guide to williamsburg dining

The area of Williamsburg, Brooklyn has evolved considerably in the last decade. Once a neighborhood full of warehouses & loft spaces, it has been completely transformed and modernized. Real estate developers and restauranteurs have flocked here, redeveloping the area into a highly sought after destination. What was once (and still may be) a hipster mecca, is now equipped with the likes of Starbucks, Wholefoods, and Apple. While I have mixed feelings about corporate America taking over this place, there is no doubt that the food scene is remarkable. Here is where to eat:


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12 chairs

Mediterranean fare featured in a laid-back, rustic setting.

342 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249

traif

Pork-focused American eatery

229 S 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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Sunday in Brooklyn

American restaurant with a marketplace, barroom & upstairs dining room & garden.

348 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249

photo: Thrillist

photo: Thrillist

Maison premiere

Oysters, cocktails & small plates in a New Orleans-styled setting 

298 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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rider

Bi-level bistro for eclectic American small plates & cocktails in the National Sawdust venue.

80 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Delaware & Hudson

Petite American restaurant serving farm-to-table fare & fixed-price dinner.

135 N 5th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

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fornino

Trendy pizzeria offering wood-fired pies, sandwiches, Italian dishes & cocktails.

291 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249

photo: Gourmadela

photo: Gourmadela

Lilia

Sunny Italian place offering wood-fired Italian fare & housemade pastas.

567 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

photo: Peter Luger 

photo: Peter Luger 

Peter luger

Cash-only steak icon where old-school waiters serve aged beef in a German beer hall setting.

178 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

photo: Village Voice

Fette sau

Popular dry-rub BBQ, beer & bourbon purveyor with an industrial decor 

354 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

photo: Time Out

photo: Time Out

Extra fancy

Crab-shack-chic eatery serving New England-style seafood plates, creative cocktails & craft beer.

302 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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emmy squared

Detroit-style square pizzas & signature burger in a spacious 

364 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Reynard

Set in the Wythe Hotel, this upscale New American eatery offers seasonal eats 

80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249

photo: Pintrest

photo: Pintrest

Allswell

American pub with a daily changing menu served in an old-time setting

124 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

photo: NY Times 

photo: NY Times 

OKONOMI // YUJI Ramen

Small Japanese place serving ramen at night & a traditional set breakfast & lunch menu by day.

150 Ainslie St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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Egg shop

Sunny little cafe focusing on everything egg including creative sandwiches

151 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012

photo: yelp

photo: yelp

Pies & thighs

Fried chicken headlines a menu of Southern specialties, including signature pies for dessert.

166 S 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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gotan

Modern coffee shop featuring espresso drinks & daytime fare in a spacious, industrial-chic space

258 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249

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llama inn

Restaurant for seasonal, shareable Peruvian dishes & Latin cocktails.

50 Withers St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

photo: Pinterest

photo: Pinterest

Café mogador

Moroccan tagines, couscous & more in comfy yet charming quarters.

133 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249

photo: Motorino

photo: Motorino

Motorino

Casual restaurant featuring artisanal, Neapolitan-style thin-crust pizzas 

139 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

photo:  meadowsweet

photo:  meadowsweet

meadowsweet

Mediterranean-influenced New American dishes in casually hip digs with a bar.

149 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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Lighthouse

East Williamsburg corner restaurant offering New American fare & a raw bar.

145 Borinquen Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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Kings county imperial

Modern Chinese haunt serving dishes made with local ingredients, including some from its own garden.

20 Skillman Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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Marlow & sons

A New American menu with a farm-fresh emphasis is updated daily

81 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11249

photo: St. Anselm

photo: St. Anselm

St anselm

Steaks & grilled seafood are the specialty of this unassuming, brick-walled spot.

355 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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Diner

Retro railcar environs & seasonal New American eats 

85 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11249