Clover Club

This classy cocktail bar from Flatiron Lounge’s Julie Reiner has a gorgeous interior that feels like a 19th Century grand hotel lounge, complete with 1890’s mahogany bar. Updates on classics – Improved Whiskey Cocktail – mingle with exotics like the cachaca based Voodoo Child, and specialty punches serving 4-6. The dedicated Royales menu for champagne tipples means this is swanky business – and there’s American caviar service for really poshing it up.

Leyenda

Exactly what was missing in Brooklyn – a Latin cocteleria. Clover Club’s Julie Reiner and Ivy Mix (coolest bartender name ever) do sublime bebidas magníficas, all based on mezcal, rum, cachaca, pisco, tequila. rum and, well, you get the idea. Buena comida also plays a big part, with Suenos’ exalted Sue Torres lording over the menu of elevated Mexican bites.

The Grocery

Smith Street’s first new-gen restaurant, as transcendent as NYC gets. Sharon and Charles scour the farmer’s markets for your eating pleasure. If they’re out of a vintage, they’ll run home for a replacement. Earthy nouveau American menu, shifts with the seasons but stays consistently delicious. A little whimsy, too: chicken and waffles, and french fry salads. Interior is elegant, intimate.

Buttermilk Channel

Chef Ryan Angulo’s sublime easonal-American-bistro charms with homemade pickles, duck meatloaf, buttermilk fried chicken with cheddar waffles, as well as rotating specials of the day. Actually named for a nearby stretch of Brooklyn waterfront, keeps to neighborhood theme with salvaged pews from local church and communal table from Red Hook warehouse beams. Overall effect is clean, romantic, vaguely colonial.

Watty & Meg

Charmingly monikered but serious about its farm-to-table culinary ideology. Seasonal offerings may southern fried short ribs, vegetable wellington, avocado omelets at brunch. Warm, classic space has pressed tin ceiling – sidewalk tables in summer. No hard stuff, but wine and beer lists are carefully curated.

Henry Public

Cozy gastropub and cocktail bar is an homage to old-world Brooklyn: dark and woody, scattered with mirrors and black and white photographs. Drink menu is correspondingly stacked with timeless cocktails and craft beers. Straightforward gastrogrub, burgers, baked macaroni, fresh oysters, deviled eggs. And a good time crowd.