Eat & Drink

We’re Thankful for this Pizza-Themed Space Invader at Vinnie’s

Via Vinnie's on Instagram
Via Vinnie’s on Instagram

Judging by the consistent theme of pizza and Ninja Turtles in his work lately, legendary street artist Invader is hungry for freedom slices.

We’re happy to say that Greenpoint’s very own Vinnie’s Pizzeria put some happiness in his belly recently. But mostly happy that he rewarded them handsomely with a parting gift.

“Invader loves pizza. And apparently ours,” said Vinnie’s co-owner Henrik Toncic. “He and his crew stayed for lunch after completing the job. Chill down to earth Parisians. We feel very lucky. And proud. And it’s never gonna get old walking up to it.”

According to Toncic, Invader custom-made his pizza critter especially for Vinnie’s, matching it to their logo and everything.

As tempting as it is, though, to say that pizza (and pizza alone) brought them together, Toncic has been part of the street art community his entire life. A mutual friend, photographer Stephen Kelley, facilitated the fateful meeting.

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A Lazy Greenpointer’s Guide to an Easy Thanksgiving at Five Local Spots

Thanksgiving Meat and Cheese Plate by Greenpoint Meat & Cheese (192 Driggs Ave)
Thanksgiving Meat and Cheese Plate by Greenpoint Meat & Cheese (192 Driggs Ave)

Thanksgiving has always been a good excuse to pile on some good ole classic American dishes and stuff myself silly until I can’t move. But I’ve always done all the cooking and this year, I just don’t feel like getting my hands dirty with the Turkey baster. So what does a lazy Greenpointer do on one of the best holidays of the year? Spend it at any of these five local spots, walking distance away. Continue reading

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Cozinha Latina: An Urban Tropical Oasis with an Eclectic Brazilian Influenced Menu

Chef Shanna Pacifico and the Roasted Delicata Squash

“Cozinha” is the Portuguese word for “kitchen” and is the inspiration behind one of the latest additions to the diverse spectrum of food establishments in our neighborhood. Cozinha Latina (37 Greenpoint Ave) is derived from “the one room in every home that represents family, love, community, and celebration” in Latin American culture and offers an array of dishes, from small to large plates, drawn from this tradition.

But it isn’t exactly a place where you can expect a home cooked meal, like your grandmother made it. It is the brainchild of a team of some well-established veterans of the culinary space, who have transformed what was formerly a sports bar into an urban tropical oasis with an eclectic menu. Continue reading

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GOS Artists Mixer and Open Meeting at The Diamond (11/11)


Hey Greenpoint artists (or anyone interested in arts in Greenpoint)! We want to get together for a mixer and initial open meeting about the next GOS tomorrow (Wed, 11/11) at The Diamond (43 Franklin St) at 7:30PM. RSVP here!

Come with your ideas, get involved, or just come to talk art over drinks!

This will be the first of a series of monthly mixers at a different local watering hole leading up to the main event, which will be in Spring 2016 (end of April). If you can’t make this one, the next will be in mid-December so stay tuned.

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Kimchee Market Brings the Korean Bodega to Greenpoint Avenue


The owner of the Dokebi dynasty, Chul Kim, has opened a new Korean store in Greenpoint called Kimchee Market.

But this isn’t your mom’s traditional Korean greengrocer. Kimchee Market offers freshly-made local kimchi and rare Korean cooking ingredients that you can’t find anywhere else in North Brooklyn. Plus, Kimchee Market sells fresh, locally-raised vegetables from Straight Out of the Ground, a CSA and farm near Roxbury, New York.

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Green Hot Chile Peppers: Heatonist Rocks Out New Mexico Style

Roasted green chiles
Roasted green chiles

I first tried green chile on a trip to Albuquerque many moons ago. I devoured a whole plate of them with chilaquiles and eggs, looking out over a dry flat plain baking under that expansive blue sky that is particular to the southwest. The next morning I ate huevos rancheros smothered with green chile. I managed to eat green chile with at least every other meal during my trip.

As a native New Yorker and equal opportunity chile lover, I’ve come to view green chiles as a kind of mythical food that I could only truly enjoy amidst the red rocks of Jemez, or during a gem-toned desert twilight at the west end of Route 66. Perhaps it’s that mythical quality that inspired Noah Chaimberg, owner of Heatonist and fancy hot sauce purveyor, to put on the “Chiles & Chili” event last Sunday. Continue reading

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Whiskey Burger: Good Burgers, Good Whiskey (and Bourbon), and Tasty Cocktails


When 12 year neighborhood staple The Mark Bar shuttered and signs of construction began, many were sad. But really, there’s no reason to be sad. The former owners of The Mark Bar (also of The Lobster Joint), Bob Levitt and Tommy Chabrowski, are now the owners of a great new restaurant, Whiskey Burger.

Levitt and Chabowski knew they needed to give The Mark Bar an upgrade. After much thinking, they decided to pursue a 12 year dream of opening a whiskey & burger restaurant. The menu is focused on different types of burgers, fries, sides, and salads. Good whiskeys, beer, wine, and an interesting selection of cocktails are on the menu for drinks. Continue reading

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Our Fall Market is Happening this Sunday (10/25)!! Preview our Vendors!!


We are so excited for our annual Fall Market and cannot wait to introduce you to so many talented local creators!

The Deets: This Sunday October 25th (1-7pm) at Greenpoint Loft (67 West, St, 5th Fl)

RSVP on Facebook!

Activities (FREE): Photo Booth by Ben Shirai with “Foliage and Foragers” themed design by Libby VanderPloegNail Art by @Peenk!Tarot Card Readings by Lindsay, Face Painting by A Big Silly Guy (Roger), Henna Tattoos by Miss V, live performance by Laura & Greg!

Refreshments: Craft Beer by Greenpoint Beer & Ale + Spicy Buttered Rum made with Sailor Jerry Rum and Mike’s Hot Honey + Coffee from Cafe Grumpy Coffee, and many food vendors!

See below for a sneak peak at some of our awesome vendors!

More details of what’s in store for Sunday here.

Special thanks to our sponsors!

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The Brooklyn Wine Book: Get 2-for-1 Wine Glasses at Great Local Bars and Restaurants


Greenpoint is playing a starring role in Brokelyn’s first-ever Brooklyn Wine Book, a booklet of tickets good for 2-for-1 glasses at fantastic wine bars and wine-focused eateries from here to Cobble Hill.

Stop in for a bowl of Spicy Beef Rendang and a couple of Rieslings at Selamat Pagi (152 Driggs) an airy Balinese-inspired spot with a wine list as creative as the menu. Swing by the gorgeous River Styx (21 Greenpoint) and Continue reading

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New Restaurant ‘Cassette’ brings French-Catalonian Flavor to Franklin Street

Images courtesy of Cassette

‘Tis the season for new restaurant openings, and last week Greenpoint had three*. One of the tastiest additions to our burgeoning dining scene is a delightful French Catalonian eatery called Cassette, whose name roughly translates as ‘little box’. Don’t let the name mislead you though, as the space is anything but small. Positioned on the corner of Kent and Franklin streets, the front of the restaurant takes up at least a quarter of the block, which it comfortably shares with Ramona, Kennaland and the former Lulu’s.

Cassette is adjacent to the Kickstarter HQ on Kent, which is somewhat convenient since one of the partners is Kickstarter founder Perry Chen. In creating the new restaurant, Perry teamed up with Henry Rich, owner of Boerum Hill’s popular neighborhood Italian Rucola. Also hailing from Rucola is head chef Joe Pasqualetto whose passion for good, simple food means that Cassette’s veg-focused menu is primed for success from the word go. Continue reading

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