One of the reasons why I love Greenpoint in New York is the diversity it offers. On one corner you’ll find an Italian restaurant and on the other can be a French, Japanese, or Spanish restaurant – you name it.
Whether you’re looking for MICHELIN restaurants or a hidden small cafe, Greenpoint has unique restaurants for every foodie. You’ll eat ’til you drop until you try all recommended restaurants Greenpoint has to offer to its locals and visitors.
Of all the restaurants I’ve tried and tested, I’ve come up with the top 15 local restaurants that deserve to be visited.
For the ultimate food experience, here’s where you should go:
- 21 Greenpoint
- Five Leaves
- Le Fanfare
- Chez Ma Tante
- Paulie Gees
- Di An Di
- Greenpoint Fish and Lobster
- El Born
- Naked Dog
- Ramen Spot Made in NY
1. 21 Greenpoint
21 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11222
Phone: (718) 383-8833
If you’re looking for a casual spot for brunch, 21 Greenpoint is a small, charming restaurant offering wood-fired cooked food. Have a bite of America’s favorite dishes including burgers, pizza, and sandwiches.
It’s one of Greenpoint’s best-kept secrets with a warm and laidback atmosphere. On top of that, the food is fantastic with top-notch service. It comes as no surprise why it was given a 4.4 out of 5-star rating by Google reviewers.
So if you’re ever passing by Greenpoint Ave., drop by at 21 Greenpoint for brunch or a late-night dinner and try some of their popular dishes such as roasted chicken, pizza Margherita, and smoked trout.
Eating at 21 Greenpoint is one of the best things to do in Green Point.
128 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11222
Phone: (646) 688-4180
Everything about Oxomoco is on point – from food to drinks and the environment. Customers love its imaginative and unique food creations such as purple tortilla pizza and Hoja Santa curd.
If you like experimental dishes and a burst of flavorful combinations, dining in Oxomoco is a surefire way to satisfy your adventurous appetite.
Treat yourself to amazing food such as Oxomoco guacamole, shrimp ceviche tostada, and a creamy Oaxacan chocolate cake.
To finish off the night, have a drink or two of some of their finest beverages from classic margaritas to refreshments like Jamaica Agua Fresca. As one of the best Mexican Restaurants In Brooklyn, Oxomoco is best for brunch, celebrations, and many more.
136 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11222
Phone: (718) 349-1744/ (845) 395-3435
If you enjoy Polish food or are curious to know what it’s like, Karczma is definitely your top choice. Its rustic Polish atmosphere and wood-filled interior give it a casual farmhouse vibe.
It’s loved for its price value and wide selection of food choices from appetizers to main dishes and desserts. Some of their crowd-favorite main dishes are kebabs, a plate of Polish specialties, and traditional breaded pork cutlet.
Your Polish cuisine experience won’t be complete without trying classic Polish drinks including Szarlotka, Blue Paradise, and Polish mojito.
Don’t forget to make room for dessert and try their famous Karczma crepes and cheesecake with strawberry sauce.
4. Five Leaves
18 Bedford Ave., Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY, 11222
Phone: (718) 383-5345
Not only is Five Leaves one of the best bars in the neighborhood, but it is also among the best Greenpoint restaurants. Have a fantastic meal in this lively American bistro serving Australian food as well.
It’s one of the top places to experience authentic NYC culture and Western comfort food. Choose from a variety of dishes, whether you’re looking for breakfast, brunch, or in-betweener snacks.
5. Le Fanfare
1103 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11222
Phone: (347) 987-4244
Le Fanfare is a small but enticing Italian restaurant loved for its homemade pasta and excellent service. It has a warm cozy backyard accompanied by live music for entertainment.
The menu is well-thought-of and has a variety of dishes for all tastes and appetites.
Dinner begins with several starters such as beet and frisee salad, mussels, and burrata, followed by four mains including market fish, Goffle Rd farm chicken, Creekstone farm hanger steak, and grass-fed braised beef short ribs.
It’s also a great Italian spot for brunch for serving stuffed french toast, lemon-ricotta pancakes, and avocado toast. For light meals, opt for pasta and sandwiches, as well as several salad dishes and sides.
999 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11222
Phone: (347) 689-3071
Esme is an American bistro bar with a great brunch menu and cocktail selection. Entering the restaurant offers a minimalistic atmosphere with its white painted walls accompanied by white tables and chairs.
Customers can choose between two dining experiences: an indoor dining room and a heated outdoor backyard. If you’re coming for a weekend brunch, I highly recommend their poached eggs on soft polenta and avocado toast.
For a fantastic lunch experience, there are several options to choose from breakfast dishes, sandwiches, salads, and soups. Dinner is best if you order their crispy half chicken and grilled rainbow trout.
7. Chez Ma Tante
90 Calyer St, Brooklyn, NY, 11222
Phone: (718) 389-3606
A MICHELIN restaurant tucked away in Calyer St., Chez Ma Tante is an American restaurant with a touch of Canadian cuisine. It’s one of the best Greenpoint restaurants serving a variety of dishes from oysters to pigs head terrine and steak tartare.
The food is best paired with their selection of drinks such as cocktails, sparkling, and beers. If you’re a wine lover like me, you’d be glad to know this restaurant keeps a wide selection of wine – from white wine Stefan Vetter Sylvaner to red wine Tschida ‘Felsen I’ Blaufrankisch.
If you’re looking for a nice place for brunch, Chez Ma Tante offers New York’s most famous pancakes and several brunch staple dishes. Enjoy your typical comfort food such as quiche, poached eggs, and sausage Toulouse.
