While some might think Slick Willie was named after Bill Clinton, it’s actually named after one of Greenpoint’s famous residents, Willie Sutton. He was a legendary bank robber, a “gentleman bank robber,” so called because he never killed anyone. He robbed banks because “that’s where the money is,” and the FBI gave him the name “Slick Willie” in reference to how many times he’d eluded them
When we visited for breakfast, my boyfriend had the Benedict Willie, which piled poached eggs on johnny cakes instead of an English muffin, was topped with a chipotle hollandaise and came with a side of excellent home fries. Additional options for their benedict include chorizo and corn bread hash, salmon and capers, or lump crab and fried green tomatoes, all of which sound great.
My cheddar and asparagus omelet came with a side of grits and was extremely tasty. I also liked their chai a lot and, as someone who regularly makes their own chai from scratch, this is a big compliment.
The owners tell us they feel it’s important that the restaurant reflects the community of Greenpoint, and have been taking the time to get to know their neighbors – easiest for Jeremy, who lives right down the block!
While they don’t have their liquor license yet, they’re hoping to have it by November, when they plan on serving “killer classic drinks” and beginning a rustic themed evening dinner service and raw bar.
Slick Willie is cool, the décor is comfortable, and it’s located in a quiet Greenpoint spot that’s not over-run with restaurants. But I’d mainly recommend it because the menu is diverse, the food is good, and there’s a lot of potential…especially once the dinner and drinks roll out!
Note: Slick Willie is cash-only, though should you forget to bring enough money, there is an ATM in the bathroom. Yes, above the toilet.
Slick Willie is at 179 Meserole Ave (at corner of Newell Street)
Open 7 days a week:
Breakfast 7 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Lunch 11:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Weekend Brunch 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Dinner to be introduced soon.