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Jimmy Z. Apr 22, 2004 04:20 PM

I am moving to Greenpoint soon and am looking for an updated list of choice neighborhood pix...obviously, all the Thai joints have been the subject of much debate and many of the Polish places have also been mentioned but fresh opinions on the state of both cuisines are still welcome.

In addition, how 'bout the myriad Chinese places that line Manhattan (and elsewhere)? Also, best diners, pizza/Italian, mex? Butchers/prepared foods? Sandwiches/heroes?

Much appreciated. I am really only familiar with Enids, Blue Drawers, Ashbox, Thai Cafe, Lite Bites, and Greenpoint Coffee House.

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    millerd RE: Jimmy Z. Apr 23, 2004 12:07 AM

    i've been in greenpoint for a couple of years, and unfortunately i haven't had much that i can recommend (especially considering i really don't like polish food).

    that said, here's what i've found:

    there's a great sandwich shop on the corner of franklin and huron. they make a very good cubano!

    shanghai lee, on manhattan near nassau, has decent/good chinese food. their royale dumplings are actually soup dumplings (not as good as in chinatown, but nice to have around when a craving hits).

    the sushi places around manhattan & nassau are to be avoided at any cost.

    the pizza places are generally mediocre. however there is a place on nassau and diamond that sometimes has a semi decent margarita pizza.

    i won't comment on the thai, as i can hardly tell the difference between most of the places, and i've found that everyone has their own personal favorites.

    good luck, hope you find some other good spots worth checking out.

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      lammasu RE: millerd Apr 23, 2004 11:33 AM

      I would add the mexican restaurant Acapulco, which is on the corner of Manhattan Ave and...(Eagle? Dupont?). Well, you can find it. They deliver promptly and its nice inside. The homemade "red sauce" or salsa is terrific, fresh and spicy. The guac is homemade and very good. The chorizo burrito is another favorite. We are always happy with their food.

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        Jimmy Z. RE: lammasu Apr 24, 2004 12:50 PM

        any idea of the best slice; best chinese takeout?

        thanks for Acapulco!

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          ChrisZ RE: Jimmy Z. Apr 24, 2004 01:14 PM

          Some of the Best donuts in the city are at 727(747)
          manhattan ave

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            Sabine RE: Jimmy Z. Apr 26, 2004 07:01 PM

            It is in Williamsburg, not Greenpooint, but even so, if you are in the mood for pizza go to Brick Oven Gallery...It is delicious. I suggest you order the pizza tartufo. Here is a little secret: The pizza comes with truffle oil, mushrooms and goat cheese but ask them to use ricotta instead of goat cheese--improves the harmony of the flavors.

            Sabine

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        Joe D. RE: Jimmy Z. Apr 25, 2004 01:19 PM

        Val Diano on Manhattan Ave near Bedford has great fried calamari and chicken dishes.

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          chubby nimphette RE: Jimmy Z. Apr 26, 2004 04:29 PM

          there's food in greenpoint but nothing note wothy-- it's average across the board--

          there is a restaurant that has just opened- it got a few good right ups- it's on commercial and manhatten-- way towards queens. (by box street- actually one block further down) it looks quaint. i tried going and it was closed- i think it's only open past 5 after thursdays. so maybe that's something. also- i've never gone to enids brunch but people seem to wait outside for it- again i don't know. skeptical. but maybe i'm being snotty.

          also- the consistantly best thai is amarin. they do deliver also. thai cafe is fine but i would stick to the pad thai; and in the interest of full disclosure, it has made a few of my friends ill. but then again- i think it's just fine

          also-- the greenpoint coffee house on franklin and green sells sage's rockey road brownies; and those are really good!

          despite the lack of great food, greenpoint is a nice neighborhood. the bigger pain is the commute at times. we're a slim, walking bunch.

          you should also know about the discount liquor store by manhatten and greenpoint- the main guy there knows his stuff and it's a great deal.

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            millerd RE: chubby nimphette Apr 27, 2004 09:37 AM

            the place you mentioned on manhattan and commercial is 'blue drawers'. i went there for brunch on sunday, and it is surpisingly good.

            its jamaican with a couple american options. the brunch and dinner menu is small but very reasonable ($6-8 entrees, $1-2 sides). the food is tasty, the atmosphere is pleasant, and the staff is friendly. oh, and the coffee is terrific, their own blue mountain blend.

            i'll definetly be returning for dinner.

            i understand the skeptism about enids, but the brunch is actually quite good. if its not too crowded, its worth checking out.

