Williamsburg’s bustling Bedford Avenue is next up on our list of drink-to-dessert neighborhood mini crawls, where we tackle one gastronomically blessed BK block at a time by spreading the love — and your dollars — among some of the tastiest restaurants within them.
From Vietnamese pop-ups (Bep), to beloved burger flippers (DuMont), to elevated gastropubs (Allswell), to stick-to-your ribs classic Polish (Kasia’s), it’s challenging to choose between the overabundance of edible riches on this particularly flavorful strip — but we think you’ll agree that the following itinerary guarantees an utterly delicious evening.
Pre-Dinner Drinks: The Gibson
This unpretentious but impressively stocked whiskey bar makes the perfect opening act — cozy enough to hunker down at for a quiet night out with friends, but spacious enough that you won’t hold up your plans by waiting for a seat. Pick your poison from over a hundred varieties of scotch, bourbon and rye — there are affordable options like Jim Beam, Jameson and Jack Daniels, but serious libations for even more serious spenders (try Pappy Van Winkle 23 year, Sazerac 18 year, or Hirsch 20 year American Whiskey).108 Bedford Avenue, (718) 387-6296
Appetizers: Maison Premiere…we mean Vanessa’s Dumpling House
Unfortunately, we recently made a resolution
to refrain from mentioning Maison Premiere in every other article, so we cannot officially recommend kicking off your meal with stellar dollar oysters from their 30-strong, happy hour list. Instead, set the stage for your stomach with equally inexpensive dumplings (five for a buck), fried pork buns (four for a buck), or beef stuffed sesame pancakes ($1.50), at the new Brooklyn branch of this delicious Chinatown haunt.310 Bedford Avenue, (718) 218-8806
Entrée: The Meatball Shop
Got a jones for casual comfort food and incessant, nut sack humor? You can order your beef, spicy pork, chicken or vegetable balls naked (served with a choice of sauce and a stick of focaccia bread), slider style (one ball and sauce on a bun), in an “everything but the kitchen sink” salad (the Family Jewels version includes an additional fried egg), or smashed (two balls squished onto brioche with sauce and mozzarella). Yum! And ouch!170 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Dessert: Handsome Dan’s Snocone and Candy Stand
Who doesn’t get a childhood thrill at the mention of Ring Pops, Mallo Cups, Pixy Stix and snow cones? All are available at this sugary wonderland tucked into the Williamsburg mini-mall, and some are even transformed into legitimately adult desserts — look for naturally flavored snocones in thyme dream, Earl Grey cream, chili passion fruit and orange blossom ginger.218 Bedford Ave, (410) 241-3472