25 Bogart Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206
Cuisine: American, bistro, cafe
Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ Great
Cards: All major
Hours: Sun-Thur: 11a-1a; Fri-Sat: 11a-4a
Booze: Full Bar
Happy Hour: 4PM-8PM weekdays
Subway: L Train to Morgan Ave, JMZ Train to Flushing Ave
NY Times says:
Bushwick’s industrial blocks are a haven for raves, after-hours parties and other grubby creatures facing extinction in Manhattan. But Tutu’s, a neo-rustic bar/restaurant/club that opened last October, is a harbinger of normalization. On a recent Saturday night, the smell of rosemary fries hung in the air as floorboards vibrated from Deee-Lite’s “Groove Is in the Heart.” With patrons in Indian blanket jackets jockeying at the bar, one could sense the arrival of this neighborhood’s version of Union Pool: a place for cool kids that is welcoming for squares.
Regulars include North Brooklyn kids in motorcycle jackets, beanies, scarves and dress shirts buttoned to the hilt, with a few preppies swinging by after dinner. Occasionally used as an event space, Tutu’s has hosted a holiday party for Marc Jacobs employees and a gathering of micro-batch ginger beer dweebs. Music vacillates among oldies, ’90s R&B, new wave, disco and contemporary hip-hop. On one Friday, a D.J. in animal-print stretch pants played “Cake” from Rihanna and stampeded onto the dance floor herself. Other D.J.’s include Nick Hook, Blu Jemz and the Tiki Disco team. “It’s like if your grandma and teenage cousin shared an iPod,” said Lucas Walters, one of the owners. Prices befitting bingeing: cans of Modelo Especial or Lionshead pilsner are $4, hot cider with brandy is $6. Dinner is served until midnight, with hearty offerings like lamb burgers and, of course, pork belly (both $14).