Esme

4.5
124 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Esme is a lively American Bistro focused on being the very best at delivering delicious, affordable and exciting food, service and drink. We offer a rotating menu, a full cocktail bar, and patio dining during fair weather. It is our goal to be Greenpoint's favorite restaurant now and for years to come.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.7

Esme is our favorite brunch place in Greenpoint.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 124 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal at Esme. We had a couple hours free while our daughter was with a sitter so we came for a birthday dinner for my husband along with our 4 month old. We were greeted with some sparkling wine for the occasion which was quite lovely. We each ordered a cocktail and burgers (one vegetarian and one traditional) and thoroughly enjoyed them. We shared a beer on our way out (which they generously split for us) and they even sent us on our way with a birthday dessert. So thoughtful! Amazing experience from start to finish. So glad we chose them for our date night!

OT
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Loved the outdoor seating area! Waiters forgot about 2 drink orders but ended up comping them! Def try the bistro steak. The Erika Marie cocktail with mezcal and aperol is my new favorite drink. Strawberry shortcake dessert is perfect.

OT
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

This was an awful experience. I've lived in Greenpoint for 15 years, and this was my first time trying Esme. Terrible and dismissive service, no attention to detail, our waiter forgot to bring almost everything we asked for -- it was almost comical. The food was decent at best; certainly not worth the prices if the service is that bad. Dessert was actually disgusting, unfortunately. Pretty rare to find a dessert that leaves you feeling even worse about the meal. Oh well.. Will never come back and recommend to all that they avoid. Plenty of good restaurants in the neighborhood not to need one that pretends to care.

Esme
Responded on 4 August 2019

As your neighbor & the owner of Esme, I can promise you we care. It sounds like in addition to our comedy of errors, we were also oblivious. I sincerely apologize as that is the opposite of what we aim for and usually achieve. If you would be open to a further conversation, please shoot me a note. It sounds like we won't get a second chance, but if you change your mind, we will change yours.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service as always!

MF
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Warm and friendly environment with well prepared comfort food and a good array of cocktails.

SF
Miami
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The team at Esme is always very accommodating and helpful. I enjoy coming in regularly for any of the different meal periods (brunch, dinner). Food quality is good as well as presentation. I must say the though, the calamari was undercooked last time I had it. BUT (and most importantly) they always come through with the wine service. Good recommendations and never an empty glass!!!

N
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. Perfect sized portions. The drinks were delicious!

V
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Friendly neighborhood restaurant. Good food and service. Went for dinner and will return for brunch.

y
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Great cocktails, the calamari was delicious as was the watermelon salad. The mussels were delicious but most shells were empty. great for the candlelit ambiance and the wonderful service!

C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Literally perfect. I love Nathan & Ksenya and the back patio and the food and the air and life. Yay summer @ Esme.

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food. Very good cocktails. Would go again asap!

C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent drinks, entrees, and desserts. A little pricey, but worth the occasional splurge.

MD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The waitresses wasn’t that friendly or communicative, more robotic

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent!

WL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Esme never disappoints! Highly recommended! It’s one of our favorites!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our wedding anniversary and it could not have been more perfect! I can not thank Esme enough for the most beautiful evening with wonderful food and great service. Thank you!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 5

A couple of us felt sick after eating the veggie burger - me so much so that I ended up getting actually sick later that night. Everything else was good, so I’d go back but just not get that burger.

M
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We picked Esme for a pre-show (St Vitus) dinner with friends. It was exceptional. The service was friendly and great - timing of orders, water refills, delivery of food, clearing plates. The cocktails that we tried were awesome. Food was excellent - we had the crispy calamari to start and would highly recommend it. Nearly everyone at the table had burgers, which doesn’t sound like a big deal. BUT: we all ordered at different temps, with different toppings/buns/etc - and every one of them was perfect.
We appreciate the efforts of the FoH and kitchen - thanks for an excellent meal.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food, great place.

JC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal!

D
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great cocktails. They make their own ginger beer. Filled up fast

SB
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Was there during lunch with some friends. We had a baby stroller with us and servers were very accommodating and allowed us to keep it open. We didn't feel rushed. Burger with pork belly was great. Get beignets for dessert!

CM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around great experience. Loved the vibe and all, but the food and cocktails were outstanding. Definitely will return.

JG
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was pretty good. I am from the South and the fried chicken sandwich was great. The bartender on staff was so welcoming and really enjoyed his service. Gave some great recommendations for bars nearby. Overall ambiance was really nice!

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

lovely and mellow. we felt very taken care of.

c
New York Area
210 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time having lunch at Esme, and the suggestions of our waiter were spot on. Fried chicken sandwich and savory french toast with tomatoes and kale were very good.

NB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Really friendly service from the house, and imaginative menu as well

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Valentine day

S
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Place is cute, service is great, food was OK- I thought a little salty. Would try again.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely amazing!

a
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food. We had the beet appetizer, mussels, cauliflower, and steak. Everything was great!

SM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently great service and food! Cocktails are delicious too! A Brooklyn favorite.

JA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Went there for a belated birthday dinner with a party of four.
Drinks were excellent.
Calamari appetizer was excellent.
Our dinners, Salmon, Cavatelli (2) and Polenta were all excellent.
Will return.

AC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such an amazing experience. The food was surperb and the service was fantastic. Thanks to the staff at Esme for making my night.

AS
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I celebrated our engagement last night in Esme. It was fabulous from start to finish. The food was amazing and the waitress was very attentive. To complete our wonderful night, we were told our meal and drinks were covered by the owner. It was an amazing touch and one we will not forget. We are so glad we stayed in this area in Brooklyn for our holiday from Ireland and we will defiantly be back to Esme to celebrate our anniversary! Thank you all so much!

EL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I LOVE Esme! We've been regulars for years. Wonderful service, great drinks and truly remarkable food. Great for birthday parties, dates, group dinners, anything really. It's a very versatile cool space!

JK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious fixed menu New Years dinner w wine pairing. Great food. Lots of generous wine pairing.
Loved it.

C
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The food is tasty and won’t disappoint. The server could have used some positivity.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always spectacular. Fantastic service, Devine food, and a cozy, beautiful place. The very best!

CS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Esme is one of our neighborhood favorites! We chanced upon it and haven't looked back since. We've gone there on date night and with groups. This past reservation was for a birthday. They accommodated our group of six (a quick phone call helped change the number from 4 to 6) and took great care of us. The cocktails are delicious and the food is excellent. Don't miss the tagliatelle!

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