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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.

  • OddFellows Ice Cream Co.
    • Ice Cream Shop
    • Williamsburg
    Food
    24
    Decor
    20
    Service
    21
    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
    • American
    • Williamsburg
    Food
    21
    Decor
    17
    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
    21
    Decor
    23
    Service
    19
    Cost
    $28

    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
    28
    Service
    25
    Cost
    $50

    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
    18
    Service
    17
    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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