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Haven’t you all always wondered what the hell that mysterious triangle-shaped plot of land was on Flushing Avenue across the street from
Life Cafe 983? It always seemed to me that it’d make a sweet spot for a bar and/or restaurant. Well, I guess I wasn’t alone; Forrest Point opened its doors a few weeks ago at 970 Flushing Ave:
Darin Rubell of East Village spots Boulton & Watt and Ella has long admired the triangular plot across the street from his other place, 983 — Bushwick’s Living Room. “It’s the most unique, special space in Bushwick, in my eyes,” he told us. The onetime Flushing Farms property has sat conspicuously fallow for the past five years but still boasts grape vines, rose bushes, and apricot trees from when an artist tended a garden there.
Now Rubell and his partners in 983, David Rotter and Mark Trzupek, are poised to revive it as what Rubell says will be “a neighborhood bar and restaurant in this little oasis in Bushwick.”
On the bar side, Dustin Olson of Ward III has created a cocktail list that includes milk punches served by the glass or in a fishbowl. And on the restaurant tip, Rotter has contributed an “eclectic” 12-item menu that’s dotted with Mediterranean and other international touches. (See both below.)
Obviously, the place’s allure is its 70 outdoor seats, but the airy interior (which holds another 60 seats) is appealing as well: hanging lightbulbs are dramatically enclosed in gigantic birdcages and the walls are splashed with art by Ben Angotti, who also painted the building’s exterior.
All of that — plus a square bar that lends itself to mingling — should make for vibey evenings and late nights. For daybirds (and for the hungover who don’t mind returning to the scene of the crime), there’ll be lunch as well as a takeout window serving coffee, breakfast and pastries starting around 8 a.m. [Bedford and Bowery]
I checked out the bar the other night for a few pumpkin ales (where did summer go?) and a quick bite. They’ve done a remarkable job with the space. Good stuff. The burger was cooked perfectly and was reasonably portioned (and only $7.) The waffle-fries were well-seasoned and enough to share. I can’t wait to go back for the tuna tartar tacos. All in all, a very welcome addition to a hood in dire need of decent late-night eats.