Jack the Horse Tavern

Bars , Cocktail bars Brooklyn Heights
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Photograph: Courtesy of Jack the Horse Tavern
Photograph: Courtesy of Jack the Horse Tavern
Photograph: Courtesy of Jack the Horse Tavern
Photograph: Courtesy of Jack the Horse Tavern
Photograph: Courtesy of Jack the Horse Tavern
Photograph: Courtesy of Jack the Horse Tavern
Photograph: Courtesy of Jack the Horse Tavern
Photograph: Courtesy of Jack the Horse Tavern
Venue says: "Don’t miss the knock-out happy hour from 5:30 until 7:00 every day. Chef’s select oysters for $1, Old Fashioneds, Mac & Cheese, beer & wine."

Sitting on a leafy corner off Brooklyn Bridge Park, Jack the Horse Tavern is the embodiment of Brooklyn Heights chic: cool and picturesque with vintage flair. The brainchild of husband-wife duo chef Tim Oltmans (Tabla) and Micki Schubert, the restaurant touts airy storefront windows that peek onto a charming colonial streetscape of brick homes and shuttered windows while inside, a soft jazz soundtrack bids diners to ease into their surroundings and stay awhile.

Upgraded pub grub rules the day at this refreshed take on a local tavern, with flourishes highlighting the natural elegance of seasonal produce. The farm fresh beet salad ($10) is a harmonious symphony of red, golden and candy cane beets accented with goat cheese and a bitter hum from spindly twirls of cress. On the more indulgent side, a unique take on macaroni and cheese ($9) serves corkscrew cavatappi in a smoldering smoked gouda sauce.

On the entrees front, a well-charred flatiron steak ($29) is another fine example of the restaurant's upgrade of classic fare. The accompanying dollop of tarragon-flecked béarnaise is a classic bistro pairing for steak, while the prototypical steakhouse side of creamed spinach is surprisingly light here, barely kissed by a drape of melted butter. Crunchy flakes of sea salt give the dish a tactile quality that makes the meal a fully sensory experience. A side order of garlic-chive potato puree ($6) is perfectly silken with a green garlic flavor that evokes the verdant scents of a newly verdant farmer's market.

The strong bill of fare is bolstered by a terrific cocktail menu. The Arrangement ($12) is a boozy tour de force of mezcal, rye and falernum, a clove and almond-scented tiki bar staple. The juicy combination of blackberry, vodka and sauvignon blanc makes the Long Bottom Bramble ($10) a dangerously easy-drinking thirst quencher. And like at any worthy neighborhood tavern standby, half-priced specialty cocktails at happy hour are on offer to sweeten the deal, with small plates to fortify the stomach seven days a week.


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Jack the Horse Tavern says
Jack the Horse Tavern (JtH) is a lively urban tavern hidden away in beautiful Brooklyn Heights with a vibe of casual sophistication serving upscale American cuisine accompanied by a refined wine list, sensual cocktails and local craft beers. The Oyster Room (@jthnextdoor) features oysters, small plates, cocktails, beer & wine. Favorite items such as Crispy Polenta with Mixed Mushrooms and a Slow-Cooked Organic Egg, Smoked Goat Cheese Ravioli, Grilled Berkshire Pork Chop, Flatiron Steak & Scallops are all ready for you to try. Save room for desserts such as Sticky Toffee Pudding and Strawberry Tart. Sunday brunch at JtH rocks with starters like Warm Smoked Trout Salad or house-made scones and jams.
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Venue name: Jack the Horse Tavern
Address: 66 Hicks St
Cross street: at Cranberry St
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 5:30pm-10:30pm; Sun 11am-3pm 5pm-9pm
Transport: Subway: A, C to High St; 2, 3 to Clark St
Price: Average cocktail: $10. AmEx, MC, V.
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Gabrielle R

The food is great here and the location is even better.  Nestled in Brooklyn Heights on a quiet street, you get an instant neighborhood feeling when walking in. Great spot for the parents and prices aren't too bad either.

Evelyn D

Amazing food and a neat place. Feels very old-timey inside. Killer American fare, a little pricey but it'll be worth it!


A hot spot in Brooklyn Heights for celeb-spotting (Mary Louise Parker and Jack Antonoff in the same night I was last there), Jack the Horse is also a cozy spot for gathering with girlfriends or a nice date out. The cocktails are well mixed and the dishes are delicious, particularly the seasonal risotto, the extra cheesy mac-n-cheese, and the 3-chocolate mousse.