Thursday, January 29, 2015

All Bets Are Off

Everyone's a winner at OTB


Hello. This is your mid-week courtesy cocktail notice.

From the minds behind the Williamsburg whiskey bar Post Office comes OTB, a racing-themed tavern that doesn't horse around in the drinks department.

And since this is Williamsburg, it naturally has an old-school vibe. But where other places might rock Industrial Revolution Chic, OTB lives in a time capsule of Southern charm, with tufted leather booths, antique pay-phones, and a tile-topped bar.

The food is mostly light snacking fare: oysters, lobster tails, moules frites, and fried frog's legs. There are only three entrees — steak frites, a cheeseburger, and coq au vin — each simple and excellent.

But that's just backup to the drinks, as OTB mixes up cocktails both classic and new. For you, the Turkey Jerky with rye, brandy, and cinnamon sugar on the rocks. For her, the Little Luck with potent Dorothy Parker gin, yellow chartreuse, and a Creole orange shrub.

Or take a long gander at the house's top shelf, featuring rare boozes even we haven't heard of before. Swedish Mackmyra whiskey, anyone?

Yes. Yes indeedy.

141 Broadway (Bedford Ave.), Williamsburg
(347) 763-1481

Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 2 (out of 4)
Subway: L to Bedford Ave.
Scene: Your usual Williamsburg riffraff
Hot seat: Make nice with the barman and sit up at the counter.
Best bets: Chicken wings; frog's legs; Turkey Jerky
Nearby: Dressler; Peter Luger; Pies 'n Thighs

Photo credit Chad Matthew Carlson LLC

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