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.
Tucked into an unassuming storefront in Midtown East, this Japanese spot allows diners to build their own bowls of steaming ramen. Choose a type of ramen—classic ($12.50), spicy ($13.50), vegan ($14.50), rich miso ($14.50) or dipping-style ($14.50)—then pick one of the four varieties of noodles, roasted pork or chicken and any extra toppings. Hinata uses organic chicken broth, never adds MSG and makes all their own noodles, including vegan and gluten-free options. If you’re not in the mood for hot soup, try one of the restaurant’s other offerings, like pork gyoza (five for $7, 10 for $13), octopus carpaccio ($9), fried chicken ($7) or salmon sashimi and roe over rice ($8). To drink, choose from a wide variety of sakes ranging in flavor from fruity to dry ($57–$70 per bottle), or sip a Sapporo or glass of plum wine (both $6).
Venue says: “SPRING SPECIAL YUZU SHIO RAMEN IS HERE! MENTION TIMEOUT TO OUR SERVER AND GET ONE TOPPING OR EXTRA NODDLE FOR FREE!”