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Mar 8, 2012 08:22 PM

Williamsburg lunch thats close to subway

My boyfriend and I are going to NYC for four days and want to visit Brooklyn especially Williamsburg. It's our first time going to Brooklyn and want to find some tasty foods. I've been reading some things and saw that there is a peroige (spelling?) place that sounds amazing. We like a variety of foods like falafel, indian, mexican ( I really would like to try authenic mexican but I still like tex/mex) , homemade pasta/italian, etc. We would prefer to spend 10-30$ total because we will be sharing plates as we do not eat alot. So we would get one dish or a couple small things. We kinda want to do a tasting and try a small thing at a few restaurants. Also we want to find a amazing coffee place that has fair trade, organic beans. We have very good coffee in our area so we always love finding new types. Thanks for your help!

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  1. Mexican is sadly not so great in NYC, and Williamsburg doesn't excel at the cuisines you listed above. There are tons of good coffee places in Williamsburg; specifically, Oslo, Gimme!, Blue Bottle, Porto Rico and Toby's. I'll have a think about more places!

    133 Roebling St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

    Gimme! Coffee
    495 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

    Porto Rico Importing Co.
    636 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

    Blue Bottle Coffee
    160 Berry St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

    Toby's Estate Coffee
    125 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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    1. re: chompchomp

      While there is this long-perpetuated rumor that Mexican food is bad in New York, I trust my experience more than the mumblings of disgruntled Californians, who just aren't used to the cold winters and grimey summers. No offense intended to anyone, just having fun. If you're in Williamsburg, there is excellent Mexican food, not authentic like you're eating in Mexico, but very very good. My favorites are Carino, Taco Chulo, La Esquina, and Mole. The last two are Manhattan transplants, and the first two are just local places. There's so much great food around here.

      Taco Chulo
      318 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

      84 S 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

      178 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

      Cafe de La Esquina
      225 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

    2. "Second Stop" near the "L" train Lorimer Street station for excellent coffee and atmo.

      The "Oasis" falaffel place right upstairs from the "L" train Bedford Avenue stop (corner of Bedford) will come in well within your pricepoint...and on some days, Taim falaffel truck (a bit more expensive) is just around the corner.

      161 N 7th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

      Second Stop Cafe
      524 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

      1. Best Pizza on havermeyer isnt too far from the Bedford (or metropolitan) stop on the L. Meatball sub to die for.

        Best Pizza
        33 Havemeyer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

        1. La Superior has great Mexican street food and is definitely well-priced. It's about a 10-minute walk from the Bedford L.

          Saltie has amazing and unique sandwiches on house-baked bread. I'd highly recommend it.

          You could also try Fette Sau for BBQ.

          Finally, Allswell is just a couple of blocks from the Bedford L. It's a little more expensive than the 3 other suggestions I made, but I'd argue that it's worth the money! Depending on what you order (a couple of small plates and a burger, for example) you could get out of there for around $30.

          Fette Sau
          354 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

          La Superior
          295 Berry St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

          378 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

          124 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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          1. re: hannahcampbell

            The Bedford on the corner of North 11th and Bedford has just eclipsed its peers on the block (Cafe Colette, Allswell)... it's been a nice space since it opened in 2010, but suddenly it's hopping. Apparently one of the Chefs from Hotel Griffou joined, and there seems to be a lot of DJ set promotion.

            In any case, if you want, Chef makes artisanal tacos for on $5 at daily happy hour. Beats San Loco, although...

            In terms of lunch (well, really, daily brunch), try:

            * Currant jelly-filled wafflers with whip cream and candied pecans or *Pulled-Pork Hash with to over easy eggs topped off.... sole supplier of La Colombe Coffee in Brooklyn

            110 Bedford Avenue
            (on the corner of North 11th)
            Brooklyn, NY 11211

          2. Hey there,

            I live in the neighborhood and would highly recommend the following:

            Cafe Colette - really cool vibe - has an off-menu burger that is incredibly good. Everything is top notch. Try comparing recent reviews on The Bedford vs. Cafe Colette on Yelp and you'll get a feel for which is better.

            Fette Sau is probably the best BBQ in the city. Great bourbon selection and local beer too. Try the sausage, which comes with rolls, for $3. Pulled pork and ribs are delicious... everything is. You order everything by the pound, so don't let your eyes get too big.

            St Anselm - Across from Fette Sau. Pop over and try the grilled shishito peppers and a couple small items on the grill and some beer.

            Oasis - very affordable Mediterranean / Lebanese and pretty fantastic. I love their falafel, their Baba Ghanoush is delicious, carrots, tabouleh, etc. So cheap too.

            For coffee, Blue Bottle (on Berry St.) and Gimme (on Roebling). Both are top 5 in NYC.

            For legit neapolitan pizza, try Forcella. It's amazing. On the next stop (Lorimer) on the L train.

            You cannot go wrong with any of these, have fun!