1. Achilles Heel
Address: 180 West St.
With all the action on rapidly developing Manhattan Avenue, Greenpoint's main drag, it's easy to forget the neighborhood's gritty nautical roots. But at Achilles Heel, the latest venture from Brooklyn restaurateur Andrew Tarlow (Diner, Marlow & Sons, Marlow & Daughters, Roman's, Reynard), the waterfront beyond plays center stage. Original mirrors and a stunning, well-worn hardwood bar evoke the space's past as a 20th-century tavern that once catered to the needy dockworkers across the way. In the evenings, settle in with a glass of crisp, natural wine, like the Mosse Chenin Blanc. Or, after an all-night romp, find morning salvation in a perfectly pulled espresso or a.m. appropriate highball.