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The best restaurants in Williamsburg

Williamsburg’s most excellent restaurants serve some of NYC’s best breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and bar snacks.

Amber Sutherland-Namako
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Time Out contributors
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Amber Sutherland-Namako
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New York City has some fantastic eating and drinking neighborhoods, and Williamsburg holds its own among the best. Hop on the ferry, catch the subway, pedal a bike or saunter over for some top-notch cheap eats, classic steakhouses, terrific pizza, buzzy new spots and special occasion destinations. 

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Best Williamsburg restaurants

  • Restaurants
  • Williamsburg

A shining jewel at the corner of Broadway and Bedford, Francie has been Williamsburg’s premier duck destination since it opened at the end of 2020. The fantastic waterfowl is adorned in a bouquet of vibrant flora before it’s presented tableside and its crackling skin is sliced to reveal the juicy meat inside. This dish, along with Francie’s caviar soufflé cakes, pastas and heritage pork all helped it earn a Michelin star in the blink of an eye.

  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Williamsburg

The team behind highly regarded Cafe China (which is expected to reopen in a new location soon) opened this Sichuan spot in 2017 and the crowds haven’t thinned since. Reserve a table in the buzzy dining room for a taste of Birds of a Feather’s best in class mapo tofu, tea smoked duck and spicy soft shell crab. Lunch specials are also available on weekdays from noon to 4pm. 

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  • Williamsburg

Caribbean-inspired menus including salt fish avocado toast and sweet plantain pancakes at brunch and braised oxtail, jerk chicken and jackfruit tacos at dinner top tables across Kokomo’s stylish interior and at its award-winning outdoor dining setup. Pair plates with rum punch and fun cocktails. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Peruvian
  • Williamsburg
  • price 2 of 4

There’s more to Peruvian food than citrusy ceviche and golden-skinned rotisserie chicken, though both are solid options at Llama Inn. This lively, light-drenched terrarium of a restaurant offers an array of vibrant fare that demonstrates the new garde of Latin cuisine.

  • Restaurants
  • Eclectic
  • Williamsburg
  • price 3 of 4

A Williamsburg fine dining spot, the revival of the Michelin-starred Scandinavian kitchen helmed by Swedish wunderkind chef Fredrik Berselius. A tasting menu will set you back a lot of dough but think of it as tickets to your own personal staging of a Netflix Chef’s Table episode, rather than just a dinner. Aska also has some of the most exciting foraged ingredients we’ve ever seen, making it Brooklyn’s quasi-version of Noma.

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  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Williamsburg
  • price 1 of 4

This 380-square-foot ramen shop from noodle whiz Yuji Haraguchi specializes in ichi ju san sai—a traditional Japanese meal of one soup and three side dishes—for breakfast and lunch. For dinner, snag a seat at the four-stool counter overlooking the open kitchen, where Haraguchi turns out a reservations-only, daily-changing ramen tasting.

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  • Pizza
  • Williamsburg
  • price 2 of 4

You'd never know it from the modest digs and $3 slices, but this Williamsburg pizza joint boasts a serious pedigree. Occupying the former Brooklyn Star space, it's backed by the owners of Roberta's, who tapped Pulino's alum Frank Pinello as pizzaiolo. He's turning out pies topped with seasonal vegetables and local goods; the house-special Grandma pizza, available only by the square slice, features anchovy-laced plum tomato sauce and mozzarella. Perch on one of 16 wooden seats if you like, or take your grub to go—the food, not the ambience, is the real draw here.

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  • Steakhouse
  • Williamsburg
  • price 2 of 4

While not a steakhouse per se, classic dishes like an iceberg wedge with blue cheese and warm bacon dressing will please any purist, and mains like the bourbon-brined pork porterhouse are terriffic, too. Whatever you order, be sure to pair it with a choice from the extensive wine list.

