For two centuries, Grand Street in Williamsburg has been the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare, connecting Brooklyn to its sister borough, Queens. Over the years, this stretch of pavement has issued quite the siren song, calling hungry travelers, peckish fashionistas, and discerning locals to its brownstones and brick walk-ups. Restaurants on Grand Street repeatedly appear on Brooklyn’s must-eat lists, so we’re cutting to the chase—a slow chase in a straight line. Meander with us through Grand Street’s restaurants, cafes, and drink venues, and feel free to stop and stuff your face at any point along the way. Here’s our list of the hottest restaurants you must try during your time in Williamsburg.
Start the morning just a couple blocks from the East River at Aurora, an Italian-inspired restaurant with garden views. Order sausages made from scratch or try the vegetarian-friendly Frittata del Giorno. Prepare to fall in love with Italian food all over again.
Bread Brothers Bagel Café
Grab a quick bagel and fruit juice at Bread Brothers Bagel Café at Grand and Bushwick Avenue, which boasts an array of tasty spreads you can order by the half-pound, like bacon/scallion spread and lox in cream cheese. Um, we’ll take five tubs.
Grand Street is known for its vintage shops and up-and-coming designer boutiques. After a little window shopping, you’ll be ready to tackle the neighborhood’s favorite dish—meatball pizza—at Grand Street Pizza.
Caracas Arepa Bar
Take your mouth on a North African holiday at La Goulette, a Tunisian café that offers pita sandwiches brimming with lamb sausage merguez, falafel, and roasted veggies.
Save room for the loroco y queso pupusas at Bahía near Manhattan Avenue. Pupusas are the Salvadorian contribution to the world of hand-held dinners and the chefs at Bahía are famous for their take on this traditional dish, so please, step away from the Hot Pocket®.
Whiskey connoisseurs, you’ll feel right at home staring at the 400 bottles of fine whiskey behind the counter of local favorite Noorman’s Kil.
St. Mazie Bar & Supper Club
If you’re feeling fancy and a little sassy, run your finger around the rim of a specialty cocktail at popular St. Mazie Bar & Supper Club. Cheers, indeed.
Dokebi Bar & Grill
Looking for a bar that keeps it simple and pours strong? Lady Jay’s is your girl. This unassuming hot spot is a mouthful of local flavor. It’s a dive bar, sure, but if you want to truly taste Brooklyn, slip into a booth with exposed brick walls and old hardwood floors.
They say Brooklyn is the new Manhattan. We say Brooklyn is the new Brooklyn. Grand Street, first established in the 19th century, has evolved into a well-curated smorgasbord of international eats and craft drinks. So don’t pass up the opportunity to taste seasoned standbys and satisfy your most contemporary culinary cravings, all on one street.