Brooklyn – Red Hook
220 Conover St at Coffey St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
Though this Red Hook bar is still a work-in-progress (note the tough-to-spot entrance), the easy vibe and inventive drinks list are, thankfully, fully formed. Fresh fruit can be found in cocktails like the blueberry gimlet (muddled berries, vodka and lime juice), and absinthe makes an appearance along with champagne in the sparkling Death in the Afternoon. As for food, the small-plates program has yet to arrive. Brooklyn Botanica may still be evolving, but the bones are there for a beautiful local bar.
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