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Family meals - usually a hasty, carbo-loaded sampling of whatever's leftover - are a thoughtful process here, too. "It's another excuse to put together a fun, creative thing," said manager Tom Budny. "I'd say it's better than any other restaurant's family meal in New York." That night, it was a serving of the menu's shrimp ravioli, alongside an off-the-menu concoction of white bean and radicchio.
"The neighborhood really feels like an authentic slice of Brooklyn," says server Blaze Lamper, who previously spent several years in Williamsburg at Diner. "It's hard to put your finger on, but you can sense it. We have an amazing number of devoted regulars, and for some reason, more than any other neighborhood I've worked in, we always have painters coming in."