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20 Destination Restaurants in Greenpoint

From soulful bowls of pho to wood-fired tacos, here’s where to eat in this Brooklyn neighborhood right now

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| Gary He

While Williamsburg’s dining scene may have long hogged the limelight, Greenpoint has been quietly amassing some of the most compelling restaurants in the city. The diversity is staggering, spanning everything from upscale seafood shacks to Polish butchers and bakeries unchanged for generations.

With an impressive crop of new restaurants, including a heavily hyped slice shop by Paulie Giannone, an American throwback from the Frankel brothers, an on-trend taqueria, and a buzzy Vietnamese spot, 2018 is set to be a bumper year for the neighborhood. Here are the 20 restaurants to try in Greenpoint.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Glasserie

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95 Commercial St
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 389-0640
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This modern Mediterranean restaurant, housed in a refurbished 1860s glass factory and open since 2013, excels at dishes like lamb kebab with pickled vegetables rolled into a pillowy flatbread. That same bread and its flakier, richer cousin griddle bread can and should be ordered with just about everything. The menu is more expansive in the evenings, but the best time to visit is brunch, when diners can order a continually replenished selection of vegetarian mezze for the table. Chef Jeff Kouba keeps it fairly traditional here, but showcases his more inventive side at nearby Bar Glory, another collaboration with restaurateur Sara Conklin in a boutique hotel.

Glasserie Bess Adler

2. Le Fanfare

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1103 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(347) 987-4244
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This underrated trattoria is tucked away toward the northern end of the neighborhood and run by husband-and-wife duo Luca and Giorgia Fadda, who have been serving rustic Italian fare since 2014. There’s a gutsy hanger steak and other solid meaty mains, but the handmade pastas steal the show — especially the toothsome malloreddus with Berkshire pork sausage inspired by a recipe from Giorgia’s Sardinian mother. With its black-and-white tiled floor and squiggles of neon on the walls, the interior designed by Milanese artist Giuseppe Amato, is a fresh take on the old red sauce tropes. Swing by Monday through Wednesday for off-menu pasta specials for $10 or on Fridays and Saturdays for live music.

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3. Esme

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999 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 383-0999
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The brunch at Esme has ranked among Brooklyn’s best since 2014, offering stacks of lacy-edged blueberry pancakes and mammoth slabs of savory French toast topped with runny-yolked eggs. It’s worth getting up early on weekends to beat the crowds, but if that seems like too much hassle, dinner is a more sedate affair. After dark, the decibel level drops, and guests huddle over candles, cocktails, and heaping bowls of garlicky mussels with addictive frites.

4. Achilles Heel

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180 West St
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(347) 987-3666
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The unfussy, seasonally driven small plates at this candlelit bar by the old dockyards are better than anything coming from a set of induction burners in a cramped kitchen has any right to be. Order a dozen oysters and any of the house cocktails, or stick around for the sort of boozy evening meal that can stretch late into the night. Restaurateur Andrew Tarlow, of the ever-expanding Marlow & Sons empire, personally oversaw most of the details at Achilles Heel, from the vintage hardwood bar to the piano in the corner, when he opened it in 2013. Drinks run the gamut from a well-curated selection of natural wines to a bottle of Budweiser served with a shot of rye.

Achilles Heel Achilles Heel/Facebook

5. Oxomoco

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128 Greenpoint Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(646) 688-4180
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Chef Justin Bazdarich worked under Jean-Georges Vongerichten and made a name for himself with wood-fired pizzas at Speedy Romeo before opening this contemporary Mexican restaurant with restaurateur Chris Walton in 2018. Live fire is still very much the focus here and lends depth to everything from the charred cherry tomatoes in the guacamole to the hulking bone-in rib-eye. The tacos are the real draw and include standouts like pork cheek carnitas cradled in corn tortillas imported from Mexico. 

6. Paulie Gee's

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60 Greenpoint Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(347) 987-3747
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There may be no better testament to the enduring popularity of pizza baron Paulie Giannone than the fact that Paulie Gee’s Slice Shop had lines down the block from the moment it opened in August 2018. While the new venue, which serves the Platonic ideal of a New York slice in a faux-retro setting, has earned rave reviews, his original sit-down pizza parlor down the block is where it all started. The latter’s blistered, Neapolitan-style pies come topped with everything from vegan cashew ricotta to barbecued brisket from Hometown in Red Hook. At either parlor, the Hellboy, with Berkshire soppressata drizzled with Mike’s Hot Honey, is the one to beat.

