Gertie is the kind of place you should go when you’re generally in a good mood. This all-day spot in Williamsburg has huge windows, colorful murals, high ceilings, and lots of natural light. The elevated seating by the coffee bar is full of people appearing to be productive on laptops, and the brunch crowds look far too put-together to be hungover. You order at the counter before sitting, so it’s not an ideal situation if the idea of waits or lines generally causes you anxiety. But even if you come here in a less than ideal mood, you’ll start to feel better once the food arrives. The morning and afternoon menus consist mostly of various sandwiches, like a DIY egg and cheese bialy at breakfast and an open-faced veggie melt with spicy cauliflower at lunch. Our favorite one so far is the patty reuben, which is basically a juicy cheeseburger with special sauce and sauerkraut on thick, grilled rye bread. For now, Gertie closes at 4pm every day, but they’re launching dinner service soon.
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