305 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Cuisine: Cafe/Japanese tapas bar
Our Rating: ★ ★ ★
Cards: Cash Only
Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; Sun 11am-Midnight
Booze: Beer and Wine
Subway: L to Bedford Ave.
Menu: Click Here
In understated fashion, this Japanese tapas bar unites the sensibilities of two capitals of hipness—Tokyo and Williamsburg. It has a warm, clean decor of square wood panels and paper lanterns, plus the cute touch of dolls spinning on turntables in the windows. Tricked-out jazz, pop and electronica play most nights, while progressive DJs such as John Davis spin on weekends. Pleasant bartenders serve a range of $3 and $4 Japanese home cooking-style dishes, all presented in artful ceramics. The distinctive offerings include sake-simmered sardines with ginger—salty, yet tempered with light flavors—and the refreshing burdock in sesame sauce; an underseasoned beef stew and bland rice balls are better skipped. The one sake available by the glass, Onigoroshi, is delectably smooth and dry. Other drink options include beer, sangria, prosecco and in chilly weather, a fragrant, comforting mulled wine.
NY Mag says:
Supercore is a triple threat: a cozy café, a classy bar with a Japanese motif, and a breezy outdoor dining spot, all rolled into one. The front is pure Williamsburg coffeehouse, packed with lone hipsters ignoring their laptops as they sip green-tea lattes and stare out the front windows. The back gives way to the sleek bar with modern wood panels, breezy electronica, sake, and Japanese comfort food. (The peppery aroma from the long-simmered Japanese-curry beef stew often drifts to the very top of the high ceilings.) The patio boasts communal wooden tables shaded by bamboo foliage and pale-gray parasols, illuminated by strands of white garden lights; an idyllic summer locale for sipping sangria and munching on fresh tofu salad.