Brooklyn Highlights: Williamsburg Edition

We often get asked for lodging and restaurant recommendations so decided to offer up our top picks here on the blog. This is by no means a comprehensive list, just a smattering of our personal favorites. Even though we've been in the neighborhood for years, we're always finding new spots so this list will likely expand in the future. Feel free to add more suggestions in the comments.

Where to Stay:

Wythe Hotel

80 Wythe Avenue (between N11th and N12th)

Gorgeous new hotel in North Williamsburg.

New York Loft Hostel

249 Varet Street

An affordable option in neighboring Bushwick.

Restaurants:

Baci & Abbracci

204 Grand Street (between Bedford and Driggs)

Quality Italian and a great garden space in the back.

Bliss

191 Bedford Ave (between N6th and N7th)

Tiny vegetarian spot with a great brunch, and they just added a location on Grand St.

Caracas

291 Grand (between Havemeyer and Roebling)

Venezualan arepas and an extensive rum selection.

Crif Dogs

555 Driggs Ave (at N7th)

Hot dogs on the go.

El Amacen

557 Driggs Ave (at N7th)

Argentinian food in a lovely setting.

Fette Sau

354 Metropolitan (between Havemeyer and Roebling)

BBQ! Piles of meat served on a lined cafeteria tray. Be prepared to wait in line. The only vegetarian options are beer and whiskey.

M Shanghai

292 Grand (between Havemeyer and Roebling)

Absolutely the best steamed veggie dumplings and much more. Vegetarian and Vegan friendly.

Oasis

161 N7th Street (between Bedford and Driggs)

Excellent Middle Eastern spot for a quick bite located just off the Bedford stop.

Oslo

Two locations - Bedford & S2nd and Roebling & N4th

Coffee!

Smorgasburg

East River waterfront (between N6th and N7th)

Sample the best of Brooklyn's local artisanal food at this Brooklyn Flea offshoot at the Williamsburg waterfront. Saturdays April - October

Taco Chulo

318 Grand (between Havemeyer and Marcy)

Top notch Mexican and potent margaritas. Vegetarian and Vegan friendly.

Vinnie's Pizzeria

148 Bedford Ave (N8th and N9th)

Wide selection of specialty slices including many vegan options.

Dining on the pricier side

Dressler

149 Broadway (between Bedford and Driggs)

An upscale option with beautiful custom metal screens made by Brooklyn artisans.

Reynards

80 Wythe Avenue (between N11th and N12th)

Fine dining located in the Wythe Hotel.

Zenkichi

77 N6th at Wythe

Hidden Japanese gem with seasonal tasting menus.

 

Bars / Music Venues:

Brooklyn Bowl

61 Wythe Avenue (between N11th and N12th)

Huge venue with a fantastic lineup of live music, bowling and dining.

Full Circle

318 Grand Street (between Havemeyer and Marcy)

A Skeeball Bar - have you ever been to one?

Iona

180 Grand Street (between Bedford and Driggs)

A proper pub.

Knitting Factory

361 Metropolitan Ave at Havemeyer

Classic New York music venue recently relocated to Williamsburg.

Maison Premiere

298 Bedford Ave (between Grand and S1st)

Gorgeous bar with several nods to New Orleans - absinthe cocktails and oysters.

Music Hall of Williamsburg

66 N6th Street

Excellent lineup of indie bands.

Pips

158 Roebling Street (between Filmore and Metropolitan)

Get your ping pong on!

Public Assembly

70 N6th Street (between Wythe and Kent)

Eclectic mix of artistic expressions.

St Mazie

345 Grand Street (between Havemeyer and Roebling)

My favorite new bar - love the interiors. Be sure to check out the cellar and garden, too.