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Where to eat, drink, shop, stay in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

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Williamsburg gets a lot of hype when you talk about visiting Brooklyn, but there's another neighborhood which is also brimming with gastronomic eateries, eccentric shopping, and spectacular city views. Greenpoint is a little quieter but full of heart and charm. Home to a large Polish community you'll find traditional pierogis and borscht alongside some of Brooklyn's trendiest bars and restaurants. Those in the know are already frequenting the young and creative area and we can't help but fall for the appeal. Here's a list of places to eat, drink, shop, and stay when you make your way to Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

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Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop

Lets start with this Greenpoint institution located on Manhattan Avenue. Dating back over 60 years, customers from far and wide line up for the world famous donuts. Classic flavors, unique ingredient mixes, and holiday specials are all available and the best part is the price has remained the same at $1.10. Patrons love that not much has changed about the reliable shop and new visitors can't believe how good a classic glazed donut can taste.

Esme

Get your avocado toast fix or stack of syrupy pancakes at this Greenpoint bistro. The minimal design and light airy space makes it an ideal weekend hangout and the menu items are elevated enough to garner plenty of likes on your Instagram feed. Order the Savory French Toast or blueberry pancakes to cure your hangover or come in the evening for their juicy steaks and creative cocktails.

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Paulie Gee's

It's impossible to visit Greenpoint and not grab a pizza at Paulie Gee's. The rustic, candlelit spot doesn't take reservations, stopped takeout boxes in 2014, and serves some of the best pizzas in the city. The ambiance and owner are always inviting and you'll be impressed with anything you order that comes out of their custom-built Stefano Ferrara brick pizza oven. The Neapolitan-style pizzas never disappoint whether you order one of the more traditional topping combinations or a Hometown Brisket Pie.

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Greenpoint Fish & Lobster

If you enjoy fresh fish and shellfish as much as we do you can't miss Greenpoint Fish & Lobster. The casual spot has combined the best parts of a fish market and seafood restaurant all in one welcoming space. Sit up at the bar and witness the chefs shucking oysters or chat with them about where your meal was caught. Simple items such as the lobster roll or sea scallop served with a slice of lemon are sure to impress but they also serve up a tempting kelp noodle pad thai and fresh whole fish that will please the discerning diner. Learn a few skills from the friendly staff and bring home some oysters to prepare in your own kitchen.

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Sweetleaf

Vintage decor, high ceilings, brick walls, and outdoor seating make Sweetleaf a typical Brooklyn coffee joint but their high quality coffee and the shop's 15-kilo Joper roaster set them apart. You could easily sit for hours in the industrial space and on sunny days the large garage doors open to create sidewalk seating. Don't miss their generous pastries all prepared in-house and they'll even have a little something for your dog if you bring them along for the visit.

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Greenpoint Terminal Market

This one of a kind marketplace has it all. Inviting all neighborhood vendors including creatives, food stalls, and local shops every weekend to participate. They often have live performances and djs with entertainment changing weekly. The market is located on the Greenpoint waterfront Saturdays and Sundays and moves indoors during the winter months.

Dusty Rose Vintage

Sift through the overloaded bins at this vintage wholesaler and find unique treasures for your wardrobe. The hunt is half the fun and you can't go wrong with their affordable prices. Owner Maresa Ponitch was previously in charge of Urban Outfitters' vintage selection so you know she has a good eye. The shop also holds events and pop-ups around the neighborhood as well as one of a kind workshops for the vintage lover.

Sunshine Laundromat & Pinpall

Do your laundry, grab a beer, and play games all in the same place? This can only exist in NYC and is executed seamlessly at Sunshine. A double dryer door leads to the magical game room where you can play all your favourite 80's and 90's pinball machines. Sample the local craft beers between games or feast on pizza and snacks while you wait for your laundry to dry. If you don't live in the city it's one of those novelty experiences you can't miss.

Ramona

One of the more upscale cocktail bars in Greenpoint, Ramona is a place where you can dress up and enjoy drinks surrounded by elegant decor. The curtained entrance, moody lighting, vintage vibes, and creative menu make it ideal for date nights. Find yourself a seat at the long marble bar or an intimate table on the mezzanine and sip on a few of their exceptional craft cocktails.

Feng Sway

Part vintage shop, part plant shop it's every boho girls dream. You won't be able to miss their colorful palm tree adorned entrance and will be even more enthralled once inside. Sift through floral kimonos, scented candles, crystals, and eclectic home decor. The entire shop is a treasure trove bursting with unique and unusual finds. If you're anything like us you'll love the beautiful selection so much you'll find yourself shopping on their website from home.

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Franklin Guesthouse

Franklin Guesthouse is your ideal home away from home while staying in Greenpoint. The rooms are cozy and spacious featuring fully equipped kitchens, separate lounge areas and outdoor patios. Personalized service includes in-house laundry machines, 24 hour gym, and free local car service around the area.  Their restaurant , BarGlory, serves mouthwatering modern Asian fare, and they even provide a useful neighborhood map which lists all the best bars, restaurants, and cafes within walking distance of the hotel. Set at the center of all the action its the best place to stay for exploring the vibrant area.

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