Isa

Isa

(Now Closed)
American Restaurant$$$$
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
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  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Come to Isa and ask for Pueblo Viejo Tequila.
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaDecember 21, 2016
    Reflect your inner self in a cocktail mixed with Pueblo Viejo. Ask the bartender of Isa to make a Tequila Sunrise for you.
  • Mikael M.
    Mikael MerrittMay 29, 2016
    Permanently Closed
  • Colin M. F.
    Colin M. FordMay 11, 2016
    Closed now 😞
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Close with a flourish this spring break and enjoy a refreshing Pueblo Viejo Cocktail here at Isa.
  • Bach D.
    Bach DaoMarch 6, 2016
    The food is too salty to my taste. The staff was great however.
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaDecember 8, 2015
    If you are in Isa, try a Margarita with Pueblo Viejo Blanco.
  • Sarah G.
    Sarah GoerzenNovember 11, 2015
    Gnocchi was delicious and a big portion!
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchOctober 16, 2015
    The Bitches say: B-. Isa is a friendly, neighborhood spot, but could use some work on its service. Its wood-oven pizza can’t be missed during brunch or dinner. Read more
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelSeptember 9, 2015
    Ask for a seat near the open kitchen if you want to see what the chefs are up to, or sit on the other side and watch the bartenders shake cocktails using herbs from the rooftop garden. Read more
  • Heather R.
    Heather RepinskiJuly 13, 2015
    Avocado toast is to die for and definitely try the brunch bowl. Both I would recommend asking for a poached egg on top instead of hard boiled egg.
  • Maya J.
    Maya Jimenez 😬June 19, 2015
    Family friendly! The arugula salad isn't filling. (Brunch)
  • Marissa S.
    Marissa StuartJune 9, 2015
    great brunch cocktails
  • Matthew M.
    Matthew MortonApril 27, 2015
    Service is pretty meh. Good food though.
  • Emmy B.
    Emmy BurnsApril 15, 2015
    Favorite restaurant
  • Rick V.
    Rick ValenzuelaMarch 8, 2015
    Never thought I would add a kale salad in tips, but the fact that they grill the kale makes all the difference
  • Melissa A.
    Melissa ArrrghMarch 7, 2015
    Breakfast pizza #FTW and the budino for dessert.
  • lily m.
    lily meyerFebruary 25, 2015
    Everything here is good. It is one of our favorite date spots. Love the wine selection.
  • Alejandra V.
    Alejandra VazquezFebruary 16, 2015
    Great breakfast pizza!!
  • Ebee D.
    Ebee DFebruary 13, 2015
    Chicken was really tasty and large portion. Need to order sides or app because it's served solo. Skip the squid.
  • Jen C.
    Jen CallowayJanuary 11, 2015
    The baked eggs with polenta, tomatoes, and parmesan is incredible
  • Stephen R.
    Stephen RuizDecember 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Best staff / most creative menu & decor
  • Ranu R.
    Ranu RajkarnikarDecember 13, 2014
    Incredible space. Super cozy for a date. Their food is amazing and I love the wood burning stove inside.
  • Meredith B.
    Meredith BlechmanDecember 6, 2014
    The coziest restaurant on a quiet street in Williamsburg. Wood burning oven (always get the special pizza), and a rotating menu with seasonal ingredients. Everything was delicious.
  • Asia L.
    Asia LindsayNovember 29, 2014
    This might sound weird but their menus are beautiful! Good food too- the breakfast pizza is a must. I had the healthy bowl and it was surprisingly filling.
  • miles l.
    miles lennonNovember 22, 2014
    Roast chicken!
  • miles l.
    miles lennonNovember 9, 2014
    The roast chicken is...epic.
  • Sophia Z.
    Sophia ZikanovaOctober 19, 2014
    They pour water out of an Erlenmeyer flask. Very cool relaxed vibe
  • Cooper S.
    Cooper SmithOctober 11, 2014
    One of the only places in the hood that is oddly strict about reservations. Call ahead, and don't plan on walking in, especially on a Friday or Saturday night
  • Christine C.
    Christine ChangOctober 6, 2014
    Perfect for date night and for sharing appetizers. They have an amazing variety of flavorful appetizers. The daily pizza has great ingredients and the dough is light and fluffy!
  • Katherine O.
    Katherine Ong TsaySeptember 16, 2014
    Small brunch menu but everything is delicious and the service is chill but helpful
  • Sam H.
    Sam HerbertSeptember 9, 2014
    Breakfast pizza is fantastic!
  • Scott S.
    Scott SullivanAugust 24, 2014
    Breakfast pizza is unreal
  • Carly R.
    Carly RuizAugust 14, 2014
    Everything
  • goop
    goopAugust 5, 2014
    The food is simple yet innovative, focusing on the flavors of the quality ingredients with frequent hints of smoke from the wood-burning oven. Read more
  • refinery29
    refinery29August 3, 2014
    An organic garden on the roof provides veggies for former Il Buco Chef Ignacio Mattos, who charms diners as he displays his talents in the open kitchen. Read more
  • Jolene
    JoleneJuly 16, 2014
    Love that the cocktails are named using Back to the Future references.
