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Seaborne 228 Van Brunt Street, Red Hook The latest addition to Red Hook’s quietly thriving cocktail scene debuted in January behind a wall of clouded, glittering glass bricks. Above the new bar hangs an old burgundy awning that still faintly reads “Vern’s Kitchen,” a ghostly reminder of the devastating impact Hurricane Sandy had on several small businesses in the area several years ago. Seaborne’s opening is marked by a similar pathos: its original owner, Sasha Petraske...
Cocktails are everywhere in New York City. But the extent to which some border on art is thanks to the legacy of Sasha Petraske, founder of Milk & Honey, the game-changing speakeasy he opened in 1999. Petraske, whose cocktail empire included Little Branch, Dutch Kills, and Middle Branch, among others, was in the thick of many new projects when he died last August. One of them, now-called Seaborne, was slated to open in Red Hook; tonight it finally does. Petraske's focus on...
On a Tuesday night about a month ago, I was hanging out with a friend in the liquor industry. “We’re going to Featherweight,” she told me. I didn’t know what that was but I knew well enough to listen to Jen when she makes statements about where we should drink. Behind an unmarked door off Graham Avenue in Bushwick, and at the end of a long hallway, two muscled young men stood behind a make-shift tiki bar, blending...
For quite some time, I was a freelancer. On good days I could say: “I answer to no one but myself,” which felt nice. But most days, that sentence was proceeded by the less cheery: “Where in the hell am I gonna work today?” Three basic principals would guide my decision, and it was difficult to meet any of them: Is the place not overly-crowded? Is it not too see-and-be-scene-y? Are there outlets? My criteria for...

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