Sun-Thu, 4pm-2am; Fri-Sat, 4pm-4am
4pm-8pm; $3 Black Rabbit house draft, $5 specialty cocktails
G at Greenpoint Ave.
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If the Coen Brothers were scouting for a Prohibition-era bar in Greenpoint, they’d stop looking once they chanced upon Black Rabbit with its prewar light fixtures, nineteenth-century floorboards, and flower boxes in the windows. Booths outfitted with saloon-style swinging doors are so private that you’ll need to button-activate a lightbulb to get your waiter’s attention. But that’s just the sort of detail that Ethan and Joel get off on. Sure, some of the ever-changing house concoctions (like the Black List: rye whiskey, liquid ginger and lemon juice) and menu items like tangy Welsh rarebit read a little too British pub, but there are plot points to be found in such digressions. A garden with parasol-shaded picnic tables is open until 11 p.m.; the sumptuous interior, complete with working fireplace, suggests cinematical possibilities on a snowy evening.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.