64 Frost Street
(at Meeker Avenue)
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Food: Bar snacks, burgers
Cards: All Major
Hours: Mon–Wed 5pm–2am; Thu, Fri 5pm–4am; Sat 11am–4am; Sun 11am–2am
Rating: ★★★★ Great
Subway: L to Lorimer St, G to Nassau Ave
Booze: Full bar
Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 5-7pm
Time Out says:
Vets of Village Pourhouse and the Taïm truck turn to Caribbean comfort food and Latin cocktails with this 144-seat bar. The Queens-born owners pay tribute to the Rockaways with the name—a nod to an abandoned beach bunker in Fort Tilden park—and shore-inspired decor, including colorful stained-wood interiors, a transparent geometric roof and a wraparound deck. Richard Gibbs (Caracas Arepa Bar) dispatches spiced plates like jerk chicken wings, jalapeño mac-and-cheese pie and roasted-corn-and-cabbage slaw tossed in a Scotch-bonnet vinaigrette. Rum-heavy tipples include the Double Impact (lemon, kumquat shrub, vanilla and orange-blossom water) and the Quest (lime, basil and Angostura bitters). Also on offer: nearly 20 domestic beers and four wines on tap.
Named for a lineup of big-ass guns out in the Rockaways, this indoor/outdoor sky-oasis of cocktails, beer, and Caribbean eats has taken over the former gas station/Loreley spot in Williamsburg and built up that classic tropical/industrial vibe everyone loves. To wit: all sorts of greenery and communal tables outside (under an overhang that’s “inspired by an F-16”!), and an airy interior that gets blasted by a massive skylight.
TOTALLY COINCIDENTALLY the cocktails all have names that JUST HAPPEN to be Van Damme movies. They’re mixed up by their head bartender who was previously at La Mar Cebicheria in San Fran, then took some time to explore Peru, a culture that seeped into the drinks — especially this Lionheart, which employs a housemade chicha morada (a Peruvian specialty of purple corn, pineapple skins, spices, apples…), triple sec, light rum, and organic passion fruit. It’s also going to be available as a slushy.
NY Mag says:
Though located in Williamsburg, Battery Harris takes its name from the World War I–era bunkers on Fort Tilden in the Rockaways. The beachy décor covers the impressive outdoor seating area, with canopies, beach chairs, and picnic tables to boot. The Caribbean-inspired food menu is small but spicy—jerk spices are cooked into many of dishes. Start off with the baked patties: There’s a selection of three, but you’ll find that the most flavor is found within the juicy—and yes, spicy—beef option. The plates are small but full of food, either chicken or tofu with jerk or BBQ toppings, but the taste is only average. The sandwiches fare slightly better, like a solid burger with generous toppings. Drinks come first at this self-described “craft beer and cocktail bar”: There are twenty beers on tap, a solid selection of spirits, and a number of house cocktails listed on the menu under a note that the special drinks require extra time to create. They are well worth the wait—the spicy, tangy standout Desert Heat combines blanco tequila, lime, agave nectar, and passionfruit and is topped off with a slice of a jalapeño. Make this location more of a stop for drinks than food—the requisite Macbook-and-headphones-powered D.J. isn’t in the back for nothin’.