The Elm

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Yesterday I went for brunch at The Elm in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 

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The French restaurant is located down a flight of stairs in an open and spacious room with a modern aesthetic. In the back, you can see the open kitchen, one of my most favorite features in a restaurant. 

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To kick off the brunch, I ordered their Green Goblin (gin, green apple, cucumber). The juice is pressed, so you really taste the natural flavors of the apple and cucumber without any artificial added sweetness. It’s earthy, yet mild and surprisingly potent. 

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For my meal, I ordered Scottish Smoked Salmon (rye, pickled juniper berries, radish). This was so delicious. The dish has a simplistic yet complex approach, from the crisp little confections of radish and onion, to the silky creaminess of the cream cheese, with the wonderful smoked salmon and the thin and wafer-like rye chips. All the flavors were lovely and went together so nicely. I will say, the portions are a bit on the delicate side, but then again, that’s probably why France’s obesity rate is significantly lower than The States’. 

The Shorts:
Name: The Elm
Location: 160 North 12th Street, Brooklyn
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Absolutely, I’d love to go back to try their dinner menu.
Would I recommend it? Yes, and, once the weather warms up, visit Upper Elm, their rooftop, for cocktails and snacks. 

Wise Men

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After walking around in the East Village one day, I passed this door wallpapered with a vintage photo of these 70’s clad Asian women. It looked really cool, but I had no idea what it was, there were no windows to peek in, so curiosity got the best of me. After looking up the name on the sign, I found out it was a bar, Wise Men. Great! I had to check it out. 

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Inside, the vibe is warm with black and white decor and red light accents. It has an intimate setting, but there are some tables in the back where you can get more comfortable and order some snacks to go along with your cocktails. 

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I ordered a drink called The Last Word (Gin, Green Chartreuse, Maraschino, Lemon Juice). I really liked it. Potent, but has a nice sweetness and citrus taste that balances the drink out well. 

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And a delicious cherry when you’re finished. 

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Hey, girls! 

The Shorts:
Name: Wise Men
Location: 355 Bowery, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, it was a cute little cocktail bar with a more intimate vibe than many of the other surrounding bars in that area.
Would I recommend it? Yes, go wise up.