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0.3 km from Flinders Street Station
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Since 2013, Bowery to Williamsburg (B2W) has combined the best of America in a refined style, and surroundings that Melbournians have come to expect. The classic New York City’s diner style joint is an homage to the NYC Bowery subway station. The venue can seat 60, with a large communal table inside and undercover cafeteria-style tables outside, as well as plenty of smaller cozy spots for something more private, weather it be for brunching, casual coffee sipping or for quickly scoffing a bagel before rushing off to your next destination. B2W is also available for your office catering needs.
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
American, Cafe
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food was so delicious! I had the fried chicken and waffles, and it was perfect. My husband had the Cuban sandwich and that was also incredible! The mac and cheese was the best I've ever had Only thing I'd improve is that the wait...staff were a little slow, and we were waiting around for the bill / to have our order taken for quite a while.More

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 31 May 2021

This small, but quirky laneway cafe was amazing, it was everything I was hoping for... the Reuben! It was authentic and delish. The rest of the family had different meals and they really enjoyed their breakfast too. We turned up without a booking and had...a large electric wheelchair. There was one table outside that was perfect for a wheelchair (next time I'll be booking a table!) The only issue were the steps down when you went inside the door, so my teen was unable to use the bathroom. We didn't research that at though - so the onus was on us. Nothing was an issue for the staff, they were very adaptable and friendly. They also made great menu suggestions and offered realistic advice reading the menu that was on point.More

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 23 May 2021

Absolutely loved this place! The food was incredible, best Reuben we’ve had in Australia! Service was outstanding, definitely recommend!!

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 12 May 2021

I absolutely loved the first bite of my chicken waffles. Flavour was packed into every single little thing on the plate. But from the second onwards it became overpowering and all the rich foods were crying out for the relief of something fresh (even ordered...a pickle to try and help but there was no saving this dish) until after about 5-6 mouthfuls I couldn't eat anymore for fear of throwing up! Yes, it really was nauseating. I'd consider returning for a bagel but not if I had to wait out in the alley like we did on this occasion. We waited a full five minutes without any acknowledgement from the wait staff who were fussing around outside the whole time (there was a wait list so there were people milling around but I was patiently standing up by the list) until after being so blatantly ignored for the third time I asked in exasperation how one adds one's name to the wait list. I won't be back. (And not even a semblance of social distancing - they have a long communal table inside which was jam packed with different groups of people. When everyone else is at least trying this place just didn't even bother.)More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 12 May 2021

Came here for lunch on a weekday, ordered the famous fried chicken waffle which was interesting. Certainly different to other ones we've tried. However, the shakshuka was very average and I think they forgot to put chai in my chai latte cz it was extremely...diluated. The cafe was busy so I didn't bother ask them to remake it. On the side note, the peanut butter hot chocolate was yum.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 6 May 2021

Had lunch here based on previous reviews. Not disappointed. Sandwiches were great. Shared a brownie for desert which was one of the best we have ever had. First class cappuccino. Efficient but friendly service. Staff very organised. Really enjoyed our lunch experience at B2W.

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 14 April 2021 via mobile

Awesome American style breakfast food ‘hidden’ on Oliver Lane. Will be back to try the crispy chicken waffles.

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 7 April 2021 via mobile

What a great place for a New York inspired breakfast. We had cream cheese/salmon bagel and Shakshouka, washed down with great coffee.

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 5 January 2021

I love this place,and being back in MEL after what seemed forever had to go. Ordered the Lox and Ptato Latkes which I rave about.......... but junior mistake by the chef with water logged eggs, which made everything damp and soggy when you cut into...it. Good attempt at service recovery by the waitress when I advised them - offer of coffee - but I don't drink it, or the alternative of juice. Fail at payment time - as something could have been knocked off the bill. Doubt will be back, as found an AWESOME place to replace it.More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 5 July 2020 via mobile

This place is OUT OF THIS WORLD. If their is a queue then I suggest you wait in it. The concept is very canteen like, this is most definately not a place for an intimate brunch with a loved one but that said it is...remarkable and I cannot urge you to visit it enough. We had the deli board and the pastrami roll and I literally did not want it to end. It’s just an amazing place, the vibe is funky, you feel like you are in New York, the flavours are authentic and the price is really really reasonable considering the amazing location and quality of the food. We don’t have anything like this in the UK and I recommend everyone to visit this place for a funky brunch as you will want to return. Excellent stuff!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Chloe B
Hi my name is Chloe Buhler and I am currently studying food and hospitality as a year 12 subject. I was wondering if you'd be able to answer a few questions to assist in my investigation on how American cuisine is impacting Australian restaurants. Feel free to skip any questions. 1. Would you consider your restaurant to be American style? (In terms of food, appearance, theme) 2. Do you believe your restaurant menu is influenced by American cuisine? (In terms of food items, flavours, presentations, ingredients, portion size) 3. If so, is there a particular part of America that has influenced you restaurant? 4. Would you consider it a positive or negative thing that some restaurant menus are influenced by American cuisine? 5. Do your customers leave mostly positive or negative reviews about your food? 6. What would you say customers appreciate the most about American style food? (In terms of taste, smell, portion size, presentation) 7. Would you/do you prefer American style food over other cultures? If so, why? 8. What type of foods that Australian restaurants sell, would you consider American style? 9. What about those items makes them American style? (In terms of taste, smell, portion size, presentation) 10. Do you believe the American theme will spread and grow throughout Australian restaurants? 11. If so, why? Thank you for taking the time to help me and I hope you have a great day!
20 July 2016|
Response from Tracey C | Reviewed this property |
1. Yes it is a recreation of a New York Deli 2. Yes as in the previous being a NY Deli recreation the food items, flavours, presentations and ingredients are American. The food portions were definately Australian 3. New... More
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Yes, Bowery to Williamsburg offers takeaway services.

Bowery to Williamsburg is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3.5