New York Shitty Day Ender: AT LAST!

December 12, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

It would appear that after six months of being open Vamos Al Tequila has at long last received its liquor license. Hallelujah!

Vamos Al Tequila
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. Monday – Saturday, 12:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Sunday
162 Franklin Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Restaurant Watch: Open & Soon To Be!

May 12, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

First up (and as many of you have probably deduced), I was wrong about the opening date for Grill & Greens. Fortunately when I walked by today I saw something very promising: a big bowl of eggplant just waiting to be rendered into delicious babaganoush. I asked the men present when they planned to open: they’re hoping for tomorrow. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. In the meantime you can peruse their menu by clicking here.

Grill & Greens
Target Opening Date: May 13, 2010
994 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

(718) 349 – 5981

Lastly, I have had a number of people ask me about the status of Vamos Al Tequila. I am pleased to announce are open (have been since Sunday, May 9— hey, I at least I got one right!) and I tried their foodstuffs last night.Before I proceed I would like to male two things clear upfront:

  1. I am very fussy about Mexican food.
  2. Given my recent experience (READ: vomiting my brains out) at the hands of San Loco I probably should not have ordered enchiladas. In fact, I probably should have waited a few more days before trying this establishment: my palette and stomach are still a bit, um, touchy.

I ordered cheese enchiladas rojas. While I very much liked the accompanying rice and refried beans, the enchiladas themselves didn’t so much for me: the cheese stuffing was not melted (to my taste) and the sauce struck me as being a bit salty. Methinks next time I am going to order verde sauce instead.

I do not want to come off as panning Vamos Al Tequila (I’m not— if I was I wouldn’t make it known I plan to go back!). The service was very friendly, a number of the items on the menu (which you can see by clicking here) looked intriguing (the Abril Avocado Torta and Aqua de Jamaica* among them) and lest we forget: they have only been open a few days. In other words: I’m going to wait a week or two and give ’em another try.

Vamos Al Tequila
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. Monday – Saturday, 12:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Sunday
162 Franklin Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222
(718) 383 – 0808

CAVEAT: as of yesterday Vamos Al Tequila’s credit card machine had yet to arrive and they were still awaiting their liquor license.

Miss Heather

*If you have not tried this, do so. It’s wonderful— especially on a hot summer day. That is, if summer ever comes. If today is any indication of what’s to come I have my doubts.

THIS WEEKEND: Le Petit Boudoir Grand Opening

April 29, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Just over a month ago I was contacted by a very nice gentleman regarding a store he and his wife are opening on Franklin Street. His name is Mike and you might be interested to know he is the chap behind Mercat Negre on Grand Street. Naturally I had to get the 411 so I swung by. Things were a little rough— but it looked promising. As I left that day I asked Mike to give me a heads-up when they were closer to opening. This too has come to pass. In fact, I just got back from previewing what will be Le Petit Boudoir. I am pleased to report it is looking good!

Here’s what you can expect opening day (which is this upcoming Saturday!):

  • Vintage clothing
  • Sunglasses galore
  • Handmade soaps and candles (I have been told they will be using produce from Greenpoint’s very own Rooftop Farms in some of these goodies!)
  • jewelry and much, much more!

Check it out!

Le Petit Boudoir
OPENING: May 1, 2010 after 1:30 p.m.
135 Franklin Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Closing on a Franklin Street related note, today I spoke with one of the owners of the restaurant slated to occupy 162 Franklin Street: Vamos Al Tequila. Not only was she nice enough to let me see their space…

but she assured me that enchiladas will be on their menu (which they hope to have finalized next week) and they plan to open in “10 days”. I can hardly wait!

Vamos Al Tequila
Opening Date: ~May 9, 2010
162 Franklin Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

And that’s all she wrote!

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Wish Fulfillment

April 11, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Many of you recall that Socrates Diner closed its doors several months ago. There has been much speculation as to why this came to pass. Truth be told I am just as in the dark as you are. However, I can state with 100% certainly what is going to take its place. Brace yourself for some very  good news!

Jay writes:

From the sign in the window it looks like Socrates restaurant will soon become Bombay Garden. Glad to see an Indian restaurant but sorry to goodbye to the ol’ Greek place.

Yours truly (who has wanted an Indian restaurant in Greenpoint for some time) had to  see this with her own eyes. To this end I headed to 651 Manhattan Avenue without delay. Sure enough, he was right.

What’s more, when I walked by they were busy at work!

Bombay Garden
651 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

I have no idea when Bombay Palace will opens its doors. However, I did get an E.T.A. for another restaurant-to-be in the Garden Spot.

Per a worker, Vamos al Tequila* will be opening in roughly three weeks!

Vamos al Tequila
Opening Date: ~May 1, 2010 (Perhaps in time for Cinco De Mayo?!?)
162 Franklin Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Miss Heather

*Which, as I reported two weeks ago, is rumored to be the brainchild of the folks behind 7A.

Greenpoint Food Watch: Mexican Comes To Franklin!

September 8, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

The one thing I constantly crave but have the damnedest time finding is a honest-to-god, no frills “home style” cheese enchilada. You know the type: red sauce, cheese, lots of onions and little else? Well, I usually schlep to Manhattan for this fare but that may very well become a thing of the past.

casa

Some of you might have noticed activity at Casa Mon Amour’s old space at 162 Franklin Street. Well, I was commenting about it to the Mister on my cell phone when a gentleman overheard me and said something that was music to my ears:

It’s going to be a Mexican restaurant.

Needless to say when I got home I headed over to Community Board 1’s web site without delay to verify this. He’s correct:

vamos

*tears*

Miss Heather

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