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Nov 21, 2013 12:11 PM

Double Windsor, Park Slope

Recently went to Double Windsor on a Wednesday evening to meet some friends for a few beers and a meal.
It's a neighborhood bar/restaurant and I was absolutely amazed at how good the food is. We had the bacon mac & cheese, BLT, pulled pork sammich and a burger. It's a simple menu.
The BLT knocked my socks off. One of the best ever. They use some gourmet bacon and very tasty, crusty bread. Everything else was exceptional.
They were doing a French beer theme and serving flights of 4 types of beer which was a very nice idea. The beer drinkers in our group were pleased.
Nice ambience, not too loud.
It's a nice family run neighborhood place and it was packed on a Wednesday evening. They must be doing something right.

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    1. re: Bob Martinez

      Your description still fits, Bob. Maureen and I were there earlier this week and the place still gets it right. Great neighborhood ambiance, terrific selection of beers and always surprisingly good food. Add friendly bartenders who freely give tastes when asked, and you have as good a neighborhood place as there is.

      1. re: BrookBoy

        I noticed that although the place was packed the noise level was not off the charts. The owner said he installed some type of noise buffering system on the ceiling so that people could have conversations. Nice touch!!

        1. re: Motosport

          Thanks, didn't know that.

          Quick anecdote for you: my wife and I were there one late afternoon (~4:00 PM or so) a week or two ago, and this young lady came in and sat at the bar near us, put her bags and other belongings on the bar stool next to her, then unfolded her laptop. She called the bartender over and asked for the wifi password, which he gave her. She spent the next half hour or more on her laptop and didn't have so much as a glass of water. Then she gathered up her stuff and left.

          We asked the bartender (who is also the manager) if he was put off by that sort of behavior. He said, no, DW is a neighborhood place and they want to be welcoming to everyone. He said that sometimes when he arrives before they open at three in the afternoon there are people waiting outside, already on their laptops, using the free wifi. He also told us that once someone in one of the nearby buildings called to ask for the password to use the free wifi at home.

          How can you not love a place like that?

        2. re: BrookBoy

          Since I wrote that review 3 years ago I've been back a number of times and enjoyed it very much. I even took my own advice and came back on summer days when the windows were open. It's a great spot to have an afternoon beer. (Don't you just love the sound of "afternoon beer?")

          Re the noise buffering, I think the real reason for lower volume is the crowd. They're normal people, not screamers.

          My only negative on the place is that every once in awhile they've been full and I've been unable to get a seat. Still, I don't begrudge them their well deserved success.

          1. re: Bob Martinez

            I also love the Double Windsor. I don't get there as often as I'd like. It's a great place to kick back and have a beer or two. Since you mentioned afternoon beers, it's a spot I've often gone after long thirsty-making walks in Prospect Park.

            The food IS good, but it's not fancy. It's more along the lines of Artisanal, Hand-Crafted, Free-Range Sustainable Comfort Pub Food. If that makes any sense.

            1. re: Bob Martinez

              You're right — the phrase "afternoon beer" is one of the more pleasant ones in the English language. It seems so civilized.

              That's why we went one weekday afternoon in September, maybe around 3:30, and we were astonished to see the place practically full when we got there. It was shortly after the schools had opened again after summer vacation. It turned out that there had been a teachers' meeting that day nearby, and they decided to adjourn to the DW after their meeting. The bartender told us there were about 45 of them, all of whom trooped in just after DW opened at 3:00.

              The crowd was friendly and I was happy for DW, but there was a long line at the food ordering window and the bartender clearly had his hands full, so we went elsewhere that day. We've been back since, though.

        3. Yes, one of my favorite places in the Park Slope/Windsor Terrace area. Limited menu but everything is prepared really well.

          1. Oh man, the Double Windsor is awesome. I think it's one of my favorite bars in Brooklyn because you can get awesome food there AND the bar vibe is really nice. The atmosphere is very ageless.

            I really like the burgers and hush puppies, the fries are good, the pulled pork is really good. They also always let you order beer in flights.

            If I lived closer, would totally make it my hang out bar.