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Where to Eat in Williamsburg Right Now

28 essential restaurants to try in the neighborhood

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At this point, Williamsburg is synonymous with the Brooklyn aesthetic that has spread throughout the world. A huge part of that is a style of restaurant started by Andrew Tarlow at Diner, one with local ingredients in a hip, warm space. The neighborhood has visibly evolved this year to accommodate the outdoor dining landscape — with restaurants vying for every square inch of sidewalk and patio space — but that same vanguard spirit lives on, even as places adapt to the new restrictions. While some spots shuttered permanently or temporarily because of the pandemic, the remaining neighborhood institutions continue to serve ever more impressive food and drink offerings, and there are several standout new spots, too.

A number of NYC restaurants have resumed indoor and outdoor dining, as well as takeout and delivery service. The type of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the NYC Health Department’s website. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

For more New York dining recommendations, check out the new hotspots in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Hamptons and our guides to brunch, food halls and Michelin-starred restaurants right now.

Note: This is an updated version of a map originally published in 2017.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Barano

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26 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY
(347) 987-4500
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Chef Al Di Meglio’s lovely ode to southern Italy has been consistent since opening in 2016. In the shadow of the Williamsburg Bridge, Di Meglio is serving dishes at Barano like peeky-toe crab spaghetti and spit-roasted chicken with eggplant, all in a space that is rustic-meets-modern. The wine list is varied and approachable. There are bright orange tents and heaters for those who prefer to sit outdoors.

Photo by Daniel Krieger

2. Aska

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47 S 5th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(929) 337-6792
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Located on the edge of the Williamsburg Bridge, Aska comes from Swedish chef Fredrik Berselius and has two Michelin stars. Its seasonal Scandinavian tasting menus include lots of fermented and smoked flavors. There are only 7 indoor tables, and reservations are required, making it more of a special occasion place for diners interested in the experimental. The garden seating is open, but dependent on weather.

Wine glasses are arranged on a wall at Aska.
Aska
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3. Sobre Masa

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53 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(929) 486-0198
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This brand-new Oaxacan restaurant opened mid-pandemic, and its bright facade and sidewalk seats bring cheer to an otherwise glum part of the street. Its indoor space doubles as a record store and houses several large bags of masa, for the restaurant’s homemade tortillas. There’s a strong wine and cocktail selection, if diners can tear their focus away from the melt-in-the-mouth lamb barbacoa, yellow mole with mushrooms, or garnachas with beef and pickled cabbage.

4. Diner

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85 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(718) 486-3077
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Andrew Tarlow’s seminal restaurant has been open since 1998, pioneering the current farm-to-table, local, sustainable, nose-to-tail, etc., etc., movement in the borough. Diner is still cranking out new American fare that pulls in locals, with dishes such as brisket served with gruyere, a fried chicken sandwich, and whitefish and soft boiled egg. The options of the night still get scribbled onto paper covers on the table. Both indoor and outdoor seating are available.

5. Sunday In Brooklyn

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348 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(347) 222-6722
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A hearty brunch at Sunday In Brooklyn is, well, an ideal way to spend a Sunday in Brooklyn. Dishes include options like a roasted cauliflower dip with black sesame tahini, confit garlic, and buckwheat cracker; spicy togarashi fried chicken; and some highly photogenic malted pancakes at brunch. Outdoor dining tables are protected from light to medium rainfall, so a pleasant Sunday brunch here doesn’t need to rely on the weather.

Sunday in Brooklyn Bess Adler

6. La Superior

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295 Berry St
Brooklyn, NY
(718) 388-5988
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This charming Mexican restaurant has once or twice gotten a bad review for its service, but trust that the food saves, when it comes to tacos, quesadillas, and tostadas under $10. The torta ahogada here touts itself as the first in New York, stuffing a sourdough with carnitas, and beans and topped with mild and hot sauces. Outdoor dining is available.

