Food in Williamsburg
I'll be apartment sitting in Williamsburg for 2 weeks. Since I've never lived in the area and the last time I ate there was about 2 years ago (only been to Planet Thai, Sea and Chimu), I'm extremely clueless about the foodie scene. I'm familiar with the city and flushing but am at a total loss when it comes to brooklyn so I'd love to hear some of your favorites.
I'll be at work during the weekday so I'm really looking for weeknight dinners and weekend breakfast/brunch/lunch/dinner. Are there any must- trys in the area? If you provide a few suggestions along with price ranges and cuisine types and dish reccs, that would be great.
I think my favorites in Williamsburg are:
CHAI - N6th/Berry - A few doors down from Sea, but miles tastier. Still very affordable Thai without all the sugar and tomato that Sea/PlanetThai add to their dishes.
MATAMOROS - N7th/Bedford - Someone else mentioned, but its in the back of a Mexican bodega. Cheap, very tasty tacos, sopes, tostadas, pozole, etc.
AURORA - Can't remember the exact streets. Metropolitan and Wythe perhaps? Nice Italian with some more creative dishes - some offal as well I think I remember. Nice brunch too - outdoor seating.
Hm, those are my three faves I think. UNION PICNIC is alright for hangover greasy southern comfort food, DUMONT BURGER has good burgers & mac/cheese, BAHIA on Grand Street does Salvadorean food including cheap Pupusas. RAYMUND'S PLACE on Bedford for Polish chicken noodle soup.
I haven't tried ZENKICHI, MARLOWE & SONS yet, but I want to, but my advice is to never ever ever eat sushi in Williamsburg. ever.
I too vote Fornino (delicious fancy pizza and not too overpriced--$20 will get an interesting pie for two with leftovers), also Spuyten Duyvil for awesome beer. A little bit further from your subway stop, but potentially worth the walk for brunch is the Park Luncheonette on Driggs. It is upwards of $10 per but very good and it's a cute spot (though I've heard it's been over-run since the Departed filmed there). Have also heard good things about Enid's for brunch (pub on Manhattan - again a bit of a walk, but they even have decent pub food and tap beer for evening eats).
Fornino is very inconsistent, you practicaly get a different pizza every time you go there, ranging from amazing to disastrous. Thar's my experience at least.
But really more than all I'm tired of seeeing their fat greasy Pizzaiolo standing out side the front door somking marlbloros, gelled hair gleaming in the sun. He wipes his hands on his ass and goes straight inside to make your artisan organic pizza.
I think they got rid of most of their troublesome staff but usualy if you tried to have dinner /order pizza, they always seemed genulinely, yet suspiciously suprised that you night actualy order dinner or would like to know something about their unique pizza's.specailly the "manager" that used to dance behind his little counter listening to his Ipod. I felt sorry for the owner to have these kids ruiing his business.
I love the"I have lived in Williamsburg for x years ..and ..I" credentials you can hear it in almost every possible context.. The fact is most (not all) the restaurants in the neighborhood are on the amature side and most would be shut down or severly fined if inspected by the DOH. If corny bistroesque places like Fabians and Juliette are even worth mentioning, this is a totaly differnt level of converstion about food. Let's celebrate original and creative resteraunts, okay?
Diner & Marlow
Joe's corner (he does it right)
Silent H (for trying)
SuperCore (2 years ago)
Dokebi do a good Korean BBQ, stands up to little Korea restaurants at least
And, out of loyalty, I love you Kam Sing!
I wasn't super impressed by Silent H but not as offended as you. The only reason I was forgiving was because the Chef came out to talk to me after I gave my honest opinion on the food, so at least there some type of an effort.
It doesn't really seem like they have much restaurant exp.(welcome to Wburg)
The renovation they did is really dumb from a $$ point of view, they took half the old (Oznots Dish) dining room and built a kitchen on it leaving half the potential seating area (where you actualy make money) coughing up whatever it cost build that kitchen (prob. above $25,000 with venting). whatever their excuse is for doing that, Oznot was doing way more covers than them without that setup, reality being the bottom line is pays the rent, not wishful thinking.
