Creativity behind the bar doesn't just extend to fancy cocktails and extensive beer and wine lists. From fancy finger foods to hearty booze-absorbing entrées, here are my most memorable bar eats from this year.
'Fort Defiance' on Serious Eats
If you happen to end up in Red Hook—whether by bus, bike, or long sketchy walk across the BQE from Carroll Gardens—Fort Defiance welcomes you with open arms, your journey rewarded with delicious cocktails and hearty food. Café by day, bar by night, Fort Defiance serves smart but simple fare befitting its artisanal-minded neighbors.
'Tis the season for eggnog, for hot toddies and spiked cider, for apple brandy, buttered rum, Spanish coffee, and all things warming. Over the past few weeks, we've toured the city's bars, seeking out delicious and unusual winter cocktails. Here are the best winter drinks we tasted.
The Muffaletta ($10) at Fort Defiance defies normal sandwich proportions.
[Photographs: Lush Life Productions] Fort Defiance feels like the perfect neighborhood spot—small, cozy, and inviting, with a solid, comforting menu and a welcoming bar. The only trouble is that the neighborhood it's in, Red Hook, isn't the most convenient...