Hemingway Daiquiri at Achilles Heel
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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)
Post up at a 42-foot-long counter for espressos and craft beers at this rustic café-bar from the Alewife team. In a room lined with keg pallets and light fixtures fashioned from plumbing parts, sip one of 30 draft brews, orange wines or Brooklyn Roasting Company coffee. Chef Michael Haigh (the Vanderbilt) crafts a bar snack menu featuring house-made pickles, charcuterie and crostinis.
Venue says: “Located on the LES of NYC, serving 30 beers on tap, cocktails, bourbon & bites”