Chef Rob Newton is one of New York’s great Southern-cuisine champions, from the comfort-food–focused Smith Canteen to the fried-chicken kitchenette Wilma Jean. Now the Arkansas native combines Southern cooking with New American leanings at this 102-seat Downtown Brooklyn restaurant, named after the American hardwood tree. Dishes include winter mushrooms with tofu skins and Calabrian chili; braised turkey in broth with hominy and fried onions; and East Coast fish muddle (seafood stew) with potato chips and bacon.
Venue says: “Social hour Monday through Friday starting at 4 pm. Come in to enjoy signature cocktails at special prices”