There's nary a buffalo wing or nacho chip in sight at this Park Slope gastropub. Instead, chef-owners Becky and Bret Macris (Rose Water Restaurant) elevates bar food with bites like sweet-corn hush puppies with basil sauce; pickled fried chicken; and fried lamb belly with curry coleslaw and chermoula (a Moroccan parsley marinade). Abiding a local creed, Macris employs produce from nearby farms, Brooklyn-made sauces like Sunny Bang and herbs picked from the back garden. At the warm-wood bar, find Empire State beers on tap, such as City Island Pale Ale, Ithaca Flower Power and Captain Lawrence Kolsch. A selection of bourbon (Woodford Reserve, Bulleit) and rye (Redemption) is available for whiskey buffs, while cocktail drinkers can quench their thirst with a Light but Stormy (white rum, cantaloupe, ginger and lime) or a Spiked Ice Tea (bourbon, peach and lavender). For warm-weather dining, head to the back deck, decorated with strings of lightbulbs, a picket fence and a large rooster-and-sunflower mural.
685 Fifth Ave
|Cross street:||between 20th and 21st Sts|
|Opening hours:||Daily 4pm–4am|
|Transport:||Subway: R to Prospect Ave|
|Price:||Average small plates: $11. Cash only|