The 10 Best Restaurants in Williamsburg
The Williamsburg renaissance transformed an industrial afterthought into a world-renowned enclave of artistic endeavors. Lucky for us, some of those artists chose to work with a grill rather than an easel to display their talents. With the backdrop of Manhattan providing a perfect canvas on which innovation, risk, and failure could all be explored, the neighborhood best known for that steakhouse by the bridge has come a long way gastronomically during the last several years.
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Here are the 10 best restaurants in Williamsburg right now.
10. Briskettown, 359 Bedford Avenue, 718-701-8909
The menu isn't as expansive as it is at other restaurants on Bedford, but Briskettown does one thing--brisket--exceptionally. This permanent location rose from Daniel Delaney's undergound brisketlab dinners, where his Texas-style barbecue first earned its Texas-sized reputation. At the brick-and-mortar shop, order your char-encrusted meat by the pound and watch it be carved off onto butcher paper; supplement it with a seasonal side or two. Delaney's success has allowed him to expand into other acclaimed ventures, including breakfast tacos.
9. Kristophe, 221 North Fourth Street, 718-302-5100
Kristophe looks the part of a place where you'd enjoy comfort food; the warm interior makes diners immediately feel welcomed. The Eastern European spot resembles a warm inn a weary traveler may stumble into from the cold, and they'd be greeted by items like duck pierogies, venison burgers, and plates of wild game sausage. We love the backyard garden for a retreat, and the beer list and cocktails demonstrate owner Kris Drzewiecki's understanding of what the neighbors love to drink.
8. Fette Sau, 354 Metropolitan Avenue, 718-963-3404
No other restaurant in Williamsburg captures the dark and devious spirit quite like this mecca of barbecued beef. With beer taps shaped like meat cleavers and a line that can stretch out towards the entrance way on select nights, Fette Sau is embedded within the fabric of the neighborhood. Wend your way through the queue to pick a combination of smoked meats and sides (don't miss the sausages, we say) and then nab a seat at a picnic table where you can get to know your neighbors and their out-of-town friends.
359 Bedford Ave., New York, NY