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Best Summer Spots in Williamsburg

Chart a course for an oh-so Brooklyn summer with these can't-miss Williamsburg picks.

  • Smorgasburg
    • Williamsburg
    Food
    25
    Decor
    17
    Service
    17
    Cost
    $20

    Take your pick from the scores of trendy bites on offer at this weekly food fest along the East River. Inventive takes on summer staples such as ice cream sandwiches, slushies and lemonade are all up for grabs.

  • OddFellows Ice Cream Co.
    • Ice Cream Shop
    • Williamsburg
    Food
    24
    Decor
    19
    Service
    22
    Cost
    $8

    Don’t let its retro aesthetic fool you. This Williamsburg soda fountain dishes up generous scoops of off-the-wall ice cream flavors like chorizo caramel swirl, tobacco leaf-smoked chili huckleberry and even buttermilk biscuit. Choose to enjoy them straight up in a cone or mixed into a sundae and shake.

  • The Meatball Shop
    • Fast Food
    • Williamsburg
    Food
    22
    Decor
    16
    Service
    18
    Cost
    $26

    Named for its signature savory offering, this stop along Bedford Avenue shows off its sweeter side with ian ice cream sandwich menu. Mix and match house-churned flavors (brown sugar, mint) with freshly baked cookies (ginger, brownie walnut).

  • Zona Rosa Brooklyn
    • Mexican
    • Williamsburg
    Food
    23
    Decor
    24
    Service
    22
    Cost
    $36

    This corner taqueria stands out from the crowd not only for its culinary creations but also for its eclectic home. The eatery is built around an Airstream trailer-turned-kitchen, capped with a rooftop patio and bar that’s particularly suited for summertime margarita seekers.

  • Maison Premiere
    • Bar
    • Williamsburg
    Atmo.
    25
    Decor
    25
    Service
    18
    Cost
    M

    Williamsburg’s resident New Orleans representative, this perpetually hopping Southern belle keeps customers coming back with an extensive oyster selection and clever absinthe cocktails. If you can, snag a seat on its shady, wrought iron-framed back patio.

  • Fette Sau
    • Barbecue
    • Williamsburg
    Food
    26
    Decor
    15
    Service
    15
    Cost
    $32

    Occupying a long, narrow industrial lot on Metropolitan Avenue, this Williamsburg BBQ joint needs the extra square footage to accommodate the lines stretching back from its cafeteria-style counter. Carnivores can order down-home favorites by the pound and chow down at outdoor communal picnic tables. With a no-reservation policy, weekdays are your safest bet.

  • Union Pool
    • Bar
    • Williamsburg
    Atmo.
    17
    Decor
    14
    Service
    12
    Cost
    I

    In the summertime, this grubby Williamsburg bar-cum-music venue’s backyard becomes a hipster wonderland. Rounding out the quintessential North Brooklyn experience are complete with a taco truck, an outdoor concert series and, of course, PBR.

  • Berry Park
    • Bar
    • Williamsburg
    Atmo.
    19
    Decor
    16
    Service
    13
    Cost
    M

    Come with friends for a few cold ones at this lively beer hall, nestled on a particularly sudsy block on the Williamsburg-Greenpoint border. In addition to an open-air patio at street level, there’s plenty of sun-soaked seating on its roomy, window-covered rooftop.

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