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Apr 22, 2004 04:20 PM

Best of Greenpoint?

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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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  1. 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.

    4 Replies
    1. re: millerd

      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.

      1. re: lammasu

        any idea of the best slice; best chinese takeout?

        thanks for Acapulco!

        1. re: Jimmy Z.

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

          1. re: Jimmy Z.

            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.


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

        1. c
          chubby nimphette

          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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          1. re: chubby nimphette

            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.

            1. re: chubby nimphette

              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.

            2. Greenpoint & Manhattan try Cyganeria and Polska for polish food.

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              1. re: GeorgeF

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

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

              2. 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...

                Krolewskie Jadlo
                694 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                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

                1116 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                Chinese Musician
                151 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                The Habitat
                988 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                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

                79 Norman Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                4 Replies
                1. re: Captain_Charles

                  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.


                  Glendale is hungry...

                  659 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                  1. re: Captain_Charles

                    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.

                    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

                    1. re: chompchomp

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

                      Eastern District
                      1053 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                    2. re: Captain_Charles

                      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.

                      Brooklyn Label
                      180 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                      Pio Pio Riko
                      996 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                      1116 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                      970 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                      999 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                      122 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

                      Le Gamin
                      108 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                      645 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222