In the warmer weather, a walk around Williamsburg can be a great afternoon activity - followed by a leisurely walk back to Manhattan over the Williamsburg Bridge. Need to eat first? No problem - some of Williamsburg's best restaurants are located right underneath the bridge.
Set up in an old diner directly underneath the Williamsburg Bridge, this restaurant has the best seasonal menu in the neighborhood, and shares a kitchen with sister restaurant, Marlow & Sons. Come for brunch on the weekends (the best Bloody Marys) or share a steak dinner for two at dinner.
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Tucked at the end of Bedford Avenue on South 4th Street you'll find this quaint restaurant that specializes in hearty dishes like a pan seared duck breast or buckwheat carbonara at dinner or buttermilk pancakes at brunch. Or, if you're just passing by on your way to walk over the Williamsburg Bridge, stop if for some coffee and a homemade scone.
Marlow & Sons, located directly next to Diner, also serves a seasonal menu but features small plates meant to be shared. Their oysters are the best in town, and a full bar and impressive wine list makes for a fancy night - perfect for special occasions. Very crowded on weekends and late night.
Two words: Fried Chicken. Pies 'n' Thighs is a bit removed from "directly under the bridge," but just a few blocks away from the pedestrian entrance. Do you love fried chicken with biscuits and gravy? Pies 'n' Thighs has it all, including delicious homemade pies. There aren't many tables, though, so go on the early side. This is a great option for dinner that won't destroy your checking account.
Dressler holds the honor of being the only restaurant in Williamsburg with a Michelin Star. Yes, the food is great, but the ambiance is what gives Dressler a leg up from other restaurants in the neighborhood. If you are planning to propose on the Williamsburg Bridge - have dinner before at Dressler.