We moved to Greenpoint exactly three days before boarding a plane to Bali. Three weeks later, we returned back to Brooklyn jet lagged and sun kissed and wishing we could eat more of the delicious dishes we discovered while away. So, imagine our delight when we realized that Selamat Pagi, one of New York’s best Indonesian restaurants, was literally one block away from our new place.
Since then, adorable Selamat Pagi has become one of our favorite neighborhood spots. We love the vine-covered exterior, the ivory-painted tin walls, the pale wood bar, the sweet service, and — of course — the super tasty Indonesian treats. We mostly visit for brunch, when we can linger over turmeric tonics and Sriracheladas (a Michelada-inspired cocktail made of rice beer and Sriracha) and soak in the relaxing vibes. It’s a damn fine way to start the day. Which makes perfect sense — Selamat Pagi means “Good Morning” in Indonesian.
Order whatever. You really can’t go wrong. For brunch, we love the Nasi Goreng, a classic Indonesian dish made with fried rice, greens, a sunnyside-up egg, and tempeh or shrimp; the Spicy Beef Rendang, which is braised in coconut milk and comes with an egg and green papaya slaw; and the sticky black rice pudding with yogurt, mango and coconut. In warm weather, try to snag one of the two outdoor tables. Surrounded by bamboo and vines, you might almost forget you’re just on Driggs Ave.