NYC: West Greenpoint
The prime hub of Greenpoint is Manhattan and Nassau, but if you want to see the culinary offerings that have turned this once frumpy neighborhood into the toast of NYC's food world, head west. Sure, you've had Paulie Gee's pizzas before, but once you venture north of Greenpoint Avenue, you'll run into some exciting openings. There's Andrew Tarlow's (Marlow & Sons) new bar Achilles Heel that offers coffee during the morning along with beer, wine and grub. There's also River Styx, which uses its decor to pay homage to the area's nautical past; similarly sea-themed The Bounty; and Alameda, which serves a small menu of decadent snacks in a stylish wood-paneled room. Finally, there's the gorgeous Glasserie, which is housed in the sprawling building that used to be the home of the Greenpoint Glass Works. A combo of culinary inventiveness, accessible prices and stylish spaces make this off-the-beaten-path area NYC's hottest culinary 'hood.