Local eats made easy

Eat in Greenpoint is a locavore gem.

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

The indie hangout Eat (124 Meserole Ave between Eckford and Leonard Sts, Greenpoint, Brooklyn; 718-389-8083) once sold mostly coffee and records. Since owner Jordan Coln parted ways with his record-hawking partners earlier this year, Eat has evolved into one of the borough’s most accessible local-food cafs. “I get a lot of stuff from Garden of Eve, and the McCarren Park Greenmarket,” says Coln of his meticulously sourced pantry. There’s no menu—a giant chalkboard lists the mostly vegetarian, ever-changing brunch, lunch and dinner offerings. Dishes are simple: Selections one morning included plump organic white beans and kale topped with a fried egg ($8), and a roasted kabocha squash frittata ($5). Coln mans the tiny open kitchen five days a week, making the airy room, with its spare seating, feel more like an extension of his home than a restaurant. And because I live less than half a block away, I don’t have to travel far to get New York’s farm-fresh best. How’s that for locavore eating?

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