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Our City Guides is from the point of view of the people we interview. A restaurant cannot be listed in our guides unless it is recommended by one of the tastemakers we’ve featured. We don’t want you to see the restaurant world through our eyes, but rather through the eyes of your favorite tastemakers in every industry. Why us? Why not them?



Recommended by: Adam Richman (Travel Channel Host)

Whether you stop in for a hearty meal or just a drink, Alchemy gives you the true London-style gastropub experience in the comfort of this low-key venue.  If the menu’s old-timey favorites weren’t enough to thoroughly satisfy an appetite, Alchemy proves everything tastes better washed down by a Guinness.


Antica Pesa

Recommended by: Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Actor)

This swanky spot was inspired by its original namesake in Rome. The dark woods and modern decor give this space a sexy, sleek atmosphere that attracts both locals and celebrities hankering for upscale Italian. However, the food is the main star here, with each dish a flavorful unique twist on traditional Italian fare. Additionally, the [...]



Recommended by: Todd Mitgang (Chef/Owner, Crave Fishbar)

A delicious bakery for breakfast or lunch in Williamsburg, whether you’re sitting down or on the go. The spot is, as a whole, homemade. The bread, jam and butter (if you can believe it) are all done in house, and the Counter Culture coffee is a great addition. “Breakfast is Bakeri in Williamsburg – Iced Americano and [...]



Recommended by: Dana Cowin (Editor-in-Chief, Food & Wine), Athena Calderone (Interior Designer), Jim Nelson (Editor-in-Chief, GQ), Jill Herzig (Editor-in-Chief, Redbook)

A tiny 28 seater spot with exposed brick walls, antique ceilings, and a small, cozy feeling, Battersby somehow makes being somewhat cramped a positive. The courses on the menu named “first,” “second” and “third,” are the perfect representation of the unassuming, humble nature of this American Nouveau spot. “I’d go to Brooklyn and go to Battersby, [...]


Betty Bakery

Recommended by: Julie Ann Orsini (Fashion Archivist)

Betty Bakery is a neighborhood bakeshop in the heart of Boerum Hill. Whether it’s delicious hot chocolate, an intricate cake for your next celebration, or just a red velvet cupcake to brighten one’s day, there are treats for all kinds of occasions (and non-occasions).



Recommended by: Chelsea Leyland (International DJ)

Bozu offers a sophisticated twist on “Japanese tapas;” delicious and fresh sushi abounds on the menu, their specialty are their “sushi bombs,” and there are still plenty of vegetarian options. Cozy and hip, Bozu’s atmosphere makes it a great place for a date; but there is plenty of seating in the dining room or on [...]


Brooklyn Crab

Recommended by: Trish Goff (Model)

Overlooking the New York Harbor, this tri-level seafood shack offers delicious crab and seafood boils Maryland style, as well as other tradition seafood fare. Don’t let the long lines deter you, the wait is well worth it with the delicious platters of fresh seafood cooked in the perfect blend of spices.


Brooklyn Label

Recommended by: Rachelle Lefevre (Actress)

Although popular for its brunch, lunch and dinner at this warm, inviting neighborhood eatery are equally worth stopping for. Chef Jose Luis Diaz uses his Puerto Rican roots and French training to inspire his cooking, creating unique dishes that keep the locals coming back for more. “If I have time, I make myself a honey [...]


Cafe Mogador Williamsburg

Recommended By: Athena Calderone (Interior Designer), Daphne Oz (Host, The Chew), Rumi Neely (Fashion Toast), Eden Grinshpan (Host, Eden Eats), Mario Carbone (Chef/Owner, Carbone), Pamela Love (Jewelry Designer)

A great spot for Moroccan fare, Café Mogador is most definitely an East Village and Williamsburg breakfast and brunch favorite. The spot manages to have a French café feel, and serves up great Middle Eastern cuisine… “I love the breakfast at Café Mogador – I’m a huge fan of Middle Eastern food.” – Athena Calderone (Interior [...]


Café Moto

Recommended by: Jud Mongell (Five Leaves)

This cozy Williamsburg restaurant is a popular spot to have brunch outside in the warmer months, or tucked into a corner in the winter. Diners can enjoy live music nightly at dinner, or at noon on Sundays during brunch.