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Sep 19, 2007 03:03 PM

Best of Williamsburg?

im actually at a loss here. ive gone to dumont and usually order the burger. ive gone to relish and usually order the burger.

i was thinking of trying dressler but was curious to know of any amazing restaurants in williamsburg...

is there anything good near pete's candy store or enid's because id like to go there for drinks afterwards.

thx in advance.

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  1. This topic comes up every month or so, and it tends to attract lots of quirky suggestions for neighborhood places that get very little praise - or traffic - from outsiders. There's a good reason for this, as most of these places are wildly inconsistent in both service and execution.

    You can count on the following being excellent, as well as expensive (for the neighborhood):
    Marlow and Sons
    Peter Luger

    Good value, but slightly less polished:
    Baci & Abbracci
    Egg (Brunch)

    Down & Dirty, but Delicious:
    Matamoros Grocery
    Pies & Thies
    Fette Sau (more refined and slightly pricey)

    Near Pete's Candy Store and/or Enids is sort of no man's land. Fette Sau is sort of nearby - but no more so than Dumont. If your final destination is Enid's, you might be close enough to justify sampling what Greenpoint has to offer, either at Queen's Hideaway, Brooklyn Label, or one of the local Polish joints (none of these will offer much in the way of service or ambiance).

    Search these boards for further details on any of these places - best of luck!

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    1. re: CalJack

      I haven't been yet, but I hear good buzz about Queen's Hideaway in Greenpoint. Agree with CalJack, that is kind of no-mans land. Is Union Picnic still around? I used to not mind that place.

      1. re: likaluca

        i've had several underwhelming meals at queen's hideaway. not sure if it's gone downhill or if i've just been unlucky, but i wouldn't recommend it based on my experiences.

        union picnic has closed.

        1. re: wleatherette

          OMG! I had NO idea! Damn, times are a changing.

          1. re: wleatherette

            I can confirm that both quality and care have fallen off in terms of preparation and presentation at Queen's Hideaway over the past 2 years.

            Somehow, the service has figured out how to get worse as well. Which is actually pretty impressive, considering how painstakingly careless it was to begin with.

            1. re: CalJack

              I would actually call the food gross. I know, crazy! But ours was AWFUL.

            2. re: wleatherette

              I agree. I've been twice. The first time, it was ok. The second time it was pretty dissapointing.

          2. re: CalJack

            CalJack's answer is excellent. Also, I highly recommend the huevos rancheros at Enid's during weekend brunches.

            1. re: CalJack

              Is A'shay good? it is around the block from where I live, but there is never ANYONE in there.

              I agree with Dressler and Marlow, and I would add Diner as well.

              Peter Luger I can do without.

              Fette Sau is alright, if a bit pretentious. Black betty is off the hook. Has anyone eaten at the new Biergarden on N3rd?

              1. re: Dee1111

                I had a really nice meal A'Shay. Simple, fresh seafood dishes with a lot of heart. Wine list is way too pricey though.

            2. lomzynianka is a favorite neighborhood polish restaurant that's right down the block from enid's. it's not destination dining, but it's good and cheap (although you might not have room for alcohol after a huge dinner there).

              1. Chai Home Kitchen is a good Thai place on N6th/Berry. Simple well made food. I once heard a patron say that he wanted to order two entrees in one sitting. Try the Japanese style fried chicken which is super tender, not too heavy, and has a hint of ginger. I've eaten there twice and I have not been disapointed yet!

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                1. re: bosun

                  I had a discussion with some folks recently about good places in Williamsburg and this was one of the answers:


                  My takeaway was that Le Barricou is one of the better places in the neighborhood.

                  1. re: dark knight

                    I like the break down of dishes at each place. Although, I have to say I found the suggestion for Raymund's fairly offensive.

                    1. re: bosun

                      Sorry about that. It was from a soccer message board whose readers are predominantly male (doesn't make it right). I should have just reposted the content and edited that line out.

                      As someone who only recently moved to Williamsburg, I also am not sure about some of the food suggestions (I've only tried a few of them so far). I don't think the Burgers at Teddy's are really a can't miss - hard to imagine eating any burger in the area other than Dumont - although maybe he's talking a little about the experience of the place. I also don't think Dokebi is any thing but mediocre to poor Korean food, compared to the real thing in Fort Lee, Manhattan and Flushing.

                2. for the record, we ended up trying dressler and had an absolutely excellent time. beautiful space, friendly staff, great food.

                  had a scotch at the bar waiting 15 minutes for our table (no reservations on a friday night...not bad). got a table outside on the last nice night of the summer and ordered the scallops and beet salad to start. the scallops were fine...the vegetables and bacon they were served with were delicious...excellent bacon. the beet salad came with a dollop of goat cheese and some tart...all excellent.

                  entrees were the hangar steak and short rib (delicious, perfectly cooked, great taste) and the veal ragout as an entree (less ragout and more like chunks of veal...was okay). for dessert...hazelnut semifreddo...absolutely delicious.

                  dinner for 2, with 2 cocktails, 2 glasses of wine, 1 dessert...$135...totally reasonable and very enjoyable.

                  1. By Enids...

                    Amarin on Manhattan Avenue has solid, dependable Thai. Not life-changing, but good quality, fresh ingredients etc.

                    Even better is the Thai Cafe, further up Manhattan Avenue (towards LIC). This is one of the first good Thai restaurants in Brooklyn (an old timer) and the food is a cut above the average Williamsburg Thai, IMO. The seafood dishes here are the standouts... I recommend Basil Squid. There used to be a connection to the Planet Thai people, back when Planet Thai ("Planeat" Thai?) was a tiny lunch counter on Bedford Avenue. Not sure if they are still connected. The Thai Cafe has always been a cut above Planet Thai (and I like Planet Thai... the Thai Cafe was always farther away for me. Proximity trumps the quality difference, for me). Again, not life changing but very very solid Thai restaurant.

                    That little restaurant near the park is supposed to be pretty good. I don't remember the name... Park Luncheonette I think. That used to be the place to go for a hot dog and egg cream. Now it's upscale... not my style. If you've been to Enids' you've surely walked by there.

                    Thai Cafe. 925 Manhattan Ave Brooklyn, NY 11222-1624 Phone: (718) 383-3562.

                    Amarin Cafe, 617 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY on Yahoo! Local, (718) 349-2788