This small cafe does a wonderful brunch that's worth waking up early to beat the crowds.
Greenpoint's Ovenly takes a typical sandy, buttery shortbread cookie and ups the bitterness with ground coffee beans and nuggets of burnt sugar.
On a recent cold, blustery night, a group of friends and I braved the elements to trek into Greenpoint. Our destination was Sindicato de Cocineros, an expansive, airy space lined with dark wood. The cocktails are interesting. But for vegetarians, the Mexican food leaves something to be desired.
In a neighborhood that's seen an influx of new restaurants in recent months, standing out is a challenge. One way to do it is with a personal menu built around your heritage. Another is to open in a former glass factory. Glasserie did both.
The solid, comforting Italian food being served up at Adelina's isn't likely to be the most memorable food you'll ever eat, but its diverse, vegetarian-friendly menu offers plenty of affordable and appealing options perfect for sharing along with a bottle of wine.
Stepping into Karczma is like entering an Epcot Center version of a Polish farmhouse. Wagon wheel chandeliers and gas lamp fixtures light up a dining room that centers around a prop water well. The waitresses, costumed in billowy peasant dresses, push the vibe dangerously close to theme restaurant territory. Thankfully though, that's where the tacky facade ends—the kitchen is genuinely Polish, putting out food that rivals any other restauracja in Greenpoint.
As the weather warms and outdoor seating becomes a premium, I'm drawn to the Lobster Joint's backyard. It's not an idyllic landscaped urban garden, but rather an expansive gravelled lot with rows of picnic tables, a no-frills but happy setting to dig into some lobster rolls, fried fish, and discount cocktails.
Like a dress that can take you from day to evening, Brooklyn Label seamlessly handles the transition from coffee bar to bar and restaurant. As darkness falls, the flicker of candles replaces the glow of Apple products. Regulars sit at the great big bar of this Greenpoint cafe and gradually switch from latte to pint.
Ovenly doesn't mess around when it comes to their Brooklyn Blackout Cake ($6). It's intense as it looks with layers of deep dark chocolate cake and a good punch of salt to the buttercream.
With its rough-hewn walls, butcher block tables, and low golden light, Anella can make you wonder if Sysco sells a Romantic Brooklyn Restaurant starter kit. Yet, the food reveals a gentle care and attention to detail that can't be mass-produced.
Word got out quickly when Greenpoint favorite No Name Bar started "secretly" serving ramen noodles out of a tiny basement kitchen earlier this year. Now the still-nameless bar has swapped out its ramen menu for a Thai one created by a spunky woman named Nam, who also runs Am Thai Bistro in Flatbush.
Dave Schuttenberg knows his way around a pork shoulder, and he's pretty knowledgeable in all things meaty. But when he comes home to Greenpoint, he's greeted by his wife and six-year-old daughter, a vegetarian, and he's forced to change his tune. They go for veggie subs, breakfast doughnuts, and after-school pizza...unless he gets off work late, and has time to sneak in a bowl of oxtail ramen.
In the mini-flatiron formed by Bedford, Nassau, and Manhattan Avenue, the doors at Nights and Weekends are thrown open and a festive vibe welcomes all.
Polish groceries are common in Brooklyn's Greenpoint neighborhood, but if you're looking for Polish baby food, or Polish laundry detergent, or those Polish candy bars you fell in love with the last time you were in Warsaw, you need to go to The Green Farms Supermarket.
The core of the Ham ($9), mild sliced deli ham from Schaller & Weber and melted muenster cheese, is standard enough, but the sub veers into bizarre territory with its toppings: pickled red onions and (surprisingly good) pickled blueberries, crinkle-cut potato chips and a healthy dose of not-too-spicy jalapeño mayonnaise.
There are plenty of bars around Brooklyn that serve up Southern-inspired food, but Enid's stands out for its generous vegetarian offerings.
Calyer looks sharp and (mostly) succeeds in originality. It's best for: a date with an explorer.
I have an unspoken rule about never ordering the same thing twice at a restaurant. Sure, there are exceptions, such as everything on the menu at Best Pizza, but such occasions run few and far between. So when I found myself ordering Calexico's Chipotle Pork Torta ($11) not once but thrice, I knew it was time for an official love letter.
Tyler Kord understands that proper sub construction is as much a craft as it is an art. He's got ideas for days, and he's not afraid to swim against the current of bánh mì and burgers. Check out the slideshow above to see six of Kord's quirky creations now available in his new Greenpoint shop