1103 Manhattan Avenue
(b/t Dupont St & Clay)
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Cuisine: American Bistro, Italian
Cards: All Major
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 5:30pm-Midnight (1am on weekends)
Booze: Full bar
Subway: G Train to Greenpoint Ave.
The team behind NoLita’s Epistrophy Cafe brings homemade pasta, fresh seafood and other timeless Italian fare to this charming spot on Greenpoint’s main drag. Jazzy live acts perform on a tiny stage at the back of the narrow space decked out with checkered floors, communal tables and a small bar.
The cocktail list is short and classic, with drinks around $11, and the bar is comfortable and pleasantly backlit by a clouded mirror studded with star-like lights. I sometimes find that I mentally rank spaces like these by how badly they make me wish I could still spend long nights smoking inside at them, and this bar gets pretty high marks there. Seating beyond the bar falls into three categories: long communal tables, small marble two-tops built in along the wall, and exceptionally nice semi-separated marble-topped booths built for four. The two of us decadently spread out at one of the latter….The food menu has a lot to offer. Instead of tired prerequisites (as in, there’s no high-concept burger) we get a menu with lots of fish dishes and vegetables – this restaurant is perfectly tuned to the pescatarian.