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  • American creative
  • Williamsburg
  • price 2 of 4

Marlow and Sons is a pioneer in rustic looks and farm-to-table fare. This neighborhood afternoon coffee shop transforms into an eatery with a seasonal menu come nightfall. In the back room, an oyster shucker cracks open the catch of the day, while a bartender churns out potent drinks. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Williamsburg

A satisfying $10 lunch special, $18 three-course prix fixe, wide variety and generously portioned plates that actually pack some heat make Atithi an excellent neighborhood restaurant worth going out of your way for. We’ve recently enjoyed the cauliflower pakora and spicy lamb saag. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bars
  • Wine bars
  • Williamsburg
  • price 2 of 4

Walk into co-owner (and former LCD Soundsystem frontman) James Murphy’s intimate, convivial natural-wine–focused restaurant, and you’re in for a treat. A roster of daily specials keeps you on your toes, and the drinks are abundant. Think of this spot as a Wine 101 class.

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  • Italian
  • Williamsburg
  • price 2 of 4

Red-sauce joints like this are tailor-made for old-school standbys, not novelties. Forget the sides of vegetables when heaping portions of penne alla vodka, baked ziti and chicken parm hit the spot. When so much of Williamsburg feels unrecognizably new, Bamonte’s holds the torch for neighborhood charm.

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  • Soul and southern American
  • Williamsburg
  • price 1 of 4

The undisputed star of this fried food fave is the moist chicken with irresistibly crispy batter, but the sides keep us coming back. Order the Superbowl, with baked beans, hush puppies, collards and your choice of corn bread or biscuits. Make sure to leave room for the banana cream pie.

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  • Restaurants
  • Diners
  • Williamsburg
  • price 2 of 4

The menu is small but mighty (and ever-changing) at this much-lauded spot from restaurateur Andrew Tarlow. One of the first establishments to put Brooklyn on the map as a culinary destination, the kitchen is still firing on all cylinders almost two decades later.

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  • Steakhouse
  • Williamsburg
  • price 4 of 4

Yes, Peter Luger is overhyped. And, yes, we think there are better steakhouses in New York. But Peter Luger is really quite a scene and consistently one of Williamsburg’s most fun spots. The porterhouse for two, three or four is the house specialty:
dry-aged in-house and seasoned with only salt and clarified butter.

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  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Williamsburg
  • price 3 of 4

A wood-burning oven is at the heart of chef Al Di Meglio’s kitchen, where you’ll find bubbling pizzas topped with seasonal ingredients like zucchini flowers and house-made mozzarella. While Williamsburg can be so hipster it hurts at times, this spacious restaurant focuses on keeping to tradition with modern touches.

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  • American
  • Williamsburg

Pheasant has retained its true neighborhood feel, despite being located in one of the city's most buzzy neighborhoods. On warmer nights, head to the backyard for Mediterranean bites. Begin with the house focaccia and marinated olives (who doesn't love a bread basket?) followed roasted scallops with fried artichokes and a glass (or glasses) of wine. 

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Williamsburg
  • price 2 of 4

It’s a rare thing: a Brooklyn bar that offers DJ-fueled liveliness inside and a relaxing kick-back-with-cocktails space outside. But that’s exactly what you’ll find at the nightlife haunt Midnights, plus a few empanada varieties for snacking.

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  • Italian
  • Williamsburg
  • price 2 of 4

James Beard Award–winning chef Missy Robbins continues to pack her Italian stunner with guests who come from far and wide for her rightfully famous, al dente pasta. You can’t scroll through your Instagram feed without hitting gorgeous shots of her long mafaldine noodles with pink peppercorns.

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  • Restaurants
  • American
  • Williamsburg
  • price 3 of 4

Unlike the name suggests, 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.

The Commodore
  • Bars
  • Gastropubs
  • Williamsburg
  • price 2 of 4

The Commodore offers some of the city’s best cheap bar eats, served in a divey 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 its old-school arcade games.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Williamsburg
  • price 2 of 4

Lilia’s James Beard Award–winning chef Missy Robbins is serving her famous pasta and vegetable dishes in another space, which has a pasta-making room that’s visible to diners and passersby alike. Witness the chefs prepare starchy specials like fettuccine bathed in buffalo butter, corzetti peppered with Sun Gold cherry tomatoes and summer herbs, and Sardinian gnocchi packed with clams, sea beans and saffron.

  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Williamsburg

Named after owner Nate Adler’s Queens-born grandmother, this eatery offers updated luncheonette-style dining (there’s an Instagrammable mural and retro plateware). Try the deli sandwiches stacked with egg and cheese, whitefish or chicken schnitzel.

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