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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Pearl’s is a casual Caribbean restaurant in Williamsburg with island-party vibes and a great backyard.
Pates Et Traditions
Pates Et Traditions feels more like a small spot you’d find in Southern France than a restaurant two blocks from the Bedford L stop in Williamsburg.
Lodge is unfortunately like Freemans’ apathetic little brother - trying hard to emulate, but falling short of the effortless cool of their older sibling.
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Russ & Daughters Brooklyn Navy Yard
The Brooklyn Navy Yard location of Russ & Daughters is huge, and a good place to get bagels, smoked fish, and baked goods.
Daily Provisions on the Upper West Side is an excellent all-day cafe that’s one of the best places in the neighborhood for a quick meal.
Kitchen Step is an upscale American restaurant in Jersey City that serves a great burger.
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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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