The new Southern-inspired bar and restaurant is in the space formerly occupied by Good Co. at 10 Hope Street.
The team from the Upper East Side’s Seamstress is bringing Southern cocktails and comfort food to Williamsburg at Belle Shoals, a new bar and restaurant opening at 10 Hope St. on Monday night. Former Dead Rabbit bartender and Seamstress founding member Pamela Wiznitzer is in charge of the drink menu, while chef Aaron LaMonica, a San Diego implant who’s executive sous chef at Chelsea Market’s Cull and Pistol, is taking care of the biscuits and fried foods.
According to the proprietors, the food and drink menu is based around the idea that Belle Shoals is a fictional town with a love for blues. Cocktails include Southern themed options like the Lil’ Slice of Heaven, which has mellow corn, blackstrap molasses, dry curacao, benedictine, pecan orgeat, and lemon; and the Boss Peaches’ Sunday Tea, with sweet tea syrup, peach moonshine, cinnamon, and lemon. For food, LaMonica offers a small menu including chicken-fried skate wing, fried duck leg, and a fried oyster po’ boy. Take a look at the full menu below, and let us know if you stop by tonight.
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Executive chef Aaron Lamonica’s keeping the food options tight, channeling some NOLA flair with an Oyster Po’Boy ($15) and more oysters inside the Hell’s Belle’s ($14), serrano-wrapped fried bivalves tucked into an herb crepe with smoked aioli and pickled onions. The chef employs the same smokey mayo to accompany a mess of crunchy shoe string fries ($7), one of several fried options that also include excellent Jalapeno Hush Puppies ($7), served with a bourbon butter and spicy honey at a recent press preview.
Instead of chicken—Williamsburg has quite enough of that, thank you—Lamonica employs duck leg and skate wing (fried, of course) as proteins for his buttery biscuit sandwiches. The former ($16) makes for a messy but satisfying meal. Duck has a more intense, gamey flavor than its clucking counterpart; it’s also exceedingly rich when deep fried, which is where the accompanying sour pickles and crock of coleslaw come to the rescue.
The space has been spiffed up a bit and there are some new tables and a snazzy-looking jukebox as the focal point, but otherwise the bones of Good & Co live on. The enormous side yard hasn’t debuted yet, but when it does there’ll be some different food options including mint juleps and more oysters.