'Girls' has put Greenpoint, Brooklyn on the map, and proved it's so much more than the Polish-tinged version of Williamsburg. The locals know Greenpoint has better pancakes, doughnuts, shopping, and yes, cheap pierogies. Here are places to find the real Hannah Horvaths and, if you're lucky during filming season, the fake one too.
While everyone raves about $3+ fancy pants doughnuts, Peter Pan is still the best for delicious authentic New York classic version. Unfortunately for our waistlines, every single flavor is a winner, even the whole wheat one.
The influx of young people has caused one great thing for Greenpoint: only the good Polish places have survived. And Krolewskie Jadlo is one of the better ones. Don't be intimidated by the suits of armor or hulking wooden doors outside as inside you'll find the hearty fare Eastern Europe is known for from white borscht soup to comforting homemade pierogies to an overwhelming plate of beef goulash. I recommend going with friends, especially if you have your eye on a Koryto plate (it only involves two different sausages, bacon, pierogies, hunter stew and grilled meats.)
The epitome of a North Brooklyn freelancer-filled coffee shop with free WiFi, Warby Parkers, and perfectly pulled espresso drinks. Go online to find out the story behind your drink's beans, and know that you're supporting the good guys. This is one of the roaster shops--eardrums beware!
Five Leaves has long outlived its Heath Ledger fame; now it's simply known as *the* place to brunch in Greenpoint. Legions of yuppies endure hour+ waits for the stack of fluffy ricotta pancakes or spicy Moroccan scramble, plus the requisite people-watching entertainment. The waits and exquisite food can also be found during the dinner rush where the burger usually takes center stage.
Greenpoint has its fair share of good bars with above-average beer selections, but if that's not enough then stop by Brouwerij Lane. The rotating selection offers some of the best craft brews available, plus growler fills, plus $6 pints, plus a wood-burning fireplace to keep you toasty while watching hockey on their big screen. Bonus points for having a staff that will recommend something good for you or the person you're trying to impress.
The vintage finds at Old Hollywood have been making Greenpointers glamorous for years now. The owner's proved her worth at Catbird, where she scouted young designers before they sold-out to the chains, before breaking away with her own store. Now you'll find $20 trinkets next to vintage $300 ones, both equally needed in your accessories box. Yes, this is definitely one of the shops locals go to when looking to blow a paycheck.