Loosie Rouge has the built-in allure of being a sultry, subterranean bar, beguiling dead-of-night imbibers with milk punch and Pimm’s cups. Yet its sunny little sister, Loosie Café, is equally bewitching—even in the unforgiving light of day, after having just rolled out of bed.
Formerly the backyard adjunct of Loosie Kitchen, the newly enclosed, early-rising extension provides a pleasurable jump-start to one’s senses, enlivening a routine, workaday stumble to the subway. Scattered leaves dapple the roof of a vaulted, glass-paned ceiling, sisal beanbag chairs flank a clawfoot tub overflowing with flowers, and pillow-padded benches run the length of a Love Berto mural, comprised of pastel, geometric shapes.
Magnetic alphabet letters spell out the daily menu offerings, from superfood donuts (spiked with spirulina and chaga) and bacon, egg, and cheese biscuits, to fresh-squeezed juices and an extensive selection of matcha (Toby’s Estate coffee is free from 7-8am, all summer long).
The appeal only mounts once the commuter crowds thin. Grain bowls and avocado toasts flesh out the food selection, and—a real boon to flexi-scheduled freelancers—happy hour kicks off at the stroke of 12pm, with $1 oysters, $5 glasses of rose, and $5 frozen green goddess matcha margaritas.
Look out, Loosie Rouge, your sibling may be angling for the title of sexiest Brooklyn bar.
93 South 6th St., South Williamsburg