Saturday, August 20, 2011
Old Fashioned in Hip Brooklyn
Mark and I took the subway over to the Carroll Gardens neighborhood in Brooklyn. This neighborhood is filled with brownstones on tree-lined streets. The reason we came to this neighborhood was that I had wanted to try an Old Fashioned cocktail, and Mark had done some research on the web that indicated that Prime Meats had some of the best in town. The cocktails were indeed wonderful, using bitters made from the pear tree in the back yard. We felt a bit out of place here, though. I thought I didn't know what a hipster was until I came here: hipster heaven. Thankfully we came here at 2:30 in the afternoon, an "off time." Not only were we old, but we made the mistake of telling our server that we had come all the way from New Jersey to try the Old Fashioned. Barely containing his look of horror, he said disdainfully: "Well I hope it lives up to the hype." sigh. On the way home, we stopped at Whole Foods in Union Square. It was a madhouse. We were swept through the doors by the crowd. Even after three months, I haven't become accustomed to the crowds that are everywhere.