While no one would argue that this city lacks variety in its restaurant offerings, the frequent complaint of out-of-towners is that eating fresh food here is prohibitively expensive. Truthfully, eating fresh and healthy meals in Manhattan does often feel like a painfully intense investment, so sometimes you have to do a more thorough investigation to find the best deals. Greenpoint Kitchen, a small neighborhood eatery with fresh delicious food and refreshing drinks at reasonable prices, provides a delightful alternative to the pricey Manhattan spots that specialize in similarly unprocessed food. Just 15 minutes away from Times Square in tranquil Sunnyside, Queens, Greenpoint Kitchen’s calm, casual atmosphere and positive energy are definitely a welcome change of pace.
If you live in the neighborhood and find yourself in a delicate state after a night of hard partying, shuffle over to Greenpoint for an omelet, pancakes, or one of their breakfast sandwiches. Two eggs on a Kaiser roll with cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and avocado ought to do the trick. While you’re at it, don’t forget to pick up a Headache/Hangover Cure, freshly made juice with beets, celery, apple and cucumber. Whether it’ll actually cure your hangover is for you to decide, but at least it’s a step in the right direction.
For lunch, Greenpoint serves up a variety of specialty sandwiches and wraps, a soup of the day, and wonderfully fresh salads. The Greek Mex Salad combines the best (and healthiest) of two worlds with romaine lettuce, tomatoes, avocados, cucumbers, red onion, green peppers, black olives, jalapeños and Feta cheese. The blend of textures and spicy flavors makes this salad far from boring. If nine ingredients is too overwhelming for your tastes and you want a chance to practice your crayon colors, check out the Green, Red & White Salad, which has greens, beets, tomatoes, red onions and Maouri cheese.
There’s a lot of imposter Mexican food in New York, but the few Mexican offerings at Greenpoint don’t disappoint. Burritos come with a choice of chicken, veggies, or chorizo, and quesadillas are served with sour cream, hot sauce, and a fresh side salad. The salad is a nice touch, because you may be eating a giant handful of cheese melted into a tortilla, but at least there’s lettuce involved to balance it out.
Greenpoint Kitchen may not have the most complex menu, but it takes the classics you’d expect from a deli-style eatery of its size and gives them a healthier, far less greasy update. It is also, incidentally, a very relaxing and joyful place to sit down and enjoy breakfast and a cup of coffee. Who couldn’t use a little more joy to start their day?