So where should you eat at Taste Williamsburg this Sunday?
Smashed sweet potatos and chorizo and green apple frozen custard with
cookie crumbs and candied ginger
“We will be serving up a variety of flavors from our new head chef, who is planning big things for the fall,” said owner Samantha DiStefano. “We’d like to spread the word about the changes we’re making while still keeping our unique, local vibe. We providing a space to gather, eat and drink that’s laid back, but not a dive.”
Nita Nita [146 Wythe Ave. between N. Eighth and Ninth streets in Williamsburg, (718) 388-5328].
White gazpacho with pimenton de la Vera and dayboat ceviche
“We always strive to serve a high quality item that exemplifies what we do at Juliette; fine dining food that’s accessible to everyone in Williamsburg,” said General Manager Nicole Ponsela. “We also love to meet our friends, fans and regulars, as well as new faces, and the best part — seeing their faces light-up when they bite into a Juliette mini-masterpiece!”
Juliette [135 N. Fifth St. between Bedford Avenue and Berry Street in Williamsburg, (718) 388-9222].
Marinated sardines with raspberry and orange, and homemade pickled mussels.
“MyMoon offers a delicious and unique Mediterranean menu,” said
General Manager Kenan Oz. “Come for a taste of our chef’s signature tapas dishes and discover a different side of dining in Brooklyn!”
MyMoon [184 N. 10th St. between Bedford and Driggs avenues in Williamsburg, (718) 599-7007].
Gazpacho with marinated rock shrimp and basil<
“People should use a ticket on us because of our concern for fresh, quality ingredients and careful execution,” said General Manager Matthew Feddock.
Dressler [149 Broadway between S. Sixth Street and Driggs Avenue in Williamsburg, (718) 384-6343].
Lamb tongue with squash custard and Brussels sprouts
“Our ‘taste’ is going to be fun and interesting, and will hopefully introduce the readers to exciting new flavor combinations,” said owner David Rosen.
Masten Lake [285 Bedford Ave. between Grand and First streets in Williamsburg, (718) 599-5565].
Empanaditas, a baked whole wheat pastry filled with kale, sundried tomatoes, ricotta salata and organic raisins.
“Our taste is a great example of what we do here,” said chef/owner Sasha Miranda. “Healthy, inventive cuisine that fuses Latin American and Italian flavors.”
Miranda [80 Berry St. at N. Ninth Street in Williamsburg, (718) 387-0711].
Teddy’s Bar and Grill
Fresh grilled lamb sliders topped with a Morrocan-style salsa (crushed pistachios, tomato, herbs and feta cheese). Teddy’s will also attempt to serve a freshly caught, wild fish called sea robin — providing the fishermen they work with catch it on time.
“Folks should visit our table because they will find friendly, delicious service,” said owner Felice Kirby. “Last year we pumped out 500 portions of smoked and pulled fresh pig. We had a ball and the guests were very sated!”
Teddy’s Bar and Grill [96 Berry St. at N. Eighth Street in Williamsburg, (718) 384-9787].
Tuna burger and bulgogi sandwich
“We picked these because one [the bulgogi sandwich] has a lot of flavor, it’s a very popular sandwich,” said owner Serkan Uzel. “The other is a very light, clean, tuna burger that will be nice for — what will hopefully be — a hot day.”
Lokal [905 Lorimer St. at Nassau Street in Greenpoint, (718) 384-6777].
Unless you’ve sprung for unlimited “tastes” at the Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint event on Sunday, you’ll need help figuring out where to allot your precious tickets. Luckily, these participating restaurants were willing to share their top secret dishes with us — and prove to you why you have to have them.
— Sarah Zorn
Updated 5:26 pm, July 9, 2018