This guide for hosting out-of-town guests is part of the Williamsburger Hosting Guide.
Williamsburg is one of New York’s dream foodie neighborhoods, where you can get pretty much any world cuisine. Especially Thai. If you’ve got out-of-town visitors, it’s great to show them culinary experiences they won’t get at home, and ideally without spending too much of the money you need for rent.
354 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Fette Sau is the first place anyone staying with us ends up. There’s a euphoria in going up to the counter, asking for a platter for 4, and knowing you’ll get a huge variety of delicious, unexpected meats for around $20/person. The barbecue smell lingers in your clothes for a long time, so expect to continue craving a return visit for a while, and don’t wear anything you don’t expect to wash soon.
442 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
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Italian food done right. The antipasto platter and any of the pasta dishes are big favorites, and the wine list is inexpensive and good. The experience falls into the frequently seen upscale Williamsburg Italian style, but with a friendlier attitude than Bamonte’s and better food than Giando’s. I tend to make reservations here, although I’m sure I’ve ever really needed them.
77 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
A little upscale and potentially too adventurous for some visitors, this hidden-away gem serves 10-course Japanese tasting menus in private curtained booths. The sake tasting flights are exquisite, if again, not cheap.
222 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY 11222
I remain deeply in love with the always-changing menu at Queen’s Hideaway, up in Greenpoint. A great destination for adventurous diners, as you never really know what you’re going to get until you arrive. Reservations are a good idea here.
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530 Driggs Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Fada serves dinner late into the night, and the welcoming French bistro atmosphere and attention to good food makes this a prime choice to bring guests. The moules du jour (mussels) are always a safe bet, but nothing on the menu disappoints. If you’re good at planning ahead, you can call at least one day in advance, and they’ll prepare bouillabaisse for a minimum of 4 people.