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.
Gabriela’s Restaurant and Tequila Bar
In the mood for tacos, guacamole and margaritas? Look no further than Gabriela’s Restaurant and Tequila Bar. Start the meal with a big order of freshly made guac ($12.50) and queso fundido ($14.50) with piping hot tortilla chips. You might also want to sample the ceviche of the day (market price) before moving onto the entrees. Of course there are tacos—al pastor ($5.50), fried fish ($6.50), carne asada ($6.50) and carnitas ($5.50), to name a few. You’ll also find cantina favorites like cochinita pibil ($25), chicken and cheese enchiladas ($24), chiles rellenos ($19) and chimichangas stuffed with chicken ($24), beef ($24), shrimp ($25) or veggies ($22). And what would a fiesta be without tequila? Choose from the bar’s wide selection of more than 175 different tequilas and mezcals, either straight up or in a margarita ($3 extra for a margarita). You can also try a flight of silver ($19), reposado ($21), anejo ($23) or one of each ($20).
Venue says: “The outside cafe is now open and the palm tree's are on the way! Join us for margaritas and fresh guacamole. What are you celebrating today?”