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16 of the best Hackney Wick restaurants (2021 guide)

Hackney Wick is one of our favourite east London neighbourhoods, and is jam packed full of amazing bars and restaurants serving a range of delicious cuisine in creative spaces. Here is our guide to all the places to eat in Hackney Wick!

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Where to eat – best Hackney Wick restaurants

1. Barge East

This historic 118 year old dutch barge moored on the River Lee has recently been lovingly restored into a cute floating bar and restaurant overlooking the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. You can dine onboard either in the intimate and rustic lower deck, or outdoors on the awesome covered deck with unspoilt views of the canal.

Barge East Hackney Wick. Copyright CK Travels

During the week they offer a 4 course set dinner menu using seasonal British ingredients with dishes such as barbecued cuttlefish, spiced aubergine and seared pork neck. On Saturdays you can enjoy a 2 or 3 course bottomless brunch, whilst on Sundays you can order a roast dinner.

The restaurant also spills out onto the banks of the canal with an alfresco beer garden serving a range of drinks, plus a burger street food menu.

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Barge East Hackney Wick set menu food. Copyright CK Travels
4 course tasting menu at sunset

2. Number 90 Bar and Restaurant

This spacious bar/restaurant is located right by the canal with a beautiful outdoor terrace. The menu offers a range of burgers, fries, chicken wings and cocktails – the TNG beef burger with activated charcoal bun was a winner for us, as was the grilled Korean burger. On Sundays you can order a roast dinner which is served all day.

We recommend you head here on a Thursday night as they have a 2 for 1 burger offer. We also advise you pre-book a table as this is a very popular place to eat in Hackney Wick!

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Number 90 Bar and Restaurant burgers Hackney Wick. Copyright CK Travels

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3. Randy’s Wing Bar

A large menu of American style gourmet chicken wings and cocktails are served up at this lively canalside Hackney Wick restaurant, alongside loaded fries, burgers and more. Portion sizes are generous and there is both indoor and outdoor dining areas. We recommend the buffalo wings drizzled with blue cheese sauce – absolutely delicious!

Head down on a Monday to enjoy all you can eat wings for just £19!

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Randy's Wing Bar, Hackney Wick. Copyright CK Travels

4. KraPow at Lord Napier Star

This Thai street food residency is located in the brand new Lord Napier Star pub which just opened this year. The menu is inspired by cuisine from Northern Thailand and you can expect delicious traditional offerings such as KraPow Moo (chilli and Thai basil pork mince), drunken noodles and deep fried crispy pork belly, plus pub classics with a Thai twist such as KraPow burgers and Thai fries.

KraPow at Lord Napier and Star, Hackney Wick. Copyright CK Travels
Lord Napier and Star, Hackney Wick. Copyright CK Travels

5. CRATE Brewery & Pizzeria

Located in an old factory, this micro-brewery has a small but awesome stone baked pizza menu which you can enjoy alongside their range of craft beer. The pizzas are thin and crispy with exciting flavours such as Middle Eastern Lamb and Sage and Truffle. Their outdoor dining area by the river is a great spot during the summer months and can get absolutely packed – pre-book a table to avoid disappointment.

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CRATE Brewery & Pizzeria, Hackney Wick. Copyright CK Travels
CRATE Brewery & Pizzeria, Hackney Wick. Copyright CK Travels

6. Breakfast Club, Hackney Wick

This all day breakfast chain restaurant is always a winner with a huge menu of English and American brunch classics. The Hackney Wick restaurant has a cool 1980s retro interior, and offers two separate menus – one for breakfast and another for lunch/dinner. You can expect to find all day fry ups, pancakes, benedicts, burgers, burritos, mac n cheese and more!

The Breakfast Club is normally open until around 4pm, but on Fridays and Saturdays the opening hours are extended until 10pm.

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Breakfast Club, Hackney Wick. Copyright CK Travels

7. PEARL Hackney Wick

Brunch, coffee and cocktails are served in this cool and vibrant cafe-bar, which is draped with beautiful hanging plants. Highlights of the menu include Huevos Rancheros, Turkish Eggs and Tempeh Katsu.

From 5pm onwards the evening kitchen opens which features food from Craic Bird including chicken wings, vegan wings and fries, plus craft beers from various independent UK breweries.

