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Anyone can think of a good place to take out of towners for a lunch in williamsburg near the mcCarren park pool area?

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  1. Not much by the park for lunch unless you want polish.
    I would recommend Marlow & Sons next to Diner by the bridge. They also have a great oyster happy hour or even go to Peter Lugers and get a awesome burger.

    1. I second the above--lunch is when you can usually get a table at restaurants that book months in advance, and lunch entrees tend to be much cheaper then dinner ones. If you're willing to try another part of Williamsburg you could have an awesome meal for near the cost of a mediocre one.

      1. Dumont has a great lunch menu and a garden that's really lovely this time of year. Not exactly a stone's throw from the park, but I don't think more than a 10-15 minute walk.

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        1. re: dianasiri

          Well, Dumont is certainly closer than Marlow & Sons, which is quite a long ways away from the park. Even closer is Dumont Burger on Bedford S. of Metropolitan, which is more of a bar and has a shorter menu, but as the name implies still features Dumont's stellar burgers (but do they serve lunch?).

          But I would guess that you'll be taking the L train into the neighborhood, which means that none of the above-named restaurants will probably be good for you. There are a lot of restaurants along Bedford Ave. and the surrounding streets near the L stop but the only problem is that very few of them are any good. There are, unfortunately, a lot of places to avoid.

          Your choices closest to the park are probably Mugs' Ale House (decent bar food, great inexpensive beer selection, noisy - but less so if you can score a table in the back), and Raymund's (very bizarre atmosphere, but good, and often very good, Polish food), which are both at Bedford & N. 10th. A nearby choice that I like a lot is the DOC Wine Bar, which is on N. 7th. a couple of blocks west of Bedford. The owners are Sardinian and friendly and serve some really nice wines. The food there is fine, but I don't know if they're open for lunch or not, and it's limited to cheese/meat plates, paninis, and little pizzas, so it may not be suitable for a more formal lunch.

        2. Head straight up Bedford from the "L" train and stop at KASIA's Polish Restaurant (near Muggs Ale House)...Tripe soup or borscht and a plate of pierogis should do it.

          1. Two other good options are Union Picnic on Union Street, about 3 blocks south of the park and has pretty good Southern style sandwiches, and Fabiane's at north 5th and Bedford, which isn't extremely close, but is very near the Bedford L. Their sandwiches are very reasonable and pretty tasty.

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            1. re: chompchomp

              That's UNION AVENUE in W'Burg...Union Street is elsewhere.

            2. I second DuMont if you're bringing out-of-town guests. It's certainly more refined than Union Picnic (in a good way - and without much price difference) and is within walking distance of the park. Sit in the garden.

              Another option would be Bonita - excellent mexican, great lunch specials - on S. 2nd& Bedford.

              Mugg's is closed at lunch time. Kasia's kind of sucks.

              1. I second Bonita, especially for the fish tacos.