Bar, Eatery

293 Grand Ave
Brooklyn, New York, 11238-1243
United States

(718) 399-2337 | map

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 7
Photo of eluvah
4.38/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

16 taps, great selection of styles. Service from bartenders was great. They encourage you to try before buying. Had the duck sandwich was great. Prices on some of the pours were a little high.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.78/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Finally got a chance to check out this place after reading about it on BA. Expectations were high and I was not disappointed.
From the outside it looks like an unassuming bodega under an awning. Instead, one enters to a small gourmet grocery store replete with fine cheeses, charcuterie, hand crafted pastas, fancy sauces, chocolates etc. Then there is the taproom, semi dark but cozy, inviting, relaxed vibe, chill people, music not too loud. The tap line featured 16 brews, all good quality, most local. I had a Bodega Cat Stout by KCBC that was so delicious, I broke from tradition and ordered another. (I tend to sample different brews at craft beer bars) I didn’t eat, this my N/A rating, nevertheless, the menu looked delicious and innovative. I look forward to going again!

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Photo of slander
4.53/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Saturday work days = leave whenever I've had enough and everyone can decide on where to meet for drink and drink and maybe food, too. I’m in ‘burg and Ben is talking like he’ll come up but I’m thinking that place in the basement down his way. My choice anyway when he offered up Croxley’s and Sausagemonde…

Down the rabbit hole and in. Foodings up front; meat & cheese cases, and aisles of provisions (coffee, tea, honey, spreads, sauce, olive oil, cake mix, salt, pepper, soda crackers, jerky, mustard, marmalade, pasta, beans, salsa, hot sauce, chips, ice cream) racked and coolered there. But to the rear, the rear, the rear room there.

An open space with a bit of a tuck around. Concrete floors, gray walls with horizontal chalkboard panels for the scribbling, and a gray curved ceiling. Off to the left, a straight bowling lane topped bar in steel framing with a glossy panel base, and seating for 10 on them aluminum high chairs. 6 rectangular tables adjacent and across the room on bright red metal chairs, and some bar counter space on the end. Drop bare bulbs over the bar, and lanterns down the center and over the adjacent seating. Flatscreen at the endish of the bar showing the Yankees, another to the rear for the soccer game that is not the Yankees, and a third one in the corner not on. Some light art and Mekel-adage. Stairs to wheres the backyard space be back there; 5 picnic tables partially umbrella’d.

Alt colored chalkings on the blackboard barback wall listing eats to the left; small plates, sandwiches & tartines, salt baked potatoes, cheese & meat plates, and dessert. Taps listed on the center board; brewery, beer, style, ABV, origin, pricing for shorty 8oz and large 16oz where applicable or not if an exception to the rule, i.e., the 12oz, and growler pricing if in the mix, over 16 nondescript black tap handles in a row below. Further along, wines & cocktails listed, and meat & cheese on the end. A handful of bottles & cans listed down there, too. Booze & wines countered below the bar and glassware shelved below the below.

16 taps, a mix of the very local (Other Half Telectroscopic Imperial IPA & City Slickers), regional (Newburgh Checkpoint Charlie, Carton Boat Beer, Greenpoint Milk & Honey, Stillwater G-13, Black Hog SWAG, Maine Lunch & Mean Old Tom, Hill Farmstead Dorothy & Mary), and beyond (Crooked Stave Wild Sage, Monkish Stone Kisses, Alesmith Hammerhead Speedway Stout, Westbrook Mexican Cake), plus the obligatory cider (Naked Flock Original). I drank (shortys); Monkish Stone Kisses (Saison with peaches), Hill Farmstead Dorothy, Maine Lunch, & Greenpoint Milk & Honey (a Blonde ale with chamomile, it’s very Cuvee de Fleurlike). Good list, and the bartenders know their beer. They fed me a few samples (necessary when you’re contemplating a Saison with peaches or a Blonde ale with chamomile). Last time, I got to tell the Tony Vecchio story as they were pouring the babyface Vecchio.

And food, because, oh hell yes. We split a salt baked potato; slab bacon, raclette, sour cream, & scallions (king of all onions). It did jam, troo. And a sandwich, sure, because you’re not the boss of me. I went with the Wagyu Roast Beef, Comte, horseradish, & arugula (it’s a veg-e-ta-ble) on an everything baguette. This is an amazing sandwich. It was a tough choice though. I mean, I could easily have gone gone Porchetta with broccoli rabe & parmigiano (my every other time sandwich), or the ‘has eluded me thus far’ B.L.A.S.T. (Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado, Softshell crab, & Tomato) which yeah, does sounds mad good.

The Yankees game and Tom Waits playing. I’m down with all that. Man, I hope there isn’t a rack of crazy candy right near the door, ‘cause that would be, oh, okay, just this, and this, and maybe one two of these. It’s pricey, but I do like this place.

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Photo of frozyn
4.34/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Really nice place with a great backyard area. Porchetta sandwich is freaking delicious. Staff is laid back, never had a bad experience here. Selection is quite nice, though I will say their prices are a bit higher than others in the same area (such as Glorietta Baldy or Hops Hill). It's not excessive, but it's a little off-putting to be asked to pay $1-2 more for the same pour. More regular offerings are very fairly priced -- Barrier pints for $7 last night, for example, same for a KCBC sour. I also appreciate the ability to order 8 oz pours of everything, which makes it great for trying multiples or sharing with friends and family.

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Photo of Skellbop
4.38/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Great back yard area. Really good selection of tap beers and really like the food that they served. It's a really nice place to hang out on a nice day and good addition to the neighborhood.

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