We’re not sure who actually stays at Franklin Guesthouse in Greenpoint (other than parents visiting their well-adjusted adult children), but that’s a perfect conversation starter for a date at Madre, the new restaurant in the lobby. It’s a great place to take someone who wants to eat excellent in-season vegetables and drink cocktails, all while sitting in front of a huge open window and watching the dogs of Greenpoint trot by. There’s not one word to describe the food at Madre, but this place uses basil leaves like confetti and makes foam out of parmesan - and both of these things would be annoying if not for the simple fact that it all tastes simple and delicious. We especially like the very pretty plate of fried green tomatoes with summer squash, and the hunk of ribeye that cuts like butter and comes with mashed potatoes and maitake mushrooms.
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Ponyboy is a restaurant/bar in Greenpoint, and it’s where you go when it’s after 10pm and you’re looking for a place to dance.
Edy’s Grocer is a Lebanese deli in Greenpoint where you can pick up dips, or have a nice brunch or lunch.
Kimchee Market is a small storefront in Greenpoint you should use for all your Korean takeout/delivery needs.
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At The Fly, you eat chicken and drink wine. In other words, it’s pretty ideal, and you should grab some dinner at this Bed-Stuy spot.
Blue Ribbon Brasserie
The original Blue Ribbon in Soho, in which you can eat bone marrow, fried chicken, and oysters from a white table cloth at 3am. What a world.
Sayra’s Wine Bar
Sayra’s is a nice little wine bar in Rockaway Beach with bar food that’s more upscale than most of the other places in the area.
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Di An Di
Di An Di is an excellent Vietnamese restaurant in Greenpoint. Go there for your next date night, group dinner, or solo meal at the bar. Just go there.
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