Brooklyneer Owner Plans Low-Key Gastropub on Houston Street

By Rosa Goldensohn on June 18, 2014 1:26pm 

 The Floozy, a vodka, muddled strawberries, fresh lime and daisy cocktail served at Hill & Dale.
The Floozy, a vodka, muddled strawberries, fresh lime and daisy cocktail served at Hill & Dale.
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GREENWICH VILLAGE — A new gastropub by the owners of the Brooklyneer and Hill & Dale is coming to the Village.

The as-yet-unnamed subterranean spot at 92 W. Houston St., the former Buskers space, will have the same low-key Brooklyn vibe as its sister establishments, co-owner Aron Watman said.

"We're going to have a good cocktail program, some local draft beers," Watman said. "It's underground, so it'll be by nature kind of down low."

Justin Farmer, chef at Brooklyneer and Hill & Dale, will oversee the menu, which has not yet been designed.

Given the small kitchen, Watman said the chef would likely "focus on one thing and do it really well."

At Brooklyneer, house cocktails include the Applejack Old-Fashioned, with Laird's apple brandy from New Jersey, and The Navy Yard, with Blackwell Jamaican rum, house-made ginger syrup, lime juice and Q-ginger ale. Hill & Dale serves drinks including the Floozy, a combination of vodka, muddled strawberries, fresh lime and daisy. Hill & Dale also serves up snacks including organic deviled eggs and pickle plates, plus a $10 banana split with Van Leeuwen ice cream, caramel, chocolate sauce, chocolate-covered pretzels, toasted hazelnuts and brandied cherries.

The new venture is set to open in the fall, and its liquor license is set to go before Community Board 2 this summer, Watman said.

"This isn't like a velvet rope, Meatpacking District kind of thing," he said. "Everyone's welcome."

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