Maison Premiere

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74 Totally Fine

This oyster-and-cocktail bar commissioned a custom-built absinthe drip modeled after the one at Old Absinthe House in New Orleans.

298 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11211

347-335-0446

http://www.maisonpremiere.com

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The lowdown

The New Orleans–inspired bar is known for its charming garden and popular absinthe-and-shellfish happy hour, during which it serves a comprehensive oyster selection. The oysters are some of the best in town and the kitchen does a bang-up job with shucking. Not all the food is raw; the menu is heavy on Cajun influences, from the andouille in the steamed clams to the classic seafood gumbo. (There’s also a stellar lobster roll.) The restaurant’s calling card, though, are its cocktails, for which they lean fully into old-world indulgence. The menu changes throughout the year, though standards like the Absinthe Colada aren’t going away, but there are a few through lines. There’s a current of tiki as in drinks like the mai tai, a section of absinthe cocktails, and a whole lot of pomp and circumstance, as in the table-side Old King Cole Martini and three Sazeracs.

Chris Crowley

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