Mon-Fri, 5pm-2am; Sat-Sun, 3pm-2am
5pm-8pm; $1 Blue Point Oysters, $4 drafts
Sat-Sun, 3pm-6pm; $1 Blue Point Oysters, $4 drafts
C at Clinton-Washington Aves.; 2, 3 at Bergen St.
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Just how this Prospect Heights drinking den pays homage to its namesake railroad magnate is unclear. (It’s hard to imagine the crotchety Commodore Vanderbilt ordering anything with muddled sage from a flannel-clad bartendress.) Minor identity issues aside, however, Cornelius—from the folks behind Soda and Franklin Park—brings a welcome varnished-wood vibe to a vacant-lot stretch of Vanderbilt Avenue. Leaning on the now-familiar bar trifecta—microbrews, artisan cocktails, and small plates—Cornelius does all with aplomb: Lagunitas IPA on tap, and Doc's Draft Hard Apple Cider by the bottle; ambitious seasonal drinks like the Cornelius Cocktail (gin, sage, honey, lime, club soda) or the apple-ginger margarita; and a seasonally-changing menu of comfort-food renditions from chef Alan Harding. Bistro tables line one long banquette, and a brick-backed bar shows off Cornelius’s dozen gins, two dozen whiskeys, and forty-odd bottles of Scotch, all available for the tasting.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.