Greenpoint - Not For Tourists Guide to New York City - Not For Tourists

Not For Tourists Guide to New York City - Not For Tourists (2016)

Map 28. Greenpoint



Neighborhood Overview


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The northernmost neighborhood in Brooklyn, Greenpoint has multiple personality disorder. It’s strongly Polish (hence the mouth-watering bakeries and butcher shops) and solidly trendy. As the name suggests, parts are indeed green, but it’s also home to one of America’s filthiest waterways.

As longtime hub for shipping and manufacturing, Greenpoint sits at the nexus of Newtown Creek and the East River. Newtown Creek is infamous for the 1950 oil spill more than twice the size of Exxon Valdez; now an EPA Superfund site, remediation will continue for years. On a brighter note, Newtown Creek’s quarter-mile Nature Walk is a valiant attempt to spruce things up, and the tree-lined Greenpoint Historical District (originally home to local industrial workers) is still in excellent shape. Greenpoint is also the proud owner of the verdant oasis known as McGolrick Park. Manhattan Avenue Park (at the northern dead-end of that thoroughfare) is a well-kept, tiny gem with several cool sculptures. Also check out the impressive Eagle Street Rooftop Farm; support their efforts by buying fresh greens (give your regards to the rabbits and chickens). And Transmitter Park the former home of WNYC’s radio towers at the end of Greenpoint Avenue, is a rare spot of green along the waterfront; head to the end of the zig-zagging pier for a respite from the heat of the city—it’s like ten degrees cooler out in the middle of the East River.

Manhattan Avenue is the neighborhood’s main artery (buses and the G train run along it). Mass is held at the stunning Saint Anthony of Padua Church and your everyday needs are met along the way—fruit & vegetable stands, taco restaurants, bars and the like. Franklin Street is a relaxing antidote to the grimy bustle of Manhattan Avenue, with galleries, boutiques and various high-concept entities. East of McGuinness Boulevard you’ll find various cheap bars, liquor stores, restaurants, Polish bakeries, and a few real, respectable coffee shops, including Hannah Horvath’s employers, Café Grumpy.

One exciting aspect of Greenpoint (though not for locals with cars) is the frequent number of movie and television productions filmed here. It’s close to Manhattan and Long Island City (where a number of studios are based) and can stand in for a green, industrial, or cozy neighborhood setting. Flight of the Conchords shot their French song video in McGolrick Park. 30 Rock filmed in front of a dollar store on Manhattan Avenue. Recent productions have included The Bounty Hunter, Date Night, Boardwalk Empire, and Girls. If you keep your ears open at a bar, you may even hear someone who worked on a shoot giving the lowdown on which star is a bitch or which guy played the diva and spent the entire shoot moaning about a recent breakup. Ah, New York.

Barflies of every stripe can find something to suit their tastes, from sports bars (Red Star) to cocktail lounges (Manhattan Inn). PencilFactory and Black Rabbit are excellent standbys on Greenpoint Avenue and NFT staffers can be found at the Palace Cafe.



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image Landmarks

✵ Greenpoint Historic District ✵

Oak St & Guernsey St

Charming rowhouses that were built for workers of early merchants.

✵ John Smolenski Funeral Home ✵

1044 Manhattan Ave [Freeman St]


1920s landmark with one of Greenpoint’s beautiful clocks.

✵ Newtown Creek Nature Walk ✵

Provost St & Paidge Ave

Great views of the sewage plant!

✵ Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant ✵

Greenpoint Ave & Provost St

Take a moment to contemplate all of the famous and beautiful peoples’ crap floating around in here.

✵ Saint Anthony of Padua Church ✵

862 Manhattan Ave [Milton St]


Beautiful church sticking out like a healthy thumb on congested avenue.

✵ Transmitter Park ✵

West St b/n Kent St & Greenpoint Ave

Greenpoint’s waterfront park; former home of WNYC transmitter towers.

image Coffee

✵ Ashbox ✵ 1154 Manhattan Ave [Ash St]


Cool shop on the very north tip of Greenpoint.

✵ Budin ✵ 114 Greenpoint Ave [Manhattan Ave]


High-end Scandinavian coffee. With beer. Also, not cheap.

✵ Café Grumpy ✵

193 Meserole Ave [Diamond St]


The finest coffee house in Brooklyn now has its own roastery.

✵ Café Riviera ✵ 830 Manhattan Ave [Noble St]


Delicious baked-goods and such.

✵ Crema BK ✵ 182 Driggs Ave [Diamond St]


Cold-brewed in Brooklyn.

