Whiskey maven Alla Lapushchik and chef Sam Glinn—the team behind brown-spirits haven Post Office—court Brooklyn’s night owls once again with OTB, an irreverent Parisian brasserie opening January 9th. Glinn, a Momofuku Ssäm Bar alum, delivers a menu of comforting eats, split between French (coq au vin, steak frites) and American (fried chicken, disco fries). Lapushchik (one of the founders of Death & Company) brings her serious mixology chops to bear on a list of 20 drinks, many tweaked to spotlight seasonal produce. To wit, the Bee’s Knees—a Prohibition-era cocktail that mingles gin, honey and citrus—gets souped up with Meyer lemon juice and Perry Tot’s Navy-strength gin. True to its name, the spot evinces a raffish air, outfitted with tip-sheet-style menus, racetrack betting booths and a floor inlaid with gleaming horse-emblazoned medallions. 141 Broadway between Bedford and Driggs Aves, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (no phone yet)
Gabriela’s Restaurant and Tequila Bar
In the mood for tacos, guacamole and margaritas? Look no further than Gabriela’s Restaurant and Tequila Bar. Start the meal with a big order of freshly made guac ($12.50) and queso fundido ($14.50) with piping hot tortilla chips. You might also want to sample the ceviche of the day (market price) before moving onto the entrees. Of course there are tacos—al pastor ($5.50), fried fish ($6.50), carne asada ($6.50) and carnitas ($5.50), to name a few. You’ll also find cantina favorites like cochinita pibil ($25), chicken and cheese enchiladas ($24), chiles rellenos ($19) and chimichangas stuffed with chicken ($24), beef ($24), shrimp ($25) or veggies ($22). And what would a fiesta be without tequila? Choose from the bar’s wide selection of more than 175 different tequilas and mezcals, either straight up or in a margarita ($3 extra for a margarita). You can also try a flight of silver ($19), reposado ($21), anejo ($23) or one of each ($20).
Venue says: “Now serving Elizabeth's Brunch menu! You can have your eggs benny AND a frozen Margarita. What are you celebrating?”