The Hive isn’t fully either a bar or a restaurant, but since Williamsburg already has a ton of both those things, it’s useful to know about a place that exists somewhere in between. The bright space has a long bar that’s a solid option for drinks and a bite with a friend, but the majority of the space is filled with tables that can be reserved, and which work for a group dinner before a night out in the neighborhood. Wherever you sit, get a couple strong cocktails or inexpensive bottles of wine (there are multiple options for under $40), and share the very good burger with gouda and tomato chutney or the espresso-infused fried chicken sandwich. Or both.
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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.
Off the main stretch in Williamsburg is Aurora, a place charming enough for a First/Early in the Game Date, calm enough for Dinner with the Parents, and with an insane, well-greened Outdoor/Patio Situation.
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What we have found at Blind Tiger is a New York City bar that actually has an extensive microwbrew selection AND excellent food. Unfortunately, the place gets very crowded at times.
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Best Pizza is a wood-fired pizza spot that serves classic New York City slices in Williamsburg.
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