Randolph Brooklyn

Restaurants , Contemporary American Williamsburg
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Attracting a balls-to-the-wall crowd of twentysomethings one block from the Williamsburg waterfront, Randolph Brooklyn’s scene is unassailable. The décor could be described as “Applebee’s for hipsters”: The walls are covered with graffiti of Elvis, Superman and Wonder Woman, with a glass-paned garage door fronting the street. Patrons pack into diner-style red booths and scrum at the shiny concrete bar with trophy beer pulls, bobbing their heads to Pat Benatar as they endure the long wait for a table.

This place is all about the $25 cocktail pitchers, and rightly so: The El Pepino Fresco, a blend of tequila, St. Germain, cucumber, lime and peychauds bitters, is a lovely candied confection. Ditto the Cherry Berry, which mixes vodka and fruit juices à la a Cherry Lime Rickey. To soak up the booze, order a generous portion of Breakfast Nachos ($14), served with a topping of baked eggs and black beans, or the Crispy Cheddar Grits ($9)—savory squares of fried hominy served with jalapeño dipping jelly.

Feeling selfish? Try the Pulled Pork Benedict ($16) or the specialty, the Fried Chicken Sandwich ($16) with coleslaw and thick waffle fries dusted in Old Bay seasoning and panini scorch marks atop the bun. A new grilled-cheese menu features thick sammies loaded with fillings either sweet, like blueberries and white cheddar ($12), or spicy, like the Nacho Libre’s ranchero sauce and house-made tortilla chips ($12). The Memphis Style ($14) comes packed with mac and cheese and BBQ pulled pork, and the side of classic tomato soup is a Chef Boyardee flashback. 

The waiters are clearly overtaxed, but they at least try to get it right. If you want to lose yourself in youthful energy and you’re fine with a brunch that causes—rather than cures—your hangover, Randolph Brooklyn is your joint.


Venue name: Randolph Brooklyn
Address: 104 South 4th St
Cross street: between Bedford Ave and Berry St
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 5pm–2am; Fri, Sat 5pm–4am; Sun 5pm–midnight
Transport: Subway: J, M, Z to Marcy Ave; L to Bedford
Price: Average drink: $13. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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