Esme

4.7
154 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

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What 154 people are saying
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4.7based on all time ratings
4.6
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4.5
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4.6
ambience
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DassyP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service , great menu , delicious food . Will definitely return

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ioff13
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Esme was recommended by a friend who lives in Greenpoint. Food was very good and the server was patient and attentive. Good for casual dining with a friend with upscale food quality.

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WAIY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistent! Love everything about Esme. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Food is always great and the atmosphere is casual and easy. It's a great option and I'm so glad it's in my neighborhood!

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vipButm
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great service

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ChristineC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They are the most accommodating restaurant with food allergies. The quality of everything they have is always fresh and their servers are very nice. The ambiance is beautiful. And there is a great variation on the menu.

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PatriciaCM
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food!
Will definitely go again

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RebeccaB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were welcomed with a glass of birthday bubbly, given a dessert on the house and a digestif to follow. Really great, welcoming service, lovely food and very reasonably priced! Would highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great space. Relaxed Brooklyn service. Feels like home.

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SigmundM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yes, this restaurant was excellent. Great food (the chef really understands what they're doing), great service, great ambiance. Everyone was super friendly.

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CarinaC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is truly outstanding. Food is delicious. Definitely one of my favorites.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Good spot.

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JohnS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy the staff and the food! Would recommended to everyone, very nice ambience

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vipChristopherS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant in Greenpoint. We come here for birthdays and other special occassions. We bring out of town guests here. We even come here just because it sounds nice, as we did this time around. The food is consistently excellent and the service is wonderful. Don't miss the brussel sprout and beet salad, one of our favorite dishes in the city.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Brooklyn!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here for NYE and had a spectacular experience. It was our first time eating at this restaurant. Our meals were outstanding and the whole time we were there we felt the place had a great vibe with a wonderful staff. It is also noteworthy to say that it was great to have a delicious vegetarian option available without majorly changing the prix fixe menu. Looking forward to coming back again in the future!

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JenniferQ
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience and delectable food. Loved it!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food, the best dining experience in Greenpoint but in an understated and enjoyable way, incredible service. Highly recommend.

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MilesB
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was my second time at Esme. The first time was for lunch, this time it was dinner. I enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, and appreciate that the noise level was not too loud, so my group could have a conversation without shouting. The food was excellent. For dinner I had the grilled salmon, and it was cooked perfectly. Crisp and grilled on the outside and moist and tender on the inside. I will definitely be back.

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KGBK
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
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!

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missy
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
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.

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vipMarkF
New York Area
7 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

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MorganJ
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.

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LadyK16
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.

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Edalot
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!

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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damselinthisdress
Montreal
3 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!

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AlisonC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great experience. Wonderfully welcoming. Esme is a gem!

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

Updated menu is fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great spot. great food. great service.

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OpenTable Diner
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!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
5 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.

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OpenTable Diner
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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service as always!

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vipMarcFromNYC
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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

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SamFoley
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!!!

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Nicole
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Vivi
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

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dishdelish
Seattle
5 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!

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Charlie
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.

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Matt
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

FAQs

Esme offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (718) 383-0999.

Esme is rated 4.7 stars by 154 OpenTable diners.

Esme does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.esmebk.com/store/gift-cards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.