✵ Konditori ✵ 687 Manhattan Ave [Norman Ave]


Cozy/packed mini-chain of Swedish coffeehouses.

✵ Uro Café ✵ 277 Driggs Ave [Leonard St]


Best espresso south of Greenpoint Ave.

✵ Van Leeuwen Ice Cream ✵

632 Manhattan Ave [Nassau Ave]


Excellent coffee to go with your coffee ice cream.

✵ Variety Coffee & Tea ✵

145 Driggs Ave [Russell St]


Nice coffee shop with views of McGolrick Park.

image Farmers Markets

✵ Eagle Street Rooftop Farm ✵

44 Eagle St [West St]

Sunday, 1 pm-4pm during growing season.

image Nightlife

✵ Achilles Heel ✵ 180 West St [Green St]


Worn, hip local bar way over by the docks.

✵ Bar Matchless ✵

557 Manhattan Ave [Driggs Ave]


Weekly music showcases, heavy metal karaoke, and foosball.

✵ Black Rabbit ✵ 91 Greenpoint Ave [Franklin St]


Fantastic fireplace, delicious mini-burgers. Trivia night is packed.

✵ Breukelen Brasserie ✵

710 Nostrand Ave [Prospect Pl]


French on Nostrand. Tartines, cassoulet, mussels, yeah.

✵ The Diamond ✵ 43 Franklin St [Calyer St]


Wine, massive beer selection, and shuffleboard.

✵ Dirck the Norseman ✵ 7 N 15th St [Franklin St]


Excellent brewed-on-site beer with German food as a bonus. Great space, too.

✵ Enid’s ✵ 560 Manhattan Ave [Driggs Ave]


Greenpoint’s finest hipster stand-by.

A Greenpoint visit must include a meal at a cheap and hearty Polish restaurant, like Christina’s. Afterwards, get a Polish pastry at Café Riviera or have some caffeine in the adorable backyard of Champion Coffee. One of the best brunches in the city is at Cafecito Bogota, so come hungry.

✵ Europa ✵ 98 Meserole Ave [Manhattan Ave]


Strobe light extravaganza.

✵ The Habitat ✵ 988 Manhattan Ave [Huron St]


Featuring waffle fries and “zero attitude.”

✵ The Manhattan Inn ✵

632 Manhattan Ave [Nassau Ave]


Dark bar, pricey but delicious food, piano man in back.

✵ Northern Territory ✵

12 Franklin St [Meserole Ave]


Leafy rooftop bar with expansive view, get the Territory’s Tea.

✵ One Stop Beer Shop ✵

134 Kingsland Ave [Beadel St]


Craft beer and artisanal food, of course.

✵ Palace Café ✵ 206 Nassau Ave [Russell St]


Heavy jukebox and stiff drinks. Metal lives!

✵ Pencil Factory Bar ✵

142 Franklin St [Greenpoint Ave]


Great beer; great vibe. Perfectly understated.

✵ Pit Stop Bar ✵

152 Meserole Ave [McGuinness Blvd]


Buy a couple scratch-offs and experience blue-collar Brooklyn.

✵ Shayz Lounge ✵ 130 Franklin St [Milton St]


Irish pub in a sea of Polish.

✵ Spritzenhaus ✵ 33 Nassau Ave [Dobbin St]


Predictably packed beer garden in Greenpoint.

✵ TBD Bar ✵ 224 Franklin St [Green St]


Backyard “beer garden” is tops on nice days.

✵ Tommy’s Tavern ✵

1041 Manhattan Ave [Freeman St]


Super-dive with live music on weekends.

✵ Torst ✵ 615 Manhattan Ave [Nassau Ave]


Not just a beer bar, a fancy beer bar with Danish accents.

✵ Warsaw ✵ 261 Driggs Ave [Eckford St]


Brooklyn’s best concert venue.

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✵ Acapulco Deli & Restaurant ✵

1116 Manhattan Ave [Clay St]

718-349-8429 $

Authentic Mexican includes homemade chips and telenovelas at full volume.

✵ Amarin Café ✵

617 Manhattan Ave [Nassau Ave]

718-349-2788 $

Good, cheap Thai food.

✵ Amber Steak House ✵

119 Nassau Ave [Eckford St]

718-389-3757 $$$$

Porterhouse for two and Crestor to go.

✵ Anella ✵ 222 Franklin St [Green St]

718-389-8100 $$

Seasonal Italian, beautifully simple, bread baked in flowerpots

✵ Ashbox ✵ 1154 Manhattan Ave [Ash St]

718-389-3222 $

Japanese-influenced café fare at the mouth of Newton Creek.

