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298 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
A charming location in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn; think classic French bistro. It has a warm ambiance, beautiful historic features, and an old pot belly stove with white table-clothed tables encircling a round bar. One side of the bar they are serving up great craft cocktails and absinthe cocktails; the other side of the bar is where they shuck fresh oysters and clams in the candle-lit dining room.
The cocktail list is extensive, they have a whole separate menu just for absinthe cocktails, not to mention a wine, beer, and spirits list as well. The Frenchman Roulette has Old Overholt, Creole Bitters, Absinthe, Rittenhouse, and Maraschino. The Walcott Express was made with an absinthe from California, Germain Robin. This was mixed with Sapin 55, Fresh Lime, Lime Cordial, and Fresh Mint. My favorite was the Arsenic and Old Lace: Plymouth, Duplais Verte, Creme de Violette, Dry Vermouth, and Orange Bitters.
The oyster menu here is extensive and contains regional offerings from Canada all the way down to Virginia. We tried the Peconic Pearls from Peconic Bay, NY; Chesapeake Gold's from Fishing Creek, MD; and Royal Miyagi's all the way from Vancouver, BC. All of the oysters were a nice bite-size and very fresh and clean tasting.
The fluke crudo was served with their version of green goddess and topped with watermelon radish for color and texture. The menus here change daily and there are several crudos to choose from. The pork belly was a favorite of the evening. Heritage pork with a crispy outside on a puree of parsnips with sautéed squid, concord grapes, and a squid ink sauce. The venison tartare was also a winner. New York state venison with fresh herbs and a smoked egg and shallots served with crostini. The preparation was simple and let the flavor of the venison really show through.
The roasted venison below accidentally made it's way to our table so I had to snap a photo!
This was a great recommendation from author Brett Thorn of NRN.