  • cary s.
    cary sMay 10, 2014
    loud. hot from the kitchen. uncomfortable chairs. haven't gotten to the food yet.
  • Trista K.
    Trista KempaApril 9, 2014
    Easily the best meal I've had in Williamsburg. Drinks were overpriced but food was amazing. Had tomato mint soup, arugula avocado and sprout salad, and the goat cheese and spinach tortellini. GO!
  • Cheryl
    CherylFebruary 26, 2014
    Mediocre menu, cute space. However, it was disappointing to see that our waiter took the liberty to add an extra 12% tip to the bill - I only caught this later on my credit card statement. So shady!
  • David R.
    David RosenbergFebruary 24, 2014
    A bold claim, but this might be the best brunch in Williamsburg. The breakfast pizza, ricotta pancakes, avo sando and the whitefish are good starting points.
  • Turna U.
    Turna UyarFebruary 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Meh. Always meh. Needs a lot of improvements from service to menu.
  • Conor O.
    Conor O'HollarenOctober 20, 2013
    try the breakfast pizza! there are eggs on it
  • Nicole C.
    Nicole CifaniSeptember 21, 2013
    Most Interesting Playlist award
  • CBM 
    CBM September 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The bathroom is awesome. Plan a trip.
  • Kurt J.
    Kurt JeskeAugust 25, 2013
    This place is good.
  • jin k.
    jin kimAugust 18, 2013
    terrible place. over priced. not consistent quality. find a better place for brunch!
  • Quinton M.
    Quinton MaAugust 2, 2013
    The appetizers are amazing (duck sausage and polenta!). Don't get the mussel entree.
  • Amanda V.
    Amanda VJuly 8, 2013
    Unassuming, great cocktail program-- yes please!
  • Cooper S.
    Cooper SmithMay 28, 2013
    Make a full meal for 2 out of just appetizers:: Arugula salad with olives, fried artichokes and lemon. Wood fired mussels. And last but not least, the pork and beef meatballs in a spicy marinara
  • Lia D.
    Lia D'AmicoMay 17, 2013
    In love with the place. Have the pork sandwich, it's unbelieveable and perfectly seasoned. Just wish there were more food and drink options on the lunch menu.
  • Gabs S.
    Gabs SMay 2, 2013
    Gorgeous restaurant. Awesome music. Meh food. Weak drinks. Overpriced in general.
  • Date Night Is...
    Date Night Is...April 24, 2013
    Amazingly fresh, stunningly well-cooked meals from fresh, seasonal ingredients. Isa is a perfect spot for your "special occasion" Date Night.
  • Melanie T.
    Melanie TravisApril 13, 2013
    I had the skirt steak and it was so so good. The polenta was delicious, and the cocktails good and strong. 30 min wait for a table, but that's not bad on a Friday night. Highly recommended.
  • David B.
    David BanApril 13, 2013
    The steak is delicious, albeit tough. The bathroom's bumpin' rock speaker, however, makes up for any and all transgressions.
  • Chris B.
    Chris BoehnerApril 13, 2013
    Not so great. Don't make the same mistake I did and get the pork stew, spend 3 more dollars and get the steak. Also, the service isn't very good....super slow.
  • Kayla
    KaylaMarch 28, 2013
    Love the decor, music was a downer, food was really good but definitely over priced. Had the pizza special and it was amazing, but $14 for a kale salad that was mediocre. No bottles of wine under $40
  • Michelle
    MichelleFebruary 15, 2013
    Eh. I would have forgiven the stank-faced waitress if the food was good but it's just ok. Pasta was not made in-house, steak had too much gristle, & the polenta had the texture of greasy shrimp toast.
  • Julia R.
    Julia RubinicJanuary 7, 2013
    Good food but not as innovative as many claim.
  • Jessica A.
    Jessica AbellDecember 9, 2012
    Their dinner is incredible. Get the grilled kale salad and chicken with polenta.
  • Luca M.
    Luca MessinaNovember 26, 2012
    Make sure you listen in on the specials, tonight they had a French soup in a bread bowl that was phenomenal. Manage your hunger accordingly as it's filling.
  • Borja O.
    Borja OsorioNovember 13, 2012
    terrible food, just skip this place, you'll thank me
  • Dom G.
    Dom GoodrumOctober 7, 2012
    Autumn breeze cocktail, octopus and blue fish. Awesome.
  • Youngna P.
    Youngna ParkSeptember 25, 2012
    Go Monday & Tues nights to get killer cocktails from my buddy Steffen. Oh, and get the pizza of the day and the grilled kale caesar.
  • Tara J.
    Tara JepsonSeptember 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    This used to be our favorite brunch spot in the hood. We went for the first time in months and were sadly very disappointed. Skillet eggs were rubbery and everything else was just meh.
  • Emily A.
    Emily AbtAugust 14, 2012
    I took the hubby here for his 35th bday on saturday and it turned out to be our favorite meal this year. Everything was delicious, ambience delightful, service top notch, can't wait to go back!
