July 15, 2014

Things have been quiet here because I have been on vacation for the past couple of weeks (more to come on that in future posts!). Before I bombard you with a slew of posts from my travels, I wanted to post about a fun collaboration that I did with Bon Appétit, right before I left for vacation.

The NYC BA Grub Crawl took place in Greenpoint and the Lower East Side on June 21, 2014. A week before the Grub Crawl, I had the opportunity to visit all of the Greenpoint locations to eat, check out the space and report back on my Instagram account. I had a great time eating my way though each place and also having the opportunity to visit some restaurants that were on my list of places I have been meaning to try. Here are a couple of highlights from each place I visited:

The rustic décor and moody, naturally lit space of Glasserie stole my heart as soon as I entered. I ordered the Yellowfin crudo (with kumquat, rose and jalapeño oil), which was deliciously refreshing on that warm summer day. I’d also recommend pairing it with a glass of rosé.

Alameda is a cozy spot located on Franklin St. I had a radish salad and oysters with cucumber mignonette. I consider myself new to oysters, since I have only been eating them for about a year; however, I can say that these oysters were the best I’ve had so far.

Coco 66 is a music venue with an adorable restaurant next-door. The restaurant interior is to die for with its clean, minimal décor and skylights that I could only dream of having in my apartment. What I loved most about the interior, was a section with bar-type seating with a window looking onto the kitchen. I love when restaurants have visible kitchens because it brings a community feeling to the restaurant and to the dining experience.

The food at Manhattan Inn was, hands down, delicious. I got to sample the house made gnocchi (with braised oxtail, pork ragu and tomato sauce), the house salad and the burger and fries. The Manhattan Inn Burger & Fries was a tasty and colorful stack of grass fed beef, bacon, pickles and aged cheddar.

Known for its extensive beer selection, the Diamond is a bar also offering a variety of savory pies and a meat and cheese plate. I happily sampled the meat and cheese plate and washed it down with a refreshing glass of rosé.

Although the Crawl is over, I highly recommend visiting these places if you are in Greenpoint.

Glasserie: 95 Commercial St, Brooklyn, NY. 11222

Alameda: 195 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY. 11222

Coco 66: 66 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY. 11222

Manhattan Inn: 632 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY. 11222

The Diamond: 43 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY. 11222

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