Pepperoni pizza at Paulie Gee’s Slice Shop Alex Staniloff

7. Di An Di

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68 Greenpoint Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 576-3914
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This airy, plant-filled Vietnamese restaurant opened in 2018 by the team behind An Choi in the Lower East Side owes as much to diaspora communities in Houston as it does to Ho Chi Minh City. It’s hard to go wrong with any of the noodle soups, which come accompanied by house-made riffs on sriracha and hoisin, but the Hanoi-style pho with fatty brisket, a scattering of scallions, and a single, sunny yolk, stands out. Much of the menu is designed to be shared, and the long tables in the back room are ideal for larger groups. That being said, the bar is one of the best spots for a cocktail and a solo dinner in the neighborhood.

8. Littleneck Outpost

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128 Franklin St
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 383-3080
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Humble sandwiches and salads are the focus of this cafe open since 2014. With huge windows and shelves stacked with food stuffs ranging from salt water taffy to cult-favorite Zapp’s potato chips, it’s an inviting spot to while away the afternoon over a cortado from La Colombe Coffee Roasters. Avocado toast may be everywhere these days, but the one here with slow-roasted tomatoes is uncommonly good, as is the crème fraîche-slathered sourdough topped with smoked trout, mustard seeds, and a jammy egg.

9. Chez Ma Tante

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90 Calyer St
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 389-3606
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Although the dishes at this French-Canadian bistro, opened in 2017 by Aidan O’Neal and Jake Leiber, sound simple, most are anything but. The kitchen is as adept with satisfying salads, such as a bright red radicchio Caesar with ethereal lemon dressing, as it is with meaty dishes like a pig’s head terrine that may convert those who normally shy away from offal. The outdoor seating on a leafy corner of Calyer Street is lovely when the weather cooperates, especially for brunch, while the minimalist interior is cozy enough for drizzly winter evenings. The drinks list includes a number of reasonably priced bottles and classic cocktails. On weekends, get the pancakes.

Chez Ma Tante’s spare dining room with dark wood tables and bar Stephen Yang

10. Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop

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727 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 389-3676
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Long before trendy coffee shops started cropping up along Manhattan Avenue, this local stalwart was serving sprinkle-dusted doughnuts by the dozen. Not much has changed at this cash-only bakery since 1953, which suits the clientele just fine. The cinnamon buns are still bigger than softballs, Polish is still the dominant language, and with doughnuts starting at just over a buck each, prices have refused to rise with the neighborhood’s profile. The early morning weekend rush sees a mix of old-timers and night owls drifting home from clubs like Good Room and Output in search of warm French crullers. 

Two boxes of donuts, one containing pastries with bright pink icing and sprinkles; another with dark brown frosting and sprinkles Diana Hubbell

11. Krolewskie Jadlo

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694 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 383-8993
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The decor may be kitschy, but Krolewskie Jadlo, or “king’s feast,” has been serving uncompromising Polish fare since 2005. It’s part of a trio of restaurants by Nobu-trained restaurateur Krzysztof Drzewiecki, which includes the rowdier tavern Karczma and somewhat Americanized Dziupla over in Williamsburg. Here, the menu veers into more sophisticated territory with goat cheese pierogies and venison-and-walnut meatballs. The best option is to gather a group of three or four friends and order a koryto, a platter loaded with meats including sausages, bacon, and grilled pork shoulder.

Krolewskie Jadlo Krolewski Jadlo/Facebook

12. Bar Uni

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674 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(646) 833-8564
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Channeling a dimly lit Tokyo izakaya since 2017, Bar Uni has a reasonable selection of Japanese whiskies and subtly updated classic cocktails like the Okinawa Old Fashioned, with rye and a hint of Kuromitsu black sugar syrup. The bartenders here are more than happy to come up with something special based on a guest’s preferred spirit. Skip the main dishes and stick to the oysters — especially during the daily happy hour until 8 p.m. — or small bites like the umami-loaded miso grilled cheese.

