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Jan 9, 2007 02:20 AM

Suggestions in Williamsburg

Hey 'hounders,
I'm planning to go on a food tour of sorts with a friend in a few weeks. I want to know what would be some great places that we should go to? I really want to try Egg (located 133 N 5th St) for breakfast (Is their coffee good?). Where should we go for a casual lunch or for snacking? Any particular bakeries or coffee shops worth visiting? Please offer any advice; I'm not from the area. Thanks in advance.


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  1. You can get the burger at Peter Luger's at the bar, weekdays only. It's truly great, and reasonably priced.

    Bedford Cheese Shop for, um, cheese, and other lovely snacks like prosciutto stuffed cherry peppers, olives, interesting drink selection...

    FWIW, The Brooklyn Brewery's tap room is open on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons. Friday nights is a madhouse after 8 PM, but Saturdays are quieter. Free brewery tours and you can sample all the latest seasonal brews. No food on premises, unless you count beer as food.

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    1. re: MaspethMaven

      I'm glad the Brewery's open houses are still continuing. I used to go there just after the Brewery opened. It was deserted! Which meant that I could hobnob with the President and with the chief brewer, who would be happy to talk with me about beer for as long as I liked, provided I had reasonably intelligent things to say. The beer, fresh from the brewery, ranks among the best I've ever tasted, far better than when served in bars. Is this still true? I bet it is!

      1. re: Brian S

        If you are visiting W'burg and are into beer, I recommend hobnobbing your way over at Spuyten Duyvil or Mugs Alehouse, two of the better beer bars in the city.

    2. Working backwards, I'd end my eating day in Williamsburg at Marlow & Sons. In the afternoon I might go for a snack at Zipe-Zape (Berry & Metropolitan). Lunch at Dumont Burger (Bedford & S. Something) or Pies & Thighs (under the Wmsburg Bridge).

      1. I have to second the Marlow and Sons recommendation. In fact, I'll second, third and fourth it! It's one of my favorite places in the neighborhood, possibly in the borough. I had my birthday dinner there the other night- everything was *excellent*. Their cheese selection, fresh oysters, delicious crostini and amazing entree specials... BUT, the most amazing by far (and save room for this!): caramel chocolate tart sprinkled with sea-salt. BEST. THING. EVER. I'm still having dreams about it.

        If you don't mind giving the same owners your business twice in one day, go to Bonita for lunch (or better yet, breakfast). Best Mexican food on the east coast, no doubt about it. Everything is fresh, authentic, straight from the kitchen to your plate. and bursting with flavor. If you go for breakfast, any huevo dish is delicious and make sure to get the cafe con leche. For lunch, get the tacos (the fish tacos have already been touted by Hounds as the best on this coast), and do not miss the fried plantains (the salty ones with garlic, not the sweet). Crispy and delicious with the 3 kinds of salsa on the tables!

        Other great places to check out: St. Helen's cafe for the best coffee in the neighborhood (I think they stopped calling it St. Helen's for some reason and now it's called "Cafe 1980," which is the year Mt. St. Helen's erupted, but that's not a good enough reason to change the name of your cafe). Anyway, perfect lattes and really good little pistachio cakes. On Wythe and North 8th.

        Finally, I'd say drinks at this new place Juliette on North 5th, right next to Egg/Sparky's. Great cocktails and beautiful space.

        Zipe Zape is great too- get the Chorizo con Diabolo!

        Can't wait to hear how it goes...

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        1. re: fiftyfootgirl

          Bonita sounds really good! But what's the address?


          1. re: chocokitty

            bedford between s.2 and s.3, i think. "best mexican on the east coast" is definitely stretching it.

            1. re: wleatherette

              Living in LA for over 6 years, I can honestly say if this is the "best mexican on the east coast" then I will never go to another mexican place again on the east coast. Over-priced and bland flavors. They don't have a hard liqour license, so their magaritas are wine based, ugh.

              1. re: Huffy

                What other NYC Mexican places have you tried?

                1. re: Abbylovi

                  I have been to a few, Yola's in Williamsburg is my current fav, reminds me of a place by my old house in LA, here is the rest that I have been to:
                  Bean (closed now)
                  Buffalo Cantina
                  Caliente Cab Co.
                  Creek & The Cave
                  Dos Caminos
                  El Portal
                  El Pueblo (the place on bedford, in the back of the bodega)
                  Gonzalez y Gonzalez
                  Mama Mexico
                  Rosa Mexicano
                  San Loco
                  Taco Chulo
                  Tortilla Flats
                  Vera Cruz

                  1. re: Huffy

                    Try Queens. Specifically, in my opinion, try Coatzingo.
           I've eaten in Bonita once and, while it wasn't as good as Queens, it was very good.

                2. re: Huffy

                  Yeah, seriously. Even Matamoros beats Bonita and Matamoros is not the holy grail of Mexican by any means... The chicken with chocolate sauce is like a perma-special, they might as well have it on the menu so we know how much it actually costs.

          2. Any great pizza or burger places in the area?

            1. Best burger is at Dumont, (or Dumont Burger, their pub-like mini outlet on Bedford), but Relish makes a really good one too.
              Fornino for pizza. My favorite is the one with fresh spinach, truffle oil and pine nuts.