Sunken Hundred: A Legend Revealed
Illtyd Barrett has rebuilt his sense of community in an alcove eatery on Brooklyn’s ever changing Smith St. Welcoming local celebrities and plain, sweet locals into this owner’s heart-built restaurant that quite literally brings Wales to NYC – Barrett has the actual earth from his Wales hometown mixed into the walls.
The restaurant’s name sake is an old Welsh myth of the sunken city of Cantre’r Gwaelod, which was uncovered as a viable truth in 2014, when storms battered the land and revealed a petrified forest of largely, ancient oaks. This ‘Welsh Atlantis’ in Western Wales is where Barrett hails from and imports his family’s cuisine.
If you’ve never had true Welsh food before, this is your opportunity to taste the flavors of leeks, lamb and seaweed spiked dishes as well as fresh seafood dishes with a Basque flair adopted from the French/Spanish border.
Start off with the Glamorgan Croquettes with Welsh cheddar cheese and leek [$8] and a Lamb Pasty with a short crust pastry and tomato chutney [$8] to share and shake off the cold. Then tuck into a delicious Warm Mushroom Salad with jamon, hazelnuts, wilted greens, sherry vinegar [$11] and your choice of several enticing dishes from the sea, including Razor Clams with charred lemon, chervil and spiced lamb jus [$14].
Stay a while and sip on strong, unique house cocktails including the Meredyyd with Penderyn Welsh whisky, St. Germain, Cava and bitters, or His Nibs with rye, peach liquor and bitters [cocktails range from $10-14].
Barrett keeps his restaurant open late to encourage bonding over drinks and crunchy seaweed puffs. He’s even building a ‘Dragon Wall’, inviting patrons to add a photo of their mums to make you feel at home.
267 Smith Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
@sunkenhundred on Instagram
Sun-Weds: 5pm to 2am
Thur-Sat: 5pm to 4am
Happy Hour: 5-7pm Mon-Fri + 4-7pm Sat-Sun