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureJuly 30, 2012
    There’s a hippy, trippy kind of rough-hewn beauty to this Williamsburg outpost. The warm, rustic lodge aesthetic matches the inventive dishes on the constantly changing menu.
  • Ryan T.
    Ryan TaylorJuly 22, 2012
    The breakfast pizza was worth it on the brunch menu. Very good.
  • Michelle S.
    Michelle StockJuly 3, 2012
    The garden party cocktail is so refreshing. Mmmm.
  • Chris W.
    Chris WardakJune 30, 2012
    It's ok. It was 90deg outside and theres no air conditioning. Doesn't make for a fun dinner. The steak was very fatty and lots of grizzle and marinate in to much vinegar. Not sure I'd come back.
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableMay 2, 2012
    Sample the silky beef tartare with smoked-hay oil, flax and rye crumbs: Read more
  • Mahesh P.
    Mahesh Paolini-SubramanyaApril 25, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Crunchy sardine skeleton. Just say yes...
  • Mahesh P.
    Mahesh Paolini-SubramanyaApril 12, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The orange bubbly is brilliant
  • Jannica R.
    Jannica RobertsonApril 7, 2012
    Great Caesar salad! Come hungry for the roast pork with eggs, polenta and brussel sprouts.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    The menu is strong on hearty takes on brunch classics like boudin noir sausage with egg chickpeas and cilantro toast; duck leg with yolk and sweet potato; and roasted eggs and mushrooms. Read more
  • Mahesh P.
    Mahesh Paolini-SubramanyaApril 3, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the sardine- crunchy bone goodness...
  • Chris Z.
    Chris ZahnerMarch 11, 2012
    Take a few friends and order the WHOLE menu. Power move, you guys.
  • Proper Idleness
    Proper IdlenessMarch 10, 2012
    Wood oven bread
  • Wendy P.
    Wendy ParrFebruary 24, 2012
    The scallops are like sashimi an the duck out of this world!
  • Morgan E.
    Morgan EvansFebruary 7, 2012
    Most amazing, trippy, geometric bathroom
  • harryh
    harryhJanuary 25, 2012
    Did you have the deep fried sardine skeletons from Isa? Did you eat it?
  • Marcel K.
    Marcel KornblumJanuary 15, 2012
    Extremely considered daily menu with unusual ingredients/combos. come with friends and share a lot of dishes!
  • 7th.List
    7th.ListDecember 11, 2011
    Urban woodsman meets country kitchen. They describe Isa’s rustic fare as “modern primitive”: Expect sardine fillets served with their fried skeletons and a treviso salad with a vegan nut dressing. Read more
  • T. S. C.
    T. S. CollinsDecember 2, 2011
    A bottle of wine, I got the duck breast and my date got the mackerel and the wine was the best part of the meal. Not impressed and way over priced!
  • The New York Times
    The New York TimesNovember 29, 2011
    Recommended dishes: Sardine, tartare, chanterelle and pig ear, white beet and apple salad, pig tail, broth, calamari, cod, duck, rib-eye. Read more
  • SoYoung P.
    SoYoung ParkNovember 12, 2011
    Cute restaurant with decent but way overpriced food. Don't bother.
  • R.G. L.
    R.G. LoganNovember 11, 2011
    Good food, not worth the $50 prefixe price
  • Cynthia F.
    Cynthia FetyNovember 9, 2011
    Gorgeous food in small portions. The lemon mousse dessert was pure bliss!
  • Neely M.
    Neely MooreOctober 27, 2011
    They got their liquor license! :)
  • Caitlin B.
    Caitlin BiskupOctober 23, 2011
    Not a vegetarian friendly place at all. But good bread and wine! Yay carbs!
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkOctober 5, 2011
    Try chef Igancio Mattos’ rib eye, so tender it’s served with a table knife. It’s one of our #100best dishes and drinks of 2011. Read more
  • Kris Y.
    Kris YoungSeptember 25, 2011
    the cod was amazing.
  • Kris Y.
    Kris YoungSeptember 25, 2011
    cod was to die for.
  • Veronica C.
    Veronica CarvalloSeptember 17, 2011
    Amazing staff, scallops are delicious! Bring wine no liquor license yet!
  • Darwin P.
    Darwin PobleteSeptember 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    I hope they bring back the pig tails to the menu.
  • Bill P.
    Bill PearisAugust 31, 2011
    Atmosphere and staff are excellent, b
  • Chrysanthe T.
    Chrysanthe TenentesAugust 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    new spot from Taavo Somer (Freemans, Peels).
  • Sandy A.
    Sandy AlbertAugust 26, 2011
    The sardine skeleton was amazing. Also not to be missed is the gnocchi, mackerel, and hanger steak. Still BYOB and cash only. Awesome ambiance and great service. Perfect for a date or with friend's...
  • Juliano C.
    Juliano CarvalhoMay 24, 2015
    PA - Brunch e restaurante no williamsburg.
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