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Good Restaurants in Williamsburg

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Hello. I'm searching for good restaurants I may have missed.

Restaurants I thought were pretty good: Marlow and sons, the Diner, Dumont (not Dumont Burger on Bedford though), Egg, Mexican food in back of market
"eh"/mediocre: Roebling tea room, Fette Sau, Fornino, Taco chulo. shanghai dumpling place, snacky, relish
sorta crap: Thai on tai, Dokebi, Ginger whatever vegan Asian food, many many more...

Basically, are there any restaurants that are comparable to Marlow and son's amazingly simple, non-buttery, fresh, local ingredients and changing menu? The staff is amazingly snobby as well, but oh well.

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  1. if you're in the area, you might want to try queen's hideaway in greenpoint. my one meal there was disappointing, but many people seem to have had good experiences. the menu is seasonally-driven, frequently changes, and is often pretty short.

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    1. re: wleatherette

      eh, its been going downhill for awhile. I have been 3 times and the last 3 months and it is just getting worse. The menu is not as exciting as it used to be and they are always out of boiled peanuts...anyone have the oysters at Park Lunchonette?

      1. re: Huffy

        the boiled peanuts were the best thing i had there, honestly. i've not tried park luncheonette at all. any opinions?

    2. Dressler.
      Aurora.
      Bacci & Abbracci.
      None have the same emphasis on rotating seasonal ingredients that you'll find at Marlow, but all offer simple, fresh flavors and the occasional knockout dish, depending on the season. Dressler is expensive for the neighborhood, Aurora slightly less so, and Bacci is very fairly priced.

      Moto is a personal favorite for me, but it's a ways east (on Broadway near Hewes). Neither the flavors nor the interior are as refined as one might hope, but the ambience is transporting and the small plates, salads, and paninis are surprisingly diverse. Nice mac & cheese. Avoid the seared tuna salad special they occasionally offer unless you have an unhealthy affinity for ginger.

      Silent H has some promise, but you've got to like Vietnamese and appreciate the subtle twists they offer on the standard fare.

      Bonita veers between uninspiring and awesome in my experience - when they get things right it's a solid rendition of california-style mexican (enchiladas verdes con huevos recently brought me back on board with an excellent citrus-y bite to it, but then they were out of coffee AT BRUNCH and charged me for it anyway, which was not pleasant).

      Queen's Hideaway has lost much of the subtlety in its flavor pairings, but it still has a refreshing appeal and terrible service, so take that for what it's worth.

      Also, Diner is getting absurdly overpriced, which is totally not awesome.