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Jan 14, 2010 12:16 PM

Gastropub type food/atmosphere near Brooklyn Museum?

can anyone suggest a good gastropub type place for late lunch early dinner in walking distance from the Brooklyn Museum. Preferably with a good selection of local beers on tap. Must be open on Sunday.


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  1. Bark Dogs has a nicely priced local beer selection, good hot dogs and some interesting specials but not really a "gastropub". It is a nice walk from Museum. There is also a place called Alchemy which I've never tried, but seems to have a nice beer selection.

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    1. re: boccalupo

      Unfortunately, neither of those places are really within mid winter walking distance of the museum.

      1. re: bobjbkln

        um, that would be a surprise to people from the nearby Prospect Hts/Park Slope community who make the walk to the Museum regularly. Id say its 10-12 min,to the places on Vanderbilt, 15 or so to Bark or Alchemy. Bark doesnt seem like a gastropub to me tho, Also on Vand, Amorina (but no beer).Sheep Station on Fourth is not that much farther on from Bark and Alchemy.

        1. re: jen kalb

          Agree with Jen on this one. None of the North Slope 5th Avenue places are more than a 20 minute walk (downhill) from the Museum. Alternatively, you could take the B41 or the 2/3 train to Atlantic Avenue.

          While I've never been for dinner, Alchemy certainly bills itself as a gastropub, so that might fit the bill best.

          1. re: elecsheep9

            To be more precise, Bark and Alchemy according to Google are exactly one mile or 24 minutes from the Brooklyn Museum. I'll let the OP decide whether that is walking distance this time of the year. While Alchemy is nothing special, it is as close to a "gastropub" as you can get in the area. The fish and chips (used to be skate and chips) and the burgers are pretty good. The beer selection is not very large for a pub, but it is eclectic. They do Brunch on Sundays. Sheep Station is about the same distance, has a more pubby feel and an also eclectic beer menu. Fish and chips, lamb sandwich and poutine! are specialties.

            1. re: bobjbkln

              Hopstop probably is a better source for walking time/distance than Google- it says it is .87 mi/ or 17 min from the Brooklyn Museum to Flatbush and Bergen (Bark) on foot.. tho I guess walking time would differ based on the person.

              1. re: bobjbkln

                If it takes a person 24 minutes to walk one mile (2.5 miles an hour), then he shouldn't be eating or drinking at a gastropub at all!

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        1. I'm not sure if what you are looking for exists within walking distance. However I would recommend considering the following in Prospect Heights along Vanderbilt Ave.

          Beast - has a few decent beers (nothing special), and food that may qualify as gastropub fair.
          Cornelius - has very good cocktails, some beer, and good food.
          Vanderbilt - I haven't tried it, but supposedly has good drinks and tapas, though I've heard they are expensive for what you get.

          I don't know about the Sunday hours for any of these, so you may want to call ahead.

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          1. re: millerd

            agree with all three of these as close enough to the museum. they are all open on Sunday. Vanderbilt is more "upscale wine and restauranty" than gastropubby in terms of atmosphere so the other two may suit better. They are all three next to each other in 2 blocks so you could just look at them all & see which you like best.

            1. re: chowbie

              It is a very easy and pleasant walk down Vanderbilt from the museum. A few blocks from the awful Brooklyn Yards pit you'll hit Beast, then Vanderbilt, then Cornelius. I think the latter is closest to what you're looking for and is very, very good. But if it's microbrewed beer and good food you want, spring for a car service (under $10) and take a short drive to Waterfront Ale House on Atlantic Avenue. Pub food as good (if not as fancily contrived) as any local gastropub (like Alchemy, which is "eh"), a tavern atmosphere, and a big and changing selection of beers.