If you get the chance try the Caracas Arepas in Williamsburg bk .. much more room to sit down and enjoy- even a garden in the back!
Scalini Fedeli in tribeca is great upscale italian my 1st choice..
Del Posto is also very good.
i lived in the hood for 3 1/2 years and some of my faves are:
Cafecito (cuban .. ave C and 12th st)
Sunburnt Cow (for unlimited cocktail brunch -- Ave C. also)
Do-Sirak (korean food NOT korean bbq)
Mama Mexico Centro
Hiro (for sushi)
The Smith (for Brunch only)
Caracas (venezuelan arepas)
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