Bar of the Week: Brook-vin

Elizabeth Thompson

Brook-vin, a new Park Slope wine bar from the owner of wine store Big Nose Full Body, features a good mix of domestic and international labels, half bottles galore, and over 20 wines by the glass -- all $6-$12 and listed with chatty tasting notes like "lovely bit of almond on the finish" and "cherry cola on the nose." Chef Dave Townsend's charcuterie, however, steals the show. Townsend, of Prince Street's Savoy, has created a small plates menu featuring a rotating cast of homemade smoked and spiced head cheeses, bratwursts and hams. We deferred to our waitress for a recommendation who, after admitting she was a vegetarian, pointed us to the red wine and garlic sausage served with a warm kidney bean and bacon salad ($8) and said it made her want to reconsider meat. Indeed, the sausage was perfectly tender and the bacon was fragrant, cut into crispy cubes that kept the beans good company. The space is narrow and long, with standard Cute Bar touches: a library ladder behind the bar, exposed brick, a glossy, pressed tin ceiling (that gleams beautifully atop the sea blue walls), and prints on display from a local photographer. Pleasant surprises abound on the cocktail list, including a pumpkin-infused bourbon, a herbaceous, honey-thyme whiskey sour ($10) and a collection of homemade flavored vodkas and syrups which patrons can mix to create their own concotions (the strawberry vodka with mint syrup is super delish). Arrive early -- seats are limited and they go quick.

381 Seventh Ave.
Park Slope, Brooklyn
(718) 768-9463

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