A new gastropub with a great craft beer menu just opened on Grand Street. Bill Baker’s menu features lots of small plates including deviled eggs, duck pierogis, creole shrimp and grits, steamed clams, mac & cheese, squash blossoms, and something called bacon puffs (bacon brioche and mushroom cream). For dinner, they have the obligatory burger, a roasted duck, and chili cheese dog. But, we’re primarily excited about the beer menu. They have twenty drafts including four they make themselves. Sure, they have the most hipstery website we’ve seen in years, but we’ll cut them some slack. This is Williamsburg after all. From Epoch Taste:
Named after one of the owners’ grandfather, a banker and sportsman with a reputation for being forthright, Bill Baker is a new restaurant and bar in Williamsburg that takes a page right out of his occupation and time. An antique banker’s clock and glass teller’s counter complement the marble bar top and brick walls, which date back to 1887.
The seasonal American menu takes well to drinks—to the tune of 40-plus small-batch American whiskeys, or to the beer list comprising about 20 (and growing) micro taps and hard-to-find bottles. The menu features dishes such as Cracklin’ Duck Pierogi, Artichoke Agnolotti, and Baker’s Brew Chili Dog.
Bill Baker’s team is led by Brooklyn residents Adam Randisi (the namesake’s grandson) and chef Nels Benton.
DNA has more:
Dishes include beef Wellington, mac and cheese, duck pierogi and shrimp and grits. Prices will range between $7 and $15 for small plates and $18 to $20 for larger ones.
And the beer — which will be served along with 16 other craft choices on tap — may be rotated out as the two friends experiment.
Their flagship recipe is a vanilla porter made with 50 whole Madagascar vanilla beans per barrel, meaning each glass of the beer has about one bean. Comparatively, a cake might use half of a vanilla bean, Benton said.
“It’s light, even though it’s a dark beer,” said Mark Romano, director of beverages at Bill Baker’s. “The vanilla is over the top, it’s in the flavor, it’s in the body. Traditionally, porters are a winter beer. We made it so that we could drink it year round.”
Eventually, the restaurant will also open a speakeasy below the dining room and have a cocktail menu as well.
The owners seek to make Bill Baker’s a casual spot for people to share comfort food and have a good beer or bourbon, they said.
“We encourage you to come in, have one or two [small] plates, have a good beer and have a good bourbon,” Benton said. “We just try to pull all the aspects of what you would want together.”