✵ The Bounty ✵

131 Greenpoint Ave [Manhattan Ave]

347-689-3325 $$$

Perfectly-executed seafood, nice back garden.

✵ Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory ✵

97 Commercial St [Box St]

718-349-2506 $

As yummy as the DUMBO shop, without the lines.

✵ Cafecito Bogota ✵

1015 Manhattan Ave [Green St]

718-569-0077 $$

Authentic and amazing Colombian cuisine.

✵ Calexico Carne Asada ✵

645 Manhattan Ave [Bedford Ave]

347-763-2129 $

Polish tacos? The tasty Mexi food truck settles down in Greenpoint.

✵ Christina’s ✵ 853 Manhattan Ave [Noble St]

718-383-4382 $

Traditional Polish food, cheap breakfasts!

✵ Delilah’s Steaks ✵

55 McGuinness Blvd [Engert Ave]

347-689-4409 $$

The kind with the word “cheese” in front, silly.

✵ Dirck the Norseman ✵ 7 N 15th St [Franklin St]

718-389-2940 $$

Craft brewery with killer German plates—schnitzel, roast, etc.

✵ El Born ✵ 651 Manhattan Ave [Nassau Ave]

347-844-9295 $$$

Spanish/tapas with some nice surprises.

✵ Enid’s ✵ 560 Manhattan Ave [Driggs Ave]

718-349-3859 $$

Popular brunch on weekends; also dinner weeknights.

✵ Erb ✵ 681 Manhattan Ave [Norman Ave]

718-349-8215 $$

Terrific Thai; try the curry noodles.

✵ Esme ✵ 999 Manhattan Ave [Huron St]

718-383-0999 $$$

Just love, no squalor. Or, capaccio & cocktails.

✵ Five Leaves ✵ 18 Bedford Ave [Nassau Ave]

718-383-5345 $$$

Heath Ledger’s post-mortem restaurant is cooler than you.

✵ Fornino ✵ 849 Manhattan Ave [Noble St]

718-389-5300 $$

Brick oven ‘za wedged in between Polish food heaven.

✵ Glasserie ✵ 95 Commercial St [Manhattan Ave]

718-389-0640 $$$

Light-filled Mediterranean with luscious side dishes.

✵ God Bless Deli ✵

818 Manhattan Ave [Calyer St]

718-349-0605 $

The only 24-hour joint in the ‘hood. Cheap sandwiches and burgers.

✵ Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. ✵

114 Nassau Ave [Eckford St]

718-349-0400 $$$

Fresh oysters, cold Narragansetts, and a hot ‘nabe spot.

✵ Karczma ✵

136 Greenpoint Ave [Manhattan Ave]

718-349-1744 $$

Homestyle Polish, rightly popular among locals, rustic interior.

✵ Kestane Kebab ✵ 110 Nassau Ave [Eckford St]

718-349-8601 $

Refuel your party tank around the clock for cheap.

✵ Kyoto Sushi ✵ 161 Nassau Ave [Diamond St]

718-383-8882 $$

Best sushi in Greenpoint; dine in for the sake and after-dinner Dum Dums.

✵ La Taverna ✵ 946 Manhattan Ave [Java St]

718-383-0732 $$

Hearty Italian for cheap? Si, per favore!

✵ Le Fond ✵ 105 Norman Ave [Leonard St]

718-389-6859 $$$

Can’t get into Five Leaves? No problemo, eat here.

✵ Lobster Joint ✵ 1073 Manhattan Ave [Eagle St]

718-389-8990 $$$

What the world needs: more lobster rolls. And bloody marys.

✵ Lomzynianka ✵

646 Manhattan Ave [Nassau Ave]

718-389-9439 $

Get your kitschy Polish fix dirt cheap.

✵ Luksus ✵ 615 Manhattan Ave [Nassau Ave]

718-389-6034 $$$$

$100-plus tasting menu paired with beer exclusively.

✵ Manhattan Three Decker ✵

695 Manhattan Ave [Norman Ave]

718-389-6664 $$

Greek and American fare.

✵ Ott ✵ 970 Manhattan Ave [India St]

718-609-2416 $$

Another excellent Thai choice on Manhattan Ave.

✵ Paulie Gee’s ✵ 60 Greenpoint Ave [West St]

347-987-3747 $$

Top brick-oven ‘za right by the river. Nice.

✵ Peter Pan Doughnuts ✵

727 Manhattan Ave [Norman Ave]

718-389-3676 $

Polish girls in smocks serving tasty donuts.

