What Insiders Are Saying
Esme is our favorite brunch place in Greenpoint.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Amazing food and service as always!
Warm and friendly environment with well prepared comfort food and a good array of cocktails.
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!!!
Food was amazing. Perfect sized portions. The drinks were delicious!
Friendly neighborhood restaurant. Good food and service. Went for dinner and will return for brunch.
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!
Literally perfect. I love Nathan & Ksenya and the back patio and the food and the air and life. Yay summer @ Esme.
Great service and food. Very good cocktails. Would go again asap!
Excellent drinks, entrees, and desserts. A little pricey, but worth the occasional splurge.
The waitresses wasn’t that friendly or communicative, more robotic
Food was excellent!
Esme never disappoints! Highly recommended! It’s one of our favorites!
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!!
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.
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.
Amazing food, great place.
Great cocktails. They make their own ginger beer. Filled up fast
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!
All around great experience. Loved the vibe and all, but the food and cocktails were outstanding. Definitely will return.
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!
lovely and mellow. we felt very taken care of.
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.
Really friendly service from the house, and imaginative menu as well
Place is cute, service is great, food was OK- I thought a little salty. Would try again.
Delicious food. We had the beet appetizer, mussels, cauliflower, and steak. Everything was great!
Consistently great service and food! Cocktails are delicious too! A Brooklyn favorite.
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.
Such an amazing experience. The food was surperb and the service was fantastic. Thanks to the staff at Esme for making my night.
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!
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!
Delicious fixed menu New Years dinner w wine pairing. Great food. Lots of generous wine pairing.
The food is tasty and won’t disappoint. The server could have used some positivity.
Always spectacular. Fantastic service, Devine food, and a cozy, beautiful place. The very best!
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!