Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

ESME, 999 Manhattan Avenue (between Green and Huron Street), Greenpoint, Brooklyn

I love when I get approached with a food dilemma. And it’s even more rewarding when I can solve it and then be involved in the eating part too.

For Urban Adventures, we often put together customized food and history tours. And this particular project was a very cool tour of the changing Brooklyn waterfront. We started in Dumbo and ended in Greenpoint and we needed a place with a wide range of food options that could seat a large group on a weekday afternoon.

Esme, which I randomly stumbled upon a few months ago in the northern part of Greenpoint, immediately came to mind. And they were happy to have us.

Since I got to co-lead the tour, I also got to enjoy lunch here once again and this time I ordered their specialty – the fried chicken sandwich.

Just like the tour attendees we brought here, I was very happy with my lunch, The fried chicken sandwich is only available at lunch and brunch, but it’s definitely one of the better ones I’ve tasted in the city.

Fried Chicken Sandwich at ESME

First off, they use chicken thigh meat instead of breast, which always makes for a much juicier and more tender sandwich. On the dark, sweet bun, they slather a bright red curry mayo that works nicely with the rich chicken. And for extra measure, they add a strip of bacon, because, well, it’s bacon.

And I haven’t even mentioned the french fries, which amazingly did not contain one soggy morsel and prove to stand up to the strength of the sandwich.

Esme is a little out-of-the-way for most visitors to Greenpoint, but I’m pleased that I could introduce it to a handful of newbies. And revisit it again myself. Price: $13

ESME
999 Manhattan Avenue (between Green and Huron Street),
Greenpoint, Brooklyn
(718) 383-0999
esmebk.com
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About the Author

Brian Hoffman is a classically trained actor who is now a full-time tour guide, blogger, and food obsessive. He leads food and drink tours around New York City, which not only introduce tour-goers to delicious food, but gives them a historical context. He also writes food articles for Gothamist and Midtown Lunch in addition to overseeing this blog and a few food video series, including Eat This, Locals Know, and Around the World in One City.

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