342 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Our Rating: ★ ★ ★
Cards: All Major
Hours: Sun-Thurs Noon-Midnight; Fri-Sat Noon-1am
Booze: Beer and Wine Only
Subway: L to Bedford Ave.
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On a less-traveled block at S. 2nd and Wythe lays the newly opened Williamsburger, a joint whose name leaves little to the imagination. Indeed, the cuisine is your standard cornucopia of artery-clogging classics — burgers, milkshakes, onion rings, fries, hot dogs, and even pierogies populate the menu. The simple interior of the restaurant, which isn’t yet serving alcohol, further bolsters their nothin’ but meat atmosphere.
Williamsburger’s mantra is “beefing up hipsters,” and needless to say, with a slogan like that A LOT could go wrong. However, the fare is pretty damn satisfying. All of the burgers are made with Hereford Beef from Washington State, and are served with a fresh and delicious side of fries. A few salads as well as a chicken burger and a tuna burger work as alternates for those of the non-beef persuasion, although everything comes drenched in dressing and/or mayo. The $4 milkshake is overpriced, but so delicious (Cappuccino and Butterscotch are particular gems) that it might be worth the splurge.
The stoner population of the South Side will surely embrace this place more then they seemed to enjoy its previous embodiment as Fire and Ice bar — and we have a feeling that towards their later PM hours, delivery will boom. But the real test will be to see if Williamsburger can avoid almost certain defeat from neighborhood staple DuMont Burger. After all, DuMont has a liquor license, is only two blocks away on Bedford, and their gourmet burger prices are comparable. For now we wish Williamsburger good luck, ironic menu, décor, and all.
NY Mag says:
Chef Cory McPherson calls his patty “the best burger on the block,” an assertion that may well be true on this quiet stretch of Wythe Avenue. Get past the punny name and the antiseptic, vaguely retro yellow interior, and you’ll be treated to a classic, if unremarkable Hereford-beef grind served on a soft sesame bun with a side of fries. Grab some extra napkins and prepare for a messy table—with toppings like caramelized Vidalia onion and blue cheese, or iceberg lettuce, Jersey tomato, and “Government” cheese (good ol’ processed American), these burgers are impressively overstuffed. The brightly lit joint also serves up “Doggies,” Mom’s Secret Family Recipe coleslaw, and steaming hot pierogi. For those averse to red meat, there’s an Asian chicken burger with chile-garlic mayo and a sesame-crusted yellowfin-tuna burger. Cap off the night with a Boylan’s Artesian soda or a nostalgic, creamy black-raspberry milk shake.