4/30/2013 09:44:00 AM

Day One: Greenpoint’s Alameda Packs the House on Opening Night

Take it as a sign of Greenpoint’s craving for more stylish eats and nightlife that new hotspot Alameda - on the once-sleepy corner of Franklin Avenue and Green Street, in the northernmost part of the nabe - grabbed a standing-room-only crowd for last night’s debut.

“It’s amazing how many people came out for this on a rainy Monday night,” marveled co-owner Evan Haslegrave as the warm, dimly-lit room - which he and his brother/biz partner Oliver designed, along with nearby haunts like Paulie Gee’s and the Manhattan Inn - buzzed with a casual, young scene. Outside, locals stopping by parked their fixies along the metal fence.

Headed by chef/co-owner Nick Padilla (ex Brooklyn Star), the kitchen was up and running with a compact menu of nine bistro-style dishes that skew decadent, including oysters with cucumber mignonette; frisee salad with crispy pork belly and poached egg; fried baby artichokes with garlic herb aioli, lemon and toast; garlic and herb pork sausage; and a foie gras breakfast sandwich with bacon, smoked cheddar, egg, apple butter and pickled shallots.

Ten specialty cocktails from bartender/co-owner Waine Longwell (ex Brooklyn Star) range from classics such as a margarita, whiskey smash and Hemingway daiquiri, to house concoctions like the Saint Joseph Sour (Old Overholt Rye, Velvet Falernum, Angostura Bitters) and the Roberto Burns (mezcal, Benedictine, vermouth and orange bitters). The drink menu also includes several bottled and draft beers, half a dozen wines by the glass and a few more by the bottle.

Alameda is located at 195 Franklin Ave.. The kitchen’s open nightly until 12:30 AM and bar service continues until 2 AM.


  1. NOT IMPRESSED. The oyster shooter I came for they didn't even have. The oysters we ordered were way too salty and didn't even come with cocktail sauce or a fork. When I asked for a fork the waitress said it was unnecessary they were already loosened and don't bring a fork. Yet we had to use drink straws to loosen our oysters. No quality, plenty of tattoos though, what else is new in tis neighborhood, should have stuck with my $6 delicious happy hour drinks at the pencil factory down the street.