Williamsburg’s more calm-cool-collected neighbor to the North, Greenpoint has a whole slew of wonderful eateries, watering holes, and a uniquely Brooklyn quaintness that I so love. The ‘hood was traditionally home to several immigrant groups (most notably the Polish) and now has its crop of hip addresses, though the lack of subway options makes for a mildly more relaxed and local vibe.
- Peter Pan Donuts: No, the food is not healthy. And no, we don’t care. Go and indulge in a Polish donut (or two) and remain blissfully unaware of the calorie count.
- Anella: Brunch, lunch, dinner…all fab at this spot on Franklin.
- Five Leaves: Another Greenpoint institution, snuggled alongside McCarren park. Go for any meal, and don’t be discouraged by the wait.
- Dandelion Wine: A funky boutique wine shop that has weekly tastings, free local delivery, and a nice selection of organic and bio wines.
- Manhattan Inn: a piano bar, in the best sense. It’s pretty chill, and one of our all-time-favorite DJ duos – Crop Top Mafia – introduced us.
- Northern Territory: The drinks are pretty good, but come for the attractive Aussie bartenders and the gorgeous rooftop view (weather permitting). I find the food to be just ok and would again recommend feasting your eyes rather than your stomach.
There are some wonderful consignment shops and boutiques scattered around the neighborhood. Check out Beacon’s Closet and Wolves Within in particular. Also be sure to hit Permanent Records, and enjoy McCarren Park or McGolrick Park when the weather allows.
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