Recently, Greenpoint has gained a handful of restaurants opened by alums from notable Manhattan spots like Babbo (Naked Dog) and the Lambs Club (Le Fond). The latest one, opening tonight, is Cherry Point, where the chef is Julian Calcott, a veteran of critical darlings Corton and Spotted Pig. It replaces Polish restaurnat CinaMoon on gradually upscaling Manhattan Avenue.
The endeavor is co-owned by Vincent Mazeau, an artist who made headlines during his divorce to J.Crew creative director Jenna Lyons. (You’ll recall that she played Hannah’s boss at GQ, on Girls— another Greenpoint connection!) But a press release for the restaurant focuses squarely on the food, starting with the housemade charcuterie.
In addition, there are share plates such as steak tartare with candied garlic, and larger dishes like seared skate wing with fava beans and lamb bacon. (Have a look at the menu here.)
The wine list was created by co-owner Garret Smith, previously of Fort Greene spot The Fich, in collaboration with Bill Fitch, wine director at Vinegar Hill House. Cocktails, priced at $12, incorporate posh ingredients like housemade root-beer bitters.
When he was an art director and a set designer, Mazeau’s company worked on fashion shoots, movies, and a Ghostface Killah video– his meticulously designed Soho loft was even featured in the Times. Here, he has made good use of mid-century chairs from the US Naval Academy and vintage light fixtures sourced from (hipster alert!) an old John Deere factory. There’s also a chef’s table by the open kitchen, so you can throw yourself a country-home-style birthday party and tell seven of your closest friends, “See? Greenpoint is really picking up! We have steak tartare now!”
Cherry Point, 664 Manhattan Ave., bet. Norman and Nassau Aves., Greenpoint; open Mon. – Sat. from 5:30 p.m. to midnight; 718-389-3828.