8. Paulie Gees
60 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11222
Phone: (347) 987-3747
After visiting Paulie Gees, you get to say that pizza and wine are all you need for a fantastic meal. It’s a famous Brooklyn gem for a perfect slice of wood-fired pizza, as well as pies and homemade vegan sausages.
I must say, their unbelievably tasty pizza is a 5 out of 5 for me with its light and crispy crust. On top of that, you get to enjoy it in their cozy and charming atmosphere.
Dining in Pauli Gee’s will be a mix of people from Brooklyn and Manhattan. Although it may take a while to get seated, their long list of pizza options and palpable charm make it worth the wait.
9. Di An Di
68 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11222
Phone: (718) 576-3914
Di An Di, which also means “let’s go eat”, is a modern and stylish Vietnamese cuisine located at 68 Greenpoint. It’s a minimalist restaurant with a vibe of nature for having lots of greenery.
Diners are amassed with its selection of popular Vietnamese food such as crispy spring rolls, sizzling five-spice mushrooms, and rice pepper salad.
Vietnamese food won’t be complete without its famous pho noodles including beef pho Hanoi, vegetarian pho Hanoi, and chicken pho.
Wanting more portions is not a problem at all as you can opt for more add-ons of various ingredients like wok beef, wok mushrooms, and poached chicken. This restaurant is an excellent place for your next dine-in with friends, a date, or even solo.
10. Greenpoint Fish and Lobster
114 Nassau Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11222
Phone: (718) 313-1913
Customers never forget about its overflowing freshness, especially its popular oysters and lobster rolls. Eat at their patio dining or have a look at their fish market for seasonal seafood.
If you’re ever in the area, try out their delicious entreés including fish and chips, market fish plate, and Baja fish tacos. Plus, take advantage of their Happy Hour Oysters and Littleneck Clams from Mondays to Fridays every 2 pm to 5 pm.
11. El Born
651 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11222
Phone: (347) 844-9295
Looking for something different than your typical American food? Hands down to El Born for being one of the perfect spots to experience new cuisine.
It’s a Spanish restaurant specializing in Barcelona dishes such as paellas, tapas, and classic sweets. If you fancy tapas, you can choose from traditional tapas like pica pica, selecció d’embutits, or truita de patates.
Other types of tapas you’ll enjoy are tapas from the garden, tapas with meat, and tapas from the sea. Paella is a customer fave including De carn, De peix, and De verdures.
Finish your meal with something sweet such as the creamy creme brulee foam or mouthwatering dark chocolate lava cake.
931 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11222
Phone: (718) 734-2220
Citroën serves French cuisine and an assortment of wines and cocktails in the heart of Greenpoint. It’s a French bistro that is also a MICHELIN restaurant offering perfectly cooked steak and seafood dishes.
Its dim and moody ambiance gives it a warm romantic vibe but can also be amusing because of its full-scale human skeleton decorations. The prices are set in Brooklyn standard and it’s a great place for celebrations and events.
If you’re having dinner, begin with one of their starters such as crudites, cheese plate, and foie gras mousse.
As for the mains, steak fries, pan-seared salmon, and pat lafrieda burger are some of the most-recommended dinner options to satisfy your appetite.
332 Driggs Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11222
Phone: (347) 529-6400
You won’t regret coming to Bernie’s for a hearty classic American dish. Coming to Bernie’s, it’s surely a must to try their mozzarella sticks, burgers, and chicken parm.
It’s one of NYC’s hottest and hippest restaurants that is on a first-come, first-served basis, which means no reservations. So if you’re planning to have dinner with friends and family, it’s best to come earlier for a sure seat.
Among Bernie’s comfort food classics are chips and dip, baked clams, crispy chicken piccata, and vinegar chicken. For drinks, they offer a few selections of red wine, white wine, sparkling, drafts, and bottles and cans.
14. Naked Dog
47 Java St, Brooklyn, NY, 11222
Phone: (929) 337-8096
Located just near Greenpoint’s waterfront views, Naked Dog is an authentic Italian restaurant with lovely and welcoming decor. Guests can eat in the rustic dining room or the cozy outside space.
If you don’t want to dine in, they have pickup and delivery options for your convenience. However, I’d recommend coming over for some lively music and bar experience.
Like most typical Italian restaurants, they offer housemade pasta dishes that are freshly made by hand including maltagliati, pappardelle, and ravioli. Other food options to look forward to are contorni e verdure, carne e pesce, and dolci.
15. Ramen Spot Made in NY
760 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 1122
Phone: (718) 809-2527
For an ideal ramen night, there’s no other place to go to than Ramen Spot Made in NY. It’s a Japanese restaurant serving Japanese ramen noodles including spicy miso, shoyu, tonkotsu, and chicken paitan.
They offer take-out or delivery options if ever you’re on a bed-weather lazy kind of night. Aside from noodle soup, they also have small dishes such as pork or shrimp bun, karaage, takoyaki, gyoza, jumbo shumai, and mango salad.
This restaurant is also vegetarian or vegan-friendly as they have vege gyoza dumplings and mushroom-based vegan ramen. Complete your taste of Japan with Yuzu White Peach, a refreshing Japanese sparkling drink.
Get Ready to Dig in
Stunning views, peaceful spaces, and authentic dishes – are what you can expect from Greenpoint restaurants. These recommended restaurants prove why Greenpoint should be your next stop.
It may not be a famous eating capital, but it sure is not far from being one. If you tried one of my recommended restaurants, let me know what you think in the comments section below.
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