By K.C. Woods
I frequently walk south on Bedford Avenue, bypassing the intersection of South 4th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I often notice the restaurant sign bearing a single carrot, no words. Based on the sign alone, the White Rabbit in me constantly wants to duck inside for a look (and a bite).
Signage aside, it always looks like patrons are enjoying themselves inside. By acting as a bakery/café/restaurant/bar, The Rabbithole covers all of the palate bases. I am not trying to make the place sound like a diner because it certainly is not. There is a class and coziness to this place, which makes it a rare find, setting it apart from any diner connotation.
The famous phrase “down the rabbit hole” (pulled from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland) refers to any portal into a different or strange world and seems to apply perfectly to this atypical Williamsburg gem. The front of the restaurant is inviting; a great place to sit with a cup of coffee and muffin while browsing the internet (all baked goods are created in the restaurant’s bakery and WiFi is free). To get to the back of the restaurant, I pass by a charming bar and end up in a more formal yet snug dining area with views of the garden (available for outdoor dining). Not only is the food delicious (I recommend the pan seared scallops, $12, pan seared skate fish, $16, and fish and chips, $11—yes, I tried them all) but also the staff is attentive, incredibly friendly and laid-back; a testament to the welcoming atmosphere the restaurant seeks to craft.
Now I just need to sample the menus offered aside from dinner. Luckily, I have already made plans to head to The
Rabbithole for brunch next weekend.
352 Bedford Ave. (nr. S. 4th St.), Brooklyn, NY