Mon-Fri, 8am-midnight; Sat, 8:30am-2am; Sun, 9am-2am
5pm-7pm; $3 Brooklyn and Sixpoint drafts, $6 house wines, $7 select cocktails
F at York St.; A, C at High St.
This venue is closed.
If you squint, there’s a hint of Keith McNally brasserie at this airy café bar. Yet instead of holding bottles of Pernod, the compartmental floor-to-ceiling shelves are unpretentiously stocked with cans of Old Speckled Hen and Manischewitz Apple Juice. Basic espresso permutations and mixed-berry smoothies can’t compete with omnipresent Starbucks but the homier atmosphere can: an array of books for browsing and children doodling their own Fauvist works while inspired by the local artwork. On tap, Brooklyn Brewery’s beers assert hometown pride. The food menu—unassumingly scrawled on a chalkboard instead of the big mirror behind the bar—favors pressed sandwiches (such as a greasy melt of mozzarella, proscitto di parma, and cracked pepper) and simple, Italian salads (using tuna, roasted vegetables, or grilled chicken). The wine menu is similarly simple: six reds and six whites.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.