Was in Williamsburg for 3 nights and had 3 meals at places suggested by Hounds. All were good. Here are quick summaries:
Fat Canary: Walked in and ate at the bar as there were no tables. Nice citrusy salad made from julienned celeriac. Roasted monkfish with clams and oysters. Cheese plate for dessert. Bottle of an Australian sangiovese blend that they also serve by the glass. Would recommend all of the above.
Blue Talon: Walked in and got a table. Appetizer special was a sauteed soft-shell crab on a bed of greens. Regular Thursday night special was cassoulet. Cheese plate for dessert. Bottle of Cahors (malbec). Would recommend all of the above. Two notes: The cassoulet is enormous, as is the cheese plate. I think both would be better for two. Also, the server could read off the names of the cheeses on the plate but could not say which was which or what order to try them in. Not a professional presentation.
Berret's: Friday night, so I made a reservation which turned out to be unnecessary. Had half a dozen local oysters that were unimpressive. Special was a crab cake and two soft shell crabs skewered on a sprig of rosemary. Finished with the she-crab soup in lieu of dessert. Bottle of Oregon pinot gris. Would recommend all of the above except the oysters.
All in all much better food than I expected in such a touristy area.