7. Peter Luger Steak House

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178 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY
(718) 387-7400
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It’s unclear what can be said about Peter Luger that hasn’t already been said. It’s a New York institution, and the steaks are damn good. Order the porterhouse, and at lunch, get a burger appetizer. When making a reservation, diners can select between indoor and outdoor seating. The restaurant continues to not accept credit cards.

Peter Luger porterhouse on a white plate Nick Solares/Eater

8. Pies 'n' Thighs

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166 S 4th St
Brooklyn, NY
(347) 529-6090
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Very fine fried chicken and biscuits, and an even better rotating selection of pies, have kept Pies ‘N’ Thighs a neighborhood favorite for over a decade. It’s a restaurant that is keen on simplicity, especially when it comes to classic desserts like banana cream pie and sour cherry pie. Do not sleep on the bourbon pecan pie. Outdoor seating is available, and patrons can choose to order their pies inside, online, or by phone.

9. Dim Sum Bar

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167 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(718) 388-8988
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The flavorful shumai and delicate har gao at Dim Sum Bar bring life to Williamsburg’s previously meager dumpling offerings. Pull up a seat on the sidewalk and order the fluffy pork bao, crystalline spinach dumplings, and deep fried duck leg with rice — or any other combination of small plates, it’s hard to go wrong here.

10. Noods n’ Chill

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170 S 3rd St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 388-7695
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The folks behind the popular Plant Love House locations in Prospect Heights and Kensington opened this Thai destination in Williamsburg, and this time they’re focussed on breakfast foods. The restaurant serves up dishes like khao tom, a Chinese-Thai rice porridge, and the excellent boat blood noodle, a rich soup flavored with pig blood and bobbing with pork balls. Read Eater critic Robert Sietsema’s take here. Outdoor seating is limited.

A big plate of gooey brown pork knuckle, rice, greens, and a boiled egg cut in half. Robert Sietsema/Eater

11. Birds of a Feather

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191 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 969-6800
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For top-notch Sichuan food in the neighborhood, Birds of a Feather is the place to go. It comes from the team behind the Michelin-starred Cafe China in Midtown. There are some modern inventions — like pork and okra rolls or fried eggplant accordions — but traditional dishes dominate the menu. Renditions of classics like mapo tofu, cumin lamb, and bang bang chicken are craveable. The restaurant has an elegant outdoor dining structure, with heating to boot.

12. The Four Horsemen

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295 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY
(718) 599-4900
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The Four Horsemen comes from a team that is super nerdy about its list: much longer than one would expect, venturing past France for wonderful natural wines. As a neighborhood wine bar/restaurant, The Four Horsemen is relaxed and sophisticated, but also does a good job of catering to the young finance crowd. There’s a large outdoor seating area, and the restaurant has been regularly hosting pop-up chefs on Mondays and Tuesdays.

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13. Leo

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123 Havemeyer St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 384-6531
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From two partners behind Bushwick hit Ops, Leo debuted in Williamsburg last winter. Aside from serving its favorite pies like San Giuseppe, and clam, Leo also has a substantial non-pizza menu which includes items like meatballs and lasagna, and desserts like tiramisu and soft serve. Patio seating is available.

The margherita pizza at Leo Ryan Sutton/Eater NY

14. St. Anselm

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355 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY
(718) 384-5054
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Peter Luger may reign as the best steakhouse in Brooklyn, but the more intimate St. Anselm holds its own with pitch-perfect steaks and a menu where nearly everything touches the grill. The butchers steak is the way to go. The brick-walled dining room is open at limited capacity, but there’s both yard and sidewalk space for diners who prefer the outdoors.

15. The Commodore

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366 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY
(718) 218-7632

A playful dive with subtle tiki vibes, the Commodore is a true locals’ bar with boozy slushies and bright red drinks. The chicken biscuit stands up to the one at Pies ‘N’ Thighs, and the chilaquiles are an easy brunch order. The covered and heated back patio is open every day until midnight, and there’s also sidewalk seating and limited indoor dining.

