Take a Biking Tour of Greenpoint’s Old-School Favorites

Where you should go according to three Greenpoint experts.

We’re in the throes of bicycling season, and May even happens to be Bike Month. If you’ve been craving a leisurely afternoon ride with warm wind in your hair, the time is now. No bike? No problem. We’ve partnered with Citi Bike on this week’s giveaway, in which three lucky readers will get an annual membership. To help those winners decide how to use their newfound cycling freedom, we’ve got a guide to one of the most bike-friendly neighborhoods in Brooklyn: Greenpoint.

The timing couldn’t be better, as next week MOFAD is hosting an event called “Tracing North Brooklyn’s Polish Food Heritage” with panelists Annie Hauck-Lawson, Filip Stabrowski and Andrew Konopka. We have some of their recommendations, as well as a not-so-old-school one of our own, for biking Greenpoint and getting a taste of some of the best food it has to offer.

Follow the map above and find a Citi Bike station near you here.

Star Deli and Bakery
176 Nassau Ave.
This is the place to go for makowiec, a jelly roll-style yeast bread filled with fresh poppy-seed paste and lightly topped with sugar icing and sliced almonds.

Syrena Bakery
207 Norman Ave.

Syrena is a traditional Eastern European bakery that focuses on breads, such as olive loaf, whole grain and rye.

Peter Pan Donut and Pastry Shop
727 Manhattan Ave.

Spring colors!

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You can’t go to Greenpoint and not stop in to Peter Pan for a very old-school donut experience.

Krolewskie Jadlo
694 Manhattan Ave.

The experts agree: If you want authentic Polish cuisine, Krolewskie Jadlo is the place to go. It’s even gotten some attention from Michelin.

Tørst
615 Manhattan Ave. 

To add a little new Greenpoint to your excursion, you need to go drink a beer at Tørst, owned by the folks behind Denmark’s Evil Twin Brewing.

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Alicia Kennedy is a Long Island–born, Brooklyn-based food writer and recipe developer.