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Bar food has sure come a long way beyond buffalo wings and burgers. Especially when you consider Bar Uni, whose fare of choice is sea urchin. That said, the Greenpoint newcomer is hardly styled as a Coors-dispensing dive—rather, it’s an homage to Japanese drinking culture, craftsmanship and hospitality. Suntory Whisky ads from the 70s overlook the handsome, bespoke bar, itself stocked with spirits such as Hibiki Harmony and Ichiro’s Malt & Grain, as well as sake...
A wildly anticipated follow-up to Williamsburg’s Maison Premiere, Greenpoint’s Sauvage is one of the most celebrated newcomers of the season. Yet Amami (also a Williamsburg offshoot) occupies the same prime parcel of real estate--that would be Nassau Street, directly across from McCarren Park--and shares largely the same focus: seafood. Although instead of clam and leek terrine and squid garganelli, the Ako Sushi spin-off specializes in Japanese sliced fish, such as kampachi sashimi and layered...
Having held court at its appealing windowed corner spot across from Fort Greene park for the past five years, Walter’s has become a reliable neighborhood mainstay for honeyed fried chicken and East Coast oysters. That is, to say, from its swarming Sunday brunch crowds to its soothingly static menu, all would seem entirely status quo unless one was to inadvertently push through an unmarked door in search of the bathroom. Because in that instance,...

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