As was true for us, the first time you wind up at Brooklyn Winery will likely be for a friend's wedding or engagement party. We need to fix that. Indeed, Brooklyn Winery is an amazing place to hold a big event, but it's also one of the best wine bars in all of NYC. Not only are the award-winning wines excellent, but the food is on point too. This whole "urban winery" thing is for real.
If we gave grades for vibes alone, Brooklyn Winery would get a perfect score. People are all kinds of turnt up on vino up in this place, and the mood is contagious. It's also unique in that this wine bar is equally useful for a Big Group outing, a First/Early in the Game Date or Girls' Night Out.
Obviously vibes and wine are important, but more than anything, it was the food and the service that got our attention at Brooklyn Winery. There are some delicious small plates coming out of this tiny kitchen, and the staff is super knowledgeable and very nice. Be aware that they're closed to the public on Saturdays and sometimes other days for private events, so check their website before showing up. Brooklyn Winery is also located steps from the Bedford Avenue L Train stop, making it easily accessible from pretty much anywhere. And don't sleep on The Bakeshop by Woops around the corner. After a few (eleven) glasses of wine, a cookie is going to be good for you.
$4 for a nice assortment of pickled veggies in a sweet vinegar brine? Yes please.
A rotating selection of cheese with all the other bells and whistles one would expect. Do it.
A nice selection of meats, laid out with grain mustard, cornichons, and mini toasted baguettes. Always a nice compliment to a flight of red wine.
OK, so these brussels are f*cking INSANE. Some of the best we've ever had. Charred sprouts are mixed with a togarashi spice and an absurd, crunchy sunflower seed brittle. So, so good. Add in prosciutto chips and honey, and you have yourself a slam dunk.
Crispy chicken bites in a soy glaze with toasted sesame seeds. They may not the best fried chicken bites ever, but they do get the job done.
A tasty kale salad with toasted pine nuts and raisins. You know the drill here.
Rare beef goes well with red wine. It's science. You want some carpaccio on your table.