Greenpoint’s gradually gentrifying Manhattan Avenue got a couple more newcomers in recent weeks. But don’t worry, they aren’t serving trendy kale salads. Well, actually, one of them is, but it assures us it’s authentically Sicilian. Here’s what’s new on the strip.
Ria Bella Pizza
1049 Manhattan Ave., nr. Freeman St.; (718) 389-4400
This new pizzeria says, on its website, that its “Brooklyn’s best”, and while that’s a bold claim, this potato-and-egg pie does look like a solid brunch order:
Don’t worry, purists, there are plenty of thin-crust options as well. Maria, the manager, says the owners are all first-timers and the “secret recipes” for the salads, apps, calzones and Sicilian-style pies come from the “women in their lives.” There’s a clam pie (below), some cheese-free and sauce-free options, and groups can order a 30″ rectangular pie with their choice of toppings.
You can see the delivery menu here.Vivi Bubble Tea
790 Manhattan Ave., bet. Meserole Ave. and Calyer St.; (718) 389-3388
This Taiwanese-style bubble tea chain has locations in the East Village and elsewhere around the city. Born in Chinatown in 2007, it also makes a bold claim, albeit not quite as bold as “Brooklyn’s best”: “the best popcorn chicken in town” comes in your choice of pepper salt, spicy, garlic, curry, or basil flavors. In addition to its milk teas, Yakult drinks, slushes, and flavored teas (which can be supplemented with tapioca balls, jelly, pudding, aloe, or red bean), Vivi serves what might be our favorite thing in the world: Japanese-style octopus balls. Full menu here.