Williamsburg, oh, Williamsburg. Once under-the-radar, this now-bustling neighborhood in Brooklyn is one of NYC’s top foodie destinations. Whether you’re looking for tasty street tacos or (in our opinion) the best pancakes that will ever grace your palate, we’ve got you covered with this quintessential list of the 10 best restaurants in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NYC!
The Best Places to Eat in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NYC
From hearty pasta to Sunday brunch to steakhouse dinners, we’ve found the best restaurants in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, NYC. Great food is easy to find in Brooklyn, but narrowing down your list is hard. We’ve made the choices easy, so keep reading for our recommendations of the best places to eat in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
$$$ | Italian | Pasta with a Punch
You’ll either need to book far in advance for one of Brooklyn’s best restaurants or be okay waiting an hour or two as a walk-in. The bright and airy ambiance of Lilia allows for perfect lighting to capture a photo of your soon-to-be favorite homemade pasta dishes to brag to all your followers about.
Be sure to try the Agnolotti with Sheep’s Milk Cheese and their Spicy Rigatoni, but you can’t go wrong with any of their menu items.
Address: 567 Union Ave
$ | Tacos | Food Truck Frenzy
The hottest taco trend circulating is birria tacos, which are soaked in a meat stew and no one does it better than Birria-Landia. You definitely won’t be the only one in line, but it’s worth the wait – and don’t forget to bring cash. We love this place as one of the best restaurants in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Address: 495 Metropolitan Ave
$$$ | Peruvian | Creative Ceviche
Williamsburg isn’t short of adventurous cuisines, and Llama Inn is the perfect example. Its beautiful plant-filled dining room is a great spot to experience Peruvian cuisine with a twist. You’ll find typical dishes such as ceviche, but the Cau Cau with Mussel Toast and the Beef Stir Fry are really the winners here.
Address: 50 Withers St
Peter Luger Steak House
$$$$ | Steakhouse | Meat Sweats
Peter Luger takes steakhouses to the next level in this Williamsburg institution. While it’s a favorite amongst many celebrities, you won’t feel like you’re in a typical stuffy steakhouse. Enjoy their thick-cut bacon and fries as sides to your Porterhouse steak and if you’re not keeling over from your meal, order the Holy Cow dessert—you’ll thank us later.
Address: 178 Broadway
$$ | Pizza | Pizza Pies
In 2016, Emmy Squared graced Williamsburg’s presence with what some call the best pizza in the city. They’ve since opened up other locations, but their flagship shop continues to have long lines of diners either ordering take-out or fishing for a spot in their small dining room. For spice fans, grab a pie of The Emmy or the Roni Supreme.
Address: 364 Grand St
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$$$ | Breakfast & Brunch | Plump Pancakes
Did someone say pancakes? We sure did! But never have you had pancakes like this (and if you did, please tell us from where). No question you’ll need to order the famed dish oozing with butter and their scrumptious syrup for the table, so you can also try their exceptional sausage & egg sandwich along with a loaded bloody Mary.
Address: 348 Wythe Ave
$$ | Breakfast & Brunch | Soothing Southern
Well, the name says it all. For the perfect hangover cure after a fun night out in Williamsburg’s bustling bar scene, Egg is calling your name. Its farm-to-table menu items include—you guessed it—every type of egg dish you’ll be craving. But don’t stop there, as their wide range of Southern-style cuisine like biscuits & gravy will be perfectly paired with your brunch cocktail.
Address: 109 North 3rd St
$$$ | Mexican | Tacos & Tequila
You’re going to have a hard time deciding which of their many unique tacos to choose from. Not to mention which mezcal cocktail you’ll be sipping on. But rest assured, few places do Mexican in Williamsburg as well as Casa Publica. Try any-and-all Cochinita dishes, a mouthwatering Yucatan-style pork.
Address: 594 Union Ave
Kings Co Imperial
$$ | Chinese | Americanized Chinese
Grab some friends and order everything you possibly can off the menu for a fun night out at Kings Co Imperial (including their cocktails). You can’t go wrong with any of their dumplings and for you seafood lovers, their Mock Eel is top notch. Enjoy your meal in their back garden—but make sure your table is big enough for all the food you’ll be ordering.
Address: 20 Skillman Ave
Birds of a Feather
$$$ | Sichuanese | Sweet & Sour Sichuan
Looking for a hipster-chic spot in Williamsburg? Birds of a Feather’s modern minimalist designs provides an inviting atmosphere to take in a different way to experience inventive Sichuanese cuisine. Try their wontons in chili oil, tea-smoked duck, and for those with a high spice tolerance, their Chongqing Chicken is the move.
Address: 191 Grand St