16. Emmy Squared

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364 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 360-4535
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Crispy-edged Detroit-style pizza is the star of the show at Emmy Squared, part of the pizza empire from Matt and Emily Hyland. Though their original Clinton Hill restaurant Emily was well-received, their cred shot up with this location of Emmy Squared, which, like all its New York locations, offers outdoor seating. Go for the pepperoni, which has wonderfully burnt edges and addictive tiny pepperonis. Matt Hyland’s twist on a classic fast food burger is also a popular choice.

17. Gertie

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357 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 636-0902
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All-day restaurant Gertie has been forced to undergo a transformation to stay afloat during the pandemic. It now runs a soup kitchen from its premises in the morning and an outdoor restaurant Fridays through Sundays serving up dishes like chicken schnitzel sandwich, cornflake ricotta French toast, and German potato fries. The restaurant recently brought on star baker Melissa Weller, who along with her popular bagels, will be preparing sweets like apple bundt cake and rugelach.

18. Lilia

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567 Union Ave
Brooklyn, NY
(718) 576-3095
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A former auto body shop provides Lilia with a space that is beautifully lit during the daytime and intimate in the evening hours. Chef Missy Robbins is providing a counterpart to the hundred-year-old Bamonte’s that’s not too far away, with dishes that are still a nod to Italian-American traditions but more modern. Cacio e pepe frittelle, grilled clams, and malfadini are all wins. Note, though, that Lilia is one of the hardest Brooklyn tables to snag, and it’s no easier in the era of outdoor dining. Make a reservation way in advance or try walking-in early.

A corner of Lilia’s dining room with lights that hang over the tables Photo by Paul Crispin Quitoriano

19. Bamonte's

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32 Withers St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 384-8831

Red-sauce Italian fare is Bamonte’s specialty, and it’s been serving it to the neighborhood since 1902. That old-school mentality shows: The waiters are in tuxedos, white tablecloths are still used, and there’s opulent decor like chandeliers and red drapes. But the food still stands up, and especially standout dishes include baked clams, chicken francese, pork chop with sweet or hot peppers, and spaghetti with meat sauce. Both indoor and outdoor dining are available.

20. Williamsburg Pizza

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265 Union Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 855-8729
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Nino Coniglio’s pizza has made such an impact on the neighborhood since 2012 that there are now four locations of Williamsburg Pizza. But this is the original, serving up thin-crust round pies and Grandma-style slices that please many. Some salads and a meatball hero round out the menu.

21. Llama Inn

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50 Withers St
Brooklyn, NY
(718) 387-3434
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Llama Inn tackles Peruvian food well, nailing classic staples of the country like leche de tigre (citrus-based marinade for ceviche) and lomo saltado. Dishes like summer squash with queso, fluke tiradito, and scallops with aji amarillo tartar sauce are small, but packed with flavor. Sit indoors where there’s reduced capacity dining, or bring a drink upstairs to Llama Inn’s relaxing rooftop. Credit cards only.

22. Okonomi / Yuji Ramen

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150 Ainslie St
Brooklyn, NY

The neighborhood’s beloved Japanese restaurant Okonomi and evening “pop-up” Yuji Ramen switched to a take-out only model in light of the pandemic, but the food here continues to impress. There continues to be an emphasis on seasonal domestic seafood and produce, and the beautifully-packaged anago bento box or winter squash maze make for perfect picnic fare.

23. Brooklyn Ball Factory

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95 Montrose Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11206
(718) 387-5296
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This tiny Japanese coffee shop also serves a stellar lineup of bento boxes, sandwiches, and curries. It opens at 8 a.m. for breakfast, when slow-dripped iced coffee and French-style pastries make for a solid weekday treats. For an affordable and flavorful lunch, try options like a pork shabu-shabu bento box, which comes with soup, salad, grilled vegetables, edamame, and pickles. For now, dinner is off the table, and lunch and breakfast are take-out only.

