Lilia is the Italian restaurant of the moment in Williamsburg, but it’s pretty much impossible to get a table there unless you hover over their website at midnight 30 days out. Misi, by the same owner, specializes in pasta and I’m guessing is also a tough table. (I haven’t tried yet.)
If you’re close to the G train, you could head to Locanda Vini e Olii in Clinton Hill - a cozy gem of a place where pastas are easily in the $20 range, other dishes a bit higher, but not outrageous.
Yeah, I felt duty-bound to mention Lilia. The problem with “neighborhood Italian” in Williamsburg is that the neighborhood has become so gentrified, I’m not sure how many low-key, Italian-American places remain. (I’m by no means a Willismsburg expert, though.) That’s why I mentioned Locanda Vini e Olii in Clinton Hill. It’s more of a neighborhood spot, or maybe a neighborhood date-night spot (serving Tuscan food).
Are you looking for classic Italian-American, or more regional Italian?Edited: 18 November 2018, 23:40
Ah ok. Either one is fine.
I haven’t been in a while but take a look at Aurora
Thank you adamhornets
Thank you ziggy60. Aurora looks good.
Al di la is a personal favorite; just know that they don’t take reservations, and the wait can be long if you don’t get there very early. It’s definitely my favorite of the Park Slope Italian places, of which there are a lot.
If you’re willing to travel to Park Slope & environs, Table 87 is a more-than-decent neighborhood spot. Frankies 457 in Carroll Gardens is excellent.
Monte’s in Gowanus for old school Brooklyn ambience (it claims to be the oldest Italian restaurant in Brooklyn).
**Monte’s in Gowanus for old school Brooklyn ambience (it claims to be the oldest Italian restaurant in Brooklyn).**
I was not a fan of Monte's but I haven't been since they re-opened.
I love Sam's on Court Street. You also have Queen on Court which is right near Borough Hall.
Sam's is cash only(ATM outside) and really old school. Old school table cloths and the owner Louie is a character. They make some of the best brick oven pizza in NYC. The Italian dishes are also good.
Queen is a big draw for the municipal workers and neighborhood residents in Bklyn Heights/Borough Hall area.