Certain things are givens these days. If you’re a disgraced celebrity on a mea culpa tour, you appear on The Today Show. If you order something involving burrata, you post it to Instagram. If you’ve been to Austin, you tell everyone you know how amazing it is until they stop talking to you.
If you’re a hotshot chef, you open a fast-casual burger joint. It’s just what you do.
Andrew Carmellini (Locanda Verde, Bar Primi, Lafayette) is the latest restaurateur to make the cheeseburger rite of passage. Just in time for, er, fall, comes the debut of his Mister Dips, a new ice cream and burger concept at Williamsburg’s William Vale Hotel that operates from the chromed-out confines of a vintage 1970s Airstream trailer parked on the Vale’s massive elevated promenade overlooking the East River.
The menu, as befits the upscale lawnchair vibe of the park, offers a handful of burger options, waffle fries, and a selection of fancy ice cream cones with flavors like buttered caramel popcorn and salted peanuts.
The truck is the latest project from Carmellini’s NoHo Hospitality Group, which is also responsible for the William Vale’s rooftop bar, Westlight. Carmellini has one more restaurant in the works at the hotel—Leuca, a Southern Italian concept featuring a wood-fired oven. A NoHo Hospitality rep tells B+B that Leuca doesn’t have an exact opening date yet, but that we can expect to see its debut “later this fall.”
Until then, ballin’-ass William Vale guests looking to dine in-house can choose between bar bites with vertigo-inducing views at Westlight and the outdoor fare at Mister Dips.
Mister Dips is located at the William Vale Hotel, 111 N. 12th Street, Williamsburg. Open Mon. to Fri. 4 pm to 10 pm, Sat. to Sun. 12 pm to 10 pm.
Correction: Turns out the ice cream cone photographed above, which we noted was tiny, was just a sample size. Here’s what a full-size cone looks like.