Brooklyn Social

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Keep your eyes open, because you might miss it. And believe me, you won’t want to. To get your cocktail or beverage fix in a dimly lit, yet inviting, bar, look out for Brooklyn Social in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. 

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At 335 Smith Street, you’ll find an all black facade, tiny slits for windows and an unassuming, recessed door. What started out years ago as a Sicilian men’s social club, is now open to “non-members”, serving up some really great, potent drinks. Through the first room, toward the back, you’ll walk into another smaller room with a private couch and pool table. Just past that, walk out and enjoy the outdoor patio on a nice night. How amazing do all of these things sound? 

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For my drink, I ordered the Neapolitan (citron vodka, lemon, Italian triple sec, pomegranate juice). This was great. The drink is a little sweet, with a great citrusy quality and nice subtle tartness from the pomegranate. You won’t even notice how pleasantly strong it is until you’re about half way through. Cheers. 

The Shorts:
Name: Brooklyn Social
Location: 335 Smith Street, Brooklyn 
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Definitely. It’s a great place to grab a seat at the bar, or weather permitting, enjoy the summer air at night. 
Would I recommend it? Yes, come one, come all…as long as you’re over 21. 

The Smith

imageIf I’m looking for great food, great drinks, great service, and that consistency each time I visit a restaurant, I head to The Smith in the East Village. I’ve been going since they opened their first location in the East Village in 2007, but they’ve since opened two more locations in NYC. And, it’s no wonder, people really like it here.

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I started off with a cocktail, the Angry Apple (vodka, fresh apple, jalapeño, apple liqueur, lemon). This drink is so bomb. It has some of my favorite elements, apple, spice, and, well, everything nice. You have the perfect amount of natural sweetness from the apple, and then the great heat of the jalapeño. Killer combo. 

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Then, I ordered their Vegetable Bibimbap (sushi rice, shiitake, spinach, pickled carrot, edamame, bean sprouts, sunny up egg). Now, I know this isn’t a Korean restaurant, so, why would I order Bibimbap at a American Brasserie? Well, because they make a really good one. The flavors are delicious, all the veggie components are dynamic, and the rice is great. One of the best parts of a proper Bibimbap, to me, is when the rice is just right: cooked in the hot pot, creamy from the top of the dish to the center, and then crisp and crunchy along the sides and bottom of the pot. The crunchy rice is where it’s at. 

The Shorts:
Name: The Smith
Location: 55 Third Avenue, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Well, I’ve been going for the past few years, so…
Would I recommend it? Definitely. There’s really something for everyone there, and I’ve yet to order something I didn’t like.