint’s First Michelin Star Chef

Daniel_Burns_Luksus_Rosie_de_Belgeonne Daniel Burns of Luksus © Rosie de Belgeonne

Last year, a small restaurant hidden behind a bar on Manhattan Avenue was awarded a Michelin star, the first one ever to be granted in Greenpoint.  The recipient of this accolade was Luksus, a relatively new restaurant headed up by chef and partner Daniel Burns, whose resume reads like a shortlist of the world’s finest eateries. After working at Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck in the UK, Daniel spent three years running the pastry department at Noma, the Copenhagen restaurant frequently voted the best in the world. In 2010 he moved to NYC and opened the Momofuku test kitchen for David Chang. Having worked alongside so many iconic chefs, it’s little surprise that his first solo enterprise was an instant success.

Luksus was launched in July 2013, just months after the opening of Tørst, the artfully designed beer bar situated in front of the restaurant, of which Daniel is also a partner. Tørst is a collaboration with Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø, gypsy brewer and founder of Evil Twin Brewing, who curates the beer program for the bar and also creates the beer pairing menu for Luksus

Last week Daniel and Jeppe celebrated Tørst’s two-year anniversary, and were greeted by lines around the block of ale aficionados hoping to join the party. We caught up with Daniel to hear about his Michelin star, cooking ‘Greenpoint food’ and his dreams of selling ice cream from a bicycle in McCarren park. Continue reading

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