The 8 Williamsburg restaurants you need to know about
There are plenty of places to eat in Brooklyn's hippest neighborhood. Here's where to start.
New York City’s epicenter of cool, Williamsburg, has one of the most exciting (and fastest-growing) collections of quirky cafes, late-night, and creative restaurants in Brooklyn. Even if you don't live in this northern Brooklyn neighborhood, you'll want to cross the East River just for the side of candied bacon at Egg, or Birds of a Feather's homemade tofu pudding. From the trendier spots off Bedford Avenue to the lesser-known standouts scattered on side streets, Williamsburg is waiting to be devoured.
The mother of all udon restaurants, this restaurant excels when it comes to bowls of Japanese noodle soup. Umami-packed broths, served both steamy and chilled, are swirled with homemade noodles and topped with your choice of tempura shrimp, braised pork belly, or Japanese curry.
One of the hottest seats in New York City since it opened in 2016 (you might want to try snagging a spot at the bar), this pasta-focused Italian restaurant inhabits a former auto body shop. Some of the simplest menu items, like the swirly mafaldini with pink peppercorns and Parmigiano Reggiano, are are the standouts.
Williamsburg’s original brunch destination, Egg, serves up Southern-style platters of eggs, biscuits, sausage and all the gravy you can handle up until dinnertime each day. Order a sweet tea and a side of candied bacon to do it right.
Since 1887, this old-school steakhouse nestled under the Williamsburg Bridge has been serving dry-aged steaks, thick-cut bacon, and homemade desserts dressed in schlag (i.e. whipped cream). By the time the bill arrives — cash only, please —your pants buttons should be sufficiently bursting.
This New Orleans-inspired absinthe and raw bar is known for its happy hour, when freshly shucked oysters and clams start at $1.25 each. When the weather warms, locals fill the secret garden-style outdoor space, and sip absinthe piña coladas.
Chef Patti Jackson’s $65 prix fixe menu is inspired by the mid-Atlantic, from Baltimore to Buffalo, and constantly changes based on market availability. Expect shareable small bites (chive blossom fritters; morel mushroom and cheese tarts) and unusual meats like rabbit leg and wall-eyed pike. Save room for the optional cheese course at the end.
From the Michelin-starred team of Manhattan’s Café China, this new Sichuan restaurant mixes classic plates (tea-smoked duck and Ma Po tofu) with cuisine-crossing creations like pork and okra eggs rolls, or the braised pork belly with Japanese-style tofu.
A neighborhood favorite for shameless gluttony, this barbecue joint is best known for serving slow-cooked meats, and selling beer from the half pint up to the gallon. On a special occasion, request a rare rye from the bar’s extensive whiskey library (like the 15-year Ezra Brooks "sippin' whiskey."