Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Best of Williamsburg: Part One

Williamsburg, 2014

It's unsolicited advice day around here, didn't you know?

Actually, yesterday I was grabbing a sandwich at Depanneur, and thought to myself, 'The world needs to know more about this sandwich!'

Specifically, the Number 4, which includes turkey and peppadews (South African sweet pickled peppers), house pickled shallots, Manchego cheese, arugula and harissa mayo.

There's more deliciousness (with recipes) from Depanneur here. But while I was meditating on the awesomeness of the Number 4, I thought I should do a little rundown of my favorite Williamsburg eats and drinks. If you ever come for a visit, save this list!

Here goes.

Best Sandwich in Williamsburg: The aforementioned Number 4, Depanneur

Best Pizza in Williamsburg: A tie between the Speckenwolf at Roberta's and the Spectacle 261 at Paulie Gee's

Best Coffee in Williamsburg: In the absence of the late, great Verb, I'm going to give this one to Oslo, with deference to the Roebling Street location.

Best Salad in Williamsburg: The Saints salad at St. Balmain (local greens, broccolini, lentils, spring peas and hazelnuts tossed with lemon vinaigrette, plus chicken and boho Aussie waitstaff)

Best Dive Bar in Williamsburg: I'm quite partial to frozen margaritas at The Commodore, but only in the late afternoon, when you can score the corner table.

Best Roof Bar in Williamsburg: The Ides, scene-y or not, is hard to be cynical about, and the views over Brooklyn and the city are breathtaking, though Northern Territory is a solid, less swanky runner up.

Best Swanky Cocktail Joint in Williamsburg: It's still Hotel Delmano, even if their coupe glasses are a tad on the small side.

Best Bakery in Williamsburg: Hands down, it's Ovenly, for their insane Brooklyn Blackout cake

Best Ice Cream in Williamsburg: Oddfellows sprinkles ice cream, in a made-from-scratch waffle cone

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