Greenpoint, long the home of New York’s Polish enclave, has a number of great Polish and American places to eat cheap, including one of New York’s newest lobster joints. Here’s a rundown of where to eat off the G. By Siobhan Wallace.
646 Manhattan Avenue
Lomzynianka not only looks old-school from the outside, the inside will remind you of an Eastern European living room. Don’t be scared of the no-frills service, they’re serving up some of the best homemade Polish comfort food in the area. A full meal of pierogi and blintzes can be had for under $15, with entrees all under $10.
108 Franklin Street
The influx of creative professionals into the neighborhood has given a rise to weekend brunch spots, and Le Gamin is one of the best with fluffy omelettes and garlicky escargots. Modeled after a classic French bistro, daytime dining here, especially in their back garden, will make you long for days in Paris. Dinner is slightly more expensive, but just as enjoyable.
1073 Manhattan Avenue
Lobster rolls, one of the latest and fastest growing food trends, sure didn’t miss Greenpoint. Lobster Joint also serves up other seaside fare–crab and clam rolls plus hamburgers and fish sandwiches–into the late night. Stick to the sandwiches to eat cheaply, or you can split their $33 lobster dinner that includes a 1 3/4 lb lobster with sides.
180 Franklin Street
It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for lunch, dinner, or a place to work on free WiFi during the afternoon, Brooklyn Label is available for all three. The highlights on the dinner menu, South Carolina fried chicken and their hamburger, are both under $15 even when you add on extras. Be sure to expect a wait during the weekend brunch rush.
1015 Manhattan Avenue
Most people would not expect one of the few Brooklyn Colombian spots to be in Greenpoint. Cafecito Bogota runs a few specials that make their already cheap eats, more than worth it. There’s the two-course lunch special for $7.95, or the early bird brunch special for $13.50, which includes three drinks plus a bottomless cup of coffee, and an entree.
Siobhan Wallace is the co-founder of BlondieandBrownie.com.