24. Pheasant

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445 Graham Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 675-5588
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Pheasant opened in November 2019 on Graham Avenue, beneath the BQE, where it quickly found success and critical acclaim. The airy, informal spot offers Mediterranean small and large plates, like an exceptional house-made foccacia and tender, slow-roasted octopus served over spicy nduja and creamy labneh. Read Eater critic Robert Sietsema’s three-star review here. The restaurant has outdoor seats in a back garden and a few seats out front.

Pheasant food spread Louise Palmberg

25. ChinGoo restaurant

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373 Graham Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(347) 916-1269

Even cold evenings on the small patio of this neighborhood Korean restaurant are pleasant. Order the well-balanced and fiery soondubu jigae — an unexpected menu highlight — with kalbi or fried chicken, and down it with a glass of flavored soju to warm up.

26. Cozy Royale

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434 Humboldt St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 734-2792
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Meat Hook founders Ben Turley and Brent Young debuted their first full-service restaurant, Cozy Royale, in September this year. The duo’s ode to Appalachian food features dishes like sliced pepperoni baked in a white roll, pickled and sliced Kielbasa, and a seven-ounce fried pork steak. The restaurant features plenty of covered, outdoor seating.

A spread of food including salad, pepperoni balls, and fried pork with an egg displayed in white porcelain dishes on top of a brown wooden table Clay Williams/Eater

27. Claudia's

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39 Bushwick Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(347) 987-3402
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Claudia’s, an East Williamsburg bistro that opened in the fall of 2019, boasts an expansive menu of Guatemalan dishes, like the mama’s tamal, a masa based dish which comes with the option of pork, chicken, or beef. There are a number of egg dishes at breakfast time, and at dinner, try the hilachas, a shredded beef stew in roasted tomato sauce. Outdoor seating is available.

On a red plate is a banana leaf wrapped tamale, a fried egg, a roll, and pile of purple onions. Robert Sietsema/Eater

28. A-Pou's Taste 台灣阿婆的味道

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963 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

This unassuming Taiwanese takeout spot has developed a cult following since the 2017 opening of its Brooklyn location (the original is on Grand Street in NoHo). The dishes are unadorned, nourishing, and sometimes surprising, ranging from a hearty lu rou fan to dumplings stuffed with pumpkin, beef, or kimchi.

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1. Barano

26 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY
Photo by Daniel Krieger

Chef Al Di Meglio’s lovely ode to southern Italy has been consistent since opening in 2016. In the shadow of the Williamsburg Bridge, Di Meglio is serving dishes at Barano like peeky-toe crab spaghetti and spit-roasted chicken with eggplant, all in a space that is rustic-meets-modern. The wine list is varied and approachable. There are bright orange tents and heaters for those who prefer to sit outdoors.

26 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY

2. Aska

47 S 5th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Wine glasses are arranged on a wall at Aska.
Aska
Photo by Nick Solares

Located on the edge of the Williamsburg Bridge, Aska comes from Swedish chef Fredrik Berselius and has two Michelin stars. Its seasonal Scandinavian tasting menus include lots of fermented and smoked flavors. There are only 7 indoor tables, and reservations are required, making it more of a special occasion place for diners interested in the experimental. The garden seating is open, but dependent on weather.

47 S 5th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249

3. Sobre Masa

53 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11249

This brand-new Oaxacan restaurant opened mid-pandemic, and its bright facade and sidewalk seats bring cheer to an otherwise glum part of the street. Its indoor space doubles as a record store and houses several large bags of masa, for the restaurant’s homemade tortillas. There’s a strong wine and cocktail selection, if diners can tear their focus away from the melt-in-the-mouth lamb barbacoa, yellow mole with mushrooms, or garnachas with beef and pickled cabbage.

