Vamos al Tequila

Vamos Al Tequila Celebrates Reopening Tonight With Drinks on the House!

Vamos Al Tequila (162 Franklin St.) is reopening tonight at 5 p.m. with a round of drinks on the house in celebration.

A sign in the front window on Thursday stated: “We’re Back!!! Join Us for Dinner Tonight Drinks on Us See You at 5pm.”

Vamos Al Tequila (162 Franklin St.)

The Mexican restaurant that has attracted hungry customers to Franklin Street for a decade closed following a November 6th inspection by the NYC Health Dept. that racked up 46 points.

A brief closure to comply with the citations included work to install new tiles in a portion of the basement to replace the carpet.

The basement where new tiles were installed.

The owner, Maria, was in front of the building Thursday morning and explained that the health inspector found baby roaches in the basement carpet.

A thorough cleaning and floor replacement she said remedied the situation. “Tonight is a celebration,” she said, further explaining that her family lives in the neighborhood and helps with work at the restaurant.

A Greenpointers Instagram post from November 11th regarding the Vamos closure erupted into a heated discussion with more than 200 comments. Local residents pushed back against disparaging comments aimed at the quality of food and service. The post resulted in a Greenpoint woman sending a video testimonial to Greenpointers stating that restaurant staff deal with “incredibly annoying customers,” including herself.

Vamos Al Tequila will be offering a free drink of choice to all patrons tonight starting at 5 p.m. Stop in for a margarita, shot or beer tonight in celebration!

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Franklin Street Mexican Restaurant Vamos Al Tequila Closed Following Health Inspection

Vamos Al Tequila (162 Franklin St.)

Mexican restaurant Vamos Al Tequila (162 Franklin St.) was closed last week by the NYC Dept. of Health following a Nov. 6th inspection, according to the agency’s website.

 A sign in the window says that the business is closed for health violations.

The restaurant received a failing grade of 46 (an ‘A’ is 0-13 points), with “critical violations” for alleged evidence of roaches, improper food storage, and not having a vermin-proof facility.

City restaurant health inspection results can be challenged and the cited problems can potentially be fixed for the restaurant to reopen.

A popular place for locals to munch on standard Mexican fare and to enjoy outdoor seating in the warmer months, Vamos Al Tequila is a staple for affordable food options in the northern end of Greenpoint.

“I’ve had at least 300 bowls of soup alone in there in the last 10 years and never have had a problem,” a dedicated Vamos fan responded to the news on a Greenpointers Instagram post, “here’s to hoping they can sort out whatever the violation was and reopen soon – I was about to head there for some chicken soup!”

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The Lunch Counter: Where to Eat in the Northern Side of Greenpoint

Lunch counter

Step out onto Franklin Street on a Monday at noon, and Greenpoint is a world away from its bustling Saturday afternoon self. Local business owners, freelancers, dog walkers and babysitters are out buying a loaf of bread, taking a stroll, and often, looking for a delicious new lunch spot to break up the work day.

North Greenpoint offers an exciting range of options for lunching, laptopping and loafing. In our three-part series, The Lunch Counter, we’ll guide you through the lunch options for the north, south and east sides of our rather large neighborhood.

Whether you’re looking for a creative sandwich, a quick slice, a seafood special or a comfortable spot to linger over coffee, you can truly eat (or drink) your heart out at midday in northern Greenpoint. Continue reading

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Abridged Greenpointer’s Father’s Day Gift Guide

Need some father’s day gift inspiration? There’s plenty of cool stuff to give right here in your own backyard!  Here’s a short list of ideas (which is admittedly in no way comprehensive, as there are so many more awesome small businesses here in north Brooklyn, so feel free to add to the list of ideas in the comments section).

1. Tacos, La Norteña / Vamos Al Tequila  2. Fine craft beers, Brouwerij Lane  3. Engraved biz card case, In God We Trust  4. Nice new comb, Chopin Chemists  5. Vintage VHS, The Thing  6. Slice of pizza, Vinnie’s / Franklin Pizza  7. Fine colognes, Old Hollywood  8. Coveralls, Pop’s Popular Clothing  9. Succulants (a.k.a. plants that require minimal care), Homecoming (formerly known as Spina)  10. Donut, Peter Pan  11. Delicious cheeses and Keta candy, Eastern District  12. Sweet shades, Alter  13. A funny old tshirt, People of 2Morrow  14. Fancy and rare spirits, Duke’s Liquor Box  15. Beach tote, M. Carter  16. Pour over coffee maker, Budin  17. A nice rosé, Dandelion Wine  18. Polish chocolates, Slodycze Wedel  19. A whole, fresh fish, Pura Vida Stand at McCarren Park Greenmarket  20. Stool for sitting and pondering, Bklyn Curated  21. Basketball, BQ Sports  22. Cool kicks, Wolves Within  23. Vintage vinyl, Permanent Records / Academy Records / Co-op 87 / Records Grouch  24. Portable bike pump and other biking accessories, Silk Road Cycles / B’s Bikes / Greenpoint Bikes  25. Bobbers and other fishing accessories, Dream Fishing Tackle  26. Polish sausages, smoked meats, and pickles, Nassau Meat Market / Mazur Meak Market (and so many more!)  27. A good book, like this one about the Pogues, Word. 

Illustration by Libby VanderPloeg

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Mexican Standoff: Greenpoint’s Best Taco

If you’ve made it this far into the summer without downing a single taco, I don’t know whether to congratulate you on managing to avoid an increasingly ubiquitous food or console you for missing out on one of Greenpoint’s most versatile foods.  The taco has been called (was it Proust?) the ideal food of summer – cheap, good eating in the hot sun, healthier than most things that pair so well with alcohol, and easily scaleable – one is a snack, three is a meal, and five probably means a nap is in your near future.  Greenpoint, luckily, has a wide array of noble taquerias to compliment its scenic waterfront and vast oil reserves, and on one glorious afternoon, your writers sampled from each in turn.  Continue reading

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