Neighborhood Highlights

Must-See Williamsburg

by Rachel Signer, 07/29/2014

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  • Farm to Fork

    Farm-to-table cuisine is among the City's most prevalent food trends—a movement for which Andrew Tarlow is at least partially responsible. The restaurateur's emphasis on locally sourced, seasonal ingredients defines the beautifully plated dishes at his three neighborhood restaurants: Diner and Marlow & Sons, both located just south of the Williamsburg Bridge, and Reynard, Tarlow's latest venture. While the first two are more casual affairs—head to Marlow & Sons for a breakfast of poached eggs and a biscuit or some lunchtime oysters; don't miss the burger at Diner—the last is slightly more formal, taking up the bottom floor of the Wythe Hotel. The restaurant features tattooed baristas doling out artful lattes, an extensive wine list assembled by natural-wine luminary Lee Campbell and a daily menu, created by executive chef Sean Rembold, with meat from local farms butchered in-house. (Diners interested in postprandial revelry, take note: you can ask the restaurant management for help bypassing the line to the Wythe's rooftop bar, The Ides.)

     

    Similarly on trend is Michelin-starred chef Paul Liebrandt's The Elm, which offers farm-fresh cuisine in dishes like summer lettuce salad, spaghetti with blue crab, zucchini and bottarga, and an Amish chicken and spring pea special. For rustic interior design and enjoyable eats, stop by Allswell during brunch, where casual service and excellent bloody marys are served in a space quiet enough to actually enjoy a conversation. For a truly relaxing experience, there’s longtime neighborhood favorite Egg. The restaurant is known for—you guessed it—breakfast, when diners can order personal French presses, fresh biscuits, duck hash and, naturally, cage-free egg dishes. For smaller bites, swing by Bakeri, which sells some of the finest baked goods around, including savory tarts, cookies and pies. Take your lunch in their backyard garden, appointed with a fishpond, and enjoy a peaceful oasis in an otherwise busy neighborhood. 

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