DRINK CLUB: Superfine
Spending time in DUMBO is like being in a village. With a neighborhood hardware store, a friendly dry cleaner and boutique clothiers, walking into the local dive bar, Superfine, feels no different. Nestled under the noisy Manhattan bridge, this cozy, retro furnished, old brick warehouse feels like you’re walking into your favorite pub.
At lunch you might find eight construction workers enjoying a Brooklyn Lager alongside local office workers eating a chicken and pancetta sandwich or a pork chop with a side of mashed potatoes. In the evening the atmosphere evolves to a hot happy hour hot spot with incredible drink specials and a friendly staff.
The point is, Superfine tries to be everything to everyone: inexpensive drinks, an excellent and flavorful menu, addictive shoestring fries, an orange felted pool table, a mini art gallery…but in trying to be everything to everyone, they actually manage to pull it off. In a village, like in DUMBO, you sort of know everyone there: a pick-up game of pool might pit you against a guy from the elevator in your office building. Nothing makes a dive bar greater than cheap beer, excellent food and a place where everyone knows your… face.
Superfine, 126 Front St., Brooklyn, NY 11201 (at Pearl St.), (718) 243-9005. Lunch Tues–Sat: 11:30 AM–3 PM, Dinner Tues–Sun: 6 PM–11 PM, Brunch Sun: 11:30 AM–3 PM. Bar open Sun–Thurs: until 2 AM; Fri–Sat: until 4 AM. Happy hour: Mon–Fri: 4 PM–7 PM; $2.50 bottled beer/well drinks.