Tucked in the center of Williamsburg, the Brooklyn Star has been feeding hungry hipsters and their families for years. With a tap room of sorts in front and a big dining room in the back, this is southern hospitality at its finest with delicious food and booze there to help you get the day rolling. Much of it is cooked using their wood-fire oven, so be sure to go big with their epic cinnamon buns served in the cast iron skillet it was baked in, plus their Bloody Bull - a variation of a Bloody Mary with the edition of beef stock - will be sure to cure whatever ails you.
If you're looking for something a little more classic, stroll over to Juliette just off Bedford. This inspired French cafe will transport you to a Parisian kind of life with high ceilings, a massive atrium space and enough greenery to make you feel like you're in a jungle. The food is elegant and delicious, with French flavours and techniques used liberally but airing on the lighter side. Their Roasted Banana Stuffed French Toast served with walnuts and maple syrup is enough to send you into a blissful food coma.
Just where Grand turns into Borinquen, this oddly shaped building has been turned into a centre for friendly faces and food that makes you instantly glad to be alive. Run by a brother/sister team, originally from Isreal, the food at The Lighthouse is light and unusual yet filled with all the flavours we've come to expect from this mid-day rescue meal. The Shakshuka with baked eggs is a soft skillet of joy that will have you asking for an extra toast to scoop up every bite, while the ceviche with avocado and corn will be just that little pick-me-up that could save you on a rough morning.
Upon the corner of Roebling and Metropolitain, there are two spots that equally hold their own: Extra Fancy and Roebling Tea Rooms. With an expansive outside area - perfect for catching sunny rays, Extra Fancy follows a kind of crab-shack feel, but with food that can surprise you. Eye up the Sweet Potato Pancake with a 6 minute egg, Acme smoked salmon, everything crumbles, and horseradish cream, and wash it down with one from their Bloody menu - or a Frozémonade if the weather is right.
Right across the street is Roebling Tea Rooms, a Williamsburg staple, holding down the fort for over a decade. You can go for casual and buzzy on one side or tuck yourself into their slightly separated dining room for a more intimate affair. Their Baked Cheddar Eggs are served over grits with raisin fennel toast and apple butter - unusual and amazing. Looking for something more on the lunch side? Their burger always hits the spot.
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