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In 2012, Laura O’Neill and Ben and Pete Van Leeuwen, co-founders of Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream, opened a restaurant in Greenpoint. They called it Selamat Pagi, “good morning” in Indonesian. The menu was inspired by cuisine from that region and was also largely vegan. Behind the restaurant’s main dining room, the company produced every ounce of its organic and vegan pints. “When we took over the space and it had a kitchen we said,...
Last night at 8pm I sat on a stage in a church basement in Greenpoint with Laura O’Neill, co-founder of Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream and the delicious and handsome Balinese-inspired restaurant, Selamat Pagi; but, more importantly for those of us who spend Tuesday nights inside the Park Church Co-Op across the street from McGolrick Park, O'Neill is also known as the founder of a very different movement—No Lights No Lycra. And last night, this weekly gathering of...
We may have recently run a list praising Brooklyn’s very best bacon dishes (we’re talking bacon in a bowl with blue cheese), but the truth is, we have an even greater affinity for vegetables—so much so, we could have easily become vegetarian, if our job didn’t regularly require eating animal flesh with gusto. That being said, we fully expect our vegetables to behave pretty much like vegetables, and don’t much cotton to the concept...
When we hear about “kid-friendly” restaurants, it’s hard not to think of mealy french fries and lukewarm chicken nuggets. But come on. We’re in Brooklyn; we can do better than that. Much better. Here are our favorite restaurants that can be enjoyed by both kids and adults alike. You’ll never have to resort to Chuck E. Cheese again. ALLSWELL This spot does classic food better than just about anywhere else, and its juicy hamburger (served on...

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