53 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11249

4. Diner

85 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Andrew Tarlow’s seminal restaurant has been open since 1998, pioneering the current farm-to-table, local, sustainable, nose-to-tail, etc., etc., movement in the borough. Diner is still cranking out new American fare that pulls in locals, with dishes such as brisket served with gruyere, a fried chicken sandwich, and whitefish and soft boiled egg. The options of the night still get scribbled onto paper covers on the table. Both indoor and outdoor seating are available.

85 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11249

5. Sunday In Brooklyn

348 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Sunday in Brooklyn Bess Adler

A hearty brunch at Sunday In Brooklyn is, well, an ideal way to spend a Sunday in Brooklyn. Dishes include options like a roasted cauliflower dip with black sesame tahini, confit garlic, and buckwheat cracker; spicy togarashi fried chicken; and some highly photogenic malted pancakes at brunch. Outdoor dining tables are protected from light to medium rainfall, so a pleasant Sunday brunch here doesn’t need to rely on the weather.

348 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249

6. La Superior

295 Berry St, Brooklyn, NY

This charming Mexican restaurant has once or twice gotten a bad review for its service, but trust that the food saves, when it comes to tacos, quesadillas, and tostadas under $10. The torta ahogada here touts itself as the first in New York, stuffing a sourdough with carnitas, and beans and topped with mild and hot sauces. Outdoor dining is available.

295 Berry St
Brooklyn, NY

7. Peter Luger Steak House

178 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY
Peter Luger porterhouse on a white plate Nick Solares/Eater

It’s unclear what can be said about Peter Luger that hasn’t already been said. It’s a New York institution, and the steaks are damn good. Order the porterhouse, and at lunch, get a burger appetizer. When making a reservation, diners can select between indoor and outdoor seating. The restaurant continues to not accept credit cards.

178 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY

8. Pies 'n' Thighs

166 S 4th St, Brooklyn, NY

Very fine fried chicken and biscuits, and an even better rotating selection of pies, have kept Pies ‘N’ Thighs a neighborhood favorite for over a decade. It’s a restaurant that is keen on simplicity, especially when it comes to classic desserts like banana cream pie and sour cherry pie. Do not sleep on the bourbon pecan pie. Outdoor seating is available, and patrons can choose to order their pies inside, online, or by phone.

166 S 4th St
Brooklyn, NY

9. Dim Sum Bar

167 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

The flavorful shumai and delicate har gao at Dim Sum Bar bring life to Williamsburg’s previously meager dumpling offerings. Pull up a seat on the sidewalk and order the fluffy pork bao, crystalline spinach dumplings, and deep fried duck leg with rice — or any other combination of small plates, it’s hard to go wrong here.

167 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11249

10. Noods n’ Chill

170 S 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
A big plate of gooey brown pork knuckle, rice, greens, and a boiled egg cut in half. Robert Sietsema/Eater

The folks behind the popular Plant Love House locations in Prospect Heights and Kensington opened this Thai destination in Williamsburg, and this time they’re focussed on breakfast foods. The restaurant serves up dishes like khao tom, a Chinese-Thai rice porridge, and the excellent boat blood noodle, a rich soup flavored with pig blood and bobbing with pork balls. Read Eater critic Robert Sietsema’s take here. Outdoor seating is limited.

170 S 3rd St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

11. Birds of a Feather

191 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

For top-notch Sichuan food in the neighborhood, Birds of a Feather is the place to go. It comes from the team behind the Michelin-starred Cafe China in Midtown. There are some modern inventions — like pork and okra rolls or fried eggplant accordions — but traditional dishes dominate the menu. Renditions of classics like mapo tofu, cumin lamb, and bang bang chicken are craveable. The restaurant has an elegant outdoor dining structure, with heating to boot.

