I often get asked for my recommendations of places to eat in Brooklyn. I decided to create a list of my favorite spots in Greenpoint & Williamsburg. I've lived in the area ever since I moved to New York 4 and a half years ago. There are so many incredible places to eat but here are a few of my personal go-tos:
Best for a Quick Breakfast: Frankel's
631 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn NY
A new addition to the Nassau G area, Frankel's is a delicatessen owned by two young brothers who've revived traditional Jewish dishes from their family recipe book! It's counter service and there's sometimes a line on the weekends but the service is quick and the food is delicious!
What to order: Bacon, Tomato & Scallion Cream Cheese breakfast sandwich ($8) & a hot coffee ($3). If you’re more adventurous try the nova No. Two or Salmon & Whitefish No. Three.
Price: Around $15 for a hearty bagel sandwich & coffee.
Also great: The Bagel Shop (quirky rainbow bagels & traditional breakfast sandwiches) & Peter Pan Donut (an old school donut shop with delicious pasties)
Best for a Long Breakfast with a Laptop: ReUnion
544 Union Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
If you follow me on Snapchat you've definitely noticed this joint. I'm a regular here pretty much every weekday morning! It's a charming little place with great food and a laid-back ambiance. The wall against the window has plenty of outlets if you want to stay and get work done. I can't say enough good things about this place it really is a gem!
What to order: Shakshooka ($14) if you’re hungry and like food with a little kick. Yogurt & Granola ($8) if you’re craving something smaller & sweet. Chai tea latte with almond milk ($5) to warm up.
Price: Around $20 for entrée & drink
Also great: Jimmy's Dinner (greasy but delicious diner food) & The Blue Stove (pie shop with delicious quiches)
(photo c/o fiveleaves.com)
Best for Brunch: Five Leaves
18 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Five Leaves was initially a project of Heath Ledger. After his death his estate paid to complete the restaurant in his honor in 2008. It's been a hipster destination ever since. The food is homey with Australian flourishes while the atmosphere is casual if not slightly pretentious. On pleasant afternoons, the outdoor seating is perfect for people watching while looking very Greenpoint-chic. Expect a long wait on weekends but grab a coffee from the 'coffee to-go' outpost and take a walk in McCarren Park just across from the restaurant.
What to order: Ricotta Pancakes ($16). Just do it. Moroccan Scramble ($14) if you’re more salty than sweet.
Also great: Cafe Mogador (hip Moroccan food) & Becco (cash-only Brazilian joint)
Price: $25 for entrée & coffee
Best for Lunch: The Bedford
110 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
A laid back bar and restaurant right on Bedford Ave, The Bedford has unfussy delicious food with generous portions. I've never had to wait for a table yet every meal has been yummy, the perfect combination! There's also a back room that's hopping on the weekends, Noelle even rented it out for her birthday party this December and we all had a blast.
Breakfast Burrito (for lunch, I know but so yummy and filling, $12) Avocado Toast ($8) soups on special (~$5)
Also great: Baoburg (cozy asian-fusion restaurant) & Hummus Market (middle-eastern with the perfect hummus lunch special)
Price: $20 for entrée & drink
Best for Dinner: Calexico
645 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY
California-style Mexican food with simple burritos, tacos & quesadillas. A good spot for a group with strong margaritas and Mexican beers. Wait is usually 15 minutes or less, although we're usually seated right away when it's just the two of us.
What to order: Start with Chips & Guac ($11) a house margarita or beer. Tacos ($5) are delicious and a la carte if you want to sample multiple options but burritos are much more filling for less ($10-$12)
Price: $30 for food & 1 drink
Also good: La Superior (tradition street-style Mexican, cash-only) & Allswell (delicious new-American restaurant)