13. El Born

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651 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(347) 844-9295
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Greenpoint locals have been packing the long, marble bar at this tapas joint ever since Barcelona-native Elena Manich and chef Diego Gonzalez opened the doors in 2014. A generous happy hour, which includes $5 glasses of cava, plus a discounted menu including croquettas oozing molten béchamel, adds to the popularity. The squid-ink stained paella could use a more developed socarrat, but no one appears to be complaining, thanks to the generous helping of seafood and al dente grains of rice. When the weather is warm, the patio out back is perfect for a leisurely Spanish-style brunch, preferably followed by a siesta.

14. Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co.

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114 Nassau Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 349-0400
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Lobster Joint farther north in Greenpoint may boast the more atmospheric digs, but for sustainably sourced seafood, this raw bar and market opened in 2014 by a fifth-generation fishmonger reigns supreme. The Baja fish tacos are a must, as is a round of whatever oysters arrived that day with a squeeze of lemon. The lobster roll, which is piled high with claw meat and slicked with just the right amount of mayo, is a worthy splurge. When the limited number of seats along the narrow counter are taken, the onsite fishmonger sells fillets to cook back at home.

15. Frankel's Delicatessen & Appetizing

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631 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 389-2302
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This Jewish deli by Zach and Alex Frankel, a pair of brothers from the Upper West Side, is already an institution in the neighborhood after just two years. The decidedly unkosher bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich makes for a killer hangover cure, and the recipe for the brisket piled on thick-cut challah comes from the brothers’ grandmother Anita. Though quite a few of the offerings could hold their own against swankier spots like Russ & Daughters or Barney Greengrass, the setting is decidedly frills-free.

16. Five Leaves

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18 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 383-5345
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An Australian-accented cafe hardly feels as novel as it did in 2008, when the late Heath Ledger’s friends finished opening this one in his memory, but locals will still wait an hour for a brunch table at Five Leaves. The coffee is good, the people-watching is better, and although the food isn’t the main attraction, the kitchen churns out perfectly competent scrambled eggs with merguez and fluffy ricotta pancakes dripping with honeycomb butter. Indoors has the pounding soundtrack and ragged vibe of the right sort of dive bar regardless of the hour, while outdoors by McCarren Park feels more like a laid-back bistro.

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17. Baoburg

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614 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 349-0011
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Chef Suchanan Aksornnan’s khao soi noodles at Baoburg are not like any found in her hometown of Chiang Rai in northern Thailand. A dollop of sour cream further enriches the coconut broth and a confit duck leg rests on top. The chef, who cut her teeth at Mercer Kitchen and Bar Boulud before opening this spot in 2013, makes it clear that she intends to do things her own way here. Though the funky wooden interior decorated with vintage movie posters calls to mind a Thai backpacker bar, the menu incorporates everything from pork belly bao with mole and queso fresco to more traditional Thai boat noodles with the requisite metallic tang of spiced blood.

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18. Selamat Pagi

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152 Driggs Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 701-4333
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Named “good morning” in Indonesian, Selamat Pagi opened in 2013 by the team behind Van Leeuwen bends the traditions of Indonesian cuisine without abandoning them entirely. That means cross-cultural deviled eggs with kaffir lime share table space with coconut sambal-lathered fish grilled in a banana leaf. It all works, thanks to the kitchen’s meticulous sourcing of ingredients and deft hand with spices. The dessert list is short and revolves around sundaes built from Van Leeuwen’s ice creams and sorbets.

Six deviled eggs with pickled onion, kaffir lime, and dill sprigs are arranged on a charcoal-colored plate Selamat Pagi [Official Photo]

19. Sikorski Meat Market

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603 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 389-6181
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This four-decade-old, family-run butcher shop remains one of the most beloved places among the surviving traditional Polish businesses in the area. Despite a minor scandal back in 2008, when the FBI busted an employee for drug smuggling on the premises, Sikorski Meat Market is still going strong. Locals come to this strictly cash-only business to stock up on kielbasa and a wide array of imported charcuterie.