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              Alex RE: chubby nimphette May 17, 2004 08:26 PM

              I've eaten at Planet Thai for 5 years now, never have gotten sick, and have really enjoyed it on the 1-2 times I've eaten per week. It's not fine dining, but the price is great and the veggies are fresh. I love their Peanut Curries and the Chicken massaman.
              The best Polish, in my mind, is at Stylova on Manhatten, near Nassau.

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              GeorgeF RE: Jimmy Z. May 9, 2004 02:10 PM

              Greenpoint & Manhattan try Cyganeria and Polska for polish food.

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                NYCarl123 RE: GeorgeF Feb 1, 2011 12:10 PM

                Peter Pan bakery. Paulie Gees hands down for pizza. chinese musician is good for drunk chinese.

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                Paulie Gee's
                60 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

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                Captain_Charles RE: Jimmy Z. Jun 13, 2011 09:05 PM

                Thankfully, Greenpoint food offerings have gotten better over the years. Here are my recommendations%3

                Pizza - the hood is lacking a "great" old school pizzeria but ... just today I had a better than average grandma slice at Triangolo Pizza. And, I am becoming a bigger fan of Paulie Gee's (wood burning oven pizza) every time I go (the Cherry Jones is my favorite).

                Burger - Red Star sports bar is definitely not my hang out, but I order their delicious burgers on regular basis, medium rare & they are always delivered to my door at the perfect temperature.

                Bagels - I really like the Baker's Dozen Bagels, some of my favorite everything bagels in the whole city.

                Sweets - Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop is a true gem, the honey glazed donuts are probably the best I have ever had. The cherry filled donuts at Waltos Bakery at Java & Manhattan are probably the best of the local polish dessert options, they also seem to make about 15 different shapes of cheese babka, which I find amusing.

                Polish food - Homestyle, like the Polish Grandma you never had is in the kitchen: Lomzynianka. Gourmet, goat cheese pierogies with chanterelle mushroom sauce & amazing little potato pancakes topped with dill sauce & smoked salmon: Krolewskie Jadlo.

                Thai - My favorite is Ott, on the north side of the hood & I hear great things about Amarin. My dear friend & former roommate is Thai & she loves Ott, says it tastes like home. My favorite dishes are the pad see ew with pork (I like to order it with extra bok choy or chinese broccoli) , vegetables with ginger sauce, any of the curries or soups.

                Sit down breakfast/brunch - I really liked the brunch I had at Habitat, unfortunately they have gone up to a fixed price of $17 which is just a touch too much. I have had some great morning meals at Brooklyn Label (a few bland one's too).

                Burrito - Vamos al Tequila: I called this place & asked why they didn't have a pork burrito on the menu & they said I could order one anyway. I requested a carnitas burrito with verde sauce & the woman I was ordering from informed me there was a very similar burrito on their new menu (yet to be released). I received a very tasty, spicy pork, zucchini, rice & bean burrito covered in a verde sauce & topped with sour cream & guacamole.

                Tacos - The verdict is still out on this topic, including Acapulco

                Coffee - Upright Coffee has quickly become my favorite. When I am on the other end of the hood I go to Cup or Van Leeuwen.

                Chinese - I have only tried a few places & there really isn't good Chinese food in the neighborhood. Chinese Musician is at least clean & the food isn't bad, but not very good either.

                Sushi - Haru Sapporo

                New American Cuisine - Had a pretty good dinner at Manhattan Inn recently.

                I may update this later with some additional categories or places I haven't tried yet: The Lobster Joint, Le Gamin, Eastern District, Best neighborhood Sandwich, etc...

