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Hot Street: Greenpoint Avenue Is Taking Off

It’s been a few years since old-school Polish restaurants on the streets of Greenpoint had to start sharing space with upstart bars and restaurants focusing on artisinal food and drink. Recently, however, there’s been an uptick in the number of new openings in the Brooklyn neighborhood — many of them concentrated around Greenpoint Avenue, just off the Greenpoint station. (Easy to remember, right?) Check out six of the newest (and soon-to-come) openings around Greenpoint Avenue, and start planning your next jaunt on the G train.


Hot street Greenpoint Avenue

1. River Styx
Roebling Tea Room has long been a Williamsburg favorite, and the team behind it hopes its newest venture down Greenpoint Avenue toward the river, will be the same. Expect adventurous but likable plates from River Styx’s wood-burning oven (“Anchovies That Have Been Sitting By A Fire,” anyone?) and plenty of craft cocktails. 21 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, no phone,

2. The Bounty
This bar and seafood spot comes from a collection of Brooklyn and Manhattan talent — Kevin Ang from Roberta’s, Adam Collison and Nika Carlson from The Drink, chef Eric Mann who’s worked at Prune and Craft. There’s a raw bar and an emphasis on classic cocktails.131 Greenpoint Ave., Brooklyn, 347-689-3325;

3. Fornino
Owner Michael Ayoub was an early entrant on the artisanal pizza scene, opening the first Fornino in Williamsburg in 2004. His most recent, on Manhattan Avenue south of Greenpoint, offers classic Neapolitan pies as well as a few more inventive ones. 849 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn, 718-389-5300,

4. Spina
Classic Brooklyn: one part flower shop, one part coffee shop. Spina started out as a wedding- and event-planning outfit, which expanded to a retail florist and then a cafe. The coffee shop is first-rate, with beans from acclaimed roaster Blue Bottle and doughnuts from all-star Bed-Stuy bakery Dough. 107 Franklin St., Brooklyn, 347-457-5385,

5. Broken Land
The bar formerly known as Veronica People’s Club has transformed into this slightly more refined spot,with a name adapted from the original Dutch name from Brooklyn, “Breukelen.” Enjoy craft cocktails and beer-and-shot specials from the backyard garden. 105 Franklin St., Brooklyn; 718-349-2901

6. Budin
Expect this Scandinavian spot to open on Greenpoint Avenue in the fall. Owner Crystal Pei told the Village Voice’s Fork In The Road blog that she will “serve Icelandic, Norwegian, Finnish coffee, cocktails, and cuisine.” There will also be an attached store whose wares reflect the same nationalities and aesthetic. Greenpoint Ave. between Manhattan and Franklin, opening this fall

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