425 Troutman Street
Brooklyn, NY 11237
Cuisine: Gastropub, British, Burgers, American comfort, Fancy Cocktails
Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ Great
Cards: All Major
Hours: Daily, 2pm–4am (Kitchen daily, 5pm–12am)
Booze: Full bar
Subway: L to Jefferson
NY Mag says:
The Rookery is a modern British pub with a West Indian–influenced menu, all packed into an industrial warehouse space. The horseshoe bar acts as its centerpiece, and the decor is accented by blues and greens and a floral-papered wall. Owner Jamie Schmitz’s British heritage is evident in the Scotch cocktails and Pimm’s cup, as well as the delicious Scotch egg, wrapped in sausage and a panko breading. Bland shepherd’s pie gets a needed kick from the infused curried goat and the oxtail ragu – it’s like a spicy sloppy Joe. While the samosa burger is overwhelmingly starchy, the smaller bar snacks are all excellent: rich mac ‘n’ cheese, flavorful Brussels sprouts with optional rashers (bacon), creamy baked spinach and Gruyère, and thick potato-wedge “chips.” Things pick up at night, when neighborhood residents gather to enjoy beer and a D.J.
NY Times says:
Antique model ships and a stuffed peacock decorate one set of shelves in this industrial space, which caters to a cool, young crowd, serving of-the-moment concoctions like the Depth Charge (Lillet, gin, absinthe wash, lemon zest) and offering gastro pub fare.
The Rookery is the brainchild of Jamie Schmitz, a musician who’s had a hand in establishments like Cake Shop and St. Dymphnas in Manhattan. He and wife Shana Bellot, who have lived in Bushwick for six years, spent the past year or so transforming the industrial space into an elegant pub, complete with a beautiful oval bar and a large patio out front.
Their hard work paid off; the bar is exquisitely decorated, complete with flowery vintage wallpaper courtesy of Schmitz’s British mother, long wooden communal tables and a commanding 15-foot-high back bar topped with a portrait of the Highland Boy, a replica of one of Schmitz’s family heirlooms. The front patio, enclosed by a high wooden fence, is also a highlight, decorated with scattered patio tables and potted plants, with two raven statues sitting atop the old loading bay dock door.
The drinks menu includes specialty cocktails, wines and beers, and while there’s no Tecate, Narragansett or PBR to be found here, there are cans of U.K.-imported Old Speckled Hen ($8) and Belhaven Scottish Ale ($7), as well as drafts of Wolavers Organic Brown Ale ($7) and Mackenzie Cider ($7) in addition to more local offerings. Cocktails include the Pimm’s Cup ($10), a U.K. speciality drink made with cucumber, fresh squeezed lemonade, mint and ginger ale; and the Highland Boy ($12), a combination of Cragganmore 12 whiskey, Heering liquer, StonesGinger wine, Ramazzotti and orange juice.