What the ‘Huck’

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Until now, late night food and drink on the eastern edge of Williamsburg usually meant beer and a slice of pizza. However, with the opening of Huckleberry Bar on Grand Avenue at Lorimer Street, all of that has changed.

The cozy, modern space opened in October, and is helmed by Stephanie Schneider and Andy Boggs, two neighborhood residents and long-time fine-dining experts. Schneider and Boggs met while working at Blue Smoke, Danny Meyer’s tony Manhattan barbecue joint, but have decided to put their talents to use a little closer to home.

“Both of us have lived here for awhile and felt the neighborhood was missing something,” Schneider told GO Brooklyn. “It’s growing rapidly, but the businesses aren’t growing as fast. I see the progress with the restaurants, but they usually close at 11 or midnight, so then where do you go? We want to extend that experience.”

And what an experience it is. Alongside a sturdy wine list and plenty of beer, Huckleberry Bar offers a wide array of fancy, seasonal cocktails — hot buttered rum made with house-infused vanilla and allspice rum for $8 — and high-end sandwiches prepared by another white tablecloth ex-patriot, chef Seth Johnson. GO Brooklyn likes a drink now and again (’though mostly now), but even we would stop by for Johnson’s tasty treats, like the prosciutto with aged gouda and apple butter sandwich, which goes for a reasonable $8.

With a strong emphasis on hospitality, a chic atmosphere and nightly DJs keeping the bar crowded, Huckleberry Bar seems to be on its way to becoming a neighborhood favorite.

“As far as hospitality, we gleaned a lot from Danny Meyer,” said Schneider. “You take care of each other, your guests and your community. … Hospitality has to be in your nature, you can’t teach people that.”

Huckleberry Bar (588 Grand St. at Lorimer Street in Williamsburg) is open daily from 4 pm to 4 am. For information, call (718) 218-8555 or visit

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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