Brooklyn, NY 11211
Music Venue and restaurant
Cuisine: American, Comfort
Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ Great
Cards: All major
Booze: Full Bar, happy hour 5-8
Subway: J, M, Z at Marcy Ave., L to Bedford
Music Calendar: babysallright.com/new-events/
NY Times says:
Chopped into a bar, dining room and a larger performance area in the back, the multipurpose space has the feel of a Wes Anderson-curated mother ship. See: astrological charts, contoured ceilings and overlapping swaths of wallpaper scraps. Colorful lighting evokes a ’90s rap video — call it “Hype Williamsburg.” Kids in bands and those who watch them play. Outfits kowtow to winterized androgyny: beanies, leather jackets, vintage sweaters (on one evening, there were two women with knitwear from “The Simpsons”). Trendy, yes, but ownership hopes to be inclusive. “Artists, musicians, as well as people who work in the city and have moved to the neighborhood more recently can all hang out and get a little loose,” said Zachary Mexico, an owner.
Impeccable tunes. One Friday, The D.J. Cobra Krames played records from Rich Homie Quan and En Vogue on stage, while Them’s “Gloria” jangled in the bar. Buzzy indie acts like London Grammar, DIIV and Casey Veggies have performed. According to Billy Jones, an owner, the wide smorgasbord of deep house, cumbia, harsh noise and Ethiopian jazz is designed to be “the best possible things from all different points on the spectrum happening all at once.”
Entry to the bar and restaurant is free; tickets for performances typically cost $10 to $20.
Beer is $5 to $7; cocktails like the Ai Weiwei (mezcal, jalapeño, lime, agave) are $11. A full dinner menu includes burgers, bone marrow with borscht and aged beef morsels called Luger’s Scraps.
On an increasingly “happening” stretch of Williamsburg’s Broadway that not so long ago only had only Peter Luger for nightlife, a downright gorgeous new bar, restaurant, and music venue called Baby’s All Right has quietly opened for business. The 5,000 square foot venue, located on Broadway near the corner of Bedford Avenue, is located in the former home of Hy-Grade Provisions, which was one time the world’s foremost manufacturer of hot dogs. Now Macaulay Culkin’s band Pizza Undergound is playing there Friday night.
Owner Zachary Mexico, author of the book China Underground and former booker for Pianos, brought in the Brooklyn design and construction firm Hecho, Inc, who designed The Box, The Flatiron Room, and Building on Bond. Naturally, the place looks fantastic, with plenty of creative flourishes, like wooden crocodile sconces and a replica of the maze from The Shining on the floor of the performance space.
The front room consists of a spacious bar and lounge, split into two sides, and in the back there’s the cozy music venue, located right behind the bar, which features a retractable wall to prevent sound bleed when necessary. Pretty programmable LED walls in the front bar and behind the stage were designed by industrial design “legend” Tucker Viemeister, who created the JetBlue Terminal 5 “marketplace,” among other things.
Chef Chef Ronald Murray, veteran of the kitchens at Bouley and Acme, is still finalizing the menu, which we’re told emphasizes “forward-thinking bar food and ingredient-driven share plates with a lot of healthy vegetarian options.” But there’s a solid selection of beer on tap, and cocktails range in price from $10-$12, with options including the “Pink Baby” (frozen blend of vodka, grapefruit, lime, mate) and the “All Right All Right” (Lunazul tequila, yellow chartreuse, fresh lime, agave rim).