Esme

4.6
108 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 108 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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.

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M
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on April 27, 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.

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

Amazing food, great place.

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JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal!

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

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

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SB
1 review
Dined on March 26, 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!

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CM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 25, 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.

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JG
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 15, 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!

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

lovely and mellow. we felt very taken care of.

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c
New York Area
206 reviews
Dined on February 26, 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.

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NB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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

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

Valentine day

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

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

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

Absolutely amazing!

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

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

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

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

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JA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 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.

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AC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 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.

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AS
1 review
Dined on January 1, 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!

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EL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 14, 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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OT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Esme for a bachelor party, and they could not have been more welcoming, they made our occasion really special and went out of their way to take care of us. Such an amazing place!!

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C
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 1service 4ambience 5

Fantastic food and great atmosphere. Comfortable space, great decor and good service.

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KN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Potentially one of the best restaurants I've ever been to! Everything was perfect from the customer service to the outstanding food and drinks. I'll most definitely be coming back here a million times over.

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h
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They know what they’re doing at Esme. Great food and service.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely night

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l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were here for dinner celebrating 3 birthdays for family that flew in from the Uk.
The staff were really occomdating/friendly - food was outstanding.
We had such a great time!!!!!!

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NG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I ate there Friday night for our wedding anniversary. I noted in the app that it was our anniversary and they took extra special care of us - glass of champagne, desserts etc. Great food, great people, will definitely go again soon

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E
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our dinner here so much and saw other menu items that we would like so try, so we went back again the next day! Although we had originally dined at 6:45p the day before, this time we went around 5:30p and were surprised to see that they were on an “afternoon menu” that was missing some of the dinner menu options - so beware, full dinner menu doesn’t kick in until 6p. We were there long enough so it wasn’t an issue in getting the items we came back for. But all in all, the food was pretty good the second time, but nothing was as good or noteworthy as what we had the first night. There was a special off-menu carrot dish that was phenomenal, I had the polenta entree and my boyfriend had the roasted chicken which he said was seasoned to perfection and we both loved the “date cake” dessert! Would highly recommend all of these dishes and the ambiance and service!

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E
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent place - noisy inside but very comfortable sound level outside. Great service and food!

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AJ
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Don’t really understand the hype on this place. We went there for dinner. Made a reservation, arrived the restaurant and there was only two other groups in the dining area. It took forever for the waitress to take our order, and it took even longer (40mins) for the food to be ready. We got the steak and mussels. They came in decent portion. However, the taste, was...okay, nothing special. Didn’t worth the wait.

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AW
New England
10 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Decor isn’t great but the food and service are. Outdoor seating looked OK but it was too hot outside for us. Great cocktails.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Poor service. Flies in the restaurant.

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z
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely for lunch. Best fried chicken sandwich ever! Excellent libations! Must return for weekend brunch or a weekday dinner.

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E
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

skip the steak. the pasta was great. service was weak. tried something new - not impressed

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BF
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent! The backyard area was nice but there were bugs around and they went into my food by the end.

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KW
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Originally was booked at another restaurant, but was told they couldn't accommodate a six person party at the time I had requested. I searched around to find a place close by and stumbled upon ESME and took a chance. We were having an informal celebration of my recent engagement with both of our parents in town. The outdoor seating was perfect - a six person long table that allowed all of us to converse and enjoy the amazing weather we happened to have had that night. The food was great - ordered virtually every appetizer, and shared the steak dish along with the pasta dish. Service was phenomenal. Not overbearing, but attentive. I put a little note in the OT reservation notes about the fact that we were celebrating a special occasion, and before we left our server came by and gave the entire table shots. Couldn't be happier. Will definitely be back.

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