Join the Kickstarter block party as we count down the city’s five best crowd-funded restaurants and bars

In Greenpoint on May 3, Kickstarter is celebrating some of its most successful projects. Get the party (Kick)started!

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Kickstarter is taking the housewarming party to a whole new level, hosting a blowout block party at its new Greenpoint headquarters on May 3. Guests can listen to jams from PitchBlak Brass Band, play a live action game called Joust and hand-paint cookies from Sogi's Honey Bakeshop. Eats will be provided by Kickstarter alums Butter & Scotch, Mamu Thai Noodle food truck and Brooklyn Soda Works. If you can't make it to the soiree or just feel like starting the festivities earlier, check out five of our favorite Kickstarter-funded restaurants and bars in town.

The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club
Before they could bring shuffleboard to Brooklyn, owners Ashley Albert and Jonathan Schnapp turned to Kickstarter to raise funds to build courts that met the International Shuffleboard Association's regulation standards. Their plea video was so charming (and convincing) that sponsors pledged more than $41,000—twice the amount the duo was aiming for.

Emily 
Husband-and-wife team Matt and Emily Hyland sought support from the crowds to build the modular pizza oven that would become the heart of their lovely Clinton Hill pizzeria, which opened earlier this year.

Shalom Japan
Chefs Aaron Israel and Sawako Okochi promised to bring an "authentically inauthentic" Jewish-Japanese spot to Brooklyn, and through quirky photos of the team and a Japanese version of their message, they surpassed their goal by $5,000.

Cómodo
Tamy Rofe and Felipe Donnelly (another husband-and-wife combo) transformed the dinner parties they held at their apartment into a cozy brick-and-mortar Soho eatery, thanks to backers who fell in love with their story on Kickstarter.

The Musket Room 
Chef Matt Lambert and his team used gorgeous food porn to sweet-talk people into helping them fund their upscale New Zealand–inspired dining room. Only four months after the restaurant opened its doors, it scored a Michelin star.


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