Saturday, March 22, 2008

Eatin' Out - The Habitat/68/Karczma

Assorted locales in Greenpoint
Bar/nightspot number 13,14, (or is it 15??) in Greenpoint set to open soon on Manhattan btw India and Huron. And yes, Franklin Street is still poised to become "the new Bedford". Looks kind of cool on the inside, and glad they are offering some kind of food that isn't Thai.

Speaking of which, "68" has excellent food. Located at 68 Greenpoint Ave, it has the same owners but a more mature vibe than little sister bar Coco 66/Cheaters. I've eaten there twice in recent weeks and been impressed. Contemporary American, much of the food has a nice, subtle, hot pepper underkick. Goat cheese creme brulee w/beets, and the churros with two dipping sauces for dessert were delicious. And $1 oysters are offered everyday from 5-8.

Karczma is a 6-month old Polish restaurant closer up to Manhattan at 136 Greenpoint Ave. With the same owner as the place with the 2 giant knights outside on Manhattan btw Nassau/Norman, I like this one way better. "Karczma" means old country farmhouse in Polish, and the interior and food reflect this name. With waitresses dressed in traditional Polish frocks, farm-y decor, festive Polish music as the soundtrack, I really like this place. White borscht garnished with bacon and mashed potatoes comes in a bread bowl (LOVE THIS!), and the polish platter tastes as good as the food my Polish aunts made. Actually, better. Cheap, delicious, filling, w/friendly efficient staff makes me a big fan. My new go-to Polish joint.

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