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Nov 10, 2009 08:06 AM

Williamsberg rec for this friday?

I need a rec for a place in williamsberg for friday. I'm going there with some friends.

Last time I went to Diner, which was really really good. I'm looking for something with great food and a reasonably cool place (Diner fit that bit last time)

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  1. I can't vouch for the food yet, but Mercat Negre recently opened on Grand Ave between Wythe and Kent, and the space itself is pretty remarkable in a rustic sort of way. Same ownership and tapas format as Mercat in Manhattan, so you could likely use that as a barometer.

    Walter Foods cultivates an atmosphere similar to Diner, albeit in a slightly more comfortable setting. The service is often as haphazard to what you'll find at Diner, but the food usually makes up for it.

    You also might want to try Rye or Roebling Tea Room, although I haven't been to the latter for quite some time.

    Egg is also worth mentioning for dinner if you're in a Southern comfort state of mind, although the space is rather stark and minimalist.

    I think Moto has the most interesting, offbeat aesthetic of any place in the neighborhood, but the self-described French-peasant-fare isn't quite as polished as what you'll find at the other places I've suggested. It's also a ways east of the Bedford Ave bedlam, but all the more charming for it in my opinion.

    Hope you enjoy your meal!

    (Wow, the automatic link-to-a-place feature is proving pretty cumbersome - anyone have any advice on how to tame it/add a place manually?)

    394 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

    Roebling Tea Room
    143 Roebling St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

    Walter Foods
    253 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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    1. re: CalJack

      «anyone have any advice on how to tame it/add a place manually?» Click on the + sign on the Manage Your Links bar. There you can remove incorrectly selected restaurants and add missing ones.

    2. I really like DuMont for the food and space.

      I have had a good time at Wombat too. Though it is nothing particularly special in terms space, but it is cool enough, and I thought their food was really solid and inexpensive. Plus, Wombat is across the street from Huckleberry, which has the most amazing cocktails (it also has food, but I have yet to try it).

      I second CalJack on Moto for the aesthetic and atmosphere, but I was not totally impressed with the food. Except for the date cake with toffee sauce at dessert, which I still dream about, and would travel for in a heartbeat.

      Have a good weekend, whatever you decide!

      394 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

      432 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

      1. le barricou is a nice place and their food isn't too expensive; they have a coq au vin for about 12$. i really want to go back and try their moules frites, too.

        1. thanks for the recs!