Sikorski Meat Market Diana Hubbell

20. Bernie’s

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332 Driggs Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(347) 529-6400
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Neighborhood newcomer Bernie’s feels like a timewarp, despite being opened in 2018 by Zach Frankel (of nearby Frankel’s), Taylor McEwan, and chef Ashley Berman. The restaurant channels vintage Americana, complete with gleaming red booths and checkered tablecloths with crayons for the kids. The ambiance is on-point, but the nostalgia-tinged menu can be hit-or-miss — pass on the cheeseburger and go straight for the baby back ribs cloaked in a tangy glaze.

1. Glasserie

95 Commercial St, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Glasserie Bess Adler

This modern Mediterranean restaurant, housed in a refurbished 1860s glass factory and open since 2013, excels at dishes like lamb kebab with pickled vegetables rolled into a pillowy flatbread. That same bread and its flakier, richer cousin griddle bread can and should be ordered with just about everything. The menu is more expansive in the evenings, but the best time to visit is brunch, when diners can order a continually replenished selection of vegetarian mezze for the table. Chef Jeff Kouba keeps it fairly traditional here, but showcases his more inventive side at nearby Bar Glory, another collaboration with restaurateur Sara Conklin in a boutique hotel.

95 Commercial St
Brooklyn, NY 11222

2. Le Fanfare

1103 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Le Fanfare Le Fanfare/Facebook

This underrated trattoria is tucked away toward the northern end of the neighborhood and run by husband-and-wife duo Luca and Giorgia Fadda, who have been serving rustic Italian fare since 2014. There’s a gutsy hanger steak and other solid meaty mains, but the handmade pastas steal the show — especially the toothsome malloreddus with Berkshire pork sausage inspired by a recipe from Giorgia’s Sardinian mother. With its black-and-white tiled floor and squiggles of neon on the walls, the interior designed by Milanese artist Giuseppe Amato, is a fresh take on the old red sauce tropes. Swing by Monday through Wednesday for off-menu pasta specials for $10 or on Fridays and Saturdays for live music.

1103 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

3. Esme

999 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

The brunch at Esme has ranked among Brooklyn’s best since 2014, offering stacks of lacy-edged blueberry pancakes and mammoth slabs of savory French toast topped with runny-yolked eggs. It’s worth getting up early on weekends to beat the crowds, but if that seems like too much hassle, dinner is a more sedate affair. After dark, the decibel level drops, and guests huddle over candles, cocktails, and heaping bowls of garlicky mussels with addictive frites.

999 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

4. Achilles Heel

180 West St, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Achilles Heel Achilles Heel/Facebook

The unfussy, seasonally driven small plates at this candlelit bar by the old dockyards are better than anything coming from a set of induction burners in a cramped kitchen has any right to be. Order a dozen oysters and any of the house cocktails, or stick around for the sort of boozy evening meal that can stretch late into the night. Restaurateur Andrew Tarlow, of the ever-expanding Marlow & Sons empire, personally oversaw most of the details at Achilles Heel, from the vintage hardwood bar to the piano in the corner, when he opened it in 2013. Drinks run the gamut from a well-curated selection of natural wines to a bottle of Budweiser served with a shot of rye.

180 West St
Brooklyn, NY 11222

5. Oxomoco

128 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
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Chef Justin Bazdarich worked under Jean-Georges Vongerichten and made a name for himself with wood-fired pizzas at Speedy Romeo before opening this contemporary Mexican restaurant with restaurateur Chris Walton in 2018. Live fire is still very much the focus here and lends depth to everything from the charred cherry tomatoes in the guacamole to the hulking bone-in rib-eye. The tacos are the real draw and include standouts like pork cheek carnitas cradled in corn tortillas imported from Mexico. 

128 Greenpoint Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

6. Paulie Gee's

60 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Pepperoni pizza at Paulie Gee’s Slice Shop Alex Staniloff

There may be no better testament to the enduring popularity of pizza baron Paulie Giannone than the fact that Paulie Gee’s Slice Shop had lines down the block from the moment it opened in August 2018. While the new venue, which serves the Platonic ideal of a New York slice in a faux-retro setting, has earned rave reviews, his original sit-down pizza parlor down the block is where it all started. The latter’s blistered, Neapolitan-style pies come topped with everything from vegan cashew ricotta to barbecued brisket from Hometown in Red Hook. At either parlor, the Hellboy, with Berkshire soppressata drizzled with Mike’s Hot Honey, is the one to beat.

