Move over, Williamsburg—the northern tip of nearby Greenpoint has become an up-and-coming dining destination, with new restaurants and bars popping up all along the waterfront. The spanking-new set spans Mediterranean small plates, New American fare, updated classic cocktails and draft beers. These four Greenpoint spots are worth the G-train hassle.
From the wood-fired oven, chef Dennis Spina turns out braised pork, black bass in jura wine vinegar and paccheri with swordfish and kalamata olives at this laid-back Mediterranean-influenced eatery, launched by the team behind Roebling Tea Room. 718-383-8833, riverstyxny.com.
Ashoka Indian Restaurant
Craving Indian food? Look no further than Ashoka Indian Restaurant on the Upper West Side. Order some battered and fried onion bhaji ($8), vegetable samosas ($8) or coconut curried shrimp ($12) to nibble on while you decide on your entrees. Assemble a veritable feast by ordering a variety of Indian favorites to share. Rich chicken tikka masala ($16), spicy Mangalorean fish curry ($18), braised lamb shank with garlic and onions ($18) and verdant saag paneer ($14) ought to get you started. Don’t forget to order some lamb biryani ($16) and a side of garlic naan ($5) to soak up all the excess sauce. Still have some room for dessert? Good, because you’ll want to end the meal with a mango or rose lassi ($5), fig-saffron ice cream ($8) or gulab jamun malai, a traditional Indian sweet flavored with cardamom ($8). The restaurant also provides live music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Venue says: “Lunch only, eat unlimited appetizers & main courses for $12.95 or $13.95. Mention Time Out to receive 10% off on your meal only at Dinner”