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Brothers Bart and John Decoursy shucked plenty of oysters before opening their own Fifth Avenue bar and eatery, Sidecar.

“We have, like, 40 years combined experience,” said Bart, who was a waiter at both Brooklyn and Manhattan outposts of Blue Ribbon, where his brother also worked as a raw bar chef.

Gutting a former children’s store, the duo opened the 65-seat space in July. “We wanted the place to have a classic New York feel,” said Bart.

They mean classic New York at its swanky best; in their dark wood, brick-walled dining room, booths are set up for cozy canoodling and bartenders put the happy in “happy hour” when they start mixing retro drinks like the signature “Sidecar” and “Pimm’s Cup.”

John’s in the kitchen shucking oysters again, (he serves these with a house made cucumber mignonette sauce), and serving up bowls of “BLT soup” (bacon, escarole, tomato and chicken stock), a “Sidecar burger” with fries, and the popular buttermilk fried chicken.

The name “Sidecar” comes from the brothers’ original idea to be a bar with great cocktails first, and serve a small-plate menu “on the side.” Since its opening, the concept has changed. “People really like the food,” Bart added, “so we’re a bar and restaurant full time.”

Sidecar Bar & Grille (560 Fifth Ave., between 15th and 16th streets in Park Slope) accepts American Express, MasterCard and Visa. Entrees: $9-$22. The restaurant serves dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Monday. Subway: R to Prospect Avenue. For more information, visit www.sidecarbrooklyn.... or call (718) 369-0077.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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