New York City-Brooklyn
May 11, 2018
Brooklyn bar and restaurant The Pines, brought to you by the people behind Littleneck, has a lived in vibe. It’s as if this place has sat here unchanged for ages, the décor frayed and mismatched but artfully so. Care has been taken to create the homely, distressed look. There’s a vintage pressed tin ceiling (of course), floral wallpaper and some rather basic tables and chairs. The cocktail list, while compact, has been put together with care and with an eye to seasonality. The aromatic signature drink is a blend of rye, Douglas fir, bitters and yuzu, the Verano Cesar is a refreshing thing, pairing tequila with hibiscus, cucumber and lime, while the deliciously autumnal Baked Apple is a mix of bourbon, scotch, honey crisp apple, maple bitters and fall herbs. They also have an intriguing range of beers on draught including espresso stout. The food is similarly tempting, lots of interesting, unexpected flavours and there’s some obvious skill in the kitchen: their pasta dishes are exceptional and they have one hell of a way with a pork chop. The staff are knowledgeable and friendly and hip as the place is, it doesn’t shout about it. We like that.