In the back of my mind I kind of know restaurants are disgusting, I just choose not to think about it because I need to eat. Even a fancy “A” rated restaurant has some seriously gross stuff going on. Restaurant grades are dolled out based on health code violations; an A restaurant can have no more than 13 points in their most recent inspection. For example, if a restaurant is found to have an ill employee in the kitchen they receive 10 points for the violation. So, an inspector can go to a restaurant, witness a sick person handling your food and that restaurant can still earn a top health rating. If you were eating while reading this article, go ahead and stop right now.
As gross as some aspects of eating out can be, a lot happens to your food before it even gets to your favorite restaurant. But don’t worry, Senator Chuck Schumer has added better food regulation to his plate.
Senator Schumer is asking the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to review its policies and increase the amount of inspections to food distributors after discovering nasty stuff going on at a food distribution company based in Greenpoint. As reported in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, the New Yung Wah Trading Co. headquarters, located at 311 Richardson Street, has big vermin control and storage problems at some of its warehouses. Continue reading →
Happy New Year! In 2015 remember, ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE. And you can find lots of local love at our upcoming Valentine’s Market on Sunday February 8, 2015 from 1-7pm at Greenpoint Loft (67 West St, 5th Fl). Please RSVP & tell all your friends!
We are seeking all types of local vendors (food, artists, crafters, jewelers, potters, etc.) so apply here or directly in the form after the jump. Continue reading →
Still haven’t made New Year’s Dinner Plans? Join Esme tonight for our first ever New Year’s Eve Dinner.
Four courses including an egg yolk ravioli, roasted leg of lamb, scallop crudo and a mascarpone cheesecake. Wine can be paired for $35 or drinks can be ordered a la carte. Vegetarian options will be available and seating begins at 7.30pm. 75 Dollars includes tax and tip.
To reserve please call 718.383.0999 or email: hello (at) esmebk [dot] com.
(sponsored) Your last meal of 2014 should be delectable with lots of variety, plenty of libations to go around and Italian! Join Adelina’s this New Year’s Eve for a Small Plate Celebration. There will be two seating times at 7pm & 9pm for a 2 hour, 7 course small plate dinner extravaganza plus an open bar!
DJs Ronny-Moo & Tray-Z will be spinning great tunes all night! And don’t forget the midnight complementary prosecco toast!
Adelina’s regular a la cart menu will be available at the bar for walk ins.
Limited seating available so reserve now by calling 347-763-0152
Did you enjoy that amazing mulled wine at the Holiday Market? It was made with mulling spices donated by Greenpoint’s favorite spice, seasoning and rub company. Greenpoint Trading Co.’s has just launched a kickstarter campaign. Their $30,000 goal will be to invest in a build-out of their warehouse, more machines for production, more inventory and more staff. With more inventory and manpower they can take on more customers and expand beyond the East Coast.
This Sunday December 14, 2014 from 1-4pm they will be having a fundraiser at Dirck the Norseman (7 No. 15th St). They will be giving away FREE BEER to anyone who donates to their cause. So donate!
This Sunday 12/7 is the Holiday Market from 1-7pm at 67 West St, 5th Fl. Entry is totally FREE and you can enjoy delicious beverages and food while shopping over 50 local makers and artisans. Hand picked from hundreds of applicants, the vendors chosen by Yuka are of the highest quality and variety so you will be able to check everyone off you shopping list – including yourself! (I personally am in the market for candles, knits and some stationery.) RSVP
Make sure go up into the loft and get yours nail did, a massage and holiday photo for FREE! This years photo booth theme is “woodland creatures.” #gp_market
Plus, we will be screening the Official documentary trailer for Gasper & Son and selling $5 raffle tickets.
100% funds support post production of Gasper & Son in order to pay for music licensing, trailer, sound mix and festival submission fees. Follow Gasper & Son on Facebook.
(sponsored) Can’t get home to the family this Thanksgiving (too expensive, or maybe you just prefer to avoid that all together)? If so, come to Dirck the Norseman’s “Orphan’s Thanksgiving”. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served at 3 pm, and dinner starts at 4 pm.
For $20 a person, they’ll fill your plate with turkey, sides and fixings, plus an open bar (beer and wine). Kids eat for free. Guests are invited to bring something sweet to the table (pie, cake, your family’s secret dessert?).
To confirm your reservation email dirckthenorseman (at) gmail [dot] com or call 718-389-2940. Limited seating.
“Dirck the Norseman’s 2nd Annual Orphans’ Thanksgiving”
Date: Thanksgiving Day, November 27 Time: 3 pm ’til turkeys gone Where: 7 N. 15th Street (at the corner of N. 15th and Kent/Franklin) Please RSVP by Wednesday, Nov. 26 to: dirckthenorseman (at) gmail [dot] com
(sponsored)Brooklyn Meat Club is a neighborhood butcher shop, without the shop. Targeting home chefs, the newest addition to the Brooklyn business scene provides restaurant quality meat at below market prices.
“We work directly with suppliers, plus we cut out almost all of the overhead, so our products are priced to let our customers cook incredible meals 7 days a week,” founder Jorge Viscarra Jr., was quoted as saying. Viscarra has been in the meat supply business for over 15 years, working alongside his father, Jorge Viscarra Sr., the founder of GV Food Service, a thriving family business that has been serving New York for over 25 years.
Brooklyn Meat Club’s website, www.brooklynmeatclub.com, lets customers choose not just the meat they would like, but also how thick they would like their pork and beef cut. The orders are then hand trimmed to insure tenderness. In addition, they carry organic poultry and seasonings, as well as lamb and game. Customers that place their orders by Wednesdays at 4pm can pick them up that Saturday between 12 and 6 at Brooklyn Safehouse (120 Franklin St) in Greenpoint. Fresh, organic Thanksgiving turkeys are available for pick up both Saturday the 22nd and Tuesday the 25th of November.
“We want to provide not just a great product, but also a great experience for our patrons,” said co-founder Shannon Clare. “Everything will be nicely cut, wrapped and boxed for you when you get to the Safehouse. If you want to grab a beer or two, we’ll keep it cool for you until you are ready to head out.”
Clare also developed the line of seasonings, made with organic herbs, for Brooklyn Meat Club. Iníon’s Seasons has 4 different rubs that were made specifically to bring out the flavor of the meats the pair sell. Iníon is Gaelic for daughter, and Izzy’s Herb Rub, one of the spices in the line, is named for Clare’s 1 year old.
The logo for both Iníon’s Seasons and Brooklyn Meat Club, as well as all of the art on the site, were created by Brooklyn artist Nathan Chase. Chase, Viscarra, and Clare are all friends and residents of Greenpoint, making Brooklyn Meat Club a true neighborhood endeavor.