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                Krolewskie Jadlo
                694 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                Lomzynianka
                646 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                Peter Pan Donut & Pastry
                727 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                Brooklyn Label
                180 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                Amarin Cafe
                617 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                Acapulco
                1116 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                Chinese Musician
                151 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                The Habitat
                988 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                Ott
                970 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                Triangolo Pizza
                1017 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                Red Star
                37 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                Baker's Dozen
                788 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                Manhattan Inn
                632 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                Paulie Gee's
                60 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                Le Gamin
                108 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                Vamos al Tequila
                162 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream
                632 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                Upright Coffee
                860 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                Eastern District
                1053 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                Lobster Joint
                1073 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                Cup
                79 Norman Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

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                  Glendale is hungry RE: Captain_Charles Jun 14, 2011 06:29 AM

                  Hi Captain_Charles,

                  I haven't been there for a while but I've always enjoyed Valdiano's (659 Manhattan Ave.). It looks like just a pizza-by-the-slice take-out joint when you first walk in but in the there's a comfy relaxed seating area in the back. (Note - I've never gotten around to trying their pizza—either by the slice or a whole pie)

                  They bring olive bread to the table (yum!). I enjoy their pastas as well as their mozzarella en carozza and a whole slew of other wonderfully tradional sides and appetizers. Nothing fancy or exotic here but that's the appeal—really really homey, old fashioned and delicious.

                  My favorite time to go is in the dead of winter since the sit-down area is far far away from any cold draft from a constantly opening and closing front door.

                  Ciao,

                  Glendale is hungry...

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                  Valdiano
                  659 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

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                    chompchomp RE: Captain_Charles Jun 14, 2011 12:13 PM

                    We have fully given up on Amarin Thai. We have ordered from them many, many times and I would say the good has gotten downright inedible.
                    As for slices, those at Schmook's on Nassau are actually pretty decent.
                    I think Five Leaves has the best brunch, hands down, if you can get in on the weekends.
                    Best sandwiches by far are at Eastern District on Manhattan near Eagle. Lunchbox has some good ones too.
                    Sakura 6's sushi is hit or miss, but the tempura udon is excellent.
                    Brooklyn Standard has a fantastic hot food bar on weeknights (but terrible sandwiches).
                    I could happily eat a Peter Pan donut every day for the rest of my life.

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                    Peter Pan Donut & Pastry
                    727 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                    Amarin Cafe
                    617 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                    Five Leaves
                    18 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                    Sakura 6
                    837 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                    Brooklyn Standard
                    188 Nassau Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                    Schmook's Pizza
                    86 Nassau Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                    Eastern District
                    1053 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

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                      gort RE: chompchomp Jun 15, 2011 08:21 AM

                      Love the sandwiches at Eastern District. Aside from being delicious, the prices are great considering the amount/quality of ingredients.

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                      Eastern District
                      1053 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

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                      aloowop RE: Captain_Charles Jun 17, 2011 05:01 PM

                      Le Gamin is a nice spot for a date, food is good but not necessarily out of this world. Still, the point needed a French cafe and this one is pretty authentic (first time I went there all the waiters were French).

                      I completely second your love of OTT. I lived in Thailand for a while, and I love this place as do all my Thai friends. It's a real gem.

                      Missing on your list is Pio Pio Riko. They are Peruvian on Manhattan Ave. The decor is terrible but they have a fantastic ceviche.

                      As far as tacos, Acapulco's are authentic and good but Calexico's are pretty amazing (and fancier). Still, you can't beat the prices at Acapulco.

                      I think Brooklyn Label's food is mediocre and way overrated. I don't like the food at Papacito's (though there are some standout dishes, like the shrimp salad) -- it's a "Mexican" restaurant -- but the atmosphere is fun.

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                      Brooklyn Label
                      180 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                      Pio Pio Riko
                      996 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                      Acapulco
                      1116 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                      Ott
                      970 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                      Papacitos
                      999 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                      Calexico
                      122 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

                      Le Gamin
                      108 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                      Calexico
                      645 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

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                      gort RE: Jimmy Z. Jun 15, 2011 08:13 AM

                      Our biggest recent discovery is that Best Pizza (on Havemeyer Street) delivers to Greenpoint.

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                      Best Pizza
                      33 Havemeyer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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                        chompchomp RE: gort Jun 15, 2011 10:32 AM

                        that is an EXCELLENT discovery!

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                          gort RE: chompchomp Jun 15, 2011 11:09 AM

                          Yes, we were pretty excited. I'm not sure if they won't go past a certain street or cross McGuinness or whatever, but it's at least worth a call to check. One odd thing: they won't deliver grandma pies. We stick to Casanova if we're craving one of those.

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                          Casanova
                          338 McGuinness Blvd, Brooklyn, NY 11222

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                            gort RE: gort Jun 20, 2011 10:15 AM

                            And speaking of Casanova, we had some excellent grandma pies from there this weekend. I'm not sure what the other food is like, but IMO they're one of the best pizza options in the neighborhood if you're craving a certain kind of pie. So my Greenpoint pizza list would be something like this:

                            Upscale: Paulie Gee's
                            Delivery (traditional round): Best Pizza
                            Delivery (grandma pie): Casanova
                            Slices: Carmine's, if I have to pick one. I think Greenpoint's by-the-slice options are pretty weak.