60 Greenpoint Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

7. Di An Di

68 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
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This airy, plant-filled Vietnamese restaurant opened in 2018 by the team behind An Choi in the Lower East Side owes as much to diaspora communities in Houston as it does to Ho Chi Minh City. It’s hard to go wrong with any of the noodle soups, which come accompanied by house-made riffs on sriracha and hoisin, but the Hanoi-style pho with fatty brisket, a scattering of scallions, and a single, sunny yolk, stands out. Much of the menu is designed to be shared, and the long tables in the back room are ideal for larger groups. That being said, the bar is one of the best spots for a cocktail and a solo dinner in the neighborhood.

68 Greenpoint Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

8. Littleneck Outpost

128 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Humble sandwiches and salads are the focus of this cafe open since 2014. With huge windows and shelves stacked with food stuffs ranging from salt water taffy to cult-favorite Zapp’s potato chips, it’s an inviting spot to while away the afternoon over a cortado from La Colombe Coffee Roasters. Avocado toast may be everywhere these days, but the one here with slow-roasted tomatoes is uncommonly good, as is the crème fraîche-slathered sourdough topped with smoked trout, mustard seeds, and a jammy egg.

128 Franklin St
Brooklyn, NY 11222

9. Chez Ma Tante

90 Calyer St, Brooklyn, NY 11222
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Chez Ma Tante’s spare dining room with dark wood tables and bar Stephen Yang

Although the dishes at this French-Canadian bistro, opened in 2017 by Aidan O’Neal and Jake Leiber, sound simple, most are anything but. The kitchen is as adept with satisfying salads, such as a bright red radicchio Caesar with ethereal lemon dressing, as it is with meaty dishes like a pig’s head terrine that may convert those who normally shy away from offal. The outdoor seating on a leafy corner of Calyer Street is lovely when the weather cooperates, especially for brunch, while the minimalist interior is cozy enough for drizzly winter evenings. The drinks list includes a number of reasonably priced bottles and classic cocktails. On weekends, get the pancakes.

90 Calyer St
Brooklyn, NY 11222

10. Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop

727 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Two boxes of donuts, one containing pastries with bright pink icing and sprinkles; another with dark brown frosting and sprinkles Diana Hubbell

Long before trendy coffee shops started cropping up along Manhattan Avenue, this local stalwart was serving sprinkle-dusted doughnuts by the dozen. Not much has changed at this cash-only bakery since 1953, which suits the clientele just fine. The cinnamon buns are still bigger than softballs, Polish is still the dominant language, and with doughnuts starting at just over a buck each, prices have refused to rise with the neighborhood’s profile. The early morning weekend rush sees a mix of old-timers and night owls drifting home from clubs like Good Room and Output in search of warm French crullers. 

727 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

11. Krolewskie Jadlo

694 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Krolewskie Jadlo Krolewski Jadlo/Facebook

The decor may be kitschy, but Krolewskie Jadlo, or “king’s feast,” has been serving uncompromising Polish fare since 2005. It’s part of a trio of restaurants by Nobu-trained restaurateur Krzysztof Drzewiecki, which includes the rowdier tavern Karczma and somewhat Americanized Dziupla over in Williamsburg. Here, the menu veers into more sophisticated territory with goat cheese pierogies and venison-and-walnut meatballs. The best option is to gather a group of three or four friends and order a koryto, a platter loaded with meats including sausages, bacon, and grilled pork shoulder.

694 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

12. Bar Uni

674 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Channeling a dimly lit Tokyo izakaya since 2017, Bar Uni has a reasonable selection of Japanese whiskies and subtly updated classic cocktails like the Okinawa Old Fashioned, with rye and a hint of Kuromitsu black sugar syrup. The bartenders here are more than happy to come up with something special based on a guest’s preferred spirit. Skip the main dishes and stick to the oysters — especially during the daily happy hour until 8 p.m. — or small bites like the umami-loaded miso grilled cheese.

674 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

13. El Born

651 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Greenpoint locals have been packing the long, marble bar at this tapas joint ever since Barcelona-native Elena Manich and chef Diego Gonzalez opened the doors in 2014. A generous happy hour, which includes $5 glasses of cava, plus a discounted menu including croquettas oozing molten béchamel, adds to the popularity. The squid-ink stained paella could use a more developed socarrat, but no one appears to be complaining, thanks to the generous helping of seafood and al dente grains of rice. When the weather is warm, the patio out back is perfect for a leisurely Spanish-style brunch, preferably followed by a siesta.

