John Seymour, one of the co-owners of Sweet Chick, grew up and lived in Manhattan until moving to Williamsburg about 12 years ago—long before the Brooklyn neighborhood became filled with popular restaurants. Now that they're there, he doesn't go far for food. Here are his favorite spots in the neighborhood.
Though the menu is uneven, La Goulette has some great vegetarian dishes.
Williamsburg's Caprices By Sophie's is worth a visit for their signature product, the Belgian Merveilleux, but also for their range of choux pastries.
Here's moist, dense chocolate-banana bread taken to its logical conclusion: a beautiful, not-too-sweet slice of bread pudding.
If you don't want to endure the infamous wait to get a seat for dinner at St. Anselm, go during brunch hours, when you can often just walk right in and still have a good meal.
So what happens when you've trekked across the city to Roberta's only to find an unbearable wait? Bushwick's rapidly expanding restaurant scene has you covered.
Well-crisped tater tots, gloriously yellow cheese sauce, and a sweet tomato-y chili make for a great snack with your hot dogs.
A strong emphasis on freshness and lightness distinguishes Bunna's all-vegan food from the other Ethiopian served around town.
Wildly popular Williamsburg restaurant St. Anselm gets legendary waits for a reason, but that doesn't help you when you come by for dinner and are quoted a two hour wait for your table. So where should you go instead? Here are some lower-key restaurant alternatives and bars to tide you over while you wait.
Max and Eli Sussman, the brothers of the popular Mile End Deli, live away from what they call the "L zone." In other words, their shared apartment in South Williamsburg is removed from all the restaurants and bars on and around Bedford Avenue. Still, the Sussmans, who recently released "The Best Cookbook Ever," love the adventurous character of their neighbors' appetites and a restaurant culture that rewards them. Here are their favorites south of the L train.
Centenarian red sauce joint has changed remarkably little in the past hundred years, as this full report can attest. Most of the food will keep you happy, but is there anything you have to get on your visit? A recent trip offered two answers, one expected and one less so.
Falansai's modern Vietnamese food is diversifying the Bushwick dining scene. The spiffy setting and sophisticated cooking satisfy, even if the food is sometimes short on punch.
With cold weather like this, comfort food like apple pie is just the thing, and Williamsburg's fried chicken and waffle restaurant Sweet Chick makes a good one.
Anna Polonsky doesn't consider herself a pioneer. The U.S. Associate Director of Le Fooding remembers a time when she only went to Williamsburg to shop in thrift stories. But the hipster enclave has won her over—especially its food scene and the fact that "everyone here loves to eat or to be around food."
It's hard for me not to recommend Il Passatore: its dishes have a homey, crowd-pleasing feel to them, its service is solicitous, and the prices are more than fair. But I hope the kitchen staff finds the courage to season its food more aggressively in the future.
Zizi Limona's menu hasn't changed much since it opened, but there are a couple new additions, such as this plate of Grilled Artichoke and Cauliflower ($8), which is joined by juicy late summer tomatoes and plenty of their excellent tangy yogurt and fresh homemade tahini.
When a new restaurant serving self-described "authentically inauthentic Jewish and Japanese food" opens in South Williamsburg, it sounds like a punchline. But throughout my leisurely dinner in the low-key space, I was consistently, pleasantly surprised by the friendly service and creativity at play in the kitchen.
A sophomore stand peddling homespun, vegetarian Indian fare, Bombay Sandwich Co. was born out of love and frustration. Founded by Shikha Jain, a native of Delhi, and Shiv Puri, who grew up in Parsippany, New Jersey, the mom-and-pop business was inspired by their mutual love for the sandwich that it is named for. But frustration was no less essential. The team has taken both of these impulses to build a successful stand at Smorgasburg with their own following.
During the dog days of summer, Stan's Cafecito hides behind a bamboo roller shade that provides cover for the few lucky guests who have snagged a stool at the window while they wait for their iced coffee or breakfast burritos. The tiny, table-less space in south Williamsburg houses a sparing kitchen with little more than an electric skillet and griddle; it would be easy to miss all together, if not for the line out the door.
I can't say Mable's brisket is one of our favorite in the city, but their Chopped Brisket Sandwich ($9.95 with a side) is something I'd return for.