988 Manhattan Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Cuisine: Bar Food, American Traditional, Empanadas, Craft Beer
Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ Good
Cards: Mastercard and Visa
Hours: Mon-Thurs 4pm-2am; Fri 4pm-4am; Sat 11am-4am; Sun 11am-4pm
Booze: Full Bar
Subway: G to Greenpoint Ave.
New York City’s urban rustic trend keeps on trucking with the newest addition to Greenpoint’s ever-expanding nightlife scene, The Habitat. Housed in an old convenience store and built with lumber salvaged from as far away as Maine, the bar and restaurant will let Brooklynites savor back porch ambiance without having to breathe the air from the nearby sewage treatment plant. The kitchen is located behind what looks to be the exterior wall of a house, and a raised deck seems destined for late-night bluegrass jams. Chef Ashley Engmann, former manager at Park South and cook at Lotus, [prepares] mostly-American small plate menu, though her specialty is said to be her empanadas. A pecan mandarin salad, a twice baked potato, cheeseburgers, sandwiches and other late night snacks are also planned. The yellow pine bar, salvaged from an old mechanic shop, is irreverently topped with cement in the center, and 12 beers, mostly microbrews, will be on tap, as well as wine and spirits.
NY Mag says:
The Habitat, a little nook in Greenpoint, pretty much resembles the interior of a Big Buck Hunter lodge. The bar was built from scratch using wood from Williamsburg’s own Moon River Chattle, and there are plenty of positives: a sangria-and-empanada special, macaroni and cheese, and two-for-one on select beers (among the dozen drafts are Anchor Porter, Heavy Seas Small Craft Warning, Ommegang Witte, and Avery Ol Jubilation). The kitchen’s full menu, including Prince Edward Island mussels and mini crab cakes, is served till midnight. First-time owner Nicole Orlando says she spent a lot of time on the bathrooms, and it shows: In addition to the old-school sink, there’s also a framed photo of sinks on the wall. And finally, the conversation piece: a German cuckoo clock!