Two Door Tavern, Brooklyn's hippest new restaurant, has officially opened its doors in Williamsburg —both of them.
Just off of the always bustling Bedford Avenue, this inviting hangout promises good times and an inspired menu that should satiate the hungriest and pickiest of customers.
In a nod to the old factories that once resided here, Two Door sports an industrial look with exposed brick, visible steelwork, and wooden fixtures. Yet the space has an undeniable warmth, thanks to several playful touches, including a rustic recycled skylight adorned with carnival lights and a cozy brick fireplace that anchors the inviting upper level.
But the most visually alluring element is a storage space on the second floor that currently houses the restaurant's wine collection. This private nook is almost begging to be turned into a VIP dining area or an exhibition space for avant-garde performance artists. As long as it's tasteful, of course.
Speaking of tasteful, the menu is exactly that. For appetizers, I heartily recommend the flaky crabcakes, mussels, and pitch-perfect calamari. For a more piquant flavor, try the delicious but dangerously spicy buffalo chicken tenders. Pigs in blankets, soft pretzel nuggets, Philly cheese steak spring rolls, and fried dill-pickle chips add a whimsical flair.
For the main course, there are several excellent entree salad options—allow me to rave about the steak and Gorgonzola salad, with asparagus spears, sautéed red onions, mushrooms, and arugula drizzled with a balsamic vinaigrette. Looking for something more savory? There are plenty of affordable options, all under $20. I recommend the fish and chips, seared striped bass, and braised short ribs. And please remind me to return on a Friday to try that day's special, Maine lobster mac 'n' cheese. Other menu highlights include the signature roast beef sandwich, burgers topped with creamed spinach, and short rib sliders served with crispy onion straws.
Downstairs, the bar space is an ideal place to catch the ballgame, schmooze up a stranger or sample from a list of creative and colorful cocktail concoctions, including the wonderful Pear and Cranberry Bellini, the fruity smash berry lemonade, and the potent cucumber agave margarita. An impressive wine list and extensive craft beer selection round out the bounty of booze.
Two Door serves brunch on Saturday and Sunday (try the banana French toast!) and offers daily happy-hour specials all day until 7 p.m.
Bottom line: Two Door Tavern better add a few more doors, because I have a feeling there's going to be a lot of people trying to get in every night.
Two Door Tavern
116 N. 5th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11249