Lavender Lake

Bars , Gastropubs Gowanus
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Lavender Lake
Photograph: Jonathan Aprea
This quaint 100-seat bar near the Gowanus Canal takes its name from a poetic moniker for the channel's murky waters. Find five rotating draft brews (like Lagunitas IPA and Reissdorf Kölsch) and a handful of cocktails, including the namesake tipple, which is made with lavender-infused vodka, iced tea and lemon. Sip your drink with small plates, like an heirloom-tomato salad and boquerón toast, or heartier dishes such as a burger or steak. The four co-owners boast design backgrounds: Look for their handcrafted furnishings in the converted horse-stable space, including the reclaimed-wood bar, silver-treated mirrors and outdoor patio.
Venue name: Lavender Lake
Address: 383 Carroll St
Cross street: between Bond and Nevins Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 4pm–2am; Sat, Sun noon–2am
Transport: Subway: F, G to Carroll St; R to Union St
Price: Average beer: $6. MC, V
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Whoever said “It’s not the destination, it’s the journey.” wasn’t referring to Lavender Lake.Tucked away in Gowanus, LL is easy to miss even when walking by, which is precisely its charm.A destination filled with locals that sought it out, LL has a welcoming vibe, hospitable staff and fantastic drinks.This time of year the backyard is open with picnic tables, bistro tables and benches around the perimeter so it easily accommodates large groups and intimate dinners.Gently lit with lights strung overhead, it is Brooklyn-atmospheric.

The menu leaves something to be desired and that is: healthy food.  One of the few vegetarian options is a side of fried brussel sprouts.  Pan fried, but still fried.  I recommend the black bean/sweet potato pate but even that is suspiciously delicious (never trust a restaurant chef to sneak in fats like oil or lard).  Even so, LL is worth the journey.