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May 11, 2009 09:16 AM

Classy meal in Williamsburg, NY?

I am looking for a restaurant in which to have a good classy meal - nice wine, good atmosphere, not too yippy though just something nice; unique, with an adventurous omnivorous menu. does anyone have suggestions? things like tapas places are fun, but would like to branch out.

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  1. Dressler IMO is probably the "classiest". Not sure of what your idea of unique is though. It's my favorite in the neighborhood. You might also want to consider Aurora or Marlow & Sons. You can find these all on menupages.com to see menus.

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    1. re: malibu

      Yes, Dressler is the go to spot... the rest all depends on how much your willing to trade formality for funkiness. More fine-ish dining in the burg: Marlow & Sons (Wood Block Hipster), Diner (Nostalgic Hipster), Rye (Nouveau Old School), Walter Foods(Nouveau Old School), Zenkichi (Japanese Speakeasy).

      And for pre-drinks with small meat & cheese type plates, Hotel Delmano (Nouveau Pre-War European Hotel Bar)

      1. re: thievery

        "Wood block hipster." I love that.

        1. re: thievery

          But where would I go for Old School Nouveau if I were a Nostalgic ex-Hipster?

          1. as someone else suggested, zenkichi is a lovely option, reminiscent of a dimly lit japanese ninja lair. each dining area is semi-private with a pull-down screen that shields you from prying eyes. you summon your server by pressing on a button. recommended: the omakase! it was ridiculously inexpensive.

            1. I know I am late but I have been feeding off Chowhound for years and it is now time to contribute. Just spent a summer living in Williamsburg and there is minimal Chowhound coverage so here are my comments:

              Traif is by far my favorite restaurant in Williamsburg (and maybe my favorite place in NY....):
              Despite the fact that you are not keen on tapas, it is not typical spanish tapas. Small plates of international cuisine. Chef selection is good value (if you are a party of 3 or more). I would go out of my way for this place. Need a reso whereas most Williamsburg places you can walk in most of the time.

              Pre-dinner cocktails with a very good raw bar (happy hour deals on both 6-7 weekdays):
              (few blocks from many of the names above)
              Raw bar is much better quality than some of the restaus below IMO.

              Walter Foods is good but very hit and miss re: menu items IMO. E.g. re: above, their shrimp cocktail is a joke.
              Favorites are the artichoke dip (amazing) and the fried chicken.

              Rye is good too. Similar to Walter but more old school vibe and more delicate presentation.

              Sweetwater should be mentioned in the gastropub conversation too. Same kind of thing as Rye and Walter.

              Walter and Sweetwater have back patios but Rye doesn't if that matters.

              Baci e Abbraci
              Simple italian. Not a particularly varied menu but they make a solid pizza napoletana and you can't go wrong in general. I like the pizza bianca and ask them to add tomato sauce.

              Not particularly classy but needs a mention on a Wburg discussion:
              M Shanghai
              Epic xiaolongbao - Steamed juicy pork buns on the menu
              Very good Chinese food in general. I am originally from Toronto where there is no shortage of amazing Chinese so I am a harsh critic and I love this place.

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              1. re: acr27

                Thanks for the post. You've obviously gotten around during your summer stay. If you're still there, I recommend you try Delaware & Hudson. If the original poster was currently asking his/her question, that's what I'd be suggesting.

                1. re: Steve R

                  Thanks for the suggestion, I'll check it out!