TOMORROW: Free Brunch!

July 10, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

I’m a day late and a dollar short on this one— but here it is anyway. La Taverna is celebrating their one year anniversary this weekend with free brunch. Check it out!

Free Brunch
Sunday, July 11, 2010 Noon – 4:00 p.m.
La Taverna
946 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Inbox: La Taverna Gets DOH’ed?

December 4, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

latavernaTHUMBIt’s proving to be a HOPPIN’ day at the New York Shitty inbox. Charles writes:

Need to snap a shot, but did you see La Taverna, the italian place at Java and Manhattan, was closed as per order of the health and mental hygiene dept? Ack!

I did a little poking around the New York City Health Department’s inspection records and the latest inspection dated from May— and La Taverna passed with flying colors. This certainly makes one wonder what happened. If you have the scoop please share via comments. Inquiring Greenpointers want to know!

Miss Heather

UPDATE, 3:45 p.m.: I did a walk-by. Whatever happened it appears to have been trivial because La Taverna will be open as of 5:00 p.m. this evening!

OPEN

Greenpoint Fashion Watch: A Moment of Greenpoint Gratitude

November 26, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

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Chile relleno preparation (as practiced by yours truly, anyway) is a rather extensive process*. When I reach the “halfway” point I take a break. This time around was no exception: to this end I took a walk. As I was strolling our fair ‘nabe’s streets I thought about the numerous things I have to be grateful for: having good friends, wonderful neighbors, a husband who tolerates my admittedly eccentric behavior and manifold obsessions; a roof over my head, a relatively well-behaved (and occasionally downright loving) pride of felines and a job whose nature I not only enjoy, but comes with co-workers who render those not-so-pleasurable moments into fun ones.

Above all I am grateful to live in the best damned place on earth: Greenpoint, Brooklyn U.S.A. The Garden Spot of the Universe is home to such Heatherian favorites as the Shit Tits, the Newtown Creek Nature Walk, McGuinness Boulevard, West Street (what’s left of it, anyway), 218 Beadel Street (the house and person who lives in it— both are wonderful) and the old Russian Peoples Home sign on Clay Street (to name a very few). It is also home to some of the most charming, witty, intelligent and kindhearted people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. I consider it an honor to call these people, my fellow Greenpointers, neighbors.

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And, but hardly least, there is this gentleman who I spied in front of La Taverna today. There is so much fashion fabulousness going on here I am not even going to attempt deconstructing it. What’s more, I need to get back to cooking!

More later.

Miss Heather

*Which I will go into later. It ain’t going to be Julia Child, but hopefully you’ll enjoy the secrets to my relleno success.

OPEN: La Taverna

June 14, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

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Last night as the Mister and I were walking down Manhattan Avenue when we noticed a buzz of activity in front of La Taverna. Upon closer inspection we learned they were having a Grand Opening $4.00 all-you-can-eat introductory buffet. Since we had eaten Italian food for lunch we passed, but I did make it a point to peruse their menu. Not only was it rather extensive (and vegetarian friendly) but the prices were incredibly reasonable (for example: the Rigatoni Arrabiata was a cool $6.75). Methinks I will wait a couple of weeks (so they can iron out the kinks) and give them a whirl. You can check out their menu by clicking here, here, here, and here.

La Taverna
946 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Be advised La Taverna does not serve wine at this time. So if you want a little vino with your eats you need to bring your own.

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Restaurant Watch: 946 Manhattan Avenue

April 26, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

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Remember that most curious conversion I told you about last month? You know, the space that was formerly a bookstore but whose Certificate of Occupancy stated it was a funeral parlor? Well today the sign finally went up. And I have some very good news on the “culinary diversity” front!

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Your eyes are not deceiving you. This eating and drinking establishment will be serving fare previously unavailable in my corner of Greenpoint.

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Per the really friendly guys who erected the sign “La Taverna” will be serving “Mediterranean food”. When I queried them as to whether it would be Greek, Turkish, etc. they confessed that they did not know. Nonetheless I told them this was most welcome news because our community has too many Thai restaurants already. As you can see in the above photograph, they found this piquant observation quite amusing.

La Taverna
946 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

I got no word as to when this establishment will be opening its doors. However, I took a quick peek inside and the interior appears to be very close to completion. The tables, chairs, light fixtures— you name it— were all in place and the only thing I could see lacking were the customers. In other words I am going to prognosticate that La Taverna will be gracing the Garden Spot sooner rather than later!

Miss Heather

A Most Interesting Conversion

March 19, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

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The fence is finally down at 946 Manhattan Avenue and although I am not too jazzed about the mismatched brick I have to confess: the finished product is much more tasteful than I had anticipated. My little voice told me that this looked like it was going to be an eating establishment so I headed over to check out the permits. It has been my experience that they can be an excellent source of information about such things. When I did I not only got confirmation that this space will in fact be a restaurant but I also got a little dark entertainment thrown in for good measure.

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I am not by nature a superstitious person. As I walk through our hallowed streets I do not see dead people. Or if I do I cannot tell them apart from some of their living counterparts (who, it should be noted, usually call our local “Hotel” home). The previous having been written there are certain things that should not mix. Funeral parlors and eating establishments are among them. It’s sort of like converting a kennel into a Chinese restaurant.*

In any case I’ll be very interested to learn what is going to move into this space. If anyone reading this is “in the know” please share your scoop via comments. Thanks!

Miss Heather

*I do not believe Chinese restaurants serve up fur kids for food. In fact I find this urban legend pretty offensive. I am merely using it here to illustrate my point. No offense is intended nor should be taken.

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