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Feb 20, 2014 11:47 AM

Fancy Cocktails - North Williamsburg

Hi Hounds --

On the auspicious occasion of my upcoming birthday, DF is taking me to Little Elm for dinner. (Yeah, I'm pretty excited about that). We have a pretty early seating, but would like to enjoy a fancy, grown-up cocktail beforehand.

We'd prefer a place that is a *short* walk, less than 10 minutes, to the restaurant. Can anyone offer any opinions of either The Counting Room or Hotel Delmano? Bear in mind we will probably roll in there pretty early-- like 5 or 5:30. Would either of them feel weird that early?

Any other suggestions are welcome. DF will probably want wine, as she's not a boozehound. Typically I like good craft beers, but before an eating event like Little Elm I don't want to risk crushing my palate or filling up on beer.

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  1. Hotel Delmano is an old-timey/ speakeasy/ brooklyn cocktail deally. It's alright but if you've been there and done that with the bespoke cocktail thing, you're not going to find it a special occasion place...Upstairs of the Counting Room is a nice open corner space. But I'm not sure how special it feels. They have wine and cocktails. And not sure where their cocktails are at these days in terms of quality.....For auspicious occasion, I would suggest looking into The Ides at Wythe Hotel. The earlier you go the better.

    4 Replies
    1. re: Silverjay

      Yup. And if you want terrific beer post-dinner, hit up Torst on Manhattan Avenue.

      1. re: chompchomp

        It's on my list of places to go. I know it's ridiculous that a place only 3-4 miles from my home, as the crow flies, seems "so far away." But, I mean, the G train.

        Since we'll be in the hood, if we're still up for an adventure maybe we'll hit up Torst. Though I've been feeling rather Crowd-Averse lately.

      2. re: Silverjay

        A Capital Idea!

        Thanks, for some reason it didn't occur to me to investigate anything in the Wythe Hotel. The Ides looks great, and hopefully there won't be any wait at 5ish.

        But seriously, if there is, I won't waste a second before walking over to Hotel Delmano. While it may be that the whole handlebar mustache and suspenders thing is slightly passe, so is waiting in line for a pre-dinner cocktail. I have my priorities, after all.

        1. re: egit

          Delmano can get crowded with waits but that early shouldn't be a problem. There's also Nights and Weekends or even the bar at Five Leaves can be alright. There's a sake bar section at Zenkichi too, and also DOC Wine Bar, cozy old Euro-themed place....Dirk the Norseman is a brand new ACTUAL brewpub that opened up a few blocks away. Not sure if their house brews are ready yet but they are the importers of some good German beers.