San Domingo Julep at Maison Premiere
Oysters at Maison Premiere
Thanks to the efforts of tongue-clucking Prohibitionists, no spirit in history has more sinister associations than the anise-flavored liqueur known as absinthe. So you’ve got to hand it to Maxwell Britten, the chief barman at Maison Premiere, who dedicated his entire menu to the misunderstood hooch. In dismantling the green stuff’s enduring fictions—no, guys, it’s not a hallucinogen—Britten created the year’s most appealing new barroom, earning your votes over boîtes both classic (the Beagle, Bourgeois Pig Brooklyn) and avant-garde (Booker and Dax). You flipped for the spot-on staging, referencing New Orleans’ French Quarter with creaky wooden floors, a languid soundtrack and icy platters of oysters. But it was the drinks, of course, that really caught your eye: 30 international varieties of absinthe, served as a milky mixture with sugar and water, or worked into studious cocktails like an unusual frappe, bolstered with cream, pine liqueur and crème de cassis. It takes a master to turn the tides on a vilified spirit. At Maison Premiere, absinthe finally got the booster she’s been waiting for. 298 Bedford Ave between Grand and South 1st Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (347-335-0446, maisonpremiere.com)
MI-NE SUSHI TOTOYA
Our goal is to graciously serve our customers delicious sushi as well as other Japanese dishes with passion.We would like to express our deepest gratitude towards our customers. Since Mi-Ne Sushi's opening in 1971 at Kumamoto, Japan, we have since opened three more locations in Kumamoto as well as nine sister locations in the fiercely competitive city of Hong Kong. We aspire to keep the traditions of Japanese food culture alive while striving towards perfecting our taste as well as providing a gracious environment to be enjoyed with the company of family and friends, on any event or celebration.
Venue says: “MI-NE Sushi Totoya offers a variety of Japanese cuisine from the Kyushu region and beyond. Originating from Kumomoto, Japan.”