From Colombian cafes to vegan diners, Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood is home to some of the city’s most exciting restaurants. Here are 10 of our favorite food spots in this ahead-of-the-curve quarter.
Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co.
Market, Restaurant, Seafood, $$$
Pizzaria, Restaurant, Vegan, $$$
For New York’s most unique slice, look no further than Vinnie’s Pizzeria, a no-frills pizza joint venturing past the pepperoni. Kale, hot sauce, and cheesy macaroni are only a sampling of the shop’s many non-traditional toppings, which make way occasionally for classic marinara. Serving its popular pies in meat, vegetarian, and vegan varieties, Vinnie’s is one pizza party you don’t want to miss.
Vinnie’s Pizzeria, 253 Nassau Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 718 389 2600
Restaurant, Gluten-free, Spanish, $$$
Colombian home-cooking comes to Greenpoint with Cafecito Bogota, a warm café serving up sweet and savory Latin concoctions. The flavorful pork belly empanadas, Colombian steak and huevos, and classic arepas topped with guava and ham are well worth the trip to this casual cafecito.
Cafecito Bogota, 1015 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 718 569 0077
Restaurant, American, $$$
Join in-the-know locals at Delilah’s Steaks for your favorite ‘cheat day’ dishes. Fiery buffalo wings, smothered cheese fries, and thick milkshakes round out Delilah’s menu of the best cheesesteak sandwiches this side of Philly. With exciting add-ons such as pepperoni, Cheese Wiz, and pizza sauce, you’ll be glad for this guilty pleasure.
Delilah’s Steaks, 55 McGuinness Boulevard, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 347 689 4409
Deli, Diner, Restaurant, Mexican, $$$
One of Brooklyn’s best-kept secrets, Mexican diner Acapulco serves up authentic ethnic staples with none of the frills and all of the flavor. Locals flock to this neighborhood gem for budget-friendly burritos, tacos, and tostadas just like abuela used to make. With its refreshing frosted beer glasses and welcoming staff, this hole-in-the-wall spot feels like home.
Acapulco, 1116 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 718 349 8429
Restaurant, Polish, $$$
One of several Polish restaurants in Brooklyn’s “Little Poland” neighborhood, Krolewskie Jadlo stands out for its original twists on traditional dishes. With an exciting menu featuring complex plates including plum-stuffed bacon and pork cutlet crêpes alongside the more classic pierogies and potato pancakes, this casual spot offers stroganoff-sippers something new.
Krolewskie Jadlo, 694 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 718 383 8993
Diner, Restaurant, Bar, Vegan, American, Vegetarian, $$$
With its souped-up spins on classic American cuisine, vegan hot spot Champs Diner has earned a cult following of vegetarians, meat eaters, and adventurous Brooklynites alike. Champs’ exciting menu features vegan-ized versions of your favorite diner dishes including chili cheese burgers, loaded Benedict bowls, and indulgent banana splits. Eating with a conscience just got cooler.
Champs Diner, 197 Meserole Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 718 599 2743
Bar, Restaurant, Wine Bar, Italian, $$$
Part wine bar, part restaurant, Adelina’s is the premier destination for those seeking authentic Italian flavor this side of the Atlantic. The bar’s selection of reasonably-priced European wines pairs well with the kitchen’s home-style Italian dishes, including arancini, grilled polenta, and gorgonzola-prosciutto pizza. With its rustic interior and focused menu of well-executed classics, Adelina’s whisks you on a culinary journey to Italy without ever leaving New York.
Adelina’s, 159 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 347 763 0152
Restaurant, American, $$$
Nouveau-American restaurant Five Leaves delivers a crowd-pleasing menu of elevated (and Instagram-worthy) classics. Ricotta pancakes, lamb shepherd’s pie, and the fan-favorite Five Leaves burger with fried pineapple and pickled beets are all served in generous portions at this foodie hotspot.
Five Leaves, 18 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 718 383 5345
Cafe, Indonesian, $$$
From the creative team behind local favorite Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream comes Selamat Pagi, a cozy Indonesian cafe serving organic Bali-inspired cuisine. Coconut meatballs, spicy fish cakes, and lemongrass panna cotta are served alongside an enticing assortment of cocktails and soft drinks at this surprising establishment. With its romantic candle-topped tables and intimate seating, Selamat Pagi is an ideal destination for an adventurous date.
Selamat Pagi, 152 Driggs Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 718 701 4333