Williamsburg favorite Dressler unexpectedly closes

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Those familiar with the Williamsburg dining scene certainly know Dressler. In a neighborhood flooded with restaurants, Dressler is truly a gem – it was also one of just five Michelin-starred restaurants in all of Brooklyn.

The iconic restaurant closed its doors for good Monday. The following announcement was posted on the restaurant’s website: “After seven years of business, Dressler is closing its doors for business today, Monday, June 17, 2013. With much regret, an agreement could not be reached for a lease renewal. To all of our talented staff and to our customers, our friends, thank you for your loyal support. Our accolades and accomplishments would not have been possible without you.

“We close the doors to one of NYC’s most beautiful dining rooms with mixed emotions. We are so proud of Dressler. It was a pioneer in the Brooklyn Dining scene that helped set the standard for dining in the borough today. We are excited to continue serving the Williamsburg Community at both Dumont and Dumont Burger as well as our new ventures in Clinton Hill and Prospect Heights.”

Despite the restaurant’s somewhat high prices, the food was consistently good. In a 2006 review the New York Times critic Frank Bruni praised the food as being “sophisticated without being too clever, in a room that’s beautiful without being too flamboyant.”

And the cocktails? Delicious. Dressler will truly be missed in the neighborhood.


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