by Rachel Signer, 07/29/2014
1OR8. Photo: Shinji Mizutani
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Restaurants all along the spectrum have made Williamsburg, once a gritty zone where dining options were few and far between, their home. Among the most luxurious is the French-inspired Maison Premiere. Reservations are recommended, even for the bar, where serious drinkers savor the mixologists' concoctions. The Parisian and (New) Orleanian menu focuses on seafood both raw—Maison Premiere employs an oyster sommelier—and cooked, and there's a phenomenal Old World wine list.
Elegant Japanese restaurant 1OR8 is a world away from Maison Premiere in terms of design and cuisine, though the two businesses are only physically separated by a couple of blocks. The all-white decor complements the stunning presentations; enjoy à la carte sushi, sashimi and cooked dishes, or put your decisions in the hands of the chef and order the omakase, featuring fresh selections flown in directly from Japan. The wine and sake list is equally impressive.
Craving protein? Head to Williamsburg stalwart Peter Luger, Michelin-starred and ranked the top steak house in the country for multiple consecutive years. A South Williamsburg dining destination since 1887 (when the neighborhood was predominantly German), this famed steak house is renowned for its old-school style and perfectly cooked cuts of meat. The signature porterhouse is a winner, meant to be shared. Arrive hungry: portions are king-size—as are the prices.