Bowery To Williamsburg

A taste of the USA with bagels, cronuts and some killer sandwiches.
Caterina Hrysomallis and Gary Brun
Published on May 01, 2023
Updated on August 21, 2023


Melburnians were once skeptical about combining chicken and waffles. But times have changed, thanks to spots like Bowery to Williamsburg that have spent years destigmatising the classic breakfast dish from America's south.

An illuminated subway sign reading 'Bowery to Williamsburg' welcomes diners into the eatery and pays homage to the New York subway stations. Sandwiches are served with a pickle and pretzels to instantly transcend you to a New York deli, but the food is not restricted just to that of waffles — it also serves a range of shakshukas and some killer sandwiches come lunchtime. Those with a little more time can sit and enjoy a Reese's cup with their coffee and breakfast, otherwise takeaway is available.

The venue itself features a large communal dining table designed to spark up conversation with a stranger, a very New York touch, while there are tables outside on the street and cozy spots to hide away in. The customers are an eclectic mix of business people scoffing down a bagel and knocking back a coffee, new parents with prams catching up for brunch as well as young professionals with a laptop needing a break from the home office.

The bagels start out with plain, onion, cinnamon & raisin and 'Everything' offers, while the fillings include the classic such as cream cheese, smoked salmon, roast garlic and dill. The bagel sandwiches are more adventurous with the mushroom and haloumi with roast garlic chive schmear and basil oil standing out. There is also a list of classic sandwiches such as the turkey club and the reuben at Bowery to Williamsburg.


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