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Brooklyn scene-maker Andrew Tarlow (Marlow & Sons, Diner) debuts a rum-soaked grog-grocery in Greenpoint.
Thu May 16 2013
Photograph: Jessica Lin
Brooklyn scene-maker Andrew Tarlow (Diner, Reynards) livens the sleepy, underserved Greenpoint waterfront with a rum-soaked dive. Housed in a 1931 red-brick building, the wood-laden grog-grocery features old-school tin ceilings, original mirrors and a piano parked in a corner, an apt setting for boozy “Dead Man’s Chest” sing-alongs. While it may not attract dockhands, it will draw fans of Tarlow’s brand of effortlessly cool farm-to-table eateries. The small plates menu is culled from his family of restaurants: pâté, rillettes and liverwurst from renowned butcher shop Marlow & Daughters, artisanal breads and house-made butter from Roman’s (the goods are all available for retail purchase, along with fresh produce and domestic cured meats). Raw bar items, Martha’s Vineyard clam chowder and butter-slick sardine sandwiches fit with the nautical vibe, as do rum cocktails like a Hemingway daiquiri. Waterfront workers can fuel up in the a.m. with George Howell pour-overs or “Morning Highballs,” such as a classic Harvey Wallbanger, at the hardwood bar. 180 West St between Green and Huron Sts, Greenpoint, Brooklyn (347-987-3666)