Williamsburg is a small neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York along the East River with a population of over 150,000. The community is mostly young people, trendy restaurants, exciting clubs, and hip boutiques. You can see street art all over the town along alleys and rebuilt factories that brighten up the city.
While in Williamsburg, try the local favorites. Whether you want something special or just want to grab a fast bite, you can get it with a view. The four most popular foods in Williamsburg are bagels, pizza, hot dogs, and cheesecake. Go drop your bags off at a Williamsburg suitcase storage locker and go eat.
Sunday in Brooklyn
Whether you want brunch or dinner, Sunday in Brooklyn will serve it to you with a spectacular view of the waterfront. And you can go up to the roof-top garden for an even better view. But the food is what you are there for so start with some appetizers like beer butter mussels or smoked artichoke.
If you want a burger, they have that too, or try the fried chicken sandwich or fish & chips. For a proper meal, order the baked stuffed shells with ricotta and marinara. Or get the grilled aged hanger steak with chimichurri. The wood-roasted herb-crusted chicken is also delicious with Sunday fries and butter lettuce.
Giando on the Water
The ceiling to floor windows at Giando on the Water look out over the East River so you not only have a river view, but you also have a stunning view of the three famous bridges and the skyline. But the inside of the restaurant is also beautiful with crisp linens, sparkling silverware, and spectacular lighting.
Start with fried calamari, mussels, or one of the other appetizers. Then you can choose between lobster with garlic butter and asparagus spears, pasta with any kind of sauce you want. Or try the mouthwatering veal parmigiana with roasted potatoes.
You can dine inside or out at La Nonna and still enjoy the view. Being right on the riverfront, this cozy Italian eatery offers a view of the water as well as the Empire State Building and other famous high rises in the downtown area. La Nonna means grandmother in Italian, and the owner, Cono, named it after his.
With 15 different pasta dishes to choose from, you are in the right spot if you want a plate of spaghetti, linguini, or any other pasta plate. You can also choose from five fish dinners like spigola cilena or grigliata mista. If you want pizza, they have that too. But the veal piccata and chicken marsala are stellar.
Named after the owner, Missy, this restaurant is an award-winner several times over and you will know why after your first bite of anything she cooks from grilled artichokes to ricotta-filled occhi. And it is right next to the Williamsburg Bridge on the East River where the view is almost as phenomenal as the food.
Try the anchovy and garlic linguini, which is salty and sweet at the same time, or the bucatini with san Marzano tomatoes, sheep’s milk pecorino cheese, and spicy Nduja sauce. The pork sausage sugo and gnocchi Sardi is also outstanding. The wine list boasts more than 40 varieties, or you can enjoy a cocktail.
If you are in the mood for some sushi or another type of Asian cuisine on the riverfront, Ume has what you want. The view is great, but each dish served at Ume is a work of art just begging to be shared on social media. The place looks like a cozy little cottage, but the menu is more like something from a fancy establishment.
You have your choice of a sushi set, prix fixe menu, or traditional omakase here. No choice is wrong though because they are all unbelievable. The dishes change often depending on what is in season because their food is made from fresh local suppliers. From otoro caviar to crab with uni, you will love it all.
How about some French food with a view? Le Crocodile serves authentic French cuisine in a casual setting across from Marsha P. Johnson State Park, Bushwick Inlet Park, and the East River. Located inside the Wythe Hotel, chefs Aidan and Jake create masterpiece meals seven days a week.
Some of the favorites on the menu include venison steak tartare, trout almondine with almonds and pole beans, and duck breast with endive and beets. The dessert menu is also something special with 10 sweets to choose from like apple Tarte Tatin, profiteroles (cream puffs), and sticky banana date pudding.
Fabbrica Restaurant and Bar
Also known as the Factory, Fabbrica is not just a place to eat, it is also a form of entertainment on the waterfront. The restaurant has been featured on dozens of movies and television shows on NBC, Netflix, Paramount, and Warner Bros. You can eat inside or outside on the heated and covered patio.
Known for their French seafood dishes, you can start with an appetizer like blue point oysters or charred octopus before moving on to one of their amazing main courses. Choose from fresh codfish fillet on roasted potatoes, pan-seared salmon with blistered asparagus, or prime rib with mascarpone dressing.
While you are in Williamsburg, be sure to visit some of the famous attractions like the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, and Central Park. Or just stroll along the riverfront where you can watch the seabirds play. You can even take a cruise on the river if you have the time.