✵ Raizes ✵ 139 Nassau Ave [McGuinness Blvd]

718-389-0088 $$$

Portuguese meat-on-a-stick with some surprises.

✵ Relax ✵ 68 Newell St [Nassau Ave]

718-389-1665 $

Polish diner w/ good prices and excellent soups—a neighborhood favorite.

✵ Sapporo Ichiban ✵

622 Manhattan Ave [Nassau Ave]

718-389-9712 $$

Fresh sushi, friendly service.

✵ Selamat Pagi ✵ 152 Driggs Ave [Humboldt St]

718-701-4333 $$$

Indonesian goodness very near Polish goodness.

✵ The Water Table ✵ 10 India St [West St]

917-499-5727 $$$$

Dinner and a cruise, down-to-earth style.

Hit the (sausage) links at Steve’s Meat Market. Visit Old Hollywood for vintage; refurbished is in style at Alter Women. The fabulously junky second-hand shop The Thing is more affordable than Luddite. Vinyl junkies browse the bins at Permanent Records. Shop Eastern District for that which is artisanal and Brooklyn-based. Wedel sells imported chocolates, and New Warsaw Bakery, Charlotte Patisserie, and Jaslowiczanka have baked goods. Word’s an English-language independent bookstore.

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✵ Alter Men ✵ 109 Franklin St [Greenpoint Ave]


Nice selection of vintage and hard-to-find labels.

✵ Alter Women ✵

140 Franklin St [Greenpoint Ave]


Nice selection of vintage and hard-to-find labels.

✵ Bellocq Tea Atelier ✵ 104 West St [Kent St]


Exquisite tea sold per ounce, look hard for the sign.

✵ Brooklyn Craft Company ✵

61 Greenpoint Ave [Franklin St]


Girly DIY classes to while away the crafternoon…

✵ Brouwerij Lane ✵

78 Greenpoint Ave [Franklin St]


For beer junkies. Global bottles or pour-your-own growlers.

✵ Charlotte Patisserie ✵

596 Manhattan Ave [Driggs Ave]


Polish-run dessert and coffee shop, delicious French-style pastries.

✵ Cracovia Liquors ✵ 150 Nassau Ave [Newell St]


Easiest place to spot a bum in Greenpoint. Open late.

✵ Dandelion Wine ✵ 153 Franklin St [Java St]


Knowledgeable staff and frequent wine tastings—double win!

✵ Eastern District ✵

1053 Manhattan Ave [Freeman St]


Cheese and beer shop with tons of Brooklyn brands.

✵ Fox & Fawn Vintage ✵

570 Manhattan Ave [Driggs Ave]


Same great vintage store, new location. Hips (arms and legs) don’t lie.

✵ The Garden ✵ 921 Manhattan Ave [Kent St]


Awe-inspiring natural foods selection.

✵ Jaslowiczanka Bakery ✵

163 Nassau Ave [Diamond St]


Polish bakery with tempting layer cakes and babkas.

✵ Luddite ✵ 201 Franklin St [Freeman St]


Beautifully curated antiques and curios.

✵ Maria’s Deli ✵ 136 Meserole Ave [Eckford St]


One of many Polish bodegas. Pickle soup & mayonnaise salads!

✵ New Warsaw Bakery ✵

866 Lorimer St [Driggs Ave]


Respected neighborhood supplier, buy a loaf at the back entrance.

✵ The One Well ✵

165 Greenpoint Ave [Leonard St]


Cheery, girlie gift shop, emphasis on the girlie.

✵ Ovenly ✵ 31 Greenpoint Ave [West St]


Growing bakery serving sweet and salty treats.

✵ Pentatonic Guitars & Music ✵

139 Franklin St [Java St]


Guitars, basses, ukuleles, banjos, mandolins, gear, and repairs.

✵ Permanent Records ✵

181 Franklin St [Huron St]


Stellar selection of new and used vinyl, friendly service.

✵ Pop’s Popular Clothing ✵

7 Franklin St [Meserole Ave]


Work clothes & boots for blue-collar authenticity.

✵ Rzeszowska Bakery ✵

948 Manhattan Ave [Java St]


Authentic Polish bakery; mobbed around holidays you were unaware of.

✵ Sun Hee Farm ✵

886 Manhattan Ave [Greenpoint Ave]


Ridiculously cheap fruits and veggies.

✵ The Thing ✵ 1001 Manhattan Ave [Huron St]


Unusual second-hand store offers thousands of used LPs.

✵ WORD ✵ 126 Franklin St [Milton St]


Literary fiction, non-fiction, and

kids’ books.