The best Williamsburg restaurants in NYC

Check out the best Williamsburg restaurants in NYC for everything from top-rate burgers to a perfect twirl of pasta
Lilia
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By Jake Cohen, Christina Izzo and Time Out contributors |
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New York’s best Williamsburg restaurants span everything from old-school steakhouses—where the waiters still wear waistcoats and bowties—to hipster-approved eateries, where the chefs sport nearly as many tattoos as the clientele. There is plenty of choice, whether you’re looking for cheap eats before (or after) hitting one of the best Williamsburg bars or great spots for brunch in Brooklyn.

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Best Williamsburg restaurants

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Peter Luger
Restaurants, Steakhouse

Peter Luger

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Much has changed in Williamsburg since 1950, but steakhouse institution Peter Luger remains satisfyingly the same. The porterhouse for two/three/four is the house specialty: dry-aged in-house and seasoned only with salt and clarified butter. While beef is king, it would be a shame to skip out on their extra-thick slabs of bacon.

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Agnolotti at Lilia
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Restaurants, Italian

Lilia

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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.

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Restaurants, American

Sunday in Brooklyn

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Unlike their name may lead on, Sunday in Brooklyn is indeed open for brunch and dinner every day of the week. The rustic three-story space offers cozy vibes and an outdoor patio. Dishes like malted pancakes with hazelnut-maple praline shine on their brunch menu, while pastrami black cod and fried togarashi chicken steal the show at dinner.

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Restaurants, Eclectic

Aska

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Prepare for an evening of attentive hospitality and Nordic cuisine at its best. The restaurant sports a moody, cool style with animal-skin rugs and wood tables covered in black cloth. The mean itself is prepaid for so you can sit back and see the inventive dishes whipped up from the kitchen.

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Pretzel Roll at Delaware and Hudson
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Restaurants, American

Delaware and Hudson

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Patti Jackson (Alto) looks to her native Pennsylvania for inspiration at this Michelin-starred throwback restaurant, offering mid-Atlantic regional specialties like chickweed pie, funnel cakes and scrapple. With a brunch menu, a pre-fixe dinner offering and à la carte menu in the tavern, you can choose your own dining adventure.

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St. Anselm
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Restaurants, Steakhouse

St. Anselm

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While not a steakhouse per se, classic dishes like an iceberg wedge with blue cheese and warm bacon dressing will please any purist. More adventurous eaters, however, can chow down on mains like the bourbon-brined pork porterhouse. No matter what item you order, be sure to wash it down with a choice from their extensive wine list.

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Restaurants, Mediterranean

Meadowsweet

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This bright and airy Williamsburg spot serves food as cheerful and refined as its décor. Under chef Polo Dobkin, the Michelin-starred restaurant cranks out seasonal fare with an emphasis on crisp vegetables (coming straight from their upstate Meadowsweet farm) and uncomplicated fish and meat preparations.

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Leuca
Restaurants

Leuca

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Chef-restaurateur Andrew Carmellini brings the flavors of southern Italy to the William Vale hotel. The dining room is split into two worlds: In the front, the ceilings soar above light-drenched marble tables; in the back, the dimly lit room has intimate leather booths. Either setting is perfect for their wood-fired pizzas, handmade pastas and roasted meats.

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The Commodore
Bars, Gastropubs

The Commodore

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The Commodore offers the city’s best cheap bar eats, served in a seedy venue where folks come to get blotto. The menu has all the drunk food your heart (and stomach) could desire like nachos, burgers and fried chicken. Once you've gotten some food in you, it's time to hit up some of their old-school arcade games.

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Restaurants, Peruvian

Llama Inn

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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.

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