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The Williamsburg Lunch Guide

PHOTO: Noah Devereaux

Williamsburg gets a lot of attention as a dinner destination, and if you’ve ever been to the neighborhood on a Saturday afternoon, you know brunch is taken seriously around these parts. But Williamsburg’s also an excellent place for lunch any day of the week – it’s a great time to try some top notch sandwiches or slip easily into a spot that usually has an hour-long wait.

So whether you’re on a quick break or have ample afternoon hours to kill, check out our favorite spots for a midday meal in Williamsburg.

The Spots

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Williamsburg gets a lot of attention as a dinner destination, and if you’ve ever been to the neighborhood on a Saturday afternoon, you know brunch is taken seriously around these parts. But Williamsburg’s also an excellent place for lunch any day of the week – it’s a great time to try some top notch sandwiches or slip easily into a spot that usually has an hour-long wait. So whether you’re on a quick break or have ample afternoon hours to kill, check out our favorite spots for a midday meal in Williamsburg.

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A sister restaurant of Diner, Marlow & Sons has a similarly special juju that makes it one of our favorite places to eat. It’s also perfect for pretty much any kind of lunch – with a date, with your mom, or with a coworker. The menu is fairly limited, but it’s worth a trip for the always-fresh oysters alone.

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Sweet Chick

Williamsburg
164 Bedford Ave.
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If you think you’re not a “chicken and waffles person,” Sweet Chick will most likely change your attitude. But if you’re still unconvinced (your loss), the lunch menu is full of other well-executed southern dishes and more breakfasty options.

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Some of the best steak in Brooklyn – and arguably in all of NYC. Possibly even more compelling? Lunch is the only time the Luger Burger is available. While we’ve found it to be a bit inconsistent, if you catch it on a good day you’re in for a truly amazing burger.

Photo: Monica Müller / Flickr
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Saltie

Brooklyn , Williamsburg
378 Metropolitan Ave.
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Saltie is a tiny sandwich shop that churns out unique, delicious made-to-order creations that combine unusual ingredients. Would you think to make a sandwich stacked with hard boiled eggs, pickled veggies, cauliflower, feta, black olives, capers, and spicy aioli? Probably not. But Saltie did, and the result is fantastic.

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For the best Mexican fix in Williamsburg, head straight to the back of a bodega under the BQE to this 8-seat spot. Once you’re there, order the chimichangas, tacos and sopes.

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One of our Williamsburg standbys, Allswell is a very solid go-to for a sit-down lunch. The fried chicken sandwich is a standout, but should you need something healthier they’ve got that too.

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8.0
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This place is an absolute zoo on the weekends thanks to its high-quality, reasonably-priced food, most of which revolves around delicious preparations of eggs. Avoid the crowds and come here for a weekday lunch instead.

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Dépanneur

242 Wythe Ave
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A nice little market/coffee shop that serves a great sandwich alongside its stash of fancy grocery items. Think of it as killing two delicious birds with one stone.

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Vinnie's Pizzeria

148 Bedford Ave
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One of your best options for grabbing a slice in Williamsburg. Is it life changing? No. But it’ll definitely do the trick.

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Urban Rustic

236 N 12th St
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A solid (and reasonably-priced) option to add to your sandwich-and-salad rotation. The front patio is also a nice place to hang out in the warmer months.

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Meat Hook Sandwich

495 Lorimer St
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Another outstanding sandwich operation, brought to us by the acclaimed butcher shop of the same name. Unsurprisingly, the meat takes center stage here. Get the Italian, Hot Chicken, or Roast Beef and don’t miss the waffle fries with queso (yeah, that’s a thing).

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Fushimi

475A Driggs Ave
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The vibe veers towards Vegas in here, which might make you think it’s best suited for evening hours. But there is a crazy $12 lunch special you need to know about. You get a soup, salad appetizer, “sushi box” (3 rolls), “kitchen box” (teriyaki), and coffee or ice cream. That’s… a lot of food for $12.

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Best Pizza

33 Havemeyer St
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Unlike most pizza places in Brooklyn that live up to this title a bit better, Best Pizza is laid-back and run by very nice people. In other words, it’s not going to be a pain in the ass to come here – for lunch, or any other time of day.

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We come here most often with a big crew for dinner and pitchers of margaritas, but taco cravings strike during the day, too, and we want you to be prepared for them. This place has a cool, relaxed vibe that makes it an easy lunch choice.

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