Clover Club

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“Who enters here leaves care behind, leaves sorrow behind, leaves petty envies and jealousies behind.” That’s the original Clover Club motto from 1882. A place with history is always great, but what’s even greater is when the new edition serves fancy cocktails and food. I went to Clover Club in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.

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Upon entering, you almost feel like you’ve entered a time warp to the 1920’s. The lights are very dim, and the wall is lined with old school, plush, leather booth seating. The main focus is on the cocktails, but they have delicious food as well for snacks, or a meal. I started with a drink, the Bellevue Stratford (Mezcal, pear brandy, lemon, egg white, Peychaud’s bitters). This was really great. The drink starts off light and a bit sweet, but has that nice, smokey finish from the Mezcal, taking away a bit of that sweetness to even tones out. 

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To eat, I ordered their House Cured Scottish Salmon (Scottish Salmon cured with beet and dill, served with potato cakes, poppy seed creme fraiche and herb salad). This was a delicious little dish. I would have preferred for the herb salad to be served more on the side, because the bold pink color of the salmon is so pretty, and you have to make your way through the salad first to see it. I guess it’s one way of getting you to eat your veggies. However, the salad is very nice and I really liked the poppy seed creme fraiche dressing. It’s a bit rich, and creamy, giving a nice contrast to the pepperiness of the herbs. The salmon was delicious, and it’s generously topped on the crispy, savory potato cakes. 

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Here’s a sneak peak of the salmon in it’s glory. 

The Shorts:
Name: Clover Club
Location: 210 Smith Street, Brooklyn 
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure, the cocktails are really delightful and the food was tasty. 
Would I recommend it? Yes, the ambiance is really lovely, the service is great, and it’s definitely the perfect type of cozy place to escape the cold weather. 

Breads Bakery

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You need air to breath, water to drink, and I need baked goods to eat. I hadn’t been yet, but when I started hearing a lot about Breads Bakery in Union Square, I couldn’t get there fast enough. 

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You walk in, and the aromas of fresh breads and baked goods hit you. When I went, they were sampling out a new item, their Poppy Seed Cake, and it was beyond delicious. So, at that point, I knew whatever I chose, I would probably love. 

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There’s a lot of buzz about their Chocolate Babka, so I decided to give that a try. Sweet baby babka. Ok, so, I’ve had babka before, but I’m not even going to waste key strokes on comparing them, because it isn’t worth any comparison. This was beyond delicious and incredible, maybe one of the best baked goods I’ve eaten…ever? Well, at least in a long time. Let’s put it this way, they say the loaf serves 4-6, but I ate the whole thing in one day. Don’t judge, you probably would too if you tried it (and probably have, if you’ve tried it).

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The babka can be cut, of course, but, I’m a savage and just went in with my hands, tearing pieces off. Since it has almost a braided effect, it rips off in perfect pieces. The outside is crisp, yet light, flakey and airy around the edges. The dough toward the center of the babka is buttery and totally melts in your mouth. Throughout the bread, you have swirls and light chunks of chocolate, rich and creamy and almost a little melty and soft, adding the best balance of chocolaty sweetness with the butteriness of the dough. All of this can simply be wrapped up into one word: Amazing! 

The Shorts:
Name: Breads Bakery
Location: 18 East 16th Street, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? DUH! I had my eye on a few other items that I’ll definitely be back for.
Would I recommend it? Without a doubt. The store is inviting, the staff is very friendly and the baked goods are unreal. And, you can even order online and they’ll ship nationwide.