80 North 7th Street
Brooklyn, New York 11211
Cuisine: Argentinian, Italian food, Pizza, Empanadas
Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ Great
Cards: All major
Hours: Sun-Wed 5pm-2am, Thurs 5pm-3am, Fri & Sat 5pm-4am (kitchen up until 12am, with smaller bar menu after midnite)
Booze: Full bar
Subway: L train to Bedford Ave.
Urban Daddy says:
Williamsburg: not a place for asking questions. It’s a place for sitting at a slab of oak tree beneath a stuffed goat, and digging on some scrumptious meat pastries… At least it is at Shelter, a spacious Williamsburg lair of whiskey and Argentine-Italian edibles, now open. El Almacen and Rosarito Fish Shack. Same folks behind those created this—a kind of hunting lodge of pizza and empanadas. Which… is a strange combination, yes. But after running the following equation—Pizza + Empanadas + Moose Horns + Whiskey = A Damn Good Time—mathematicians have determined the whole thing works just fine.
You’ve got options here. If you’re looking to pour out a little liquor for the late, great summer weather, pull up a fur-pelted bar stool at the bar and do that. If it’s a date night, you’ve got Navajo-blanket-covered sofas for the cozying. But if you’re here to take food consumption to its furthest frontiers, two things: 1) bring a bunch of people, and 2) good. Your strategy should include some combination of soppressata pizza and empanadas bursting forth with chorizo, fontina, smoked mozzarella and gruyère.
The Rosarito Fish Shack folks are expanding their western Williamsburg influence with a [Shelter Pizza]. The spot will offer rustic brick-oven pizzas (reportedly Argentina-via-Italy style) and empanadas baked in one of the two on-site brick ovens. A wide selection of Old and New World whiskies is displayed in vintage packing crates, and you’ll find a dozen beers on tap. A vintage Americana vibe carries over in the rest of the decor: a faded American flag painted on corrugated tin marks the exterior, while inside, the high-ceilinged space is dotted with tchotchkes and antiques.