New apartments aren’t the only thing popping up on West Street! This past weekend, West Wine Bar had its soft opening at 67 West Street between Noble and Milton in Greenpoint, and at 5 pm on Sunday, the place was bustling. The door was wide open with knowledgeable and friendly staff ready to greet the neighborhood. There were a handful of patrons at tables throughout the evening with locals popping in and out to check out the new space. And, of course, the wines, of which there are many.
With Spring teasing us with her dainty ankle of approaching warmth, it’s easy to feel torn between our winter hobbit ways and the urge to run topless into summer’s heat. What do we wear, what do we eat, and most importantly, what do we drink during this time of transition? Between the seasons of warming whiskey and cooling margaritas, it’s wine that is the most versatile of beverages. And no better way to indulge this changing of seasons than with the cheapest and most transitional way to drink: happy hour! Welcome the spring with a crisp Rosé or hold on to winter with that full-bodied red by drinking early and affordably at some of Greenpoint’s best bars and restaurants. We’ve gathered a few of the neighborhood’s top five wine happy hours, offering 2 for 1 glasses, great food and wine combos, and even a $4 vino to get you through the change and into those short shorts. Continue reading
Milk and Roses is currently booking new musicians and poets to their already impressive line up. Play Bluegrass? Folk? Jazz? Want to host a monthly Poetry reading? Milk and Roses wants you! Please email Lauren at Events.milkandrosesbistro (at) gmail.com for further information on booking!
Milk and Roses has always been dedicated to supporting local artists. The cafe strives to be a place where great music and locals can come together, enjoy some wine and fantastic entertainment.
When I walked into the new wine bar called Adelina’s on Greenpoint Ave for a tasting, two things caught my eye: the back corner of the bar was lined with wine barrels labeling each wine on tap with white chalk, and seated at the bar was a row of gorgeous faces, the staff, who was there for a tasting.
“Care to join us?” Toby Buggiani, Adelina’s owner asked.
“Are you asking me to drink before noon. Of course!”
Adelina’s passed the Greenpoint restaurant test of friendly servers without a doubt. Not a surprise since Toby is such a sweetheart.
I also chatted with Josh, a customer who said he liked the former Gypsy Bar, but Adelina’s is “perfect” because he lives up the block and “to get a vibe like this [he’d] have to go to Troost,” which also has a morning coffee routine and a wine and beer menu. Continue reading
You can’t get more eyetalian with a name like Toby Buggiani, who is a newcomer on the Greenpoint bar scene and is opening Adelina’s, named after his Nonna, where the recently closed Gypsy Bar was on Greenpoint Ave.
Toby’s bar is a fraschetta, which he described as “a blue collar wine bar,” similar to those in Rome, where he was born. Wine, not only Italian, will be on tap, served in a glass or carafe. Just 5 reds and 5 whites. And 2 types of beer.
In the daytime we can look forward to cappuccino, espresso and fresh cornetti, which are sweet Italian croissants. He hopes to introduce truffled eggs with fontina and asparagus, pizza frita (served at Forcella in Williamsburg) & arancini (RICE BALLS!), with the help of Will Levatino (of Arancini Brothers) and Dan Ross (of Vinegar Hill House).
Adelina’s will be Toby’s first bar, but he comes with a lot of experience as the former manager of Cafe Reggio, an Italian joint in NY on Macdougal St that opened in 1927 and “introduced the first cappuccino to the US,” he said.
Why Greenpoint? He looked at a lot of different areas but, “nothing struck me in the way Greenpoint struck me,” he said.
Adelina’s is opening in mid-June 2012.
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