The Perfect Day in Williamsburg with Chef Jaime Young

As Executive Chef/Partner of Sunday In Brooklyn, Jaime Young knows a thing or two about food. The restaurant—which was born out of Young and his co-partners’ love of this relaxed weekend day—is a welcoming respite near Domino park that offers seasonal dining, brunch, cocktails and more. Calling Wythe Avenue home since 2016, this all-day restaurant has become a Williamsburg staple.

Eat and explore your way through this trendy Brooklyn neighborhood with Young’s guide to the best spots in the area.

Where to Eat

Explore this hip neighborhood through the eyes of a food expert, and discover his top picks for a bite to eat.

Mekelburg’s

 

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Right around the corner from Sunday In Brooklyn, this neighborhood spot is simple and casual, letting the food shine. Stop by for brunch on the weekends or lunch and dinner during the week for an eclectic offering of classics and culinary creations—Young recommends the hot chicken or Italian sandwich.

Kings County Imperial

 

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This Chinese restaurant is serving up elevated versions of all of your favorites. All dishes are served family style and its casual approach to upscale dining attracts the likes of other chefs alongside casual neighorhood walk-ins. Young recommends the mock eel and the long beans. Stop in for always-great ambiance, cocktails and service.

Where to Drink

Williamsburg isn’t just about the food—it’s time to find your new watering hole in this Brooklyn neighborhood.

The Cup

 

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The Cup is the perfect neighborhood coffee spot. Though the storefront is small, the barista, John Wang, is “an ace at making espresso drinks,” said Young. The friendly staff and location near the Montrose stop on the L train make it perfect for a morning pitstop.

Vine Wine

 

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The perfect spot for natural wine, this specialty shop has an ever-evolving selection, so you can always find something new when you visit. Just a block and a half away from bustling Metropolitan Avenue, this store is a hidden gem.

The Anchored Inn

 

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The Anchored Inn has everything you want in a great neighborhood diver bar—metal music, pool tables, beer and tasty bar food,” said Young. Enjoy plentiful outdoor seating in the warmer weather, or the cozy interior with dark wood, pinball machines and eclectic decor.

Horses and Divorces

 

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Perfect for a late night bite or a $5 Budweiser, Horses and Divorces is a no-frills neighborhood spot on the quieter portion of Bedford Avenue. Pop in for a free game of pool, great music and affordable and well-made cocktails.

Things to Do

Explore more than just Williamsburg’s food and drink scene and discover Young’s favorite places to visit when he’s outside of the kitchen.

Nitehawk Cinemas

 

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This small movie theater offers top-notch independent films alongside screenings of classic cult favorites. They also have an extensive bar, dinner and brunch menu so you can enjoy a bite to eat while watching your chosen flick.

BEAM

 

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This beautiful design and home-goods store has been open since 2013. Stocking only the best in furniture, lighting, art and home goods, it is a blend of styles ranging from mid-century modern to California cool. Only a block away from the East River, it is in a picturesque spot perfect for drawing inspiration.

The Hoxton Hotel

 

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The pastel color palette and mid-century modern aestetic make the Hoxton Hotel instantly appealing. The first Hoxton outpost in North America, they have 175 rooms along with three restaurants and a rooftop bar. “Their lobby is the perfect place to grab a coffee and pastry and get some work done,” said Young. “They also have a sweet rooftop lounge with killer New York City skyline views—a nice atmosphere for grabbing a drink.”

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