Williamsburg, Brooklyn, visitors and locals would do themselves a favor by trying Peter’s Since 1969 for lunch. Not to be confused with Peter Luger’s, another Williamsburg restaurant that is world-famous for its porterhouse, Peter’s Since 1969 is located at 168 Bedford Ave., just a few steps from the Bedford stop on the L train.
The restaurant is a comfortable and casual eatery that offers savory classic dishes and a lunch special that is a tremendous value. Peter’s Since 1969 prepares all of its food in small batches throughout the day and is primarily known for its rotisserie chicken, but the restaurant also serves up great meatloaf, kielbasa, beef stew and short ribs, among other delicious fare.
The restaurant also has some great side dishes, prominently displayed in red cast iron cookware, including mac & cheese, sautéed spinach, collard greens, string beans, rotisserie vegetables, sweet potatoes, sautéed okra and country cabbage salad, among others. Having had most of the sides, I am yet to be disappointed. Here is the complete menu.
The lunch special at Peter’s Since 1969 is quite the value and especially on Bedford Avenue, which has grown to become a popular tourist destination. Peter’s also has especially long lunch hours, running from noon until 4 p.m.
The restaurant’s main lunch special is a quarter of its rotisserie chicken and two sides, plus the choice of soup or salad and either a sweet bun or a corn muffin, all for $7.95. Vegetarians can get three sides for the same price. For a dollar more, carnivore patrons can choose sausage, meatloaf or beef stew instead of chicken. Soup options change daily.
Despite its name, Peter’s has not actually been in Williamsburg since 1969. Peter’s, which started in 2007 as a rotisserie chicken concept in Manhattan, has three locations, with the other two existing without 1969 in the name. The Williamsburg location was so named on account of its former tenant, Peter Kuper, who ran the B&B Meat Market, a neighborhood butcher shop, since 1969.
Having eaten lunch at Peter’s Since 1969 a few times, and gotten the lunch special as carry-out countless times more, I have never been disappointed. The food is delicious and the special is also quite filling (I’m a big eater and usually save the soup for later).
On a nice day, I would suggest taking the food to go, and walking either a few blocks north, to McCarren Park, or west, towards the river, where some of the best views of Manhattan can be enjoyed along with your lunch.