Late Night Drinking


Extra Fancy

New York City-Brooklyn

4.2 / 5

May 11, 2018

This new 'upscale clam shack' in Williamsburg boasts alumni from Employees Only and Macao Trading Co., two of the city's best cocktail spots, as its owners, so you know you're in for something good...

This new ‘upscale clam shack’ in Williamsburg boasts alumni from Employees Only and Macao Trading Co., two of the city’s best cocktail spots, as its owners, so you know you’re in for something good. Seafood and cocktails are the order of the day and chef Ross Florance once worked with the renowned Eric Ripert at Le Bernardin so he knows his stuff when it comes to fruits de mer. The menu is casual, with New England style dishes including clam chowder and fried cod pickled pepper poppers. This bar-restaurant gamely straddles the neighbourhood’s high-low culture attracting both scruffy hipster types once indigenous to Williamsburg and the well-heeled incomers who have recently colonized the area. The interior of the bar is not super stylish or indeed extra fancy but it is homely and welcoming with its rustic furniture and maritime theme. And the generous space, as well as a backyard patio, means there’s not too much of a crush on a Saturday night. The drinks are as good as you’d expect too. We like the sound of the One More That’s It, a potent mix of bourbon, rum, Amaro Meletti, and chocolate bitters, and the Fancy 75, made with a splash of damson gin. And alongside the cocktails you’ll find $4 Bud drafts and local rosé wine, ensuring that everyone’s tastes are catered for. The name isn’t because they’ve got ideas above their station -it reputedly came from the wording on the side of a seafood condiment bottle. So now you know.

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