191 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

12. The Four Horsemen

295 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY
The blonde wood bar at Four Horsemen The Four Horsemen [Official]

The Four Horsemen comes from a team that is super nerdy about its list: much longer than one would expect, venturing past France for wonderful natural wines. As a neighborhood wine bar/restaurant, The Four Horsemen is relaxed and sophisticated, but also does a good job of catering to the young finance crowd. There’s a large outdoor seating area, and the restaurant has been regularly hosting pop-up chefs on Mondays and Tuesdays.

295 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY

13. Leo

123 Havemeyer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
The margherita pizza at Leo Ryan Sutton/Eater NY

From two partners behind Bushwick hit Ops, Leo debuted in Williamsburg last winter. Aside from serving its favorite pies like San Giuseppe, and clam, Leo also has a substantial non-pizza menu which includes items like meatballs and lasagna, and desserts like tiramisu and soft serve. Patio seating is available.

123 Havemeyer St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

14. St. Anselm

355 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Peter Luger may reign as the best steakhouse in Brooklyn, but the more intimate St. Anselm holds its own with pitch-perfect steaks and a menu where nearly everything touches the grill. The butchers steak is the way to go. The brick-walled dining room is open at limited capacity, but there’s both yard and sidewalk space for diners who prefer the outdoors.

355 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY

15. The Commodore

366 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY

A playful dive with subtle tiki vibes, the Commodore is a true locals’ bar with boozy slushies and bright red drinks. The chicken biscuit stands up to the one at Pies ‘N’ Thighs, and the chilaquiles are an easy brunch order. The covered and heated back patio is open every day until midnight, and there’s also sidewalk seating and limited indoor dining.

366 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY

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16. Emmy Squared

364 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Crispy-edged Detroit-style pizza is the star of the show at Emmy Squared, part of the pizza empire from Matt and Emily Hyland. Though their original Clinton Hill restaurant Emily was well-received, their cred shot up with this location of Emmy Squared, which, like all its New York locations, offers outdoor seating. Go for the pepperoni, which has wonderfully burnt edges and addictive tiny pepperonis. Matt Hyland’s twist on a classic fast food burger is also a popular choice.

364 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

17. Gertie

357 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

All-day restaurant Gertie has been forced to undergo a transformation to stay afloat during the pandemic. It now runs a soup kitchen from its premises in the morning and an outdoor restaurant Fridays through Sundays serving up dishes like chicken schnitzel sandwich, cornflake ricotta French toast, and German potato fries. The restaurant recently brought on star baker Melissa Weller, who along with her popular bagels, will be preparing sweets like apple bundt cake and rugelach.

357 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

18. Lilia

567 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY
A corner of Lilia’s dining room with lights that hang over the tables Photo by Paul Crispin Quitoriano

A former auto body shop provides Lilia with a space that is beautifully lit during the daytime and intimate in the evening hours. Chef Missy Robbins is providing a counterpart to the hundred-year-old Bamonte’s that’s not too far away, with dishes that are still a nod to Italian-American traditions but more modern. Cacio e pepe frittelle, grilled clams, and malfadini are all wins. Note, though, that Lilia is one of the hardest Brooklyn tables to snag, and it’s no easier in the era of outdoor dining. Make a reservation way in advance or try walking-in early.

567 Union Ave
Brooklyn, NY

19. Bamonte's

32 Withers St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Red-sauce Italian fare is Bamonte’s specialty, and it’s been serving it to the neighborhood since 1902. That old-school mentality shows: The waiters are in tuxedos, white tablecloths are still used, and there’s opulent decor like chandeliers and red drapes. But the food still stands up, and especially standout dishes include baked clams, chicken francese, pork chop with sweet or hot peppers, and spaghetti with meat sauce. Both indoor and outdoor dining are available.

32 Withers St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

20. Williamsburg Pizza

265 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Nino Coniglio’s pizza has made such an impact on the neighborhood since 2012 that there are now four locations of Williamsburg Pizza. But this is the original, serving up thin-crust round pies and Grandma-style slices that please many. Some salads and a meatball hero round out the menu.

