Ba’sik is where you go in Williamsburg for a relatively quiet night with friends. It might be busy (and it might even be hard to find a seat), but this isn’t the sort of place where people get blackout and use the bathroom exclusively in pairs. It’s just a nice, smallish bar with a minimalist design and a surprisingly decent selection of bar food. You can have a kale salad or a chili dog or a deviled duck egg. And if it’s warm out, you should be in the backyard. It’s bigger than you expect, and it’s perfect for a first date (although maybe bring some bug spray).
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Popina is a tiny, casual restaurant on the Brooklyn waterfront. The food is a mix of Southern and Italian, and they do some great chicken and pasta.
You’re going to need an hour on the train to get to Tanoreen. But if you appreciate Middle Eastern or Mediterranean food, it’s more than worth it.
L&B Spumoni Gardens
One of the best around, assuming you can get down with a square slice. Who can’t get down with a square slice?
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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.
Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken
Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken seems primed and ready to be reproduced and franchised all across the country. Whether that’s the actual plan or not, we have no idea. America could only be so lucky. Watch your back KFC. The Bromberg bros are coming for you.
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Extra Fancy is a neighborhood spot in Williamsburg where you can either eat a full meal or drink a frozen margarita in the yard.
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