|Greenpoint is full of Polish businesses –credit|
Populated by numerous Polish immigrants, Greenpoint has seen an explosion of hipsters settle in Brooklyn’s most northern point over the years. With both groups inhabiting the eclectic neighborhood simultaneously, the nightlife and culinary landscape have become a true reflection of the people who now call the enclave home.
We’ve put together a list of worthy places to drink and dine in Greenpoint. Enjoy!
Café Grumpy Roastery, 93 Meserole Ave
The name alone should have you flocking to visit its Greenpoint location, one of five coffee houses in the small NYC chain. Café Grumpy Greenpoint is a fantastic place to chill with buds, borrow a read from the book-exchange or surf the web on free WiFi while sipping on fresh, tasty java, which is all hand roasted in- house on a restored vintage Probat.
|Outside Cafe Grumpy –credit|
The Diamond, 43 Franklin Street
Named after the owner’s favorite singer, “Diamond” David Lee Roth of heavy metal band Van Halen fame, The Diamond focuses on specialty suds such as the Kelso Satisfaction, an English Bitter style beer brewed by Greenpoint Beerworks / Kelso of Brooklyn, and the Southern Tier Pumpkin, a strong beer (8.5%) heavily infused with pumpkin and spice.
What makes the establishment so charming is its beautiful half-circle bar, shuffleboard, and rubber-ring quoits (a horseshoe-like game) in the backyard.
|Find a superb selection of specialty beers at the Diamond.–credit|
Paulie Gee’s, 60 Greenpoint Avenue
Brooklyn is one of the top destinations in the world for great pizza, and people come from all over the tri-state area to dine at Paulie Gee’s. Featuring a Naples-imported, wood-fired pizza oven, Paulie Gee’s turns out such greats as “The Hellboy” (fresh mozzarella, Italian tomatoes, Berkshire sopressata piccante, Parmigiano-Reggiano and Mike’s HOT honey — mikeshothoney.com); “The Cherry Jones” (fior di latte, gorgonzola cheese, prosciutto di Parma, dried bing cherries and orange blossom honey); and “The Mootz” (fior di latte, chopped fresh garlic, pecorino Romano, olive oil, fresh basil and sea salt, with added sweet Italian fennel sausage).
For dessert, Mike’s HOT Honey Sundae – vanilla ice cream, Mike’s HOT honey and candied walnuts — sounds intriguing enough to give it a swirl.
|Pizza at Paulie Gee’s –credit|
The Pencil Factory Bar, 142 Franklin St.
Named for the former Faber Pencil Factory across the street, the Pencil Factory Bar is an attractive space featuring sleek, dark wood, haunting, flickering candles and beautiful exposed brick. Though ensconced in a classy atmosphere, it’s affordable, relaxed and very friendly, made for the local commoner looking for a cool waterhole to kick back and enjoy a cold brew, a glass of wine, or a stiff whiskey.
|Pencil Factory Bar –credit|