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.
Despite the isolated location and slightly self-important staff, Glasserie is still a solid Greenpoint destination.
Bernie’s is an American spot in Greenpoint where you should be ordering martinis and mozzarella sticks.
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Upland used to be one of our favorite spots in the city, but now it’s mostly just a useful place to have a nice, somewhat boring meal in Flatiron.
The National is a seasonal restaurant and brasserie in Midtown with solid eats for all meals at prices that aren’t cheap but aren’t abusive.
Frankel’s is a Jewish deli in the same vein as Russ & Daughters, but on its own level entirely.
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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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