So I decided to take my little brother, who lives somewhere in the nether regions of South Williamsburg, out for dinner. I had noticed DuMont on previous trips to Williamsburg- it is bang by the Lorimer L stop. Even a Williamburg neophyte (like me) can't miss it.
In any case, I suggested DuMont, not knowing much about it except that the (very limited) permanent menu looked tasty. What a pleasant surprise! The room inside is furnished with antiques, and the tables - many tables have seats that look like they're from 1930s roadsters - are decently spaced. There is a "secret" back room bar and a garden, which was not open today due to weather nastiness.
Prices are extremely reasonable. There was an extensive menu of specials. We had a pea and asparagus risotto and a dish of mussels to start (8 bucks each) the risotto was especially tasty. My brother had a hamburger for dinner, which he couldn't stop eating - said it was delicious. The fries that came with it were delicious as well. 9 dollars. I had a special of monkfish with spaetzle, which was 16 dollars and superb. We were far too full to have dessert. Wine was a bottle of 2001 riesling for 24 dollars.
Forgot - I also had an artichoke in viniagrette. The dip that came with it was mayo based, so I asked for - and got - a different dip, which was balsamic based and yummy.
I suggested to little brother that he take Mom and Dad there for dinner when they visit him. I would certainly happily return to DuMont again and highly recommend it. Service was gracious, swift and excellent. There was one small child there at 7 - not a problem. Multigenerational crowd that turned to hipsters after 8. Total bill with tip was 80 dollars.