House of Small Wonder is an easy place to miss. It’s an unmarked space a couple blocks from the Bedford stop in Williamsburg, surrounded by restaurants full of people wearing Stan Smiths. When you realize that this place isn’t a yoga studio and walk inside, you’ll find a cafe serving French and Japanese breakfast and lunch items like a croque madame and rotating sashimi bowls. There won’t be groups of people photographing their bacon Bloody Marys here, but you may feel the need to take a picture of the huge tree growing up through the floor in the middle of the space.
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Le Crocodile is a French restaurant in the bottom of the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg. Stop by, eat some chicken, and admire the high ceilings.
The Commodore is bad. Bad because merely looking at the food here will jack up your cholesterol thirty points, and worse because everything is so good that you’ll crave it all the time.
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Ushiwakamaru is now in Chelsea, in a fancier space with higher prices. It's still a top notch sushi option.
Blue Ribbon Sushi
Looking for the perfect downtown sushi spot to take people when you’re not the one paying the bill? Blue Ribbon is your joint.
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Davelle is an all-day Japanese spot on the LES that’s unlike any other place in the city.
Frankel’s is a Jewish deli in the same vein as Russ & Daughters, but on its own level entirely.
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