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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Gertie is an attractive all-day spot in Williamsburg, and it’s a great place to eat breakfast or brunch and pretend you’re living in a PBS cartoon.
Grimm Artisanal Ales
Grimm is a big brewery in East Williamsburg where you can drink an imperial stout and mingle with beer nerds.
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Toriko is a yakitori spot in the West Village that serves omakase menus focused on excellent grilled chicken skewers.
The world’s first shabushabu omakase restaurant, owned by the people behind Cocoron, is a unique experience in a number of ways.
Hanon is a casual Japanese spot in Williamsburg that serves some of the best udon in the city.
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Frankel’s is a Jewish deli in the same vein as Russ & Daughters, but on its own level entirely.
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