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                            Casanova
                            338 McGuinness Blvd, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                            Carmine's Original Pizza
                            93 Norman Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                            Paulie Gee's
                            60 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                            Best Pizza
                            33 Havemeyer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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                        sushiman RE: Jimmy Z. Jun 15, 2011 12:24 PM

                        Anella

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                        Anella
                        222 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY 11222

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                          Captain_Charles RE: Jimmy Z. Jun 23, 2011 06:14 AM

                          This is an update & I will continue to update as I try places. I found an INCREDIBLE new gem in Greenpoint last night called Tuttobene's Pizzeria (menu on grubhub). Some of the best pizza I have had in New York, let alone Greenpoint. Ingredients are amazing, I might make the crust a tiny bit thinner, but otherwise outstanding pizza. It is a different type of pie than a Di farra's (another great), so I wouldn't put them against each other. While the pizza here is in the wood-oven family, this place has almost created it's own pizza genre. I ordered a half & half pie of Il Coloseeo & Leaning Tower of Piza, both sides equally delicious. This pizza is one of the reasons it is worth living in NYC.

                          In response to above... I still haven't tried Anella or 5 Leaves & I guess I am glad I haven't tried Amarin. I stand by Ott being solid, delicious & consistent Thai & way better than Thai Cafe. Also, I went to Vamos Al Tequila the other night & had some of the best enchilada's I have ever had in my life, I ordered the enchiladas verde, but had them made with their delicious crispy carnitas instead of chicken, the combination was amazing. I also had the best horchata I've tasted in ny, homemade & fortunately does not have that scented candle flavor that horchata from a mix often has. My bf had the shrimp & chorizo burrito that was also excellent.

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                          Ott
                          970 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                          Thai Cafe
                          925 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                          Vamos al Tequila
                          162 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                          Tuttobene's Pizzeria
                          230 Calyer St, Brooklyn, NY 11222

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                            jcmods RE: Captain_Charles Jun 28, 2011 09:00 AM

                            Is Paloma gone? I have another opportunity to go to Greenpoint coming up. I had their potato pancakes with mushroom gravy about three years ago. Have been dreaming about them ever since. Is there any other place that is just as good? Lomzynianka maybe?

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                            Lomzynianka
                            646 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

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                              gort RE: jcmods Jun 28, 2011 09:24 AM

                              Paloma is closed. Paulie Gee's now occupies the space.

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                              Paulie Gee's
                              60 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

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                                Asumnuthin RE: jcmods Jul 5, 2011 03:00 PM

                                Paloma burned down in 2008... on election night

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                                Asumnuthin RE: Captain_Charles Jul 5, 2011 03:25 PM

                                Thai – ott, I have to stick with the majority here, their duck pad thai is amazing

                                Burger – Red Star, and I love their fries too. Football season this is my go to place

                                Chinese – Shanghai Lee It’s the most expensive of the bunch I think, but their food tastes fresh and it seems clean whenever I go in to pick up. However I hear their delivery is awful

                                Coffee – I hate to say it but Brooklyn Label, although I haven’t been in a while. To bad the staff is to cool for school, I might actually consider dinning there again.

                                Bagel – Bakers dozen for the actual bagels and cream cheese

                                Smoked fish – but for the lox and whitefish I go to Acme on Fridays

                                Pizza – I keep it simple at LA, getting a Sicilian, however for a more gourmet craving I go to Paulie Gees

                                Kielbasa - I wait on line at steves now

                                Bread and Pastrys - Syrena Bakery best chocolate babka EVER!

                                Mexican: I would choose La Superior, but its more of a Wburg choice. So I guess I abstain from this category

                                General polish: Lomzynianka.

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                                Lomzynianka
                                646 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                                Brooklyn Label
                                180 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                                Syrena
                                207 Norman Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                                Acme Smoked Fish
                                30 Gem St, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                                Steve's Meat Market
                                104 Nassau Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                                La Superior
                                295 Berry St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

                                Red Star
                                37 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                                Shanghai Lee
                                157 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                                Paulie Gee's
                                60 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

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