651 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

14. Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co.

114 Nassau Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Lobster Joint farther north in Greenpoint may boast the more atmospheric digs, but for sustainably sourced seafood, this raw bar and market opened in 2014 by a fifth-generation fishmonger reigns supreme. The Baja fish tacos are a must, as is a round of whatever oysters arrived that day with a squeeze of lemon. The lobster roll, which is piled high with claw meat and slicked with just the right amount of mayo, is a worthy splurge. When the limited number of seats along the narrow counter are taken, the onsite fishmonger sells fillets to cook back at home.

114 Nassau Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

15. Frankel's Delicatessen & Appetizing

631 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

This Jewish deli by Zach and Alex Frankel, a pair of brothers from the Upper West Side, is already an institution in the neighborhood after just two years. The decidedly unkosher bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich makes for a killer hangover cure, and the recipe for the brisket piled on thick-cut challah comes from the brothers’ grandmother Anita. Though quite a few of the offerings could hold their own against swankier spots like Russ & Daughters or Barney Greengrass, the setting is decidedly frills-free.

631 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

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16. Five Leaves

18 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Five Leaves Will Femia

An Australian-accented cafe hardly feels as novel as it did in 2008, when the late Heath Ledger’s friends finished opening this one in his memory, but locals will still wait an hour for a brunch table at Five Leaves. The coffee is good, the people-watching is better, and although the food isn’t the main attraction, the kitchen churns out perfectly competent scrambled eggs with merguez and fluffy ricotta pancakes dripping with honeycomb butter. Indoors has the pounding soundtrack and ragged vibe of the right sort of dive bar regardless of the hour, while outdoors by McCarren Park feels more like a laid-back bistro.

18 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

17. Baoburg

614 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Baoburg Baoburg/Facebook

Chef Suchanan Aksornnan’s khao soi noodles at Baoburg are not like any found in her hometown of Chiang Rai in northern Thailand. A dollop of sour cream further enriches the coconut broth and a confit duck leg rests on top. The chef, who cut her teeth at Mercer Kitchen and Bar Boulud before opening this spot in 2013, makes it clear that she intends to do things her own way here. Though the funky wooden interior decorated with vintage movie posters calls to mind a Thai backpacker bar, the menu incorporates everything from pork belly bao with mole and queso fresco to more traditional Thai boat noodles with the requisite metallic tang of spiced blood.

614 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

18. Selamat Pagi

152 Driggs Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Six deviled eggs with pickled onion, kaffir lime, and dill sprigs are arranged on a charcoal-colored plate Selamat Pagi [Official Photo]

Named “good morning” in Indonesian, Selamat Pagi opened in 2013 by the team behind Van Leeuwen bends the traditions of Indonesian cuisine without abandoning them entirely. That means cross-cultural deviled eggs with kaffir lime share table space with coconut sambal-lathered fish grilled in a banana leaf. It all works, thanks to the kitchen’s meticulous sourcing of ingredients and deft hand with spices. The dessert list is short and revolves around sundaes built from Van Leeuwen’s ice creams and sorbets.

152 Driggs Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

19. Sikorski Meat Market

603 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Sikorski Meat Market Diana Hubbell

This four-decade-old, family-run butcher shop remains one of the most beloved places among the surviving traditional Polish businesses in the area. Despite a minor scandal back in 2008, when the FBI busted an employee for drug smuggling on the premises, Sikorski Meat Market is still going strong. Locals come to this strictly cash-only business to stock up on kielbasa and a wide array of imported charcuterie.

603 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

20. Bernie’s

332 Driggs Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Neighborhood newcomer Bernie’s feels like a timewarp, despite being opened in 2018 by Zach Frankel (of nearby Frankel’s), Taylor McEwan, and chef Ashley Berman. The restaurant channels vintage Americana, complete with gleaming red booths and checkered tablecloths with crayons for the kids. The ambiance is on-point, but the nostalgia-tinged menu can be hit-or-miss — pass on the cheeseburger and go straight for the baby back ribs cloaked in a tangy glaze.

332 Driggs Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

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