Sun-Mon and Wed-Thu, 8am-midnight; Tue, 8am-3pm; Fri-Sat, 8am-2am
F, G at Carroll St.
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Former Pegu Club bartender and food writer St. John Frizell moves his potable expertise to Red Hook. Low-key décor and a friendly staff provide neighborhood ambiance, while the drink menu is as exceptional as one would expect—and, at around $8 a drink, priced to make even the most jaded Brooklynites happy. A custom-built seltzer system (built for extra-cold fizzyness) pumps out Tom Collinses (including a 24-oz. size for the serious drinker and a smooth cucumber version available only in the summer). There’s also the butterscotch-smooth Venetian Spritz—prosecco and Aperol—while the Coffee Van Brunt, a warmed mix of rum, cherry heering, cream, and simple syrup, topped with grated orange and cinnamon. Everything on the small plates menu is well-priced and tasty, with a few standouts: spicy deviled eggs, raw oysters, and sweetbreads.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.