We’re not sure who actually stays at Franklin Guesthouse in Greenpoint (other than parents visiting their well-adjusted adult children), but that’s a perfect conversation starter for a date at Madre, the new restaurant in the lobby. It’s a great place to take someone who wants to eat excellent in-season vegetables and drink cocktails, all while sitting in front of a huge open window and watching the dogs of Greenpoint trot by. There’s not one word to describe the food at Madre, but this place uses basil leaves like confetti and makes foam out of parmesan - and both of these things would be annoying if not for the simple fact that it all tastes simple and delicious. We especially like the very pretty plate of fried green tomatoes with summer squash, and the hunk of ribeye that cuts like butter and comes with mashed potatoes and maitake mushrooms.
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Greenpoint Fish and Lobster is a great place for affordable seafood in Brooklyn.
Le Fanfare is not a burlesque show in Paris, it’s a restaurant in Greenpoint from the folks behind Epistrophe Cafe. Go discover it sometime.
Bernie’s is an American spot in Greenpoint where you should be ordering martinis and mozzarella sticks.
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If you live near Walter Foods, you come here a lot. I guess if we lived near Walter Foods, we would too.
Union Square Cafe
Union Square Cafe is a classic New York City restaurant having its second life in a new space. The good news? It’s still as good as ever.
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Di An Di
Di An Di is an excellent Vietnamese restaurant in Greenpoint. Go there for your next date night, group dinner, or solo meal at the bar. Just go there.
The next time you find yourself wanting red meat in Greenpoint, direct yourself to Cherry Point.
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