Mon-Fri, 11am-2am; Sat-Sun, noon-2am
2pm-6pm; $4 drafts, $6 rose
Q at Cortelyou Rd.
Named after Jacques Cortelyou’s first map of Manhattan, this beguiling wine haven fits right in along Ditmas Park’s burgeoning restaurant row. A glass façade welcomes visitors into a spacious room seeped in historic details, including an oak wall made from a 150-year-old Missouri barn and a rewired floodlight taken from a Navy aircraft carrier. If you can find a seat at the bar, ask the bartender (who very well may be one of the owners) for recommendations from the wine list, a mammoth of a document featuring 130 selections from small producers in Austria, Hungary, Lebanon, and more. The list is organized by country — around half are French, with a few higher end Burgandys and champagnes mixed in with reasonably-priced Old World bottles, plus a few California selections thrown in. If beer is your fancy, be prepared for Belgian — the bar serves 18 beers, most of them Belgian, with 1 on tap. Prices are catered to any budget— most beers are $6, though a high-end bottle is $24, and the average glass of wine runs $10. The kitchen, open until midnight, serves tasty and cheap small plates like butternut gnocchi with truffle oil, oyster mushrooms, sage, and parmesan or brisket with marinated kale and faro salad and roasted haruken turnips in a red wine jus. For lighter fare, try the cheese or charcuterie plates, served on homemade walnut boards. And if light isn’t an option, there’s always the chocolate truffles. In spring, summer, and fall a patio stretches off the main room to offer extra seating space.
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