Moving to Greenpoint. Recs???
Title says it. i am moving to Greenpoint and am not completely familiar with the area. I was wondering what are the highlights of the neighbourhood, what are the better delivery places and which are the good butchers, fish mongers etc..
Any advice is appreciated. I enjoy virtually every cuisine.
Thanks in advance
do search for polish butchers in greenpoint. you'll unearth more information and recommendations than you'll know what to do with. to get you started, the places people talk about most often are w-nassau, steve's, polam, and sikorski. if you're a fan of pork/sausage, you'll be in (hog) heaven.
the garden has a pretty decent cheese selection and is the place for organic stuff, but if i'm buying fresh produce in the neighborhood then i usually go to sun hee farm on manhattan near gpt avenue. poland farms, across the street, is basically the same store. both places are cheap, basic greengrocers with high turnover. nothing fancy or exceptional, but you'll usually get a bargain. for general grocery shopping, the c-town on is my pick although i usually only shop for dry goods and household stuff there. further down manhattan, there's a great small mexican shop if you're looking for authentic ingredients. fresh fish i tend to buy in the city, since i work near the greenmarket. i haven't found a place locally to buy from, although i believe there is at least one place on nassau.
as far as restaurants go, there are obviously tons of polish places. some of our favorites: polska restaurajca (on gpt), damis (on manhattan; their pan-fried whole trout is sublime), lomzynianka, and old poland bakery (on nassau; looks like a castle). i don't like christina's.
in the non-polish division, our standby for both delivery and dining in is pio pio riko. it's an off-shoot of a popular sunnyside peruvian and has delicious, cheap pollo a la brasa and many tasty fried seafood dishes. chinese musician is probably the best for chinese takeout, but shanghai lee seems pretty well thought of. i've yet to try it. a taqueria called toluca la bella opened fairly recently on manhattan (next to the bodega i mentioned), and it looks quite promising. casa mon amour (on franklin) is a quiet dominican place with a very sweet owner, and it turns out good, filling meals such as pernil, fried chicken, oxtail, etc. i love their homemade hot sauce. queen's hideaway, mentioned below, has garnered much praise for their upscale twist on southern comfort food but our one meal there was disappointing. still, it's probably worth a visit. as for japanese, sapporo haru is okay if you eat in but sloppy with delivery. othewise, this is a cuisine that you'll do best with outside of the area. likewise with indian - the only local place (which was disgusting) closed recently.
on to beverages! i like the coffee at brooklyn label, which also has a pretty good yuppie weekend brunch. franklin coffee house likewise has a good brew, but their food is terrible though the space is beautiful. the best in the area is cafe grumpy, on meserole and diamond. a coffee freak's dream. as for alcohol, the mark bar on manhattan is as good of a local as you could wish for and enid's near mccarren park is also decent. their brunch is very popular, but i don't think it's anything to write home about. there are a ton of old-school polish bars, but i'm not sure how welcoming the reception would be for you. for better or for worse, the community is very insular.
gosh... i'm sure i could i ramble on at even greater length, but i'll stop here. enjoy the neighborhood, and post your questions and finds!