While you may think my first home in NYC was 89th street, at one point in my life, I called Williamsburg my home. Â My old roommate Crystal and I decided to meet up for dinner last night, and since she still lives in the neighborhood, I thought I’d head back to my old stomping grounds and check out Walter Foods.
I loved the atmosphere of Walter Foods as soon as I sat down. Â It had an old school vibe to it, and instead of putting us at a cramped table for two, we got a spacious booth and the host wasÂ accommodating, even asking if the temperature in the restaurant was okay. Â Waiters were sharply dressed in white button ups and ties. Â For a second, I thought I hadn’t crossed the East River and was still at work in the Financial District. Â Our water glasses were constantly being refilled and the moment I finished my alcoholic beverage, I was immediately asked if I wanted another before my glass hit the table. Â Guess it looked like I had a rough day.
To kick off the night, we startedÂ withÂ some cocktails. Â While they were a little pricey at $11 a pop, they certainly had someÂ specialtiesÂ - including a Dark and Stormy (gosling dark rum/ginger beer), which I typically only see on vacation in Bermuda. Â Clearly I was in heaven with the drink, but was a little disappointed in the price.
Our appetizers came out first, and we went with fried calamari and crispy green beans (green beans in tempura). Â Please note that these are on the menu at the restaurant, but not on the online menu. Â We were both unfortunately disappointed with both these dishes. Â Crystal wasn’t a big fan of the teriyaki sauce with the green beans, and we agreed a spicy wasabi dipping sauce may have gone better with it. Â Luckily, we had someÂ jalapenoÂ mayo type dressing with our calamari, so we used this as a substitute. Â I like to consider myself well-read in the art of fried calamari, as it truly is my appetizer staple, and this was disappointing. Â The plate was mostly tentacles and I found myself digging through flecks of friedness in hopes to find a ring or two. Â Unfortunately, the whole plate was just overly fried.
Dinner though was redemption. Â Crystal and I decided to split two sandwiches – a filet mignon french dip and a lobster roll. Â Both came with fries, but we swapped one of the fries out for mashed potatoes. Â They were so delicious. Â The fries were perfectly crispy and well seasoned and I loved that Walter Foods gave us a tray of dipping sauces. Â The lobster roll had huge pieces of meat and it wasn’t overly mayoed. Â As far as the french dip goes, every time I eat a steak sandwich I feel like an idiot because I have such a hard time biting into the sandwich and I usually end up pulling away with a huge piece of steak coming out of my mouth (See? Â Who wouldn’t want to go on a date with me?). Â Not the case here at Walter Foods. The meat was tender and the tangy horseradish sauce was a great complement. Â The mashed potatoes were also delicious with the right amount of garlic, and let’s just put it this way – I had about two tablespoons of potatoes and a quarter of a sandwich and I brought it home because I couldn’t bare to toss that deliciousness away.
While I loved the sandwiches we got, unfortunately the first course was a bit of a disappointment. Â I would head back again for the sandwiches but I’d be a little worried to try too many new things since I felt like some of the items on the menu were a hit or miss. Â Overall, if you are in BK or have friends who live there, check it out, but I don’t think Walter Foods should be the reason some Manhattanites travel to Williamsburg for the first time.The Basics Name: Walter Foods Location: 253 Grand St between Driggs and Roebling Who to take: Date, Friends (Intimate group) Price: Â On the pricey side for the ‘burg. Â Entrees start at $15. Â $$$ Overall: Like it, just wish the apps were better and it was friendlier on my wallet. 3 stars.