New York City-Greenpoint
May 11, 2018
Housed in an historic glass factory – a great imposing brick cube on the Greenpoint waterfront which dates back to 1860 – this new spot by Sara Kramer – of Reynards and Sara Conklin, of Cipriani, is worth the trek it takes to get there. A horseshoe-shaped bar provides the focal point in a spacious, attractive room, its industrial edges softened by potted plants and old photographs. Sit here and sample a cocktail before taking a seat in the dining room. The inventive drinks list features unexpected ingredients like chili and harissa and there’s a wide-ranging wine list drawn mainly from Europe, including offerings from Croatia and Morocco. There’s a big emphasis on seasonal produce in the kitchen with Kramer’s menu of mix and match small plates encompassing a number of Mediterranean cuisines, including Spanish, Greek and Middle Eastern, sometimes in the same dish. Lamb belly comes with green tomato and lentils, flatiron steak is served with broccoli leaf, almond and trout roe, and there’s a whole rabbit, designed to be shared between two, which comes with pickles and a serving of deliciously flaky flatbread. There’s a pretty cobblestoned courtyard, but this is designed primarily for private parties, so try instead to grab a seat on the terrace, a one-time loading dock transformed into a chic place to unwind with a drink.