11 Great Restaurants in Greenpoint
Outsiders may deride its G-train dependence, but residents of Brooklyn’s northernmost nabe just smile and nod—because they know their little pocket of the borough holds some of the best food around. From pierogies to pizza to Parisian vibes, here’s what to eat in the neighborhood.
One of the few pizza joints in the tristate area that’s firmly anti-takeout, you’ll probably have to wait a while before earning a spot to cut into one of Paulie Gee’s legendary pies, but patience pays offs. Pizzas are topped with locally sourced everything, including pastrami from nearby Frankel’s, Mike’s Hot Honey, brisket from Hometown Bar-B-Que and more nontraditional (but decadent) adornments.
60 Greenpoint Ave., Brooklyn; pauliegee.com
Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co.
Part seafood distributor, part fish market, part restaurant and raw bar, this small multi-tiered business is deeply committed to serving and selling sustainable seafood. Whether you’re buying a ruby red fillet of Coho salmon straight from Alaska or settling into a table to dig into a lobster roll and the crudo of the day, you can feel good about your aquatic-sourced meal supporting sustainable fishing practices and small fisheries.
114 Nassau Ave., Brooklyn; greenpointfish.com
Milk & Roses
For a romantic weeknight dinner date or, hey, a Sunday-morning date with that new novel, head to this dimly lit, book-lined bistro. Entire summer afternoons can be spent over pastries and lattes in the spacious backyard, but when the weather cools down, cozy up inside with a botanical cocktail and a steamy roast chicken. (Heads up: It’s cash only, but there’s an ATM in back.)
1110 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn; milkandrosesbk.com
The leafy wallpaper and calm vibes at this Indonesian oasis (run by the same team as Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream) offer a well-deserved mental vacation. Fill up on small plates, like pumpkin coconut curry, wings glazed in chili sauce and addictive papaya salad.
152 Driggs Ave., Brooklyn; selamatpagibrooklyn.com
Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop
Don’t be shocked to see a line out the door of this iconic pastry shop on weekends. Homemade doughnuts include classic flavors like glazed, chocolate frosted and crullers. You won’t find any viral-food nonsense here, but if you’re craving a mash-up, ask for a breakfast sandwich made on a split doughnut or the ginormous cinnamon bun-cruller hybrid.
727 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn; peterpandonuts.com
The pierogies are worth waiting for (perhaps next door, at the Brooklyn Bazaar) at this Polish favorite that’s filled its rustic tables since 2007. Come ready for carbs, like zurek (a fermented rye soup) served in a bread bowl, goulash with potato pancakes, pork chops with mashed potatoes and, of course, pierogies galore.
136 Greenpoint Ave., Brooklyn; karczmabrooklyn.com
This Mediterranean restaurant in a former 19th-century glass factory is a brief hike from the G train, but hey, you’re just building up an appetite. Start with shareable homemade flatbreads and dips and progress to more family-style entrées, like lamb kebabs, roasted cauliflower with labne and Swiss chard rolls.
95 Commercial St., Brooklyn; glasserienyc.com
This light-filled space transforms from an all-day café to happy-hour hub to restaurant every day, and each rendition of the Nordic menu is worth visiting. Start the day with a Havarti breakfast sandwich on a homemade wheat roll, enjoy a Smørrebrød-style sandwich topped with crab or smashed peas for lunch and fill up at dinner with charcuterie and a savory, veggie-topped porridge.
25 Norman Ave., Brooklyn; restaurantnorman.com
We like to think of this appetizing shop as a millennial’s version of old-school Jewish food—it’s not Kosher, but the interiors and bacon-topped sandwiches are highly Instagrammable (and delicious). Go for pastrami, egg and cheese on a challah roll, homemade matzo ball soup and all the smoked fish your iPhone camera can handle.
631 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn; frankelsdelicatessen.com
Chez Ma Tante
Make yourself at home at this hyper cozy Canadian-ish corner restaurant. Sip cocktails while snacking on maple walnuts, oysters and fries with aioli before moving on to heartier rustic dishes, like chicken with cabbage and pork shoulder with salsa verde and lentils.
90 Calyer St., Brooklyn; chezmatantenyc.com
Here’s an idea: Call in sick to work, put on your poutiest lipstick and head to this French café with the used paperback you’ve been meaning to read since you bought it on the banks of the Seine during your year abroad. Then sip espresso and munch on tartines and buckwheat crepes in the morning and duck confit or moules frites later on.
108 Franklin St., Brooklyn; lesdeuxgamins.com