The new Mekelburg’s location in Williamsburg is similar to the Clinton Hill original: an upscale grocery store up front, with a bar in the back serving high-quality sandwiches, small plates, and craft beers on tap. The sandwiches - like one with wagyu roast beef on an everything baguette, and a banh mi with Peking duck and duck rillettes - are some of the best in Brooklyn, but you shouldn’t overlook the other things on the menu, like the slightly charred three-cheese mac and cheese, and a salt-baked potato with black cod and a lot of caviar. The bar seating and communal tables in the back are great for a casual lunch or dinner, but it’s also not a bad idea to get some sandwiches to-go and eat them across the street in Domino Park.
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Have & Meyer
Have & Meyer is a tiny Italian wine bar in Williamsburg where you can get over 90 natural wines by the glass.
Pokito is a tiny bar/restaurant near the Williamsburg bridge serving Asian-Latin mashup food in a highly casual (but still vibey) space.
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Earl’s Beer & Cheese
Earl’s menu of pig and cheese heavy snacks pairs perfectly with the small but righteous selection of draft beers that they have on tap. Head up north sometime to check it out, and also visit Earl’s sister restaurant around the corner, ABV.
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.
Jacobs Pickles is great if you need a spot for drinks or an Upper West Side dinner meetup with someone you know will embrace the heavy bar food. But it’s not a restaurant with traveling for.
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Daily Provisions is an all-day cafe you can rely on for high quality and low time commitment.
Frankel’s is a Jewish deli in the same vein as Russ & Daughters, but on its own level entirely.
Reynard serves very good American food in the bottom of the Wythe Hotel, and it’s one of the best spots to impress your parents in Williamsburg.
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