House of Small Wonder is an easy place to miss. It’s an unmarked space a couple blocks from the Bedford stop in Williamsburg, surrounded by restaurants full of people wearing Stan Smiths. When you realize that this place isn’t a yoga studio and walk inside, you’ll find a cafe serving French and Japanese breakfast and lunch items like a croque madame and rotating sashimi bowls. There won’t be groups of people photographing their bacon Bloody Marys here, but you may feel the need to take a picture of the huge tree growing up through the floor in the middle of the space.
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Abracadabra is a mostly-vegetarian cafe in Williamsburg that feels like it could be in Joshua Tree.
Mezcaleria La Milagrosa
Mezcaleria La Milagrosa is hidden behind a freezer door in a bodega in Williamsburg, but it’s mostly just a (tiny) normal bar with good cocktails.
Meat Hook Burger Shop
Meat Hook Burger Shop is a takeout spot in Williamsburg that serves one of the best burgers anywhere in the city.
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Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill
Somehow, the Blue Ribbon brand’s new spot is just as excellent as its other outposts, despite being in a Midtown hotel. This place is, however, insanely expensive.
Fire + Water
Fire + Water is a vegan restaurant in the East Village with a chef’s counter serving an omakase, and a separate space devoted to dim sum.
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Frankel’s is a Jewish deli in the same vein as Russ & Daughters, but on its own level entirely.
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