There was perfect weather yesterday for the outdoor Taste of Williamsburg & Greenpoint, which featured forty restaurants on the East River in Williamsburg serving tasty tasting portions and special dishes. The array of options ranged from cold gazpacho to pulled pork to crepes and coffee ice cream floats, and according to dedicated eater and photographer Jordan Shapiro, here were some of the highlights:

  • PT Restaurant’s fava bean crostini with crisp priscutto (who also offered homemade cheese)
  • A selection of three sausages, kraut and mustard from Loreley Restaurant & Biergarten
  • Slow-roasted beef brisket from The Bedford (though they ran out of the corn cake early)
  • Banana Cream Pie from The Rabbithole, unquestionably the best dessert out there (they offered an Earl Grey Crème Brulee as well)
  • Teddy’s, celebrating their 125th anniversary, served a great pork belly taco with a refreshing slaw
  • The humus and Matbucha (Moroccan tomato salad) pita from Cafe Mogador
  • A selection of scones and other baked goods from Sweetwater
  • Cubana Social’s duo of tostones with delicious pickled radishes

To wash it all down, the Brooklyn Brewery kept ice cold IPA, a seasonal Pumpkin ale and Radius on tap, several bars served Jameson Black cocktails (an event sponsor) and others brought along their own mixologists for concoctions like a Jim Beam and salt concoction with cantaloupe juice and mint from The Drink.

However, Shapiro notes that "not all the restaurant’s efforts were successful, with Crif Dogs putting forth a poorly-executed version of their Chihuahua, a bacon-wrapped hot dog with avocado that was cold and covered in soggy pig." And Pies 'n' Thighs was also disappointing, "with a very non-Southern and non-fried dollop chicken salad with olives on a wheat thin." Still, if these photos are any guide, there was something appetizing for everyone. (CURRENTLY. SO. HUNGRY.) If you were eating your way through the neighborhoods yesterday, let us know what your favorites were.