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One of our highest rated Philly restaurants, the Israeli grillhouse Laser Wolf, recently opened a location on the roof of the Hoxton Hotel in Williamsburg, and you should make a reservation ASAP to eat charcoal-grilled meats with a spectacular view of Manhattan in front of you. 

Laser Wolf is modeled after the Israeli skewer houses known as shipudiya, and they’re serving meat, fish, and vegetables cooked over an open fire. But what you’re really going to remember is the glorious platter of vegetarian salatim every table receives at the beginning of the meal. You’ll get about a dozen metal bowls of things like a potato salad with silky radishes, a smooth babaganoush, and a light, fresh fennel and orange salad that tastes particularly good on top of the grilled trout. A large plate of hummus sits in the center of the wreath, and you’ll get pita bread on the side that’s so warm and fluffy we’d like to zip ourselves up inside of it and use it as a sleeping bag. 

The food is enough to make us want to come back, but the location makes this Philly import a strong contender for a new essential NYC restaurant. The seating is outdoors (but covered), and you can feel a breeze from the East River while you look out at the Manhattan skyline. Just when this place starts to seem like something reserved only for special occasions, a server will bring you some housemade brown sugar soft serve in a paper cup, and you’ll feel like you’re casually hanging out with your friends by the river, grilling and passing around ice cream.

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