Esme

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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 136 People Are Saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great experience at Esme! From the moment we sat down to the moment we left, we were treated with amazing service by all the Esme staff.

Our server was attentive and helpful in recommendations for food and drink and made the experience pleasant. We went to celebrate a birthday and they were kind enough to comp our dessert.

Can’t recommend the food and drinks enough. The Steak Tartar was incredible, as was the Cauliflower Side and Beet and Brüssel Sprout appetizer. All of our entrees came out together and at a great temperature.

Will definitely be going back to visit soon!

m
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely ambiance and excellent food. My server made an excellent wine suggestion and was attentive without being overbearing. I ordered crispy polenta with a mushroom sauce that was perfect for a brisk winter evening. Hearty, savory and satisfying, the polenta was tender and rich underneath it's crisp surface.

MF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent renderings of classic comfort food. Highlights were the Calamari and the roast chicken. Great cocktails. Wine list tried to be interesting but didn’t wow

MJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Good meal and really outstanding, intimate ambiance. My mussels were done well and the cocktails are delicious.

LK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great restaurant. Super friendly staff. The cocktails were fun and addictive! The food was impressively delicious. My husband got salmon and couldn’t stop raving about it.

E
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Esma oozes with rusticates charm indoor and out. We had a lovely dinner outside on an autumn night- it was enchanting. The cuisine is flavorful and relatable and the staff really cares. Also- they have orange wine- the “new” rose- delicious! Check it out!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, as always. The waitress was attentive and very good, and the drinks were fantastic — as was the food! Just a wonderful place all around.

d
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The staff was incredible and space was lovely! The food was just not quite what we’d hoped - but maybe it was just in our order selections. I’d certainly try again!

AC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great experience. Wonderfully welcoming. Esme is a gem!

h
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Updated menu is fantastic.

OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great spot. great food. great service.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 August 2, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience5

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
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

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 August 4, 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 July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service as always!

MF
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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

SF
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

V
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

y
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

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 July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

MD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

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

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent!

WL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 May 18, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience5

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 April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 April 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food, great place.

JC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal!

D
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

SB
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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 March 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MR
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very creative dishes and nice chill atmosphere. We really enjoyed visiting with our waiter. Will definitely be back next time we are in town.

JG
New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

lovely and mellow. we felt very taken care of.

c
New York Area
212 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Valentine day