Dziupla is a cozy, no frills restaurant on Bedford Ave in Williamsburg. The casual, brick-lined space takes up 2 storefronts on the busy avenue and attracts a crowd especially for brunch. The menu is comprised of Polish comfort food re: this is not diet food, it's all heavy carb & meat bombs (whatever). All of the Eastern European homey classics are represented like borscht and a large selection of doughy pierogies stuffed with cheese, sauerkraut and even duck . Entrées are very generous and include stuffed cabbage covered in tomato sauce, a spicy kielbasa, and grass-fed beef goulash. They offer happy hour specials all week and a bottomless brunch on weekends.
Duck into the space labeled Antica Pesa and you are transported into the type of elegance that rarely exists in an area like Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The space is sexy and hip with dim lights and high ceilings. The wait staff loves the restaurant and they are thrilled to tell you all the history of the space and the menu. Food here is Italian, with simple presentation and few ingredients or fuss. You'll find homemade desserts, imported cheeses & olive oils, and farm-to-table ingredients. Pasta is the star here- try the cacio e pepe or the schiaffoni all’amatriciana with guanciale, tomato, pecorino. Great for groups or a romantic date.
Fornino has opened its third and largest location, this time in the developing Williamsburg waterfront area. The casual, rustic space features a grab-n-go area for sandwiches, a sprawling dining area, and a large open kitchen with wood fired pizza ovens. The large menu offers a vast range of food great for sharing like antipasto of roasted vegetables, cured meats and salads. Pizza is the star and it takes the form of Neapolitan style. In a city with a lot of pizza competition you better come correct, and I'm happy to say the pizzas were great with chewy, perfectly charred crusts. Two of the best are the classic margarita or the tartufo white pie with 3 cheeses and black winter truffle. Great place for groups or just a neighborhood staple you can visit frequently.
Breakfast lovers rejoice- the palace of eggs has opened a Brooklyn outpost of their original concept. This particular location is easily 3x the size of the original, which at times can be uncomfortably cramped. Don't anticipate that making it any easier to get in, but it is worth the wait for some breakfast comfort food served all day. As the name would suggest, the menu focuses on everything egg. You'll find creative sandwiches the best of which are a massive fried chicken sandwich and an everything seasoning biscuit with smoked salmon, dill & horseradish cream. Much of the popular items have carried over from the original menu but Brooklyn-only items include a breakfast burrito with french fries and BEC tacos.
I love this place. No really, I fucking love it. Reunion is a corner café is located in Williamburg. The floor to ceiling windows flood the space with light so that it feels relaxed and airy. You can choose to grab a coffee from the counter or be seated at the casual wooden round top tables. The inviting space is great for brunch or working on your computer for the afternoon. The owner hails from Israel and his menu is charmingly Mediterranean. The colorful dishes are flanked with flavors of sumac, tahini, halva & spices. Their sabich bowl with fried eggplant made me die all over myself. The mixture of soft and crunchy textures with deep rich flavors of tahini made it one of the best brunch dishes I’ve ever experienced. I cannot wait to go back.
Randolph Beer might be one of the most visually interesting spaces in New York. Every inch of the interior has been painstakingly choreographed to have visual appeal. The casual interior has floor-to-ceiling neon murals, antique televisions stacked high, and neon installations. Running half the length of the space is a "beer wall" from which you may take as many pours as you like from the 20+ choices. It is an extremely unique & fun experience for all you beer lovers. The menu is craveable bar food in generous portions. Think shrimp tacos, burgers, fried chicken & warm soft pretzels. They recently introduced Friday brunch so you may get that menu 3x weekly. It's a great place for groups to congregate, drink beer & get loud.
Loosie Rouge is part cocktail bar, part restaurant, and part all day cafe. Each element could stand on it's own; very unique and all being done very well. The bar is quite large and rustic while the restaurant is small with white washed brick and thoughtful trinkets throughout. For the dining menu, food is New Orleans & southern inspired with classics like shrimp po boy & blackened catfish. Their sun-drenched cafe next door (Loosie's Cafe) is like an LA summer oasis. You'll find all day breakfast ranging from super healthy (charcoal detox tonic) to super gluttonous (croque bacon). It's a comfortable place to bring a computer during the day or meet friends in their large bar for great cocktails in the evening.
Sometimes, every once in a blue moon I take a break from eating giant mounds of meat. My body appreciates it, although it is certainly confused when introduced to the occasional vegetable. Modern Love is a newish vegan restaurant in Williamsburg that is comfortably loud and very casual. Definitely need to call out the service here. The staff was kind and patient, attentive but not overbearing. They make it a lovely experience. The food takes influence from comfort classics like chicken & waffles, biscuits & gravy, and shrimp n' grits; all veganized. The plating style is rather elegant and the use of spices elevate the flavor of each dish. Portions are large, you certainly won't leave hungry. Definitely a nice spot if you are looking to satisfy the non meat eaters in your life.
FRIED ARTICHOKE HEARTS WITH RANCH DRESSING
Mac & Cheese Bites
EGG SHOOTERS WITH PICKLED PEPPERS & OLIVE OIL MAYo, FRIED OYSTERS
ROCK. AND ROLL. FRIESWITH CHICKEN GRAVY, CAJUN SPICE, PROVOLONE & CHEDDAR
VEGETABLE FRITTATA - PEPPERS, ARTICHOKE, MUSHROOMS, ONIONS, TOMATOES, POTATOES & CHEDDAR
STANWICH - SCRAMBLED EGGS, BACON, ONIONS & CHEDDAR. SERVED WITH FRIES & MIXED GREENS
JUMBO BAKED BUTTERMILK PANCAKE with fried chicken SERVED WITH PURE MAPLE SYRUP
Poppy seed donuts
THE CURE - crisp rice, duck confit, cilantro, hoisin, sriracha, poached egg
AVOCADO TOAST - poached egg, za'tar, grapefruit
HOTEL LOBBY - 2 eggs, sausage, potatoes, toast
BREAKFAST SANDWICH – bacon, egg, cheese, mayo, home fries
LEMON + FENNEL DONUTS - crème fraiche
BIG BABY DONKEY - scrambled eggs, chorizo, black beans, avocado, cabbage, green chile, flour tortilla, sour cream
LOX FRIES - potato wedges, cream cheese, salmoriglio, capers
CRAB CAKES BENNY - poached eggs, bernaise, greens salad
Pinenut Sticky Bun
Southern Italian Benedict Pepperoni, Pane Siciliano, Pizza Hollandaise
Eggs al Forno, Calabrian Chili, Mozzarella, Grilled Bread
Baba au Rhum French Toast Rum-Raisins, Guanciale, Organic Cream
Lemon-Ricotta Pancakes Toasted Pine Nut Butter, NY Maple Syrup
Graham Avenue Pizza - Duck Egg, Bacon, Tomato, Grana