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8. Cornerstone by Chef Tom Brown

Founded by chef Tom Brown, this Michelin starred Hackney Wick restaurant offers a simple, yet sophisticated menu featuring sharing plates and seafood dishes. The menu is updated regularly and wine pairing options are available to complement all the food. Expect delicious creations such as Sea Bream Tartare, Citrus Cured Gurnard and Hake Kiev.

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9. Maize Blaze at Howling Hops Brewery

Located inside one of the best drinking spots in Hackney, Maize Blaze is a Colombian street food residency inside Howling Hops Brewery serving hearty but delicious south American cuisine. We recommend their Colombian marching box which is a mix of marinated pulled chicken, chorizo, sautéed potatoes, sweet fried plantain, garlic rice, slow-cooked red beans, guacamole and red cabbage.

Maize Blaze at Howling Hops Brewery, Hackney Wick. Copyright CK Travels
Colombian marching box

They also have a large selection of Arepa’s – a pan-fried corn bun filled with either beef, chicken, chorizo or jackfruit.

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10. Gotto Trattoria

Traditional Italian dishes are served up in this lovely independent and family-run waterside restaurant by the team behind the popular Soho restaurant Mele e Pere. Expect classics such as pizza and fresh hand-rolled pasta, plus signature negroni cocktails, homemade Vermouth and craft beer on tap. We recommend the delicious Gotto pizza which has San Daniele ham, rocket and truffle oil toppings.

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Gotto Trattoria, Hackney Wick. Copyright CK Travels

11. Hackney Bridge Kitchens (opens 24th September 2021)

This brand new indoor food court is nestled on the banks of the River Lee and home to craft beer, cocktail bars and a variety of mouth watering street food stalls. Traders include:

BAKES N STUFFINGZ (St Lucian jerk chicken)
SIMPLY HOOKED (fish tacos)
RAINBO (Japanese soul food)
HANOI CHAY (plant based Vietnamese)
FILIGRILLZ (Filipino flame-grilled meats)
MADE IN PUGLIA (Neapolitan pizza)
TAMILA (South Indian street food)

Every Tuesday and Wednesday there is 2 for 1 on house beers, wine, single spirits and cocktails which you can also enjoy on their outdoor terrace!

12. MOTHER Works

This small canalside cafe serves up organic, plant-based and sustainable food, and you can expect to find coffee, cold-pressed juices, bakery treats, loaded açai bowls, buddha bowls and vegan cheeze toasties on their menu. Swing by on a Saturday or Sunday and you can enjoy food from their weekend BBQ menu which includes tacos and burgers, plus margarita cocktails and Beavertown beer on tap.

As sustainability is their philosophy, all their takeaway packaging is recyclable and environmentally-friendly.

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13. Colour Factory’s food court

Formerly Mick’s Garage, Colour Factory is a large multi purpose live music venue / events space which also houses a bar and food court during the day.

On-site street food vendors include Kalamaki (Greek), Chicken-ish (vegan fried chicken), Hogless Roast (vegan hog roasts) and Veganushi (vegan Japanese).

Colour Factory is located in Queen’s Yard which is a stones throw away from Howling Hops Brewery, Crate brewery and Old Street Brewery so you can do a mini pub crawl!

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14. Silo

This awesome innovative zero-waste restaurant is environmentally forward thinking, and has a menu filled with creative dishes such as grilled cuttlefish kebab, green pea Naan and pumpkin seed ice cream!

The restaurant’s furnishings and fittings are all created from up-cycled materials, and plates are formed from reconstituted food packaging. Any food that isn’t eaten by their customers is fed into an aerobic digester which generates around 60kg of compost in 24 hours!

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15. Grow

Grow is an independent creative space, bar and kitchen and had a predominantly plant based Mediterranean menu (with some ethically sourced meat options too). Food options include shakshuka, roasted squash harira stew and chicken/vegan Gyros. There is a lovely outdoor canalside terrace and regular live music including their popular jazz nights.

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16. Pieminister Pies at White Post

A selection of the best of Britain’s beloved Pieminister Pies are available to order at this small bar/cafe which has an outdoor terrace with views of the canal boats. Choose from beef, chicken or vegetarian pie, and pair with either creamy mash, minty mushy peas or gravy!

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White Post, Hackney Wick. Copyright CK Travels

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