Best Williamsburg restaurants
Inspired by Los Angeles all-day cafes like Gjelina and Sqirl, Gertie serves up bowls and toast with the soul of real New Yorkers. Run by Nate Adler (Huertas), Will Edwards (Marlow Collective) and Flip Biddelman (Huertas), the result is a gorgeous 70-seat spot off the Lorimer L train, in ode to Adler's grandmother, who was born-and-raised in Queens. Here, luncheonette-style dining made for 2019 (there's an Instammable mural designed by artist, Lea Carey). For brunch, you'll find egg 'n cheese on bialys (made in-house by Savannah Turley), the Gertie Breakfast (two sunny eggs, white beans, greens and toast) as well as squash toast. For lunch, there's rotisserie meats, provolone, lettuce and Italian dressing on a challah roll, a smoked fish dish (whitefish salad and melted cheddar on sesame sourdough) as well as a cauliflower melt (spicy cauliflower, pickled peppers and cheese sauce on sesame sourdough). For dinner, you can expect more rotisserie and pot pies as well as high-ball drinks with syrups made in-house.
James Beard Award-winning chef Missy Robbins continue to pack her Italian stunner with guests coming far an wide for her rightfully famous pasta. You can't scroll on your Instagram without hitting gorgoeus shots of her long mafaldini noodles with pink peppercorns or her soft-serve gelato, sprinkled with your choice of toppings.
Calm still exists off the main drag of Williamsburg. Hidden inside a relatively non-descript front with no street-facing window, is a magical Japanese brunch spot, not to be missed. House of Small Wonder is perfectly named, with an enchanting small tree, sprouting at the center of the greenhouse restaurant.
Any Lima lover could tell you that there’s more to Peruvian food than citrusy ceviche and crisp-skinned rotisserie chicken, though both are still solid option on the menu at Llama Inn. A lively terrarium of a restaurant disjointedly set beneath the BQE, the light-drenched restaurant offers an array of vibrant, Peruvian-inspired fare.
Walk into co-owner James Murphy, the former LCD Soundsystem frontman's convivial natural wine-focused restaurant and you're in for a treat. An ever-changing roster of daily specials keeps you on your toes. But what's guaranteed is farm-fresh, often seafood-focused plates that are as great for sharing as they are for complementing an education in wine class 101.
In the tiny sake bar–dining room, a postpunk soundtrack plays while chefs behind the scenes assemble tasty small plates. Entrées in miniature are nothing new, but rarely are they so perfectly complete: Salty-sweet sesame noodles, quesadillalike crabmeat wontons and cold silken tofu form a sizable yet delicate meal. Grilled eel is so tender that the lightly seasoned meat easily separates from its fatty skin. If you don’t take your sake straight up, an ice-cold Coconutzu Freeze (a sake-based piña colada) provides a high-voltage brain-freeze.
This tropical tiki bar serving up kiwi cocktails and Pokey bar snacks, also has sumptuous yuca fries not to be missed.
It’s a rare thing: a Brooklyn bar that offers DJ-scored liveliness inside and a relaxing kick-back-with-cocktails space outside. But that’s exactly what you’ll find at the nightlife haunt Midnights from first-time bar owners Devin Schuck and Raffaello Van Couten. The place is bursting with style—on a recent night, choker-necked locals sipped from copper pineapple goblets while ogling the shoes of high-fashion twins Cipriana Quann and TK Wonder—but it’s a kind of cool softened by that tranquil backyard and cocktails that don’t take themselves too seriously. (I.e. you’ll feel comfortable here even if you’re not too cool for school.) ORDER THIS: The cocktail list is as enjoyable to read as its contents are to drink; along with quaffs named after Bill Murray, Justin Bieber and Barry Manilow, there’s the refreshing White Girl Wasted ($12), a vodka cooler of fresh strawberries, a spritz of lemon and soda water that tastes like a grown-up spring break. The tequila-charged Lime All the Time ($12) is far less dainty thanks to smoky mescal, but pomegranate offers a tart-sweet balance. As for those copper pineapples, they’re employed for the jumbo-size MPK ‘Tiki Cocktail’ ($25), the Instagrammable pièce de résistance loaded with light and dark rum, coconut, orange and pineapple. You won’t remember posting a photo of it, but trust us, it’ll be good.GOOD FOR: Leaving behind Brooklyn’s Edison-bulb–lit bar scene for a slice of the sunny South. The drinkery’s outdoor garden is an ivy-covere
One of our favorite Middle Eastern spots in New York is Zizi Limona. It may not have the neighborhood's most exciting menu, but it's a reliable steadfast and true friend, that all diners in your party can enjoy. The falafel is a must-order.
It's a wonder that Pheasant has retained its true neighborhood feel, despite being located in one of the city's most buzzy neighborhoods. In the warmer months, we suggest heading to their little-known backyard while ordering from one of their Mediterranean bites. Begin with the house focaccia and marinated olives (who doesn't love a bread basket?) following it up with roasted scallops with fried artichokes and a glass (glasses) of wine.