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 (Photograph: Erica Gannett)
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The Boxer, Beetle at Ramona

 (Photograph: Erica Gannett)
Photograph: Erica Gannett

An Arm Above the Last Wave at Ramona

 (Photograph: Erica Gannett)
Photograph: Erica Gannett

The Hundredfold Glow at Ramona

 (Photograph: Erica Gannett)
Photograph: Erica Gannett


Some younger-thans are destined to live in their older sibling’s shadow (see: any Baldwin other than Alec). But a rare few are able to make their own mark: the Solanges, the Elizabeth Olsens. And now, the Ramonas. Ballsier than its forerunner, Elsa, this Greenpoint kid sister amps up the drama: The h0mE design firm (which also furbished nearby Alameda and Tørst) decked out the space with a gleaming Carrara marble bar, oversize copper-pipe chandeliers and pencil drawings of breasts on the walls. Style runs in the family, and luckily, so do stellar cocktails.

DRINK THIS: Even the loveliest drinks on the menu—carryovers from Elsa—have surprising potency: The Boxer, Beetle ($11) looks primed for Pinterest, with its bobbing blackberry, neat sprig of mint and rosy pomegranate-syrup hue, but winter-warming bourbon and dry all-spice dram lend cold-weather heft. Though it’s as vivid as a fruit smoothie, the apple-brandy-spiked An Arm Above the Last Wave ($12) swaps sweetness for a deep, heady hit of roasted cacao and musky, herbal green chartreuse.

GOOD FOR: An intimate date or rowdy group meet, both equally suitable at the expansive, bi-level drinkery. Touchy-feely couples take over the candlelit mezzanine, while solo drinkers tap away at iPads over dark-spirit sips at the bar, and lit-up crews congregate in the U-shaped banquette, dishing about Tinder escapades over a Talking Heads–heavy soundtrack.

THE CLINCHER: The bar doesn’t rest on its good looks—this place takes pride in its cocktailing. Quaffs come barrel-aged, tapped and rendered sumptuously smoky with tobacco bitters, as bartenders tinker with house-made grenadines and syrups. Like its stunner of a sibling, Ramona displays booze know-how that proves it’s more than just a pretty face.

By: Christina Izzo


Venue name: Ramona
Address: 113 Franklin St
Cross street: between Greenpoint Ave and Kent St
Opening hours: Daily 6pm–4am
Transport: Subway: G to Greenpoint Ave
Price: Average drink: $11. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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Among the modish options that saturate Greenpoint, Ramona is a fantastic, boozy date spot.The environment is typical Brooklyn-stylish but not at all pretentious.Early on, it is empty enough to have a conversation but not desolate.A little later in the evening Ramona fills up with large groups and couples.

Reasonably priced, they also offer a decent happy hour and a good selection of bar snacks like the simple but elegant cheese plate served with pepper jam, olives and pickles.  Spicy, herbal, floral and classic, the options make it hard to decide which one to have next.  The spirit-forward Black Book is a highly addictive.

Ramona truly makes it hard to have (famous last words) “just one more”.