237 Bedford Ave. (@ North 4th)
Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY 11211
Just like you can’t judge a book by its cover, you sometimes probably can’t judge a restaurant by its decor. La Nonna has the over-the-top Italian decorations replete with sponge painted fresco-like walls, cheesy paintings and bad wrought iron light fixtures. Its “Las Vegas” cheesy bad if that helps your imagination. And to be on Bedford Avenue in the middle of Williamsburg it doesn’t make sense. However if you can get beyond the decorations and grab a slice you’ll soon find a very affordable and fun Italian restaurant in Williamsburg. It’s completely no frills, the service is excellent and to top it off you’re welcome to bring your own bottle of wine for your dinner! There’s UVA wines a few blocks away but I prefer to go up to South 1st to the Bottle shop (just ask for Caesar and he’ll hook you up). The pizza is amazing and much better than the 24 hour rip off place up on 7th near the L train subway where basically everyone goes after a hard night of drinking. La Nonna is actually open till 2AM so I’m surprised that it hasn’t caught on. Then again, come to think of it when you’re drunk I guess the quality of Pizza isn’t super important. Anyhow, check it out, as they also have a great pasta dishes, the salads are enormous and the staff is extremely friendly. For the pizza, I especially like the one with Arugula and Mozzarella.]]>
305 Bedford Avenue (bet S 1st and S 2nd)
Williamsburg Brooklyn NY
Hey – did you know that it’s already spring? March 20th was the official day of the Vernal Equinox! Based on the random mix of warm and cold days we’ve had in the past week in NY I know it’s been hard to tell. There was one sign of the start of the spring season that I could not help notice – the back yard space was open at Supercore! That is a great sign too because it now means you can enjoy Supercore’s music (live on Sundays), food, beer/cocktails, and free wireless from their nice relaxing outdoor space.
Much like the mix of music they play, Supercore dishes up a menu with a mix of Japanese and Western roots. Some would classify their food as Japanese Tapas but I’m not sure if I totally agree with this terminology. There are a lot of strictly western dishes, some strictly Japanese dishes and then dishes that feature the best of both worlds. Over the weekend, I checked out brunch with a friend and we tried out the crepes and their famous super omelette. On the menu, the crepes are all listed as dessert crepes but you can custom order and get a savory one with ham and cheese if you so desire. I got the salmon and cheese omelette which comes with a side of potatoes, salad and sliced baguette. The omelette is obscenely huge – I figure at least 6-8 eggs in this at least. I would call this more of a quiche even.
I can’t wait till spring is in full bloom this year so I take advantage of all the great outdoor spaces in Brooklyn. I’m already thinking about the outdoor parties at Water Taxi Beach and the street fairs down in DUMBO. No worries – I will of course be diligently blogging about all of them for you!]]>
296 Grand St., @ Havemeyer St.
Williamsburg Brooklyn NY
If you’re a boozer I think you’ll like Bozu. With their creative cocktail menu featuring a sake wasabi vodka martini, several creative mojito variations, and a premium sake list to boot, Bozu will do the trick. I checked this place a few weeks ago with my friend Claire and we had a boozing good time scraping several dishes clean and washing it all down with a bottle of premium sake.
If you’re a food enthusiast (sorry I hate the word foodie), then you’ll LOVE Bozu because it just simply rocks. At rock it does. Like your favorite mixed tape that has your best of the best, Chef-Owner Makoto Suzuki created an eclectic menu with the ‘best of’ Japanese cuisine including sushi, salads, steaks, seafood, Japanese fried chicken, and udon noodle dishes. Mixed tapes? What year is this? LOL. I think it was funky Latin down tempo music they had playing that night that brought me back to 1991. Anyhow, if you’re a party of 2 or more, I’d recommend the Sushi Party Bomb plate ($18) which includes 12 pieces of sushi. (Bomb refers to the special unconventional round shape of the sushi). The Pork Betty ($7), thinly sliced pork belly cooked in sake and sweet soy with a dash of wasabi, is also a blast if you like fatty pork – and who doesn’t?
If you live in Manhattan, it’s worth the one stop on the L train to Bedford and the 3 or 4 blocks walk to Bozu. See you at the bar!]]>