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The Regal- Williamsburg/Brooklyn

*Reservations recommended. Diner Food Favorites with a Unique Twist + Innovative Cocktail Bar + Late Night Hangout Spot. This high energy, yet dark and intimate spot is perfect for double dates, a causal outing with friends or a weekend brunch.

The Regal
163 Hope Street
Brooklyn, New York
11211

A new Willamsburg favorite, just launched right of the Lorimer stop in Brooklyn. The Regal, brings an affordable hot spot to the area with high quality cocktails curated from its very own batch, of in house aged spirits, placed in miniature wooden barrels above the bar. The team behind the popular lower east side restaurant Hotel Chantelle, partnered up with the old haunt Hope Garage to bring an innovative menu of diner-esq classics such as French onion soup grilled cheese, spanikopita soufflé, jalelepeno creamed corn and chicken and waffles to name a few. With 14 wines by the glass, 10 craft beers on tap, 10 specialty cocktails and 10 classic cocktails with a twist, there is no chance of going thirsty at this place.

Saddled up at the 12 seat granite bar, I enjoyed a delicious dinner here with the husband during an impromptu date night. The service is great, the ambiance is buzzing, and the bartender is a cocktail genius. Check below for some of my recommendations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lilia- Williamsburg / Brooklyn

* Reservations recommended. Wood-Fired Italian Fare & Housemade Pastas/Spacious and Bright/Perfect for Date Night, Groups, or Bringing the Parents.

Lilia
567 Union Avenue
Brooklyn, New York
11211

My husband and I had been waiting for this gem of a restaurant to open it’s doors. Snowed in this past weekend, we figured would be the perfect time to literally cross the street from our apartment, and walk over. Figuring, it wouldn’t be too crowded as we had a big snowstorm the day before.

We were wrong on that front. The lofty space was buzzing, but we luckily snagged two seats at the bar… the perfect seats to witness all of the action as the kitchen is open and filled with energy. Everything on the menu sounded delicious.. but we finally narrowed it down and went with two appetizers, two pasta dishes and a dessert, all to share of course. The best way to taste it all. Check below for our recommendations.

Elle’s Hampton Hot Spots


As summer comes to a close, I wanted to share with you my favorite spots in the Hamptons. I spent a bit of time out there this summer as my husband and I rented a house with some friends in Sag Harbor. I kept busy  working at a beautiful salon in South Hampton as well as coming back and  forth to Williamsburg, Brooklyn and working in the city Monday- Wednesday. Here are my go to spots! I’d love to know your favorite places out there as well!

Wolffer Estate Vineyard– take the parents. Enjoy the sweetie plate with your sweetie for dinner. Cheese and wine during the day, jazz on Thursday’s catching up with your friends or love, and yoga on Sunday in the vines. Book a tour of the grounds to learn all about the wine process, reservation’s recommended.

Wine Stand– Meet up with friends pre-going out, bring the babies and a blanket. Enjoy the live music and sunset.. Don’t forget to grab a selfie with your summer rose, otherwise it never really happened.


  
Pellegrino’s Pizza Bar and Restaurant– Pizza and pasta, in a warm and cozy setting with a local vibe. The most amazing jumbo garlic knots can be found here as a complimentary starter bathed in olive oil.. It’s like a little bathtub of olive oil for your knots. The go to move here is to share a pizza and Cacio y Pepe.. And if your feeling up to it, a bottle of wine.

Estia’s Little Kitchen– The brunch place to go to. Seriously, if you want amazing garden to table food in an unpretentious, small but cozy setting.. This is your stop. Take your parents or friends and show them the best start to a weekend morning. Although it can get a bit crowded and reservations can not be made.. Stop on by, put your name down at the door and wander to the back garden where you will find space, flowers and the best coffee truck in the corner ready to serve up a hot brew or a delicious iced coffee and scone as you wait to be called to your table. Relax on the benches in the nooks of the garden or wander through as you check out the herbs and spinach, soon to be put on your plate.

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Xixa- South Williamsburg/ Brooklyn

* Reservations recommended, Mexican/Tapas/Small Plates, Cozy and Intimate

Xixany.com
241 S 4th St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
b/t Driggs Ave & Roebling St in Williamsburg – South Side

This past weekend, my husband and I went to dinner at Xixa pronounced (Shiksa). We were heading to South Williamsburg to meet a friend at an art gallery opening so I figured why not try a place we haven’t been before. It is a sister restaurant to Traif, also in South Williamsburg which I have been to and absolutely love. They have an emphasis on pork there, whereas Xixa is a spin on Mexican food.
Upon entering the restaurant we were surrounded by candle light and a warm and cozy ambience which was perfect as we had just had a snowy walk over.
The waiter came over, explained the menu and the way that they do some of the cocktails which was really cool. They have you choose your spirit, and then serve it to you over ice cubes in your choice of drink. My husband ordered a Mezcal Manhattan, which was a giant infused ice cube with all of the makings of a Manhattan. The waiter then pours the Mezcal over and it slowly melts the cube. I ordered a Hucklberrry-Lemon Margarita with salt and silver tequila. It came with a few separate ice cubes: margarita mix, lemon, a huckleberry cube, and two tiny salt cubes. Then the tequila was poured over… The rest is history.

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We ordered the tasting menu, which was a shared 10 course meal that the chef selects. It was amazing and the perfect way to taste a bunch of different dishes. The menu is really unique, a savory and sweet dish of roasted carrots was one of our favorites and it is something I probably wouldn’t have chosen on its own. They started us off with a hummus guacamole, and slowly bought out the rest of the dishes…shrimp and citrus ceviche, foie gras over roasted pineapple, pork belly, short ribs, fundido of taleggio with chorizo and mushrooms, scallop and risotto, and a crab and polenta flan. Each dish was incredible. Desert topped it all off. We had warm churros with fresh strawberry sherbet, and mango cream and a chocolate flan topped with icy coconut whipped cream. It was heavenly.