Neighborhood: Cobble Hill, Brooklyn
Venue: Cocktail Bar
Atmosphere: Chill, Low-key
Crowd/Scene: Trendy, Drinkers
Foursquare Check-in: http://4sq.com/1lG9Fru
Rating: 5 Stars
An absolute hidden gem–to all Manhattanites that is. People in Brooklyn, or at least near Smith Street, know all about the Clover Club, which is undoubtedly one of the best cocktail bars in all of New York City–and I’ve had my fair share of cocktails!
Despite Clover Club being on my list, I ended up here on a bit of a whim. Upon looking for a place to have brunch, I sent my friends to my list of things to do this summer. When they picked the Clover Club, I was surprised given that I was referred to it as a good place to get a drink, and they were looking at it as a place to have a weekend brunch.
So when we got there (arriving all the way from Harlem), I was hungry and highly doubting that a cocktail bar could satisfy my appetite. Still, I powered on and ordered a drink in the hopes that doing so would help me forget about how hungry I was. The table decided to order one of the punches, which serves 4-6 people. We went with the Philadelphia Fish-House Punch, which is comprised of Jamaican Rum, Cognac, Peach Brandy and Lemon Shrub. It comes served in a fancy punch bowl, which I won’t even bother describing. More importantly, it comes with a huge block of ice that doesn’t melt as not to water down the punch. And the punch itself was absolutely amazing. Without question, it was the best punch I ever had, and I don’t think I can go back to your normal, everyday, run-of-the-mill spiked kool-aid ever again. It was freaking delicious, and if you ever make your way out to Clover Club, you must try the Philadelphia Fish-House–it will change everything you’ve ever thought about punches.
On to the food, it too was pretty damn delicious. My friend ordered the bacon flight, which magically resulted in 5 or 6 pieces of thick-cut bacon in his face. By the grace of god, he let me try a piece, and again, I was in heaven. I tried a piece of the maple bacon that must have been made by God it was so good. The other pieces I didn’t get a chance to try, but among them were black pepper bacon and duck bacon–my friend had nothing but good things to say about the both of them.
Around the table, people had burgers, fries, pancakes, more bacon, salmon and omelets. I had some silver dollar pancakes as well, but my main dish was the “Baked Eggs with Chorizo and Manchego.” Again, nothing to complain about here. It was served with a salad and sourdough bread on the side, but the eggs, chorizo and manchego were all baked to perfection and served in a kettle bowl that kept it hot and all the more tasty. My ability to describe the succulence, juiciness and hardiness of the dish as a whole are failing me at the moment, so I can only recommend that you go try it for yourself.
Overall, Clover Club is probably one of the most underrated brunches in New York. There was no huge crowd. There was nobody poppin’ bottles. And there certainly weren’t unlimited drinks–all the more reason I need to go back. Still, the food is 10x better than your average bar, and of the two drinks I had, they were both excellent, so I think their cocktail game lives up to the hype, too.