We’re sad to report that Greenpoint’s No. 7 North has closed. Their last night was Sunday. We lost Habitat in 2017 and, with the closing of No. 7 North, another beloved and affordable locals’ joint has shuttered. We’ll miss the pool table, friendly vibes and, of course, their broccoli tacos.
Softening the blow a tad is the news that Pelicana has opened just a block away at 941 Manhattan Ave. A reviewer over at Eater says Pelicana is the “best version of Korean fried chicken that New Yorkers can probably find outside of Korea.” He reviewed their Manhattan location in January:
After waiting about 20 minutes as they fried the chicken, I finally confronted face-to-face with Pelicana fried chicken for the first time in 14 years, and they looked exactly what I remembered from my childhood. The chicken was heavily-breaded, steaming-hot, and a bright ruby red color. I took a bite, and I was flooded with so many emotions. My eyes got teary not only because how juicy and delicious the chicken was, but also because it took me back to my memories of eating fried chicken with my brother and watching TV. The chicken was insanely crispy and had familiar Korean flavors from my childhood. It almost tasted like kimchi fried rice, but saucier with a hint of gochujang. Perfect harmony between the fried chicken and the sauce made me forget about all the other decent to mediocre ones that I tried in the city, and I realized that I didn’t need to settle for mediocre Korean fried chicken anymore.
In other news, UpNorth has opened in Bushwick at 17 Wyckoff Avenue. They stylishly designed bar has a Canadian theme with various types of poutines on the menu.
Two brothers of the team behind Noorman’s Kil, Harold and Marcel Simoneau, are bringing a little taste of their hometown of Rimouski, Québec to New York. With the help of our good friend and co-owner, Thomas Wilson, they aim to serve both neighborhood locals and guests from afar. Inspired by their Canadian roots, UpNorth is a bar that shares their love of Poutine and delicious cocktails. A welcoming yet tasteful atmosphere flaunts a lofty space accented by subtle details. Offering a wide range of drinks, bar fare, and specials, UpNorth has something for everyone.
After having established their previous bar as one of the top whisky watering holes in the U.S. with a curated list of over 400 whiskies, their next venture was to explore the possibilities in other spirits through the art of mixology. Thoughtfully executed cocktails created by award- winning mixologists highlight their aim to discover unique, memorable experiences. We offer 10 beers on tap, including American craft beer and Canadian favorites – Molson, St-Ambroise, Dieu du Ciel – as well as a diverse yet accessible wine list.
Acclaimed chef Tyler Johnson’s menu features flavorful variations on the classic poutine, the unofficial Canadian national dish, accompanied by a grass-fed burger, a veggie burger, and a seasonal salad to start. Other bar fare include hand-cut fries, sweet potato fries, and tater tots with over 10 in-house made sauces. The menu is soon to expand into brunch and café offerings.