Chef Bryan Noury's Guide to Eating Well in Williamsburg
With new restaurants sprouting up in Williamsburg at the speed of light, it can be challenging to find a place to eat with so many options. That's why we've enlisted a local food expert to show us where to eat well off the L—Chef Bryan Noury. He's the executive chef at Hotel Americano in Chelsea and has lived in Williamsburg for nearly four years.
"I like that I can still enjoy a quiet walk home from the subway on a Monday night but have the perks of concerts and movies in McCarren Park on a warm evening in July," he tells So Williamsburg about loving his neighborhood. "Most of our friends have moved within a five block radius of us. We have our weekend coffee rituals (cinnamon doughnut holes at Sweetleaf) and favorite Sunday night sauce (Bamontes!), not to mention we have outdoor space for our Big Green Egg, and an amazing rooftop with one of the best Manhattan Skyline views anywhere."
Check out Chef Noury's top six recommendations for the best steak, pasta, and soup dumplings below.
"Date night favorite…Spicy tequila for my wife, Mint iced tea for me and the Mixed Grill perfect for a light, fresh dinner. Braised lamb shank with olives and lemon. Killer Middle Eastern eggs for breakfast. Always packed and always super consistent. Maybe the best restaurant in Williamsburg."
133 Wythe Ave. cafemogador.com/williamsburg
"My favorite Sunday night meal is Italian comfort food. Get the pork chop parm and the broccoli salad. [The restaurant] has amazing old school service and a very reasonable wine list. And I might have a crush on the owner."
32 Withers St.
"I’ve actually eaten the cacio pepe out of giant stainless mixing bowls here, it is that good. Everyone is treated like family here. Lorenzo is one of the best maître d's in New York City. My wife and I were there for her 30th birthday, and I had brought in a 1986 Chianti classic reserve. The wine presentation and the special lamb wellington they made for us was off menu and out of this world. My wife has also been to the original one in Rome and adores it. Everyone talk about how good Lilia is but I honestly feel the pasta at Antica is better."
115 Berry St. anticapesa.com
"Soup dumplings, fried chicken wings and spicy beef…drinks are like lighter fluid, but apparently that's ok! Even their delivery is terrific."
292 Grand St. newmshanghai.com
"The 'Cheers' of the neighborhood. Awesome sandwiches and snacks. I love cruising in just to say what’s up to Charlie and Mike, and they always have an incredible selection of whiskeys and single malts behind the cash register for their favorite customers!"
101 Bedford Ave.
Peter Luger Steak House
"I think it is without a doubt the best steak in NYC. An incredible experience."
178 Broadway peterluger.com