Unfortunately it looks as though you have happened on the least of all the dining in the Burg. Try Baci Arrabiaci on Grand for incredible home cooked, contemporary Italian, with an incredible garden. DuMont Burger for all your burger needs. Dressler on Broadway for all your high-end wishes. Diner also on Brwy. used to be something to recken with, but has since 2006 been on what seems a steady decline in both consistency and quality, the standards on which their business was built. Marlow and Sons (also on Bwy.) is great for raw bar food. Really nice raw seafood, a decent seletion of wine and booze. Best slice is on Lorimer off Metropolitan at Sal's. Brunch is great at Grenouille on Roebling and S.1st. DuMont (proper) on Union St. off Metro. is a great choice for inovative fish specials and hearty old school choices like Mac and Cheese, and killer salads. Cheers!
I've lived in Willamsburg for a very long time and as of recently, my neighborhood favs are:
Oasis next to the L train for MiddleEastern
Fornino on Beadford for Pizza
also the Pizza Gallery on Havemeyer (and N. 6th ?)
Fette Sau for BBQ (go early)
Madame M Bistro on Havemeyer (and S. 3rd?) for great Chineese
Snacky's on Grand (near Bedford) for good fun Chinese
Sappo Haru up on Manhattan Ave., east of Bedford, is the best Japanese around
Bonita on Bedford for upity Mexican
Diner on Broadway for anything and the best burger
Marlow and Son next door for fancy oysters and lite fare with wine
the new Italian place across from Bonita is very nice and sweet (but a tad pricy)
Supercore on Bedford near S.2nd for a laid back midweek hang with very healty and affordable menu items (Japanese)
... Gotta go now. Enough of my rambling but I could go on...
re: Ida Red
I just moved to Carroll Gardens from Williamsburg, and although I love my new digs and the opportunity to explore new restaurants, I miss some of my old favorites including:
- M Shanghai (delicious, nongreasy Chinese)
-Taco Chulo (ask for El Gallo burrito, it's not on the menu anymore, but it's so yummy)
-Bosu (great, unique sushi)
-Marlow and Son (the chocolate tarte with sea salt is incredible)
-Dumont and Dumont Burger (great burgers)
-Black Betty (great middle eastern)
-Spuyten Duyvil for beer and cheese plates
-Egg for breakfast
also do yourself a favor and walk over to Hasidic Williamsburg for some chocolate babka; it's delicious
mmm i have to go back there soon...
I would add:
Juliette on N. 5th off Bedford--it's a new-ish French bistro from the owners of Tartine in the West Village and the Delancey bar. Great steak frites and spicy chicken w/ guacamole dish. Laid-back, neighborhoody atmosphere.
Matamoras Puebla grocery. It's a mexican bodega on Bedford (b/w N. 6th and 7th I think), but if you go all the way back, they make authentic, delicious tacos, etc. to order. Get the pork sopas or huaraches with salsa verde...mmm.
Fabianne's on Bedford and N. 5th has great salads and baked eggs for brunch. Also good quiches if you're into that.
Lastly, I love Miyaki on Berry and N. 6th. Really fresh sushi, but the Korean food is also quite good. Get the kimchi jun (pancake)...it's sooo good.
re: Ida Red
Is that M Shanghai Bistro? I was favorably impressed withe Shanghainese food there, better and more authentic than I expected at what is basically a hipster bar. The xiaolong bao there were the closest to the true Shanghai version I've found in New York (not that I'm there often).
I had a good meal at a place my daughter's SO is very fond of, Moto. It's not Asian; "Moto" is for Motorcycle, the theme of the place. The food is what I would almost call Cal-French if it were in California.
There are a lot of posts on this board about dining in Williamsburg. A lot depends on where in neighborhood you're going to be, since there name "Williamsburg" encompasses a very large area and there are really 4 separate dining scenes there. Northside, Southside (around Grand), Southside (around the bridge), and East Williamsburg/Graham Ave., as well as some other places (there's also the Hasidic area south of the bridge, but you're probably unlikely to eat there).