Like most of us living in Brooklyn/NYC we spend our weekends galavanting around looking for the hottest brunch and dinner spots. I have accumulated a good amount of places especially in my favorite area, Williamsburg. The trendy, hipster spot is only a short drive from my apartment making it that much easier for me to spend majority of my free time hopping from place to place. I can do an entire post on Brooklyn restaurants we love but I figured dividing this up into different parts makes it easier for all of us (and it will save you from me blabbing).
Caracas Arepa Bar. With three locations, two in Brooklyn and one on the Lower East Side, this arepa bar is cheap, delicious and always a good time! I tend to come during lunch where they have a special serving salad or soup ( my choice is always salad!) with an arepa, all for the price of $9.75. On top of that, they have happy hour offered everyday and is just a quick yummy bite in the neighborhood!
Butler. This cozy cool location served me the best quinoa salad I’ve had in a while. The lighting is perfect for any ‘instagrammer' and the seating is so comfortable making you stay for hours. It’s one of my favorite coffee shops serving great lunch options on top of the necessary café choices.
ELA Taverna. I will admit its not the best greek place out there but it works for a quick dinner and is always serving yummy dishes at an affordable price. We generally come for the “early bird special”- I put quotes on that because there is no such thing on the menu, we just coincidentally have always eaten here around 4pm... I generally order the 1/2 roasted chicken served with a side of steamed spinach or the greek salad (minus the feta!).
Cafe Mogador. I have seen this spot all over yelp and I can see why. It is probably my favorite on this list serving the best Moroccan dishes! They have two locations one in Williamsburg and one in the East Village. My fave is the Williamsburg location as I feel it is easier to get a table. This place is busy all day, everyday. From experience, the best time to ensure you will get seated is during lunch hour any day of the week. The hype is well worth it and both locations seem to be as charming as they photograph.
Pies N’ Thighs (before my gluten free days). Ah nothing like a good old chicken and waffles. I still get cravings for this place (too bad there are no gluten free options!) It’s the perfect hangover meal. My go to was the fried chicken sandwich served on a biscuit. It is so delicious that I still dream about eating it! The sandwich has a kick of spice with their homemade hot sauce and a touch of sweetness with honey drizzled on top… SO GOOD! FYI, if any of you know a gluten free fried chicken place I’d love to try for my cheat meal!
Lilia Ristorante. Italian restaurants in NYC aren’t hard to find but Lilia is the type of place where you leave dreaming about each dish you just devoured. I haven’t been in a while as it is so hard to get a reservation! The hype is real and everyone is talking about this place. My recommendation would be to try the pasta. I am not sure if they do gluten free pasta dishes but they have great alternatives such as grilled meats and fresh fish that I would love to try when I go back.
Westlight in the William Vale. Now that the weather is getting warmer, I totally recommend coming here for a few appetizers and a drink. The best part of this place is its stunning view of NYC. The modern rooftop located on the top of the newly built William Vale is a great night out and perfect way to enjoy the sunset. You can’t go wrong with any of the small dishes they offer, they are all delicious.
Reynard. Located inside the Wythe Hotel has a cool romantic vibe for a dinner out. All of the dishes carry unique elements and you can choose between dining at the bar or in the main dining room (depending on the experience you want to get).
Would love to hear if you guys have been to any of the above or have new places for me to check out! :)