265 Union Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

21. Llama Inn

50 Withers St, Brooklyn, NY

Llama Inn tackles Peruvian food well, nailing classic staples of the country like leche de tigre (citrus-based marinade for ceviche) and lomo saltado. Dishes like summer squash with queso, fluke tiradito, and scallops with aji amarillo tartar sauce are small, but packed with flavor. Sit indoors where there’s reduced capacity dining, or bring a drink upstairs to Llama Inn’s relaxing rooftop. Credit cards only.

50 Withers St
Brooklyn, NY

22. Okonomi / Yuji Ramen

150 Ainslie St, Brooklyn, NY

The neighborhood’s beloved Japanese restaurant Okonomi and evening “pop-up” Yuji Ramen switched to a take-out only model in light of the pandemic, but the food here continues to impress. There continues to be an emphasis on seasonal domestic seafood and produce, and the beautifully-packaged anago bento box or winter squash maze make for perfect picnic fare.

150 Ainslie St
Brooklyn, NY

23. Brooklyn Ball Factory

95 Montrose Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206

This tiny Japanese coffee shop also serves a stellar lineup of bento boxes, sandwiches, and curries. It opens at 8 a.m. for breakfast, when slow-dripped iced coffee and French-style pastries make for a solid weekday treats. For an affordable and flavorful lunch, try options like a pork shabu-shabu bento box, which comes with soup, salad, grilled vegetables, edamame, and pickles. For now, dinner is off the table, and lunch and breakfast are take-out only.

95 Montrose Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11206

24. Pheasant

445 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Read Review |
Pheasant food spread Louise Palmberg

Pheasant opened in November 2019 on Graham Avenue, beneath the BQE, where it quickly found success and critical acclaim. The airy, informal spot offers Mediterranean small and large plates, like an exceptional house-made foccacia and tender, slow-roasted octopus served over spicy nduja and creamy labneh. Read Eater critic Robert Sietsema’s three-star review here. The restaurant has outdoor seats in a back garden and a few seats out front.

445 Graham Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

25. ChinGoo restaurant

373 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Even cold evenings on the small patio of this neighborhood Korean restaurant are pleasant. Order the well-balanced and fiery soondubu jigae — an unexpected menu highlight — with kalbi or fried chicken, and down it with a glass of flavored soju to warm up.

373 Graham Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

26. Cozy Royale

434 Humboldt St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
A spread of food including salad, pepperoni balls, and fried pork with an egg displayed in white porcelain dishes on top of a brown wooden table Clay Williams/Eater

Meat Hook founders Ben Turley and Brent Young debuted their first full-service restaurant, Cozy Royale, in September this year. The duo’s ode to Appalachian food features dishes like sliced pepperoni baked in a white roll, pickled and sliced Kielbasa, and a seven-ounce fried pork steak. The restaurant features plenty of covered, outdoor seating.

434 Humboldt St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

27. Claudia's

39 Bushwick Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
On a red plate is a banana leaf wrapped tamale, a fried egg, a roll, and pile of purple onions. Robert Sietsema/Eater

Claudia’s, an East Williamsburg bistro that opened in the fall of 2019, boasts an expansive menu of Guatemalan dishes, like the mama’s tamal, a masa based dish which comes with the option of pork, chicken, or beef. There are a number of egg dishes at breakfast time, and at dinner, try the hilachas, a shredded beef stew in roasted tomato sauce. Outdoor seating is available.

39 Bushwick Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

28. A-Pou's Taste 台灣阿婆的味道

963 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

This unassuming Taiwanese takeout spot has developed a cult following since the 2017 opening of its Brooklyn location (the original is on Grand Street in NoHo). The dishes are unadorned, nourishing, and sometimes surprising, ranging from a hearty lu rou fan to dumplings stuffed with pumpkin, beef, or kimchi.

963 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

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