Williamsburg Restaurants

Williamsburg, once home to starving artists, now feels like an extension of Manhattan, and though its residents still appear emaciated, you can be sure they want Manhattan-level cuisine. Check out our list of the Williamsburg's best restaurants, many of which rank among the best in any of the five boroughs. (Photo: Traif)

Updated: June 30, 2010

Williamsburg's Best Restaurants


Marlow & Sons

81 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Yes, it was featured in a Ford commercial, but this restaurant's acclaim isn't just hype. Meat is butchered in-house by Tom Mylan and the raw bar is one of the freshest in the city.


Walter Foods

253 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

A relative newcomer to the Williamsburg scene, this masculine bistro from Danny Minch, formerly of Balthazar, and Dylan Dodd, who also owns Barrio Chino, is a haven for perfectly executed old-school classics with a twist.


DuMont

432 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

A neighborhood staple, this warm and welcoming restaurant is a perfect date spot for those looking for fine New American fare that isn't exorbitantly expensive. On weekends, the patio in back fills up for the popular brunch service.


Dressler

149 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

DuMont's more expensive, Michelin-starred sibling draws eaters from across the river with its gorgeous dining room and the always exceptional contemporary American cuisine of chef Polo Dobkin, formerly of Gramercy Tavern.


Peter Luger Steak House

178 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Before hordes of hipster-chic New American eateries invaded Brooklyn, the borough's most famous dining destination was this legendary steakhouse, opened in 1887. It almost goes without saying that the dry-aged porterhouse steak is the only way to go.


Zenkichi

77 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211

This is by far the most romantic restaurant in Williamsburg, with its dimly lit private booths, complete with buttons to summon the waitstaff. But the restaurant doesn't thrive on atmosphere alone; the inventive Japanese small plates make it worth the trip even without a date.


La Superior

295 Berry St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

This tiny ramshackle Mexican diner has plenty of Williamsburg cool (kitschy Spanish-language posters, indie rock on the stereo), but that doesn't mean the food isn't authentic. In any neighborhood, exquisite tacos, a BYOB policy and low prices are a winning strategy.


Egg

135 N 5th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Williamsburg's most popular brunch spot is no secret. Breakfast items like farm-fresh eggs and homemade buttermilk biscuits keep this tiny, casual restaurant packed in the morning, but don't overlook lunch and dinner items like the juicy fried half-chicken and fried-oyster sandwich.


Fette Sau

354 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Owners Kim and Joe Carroll, also of beer mecca Spuyten Duyvil across the street, operate this fat-happy barbecue joint with meat served Texas-style, by the pound on butcher paper. Don't forget the sweet and savory beans.


Aurora - Williamsburg

70 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

This perfectly charming Italian restaurant has wide appeal, drawing everyone from large families to cozy dates to grown-up hipsters. The draw? Chef and co-owner Riccardo Buitoni's handmade pastas; although the leafy garden is reason enough to pay this restaurant a visit.


Shachi's Restaurant

197 Havemeyer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Of the increasing number of arepa joints popping up in the city, this unassuming Latin American restaurant, tucked near the less-than-scenic entrance of the Williamsburg Bridge, just might be the best. Opt for the pabellon arepa, a heavenly mix of shredded beef, plantains, black beans and cheese stuffed into a cornmeal cake.


Moto

394 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Faux-vintage par excellence. This tiny triangular treasure is hidden under the JMZ tracks, packed with worn and weathered decor for an ambience reminiscent of a 1920s speakeasy. Musicians often pack a cramped corner of the restaurant to provide a live soundtrack for diners enjoying hearty American cafe fare.


Traif

229 S 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Bacon. Lobster. Flat iron steak served with king crab bearnaise and potato latkes. Named after the Yiddish term for unkosher foods, Traif and its edible blasphemy are an outrage for the local Hasidic community and an outrageously delicious addition to the Williamsburg restaurant scene.


Pies -n- Thighs

166 S 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Williamsburg waited two long years for this ramshackle restaurant to re-open, and hasn't been disappointed--critics and locals alike can't get enough of the fried chicken, catfish and pie, and in its new incarnation the restaurant is much more comfortable.


Fatty 'Cue

91 S 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

This long-awaited restaurant from Fatty Crab chef Zak Pelaccio became a contender for best barbecue in New York upon opening, and its cocktails aren't far behind, though some find the space a bit cramped for digging into big plates of meat.


Bozu

296 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

The monastic facade of this restaurant belies the exuberant sushi-love going on inside. Expect seafood-based tapas, among them a tuna tartare with a light mustard sorbet, alongside classic sushi, and an often-lengthy wait for a table.