Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Brooklyn Vintage: Hotel Delmano


Every bit of the non-italicized following (and the photos) is shamlessly stolen from Eater.com. I'm going in the next couple days. Am ashamed to be so late to the party for something so aesthetically perfect right in my hood. The Freemans crowd had their Christmas party here. You don't get a better endorsement than that. Also -- it seems to be in the old Saved space. God, was that a great store. It's too bad they didn't salvage the chandeliers (hopefully the Saved owner took them with him) -- great brass and crystal numbers with stag heads, rescued from an old Elks lodge. They stuck arrows through them, adding just the perfect touch. The etched glass doors are works of art.

This is Hotel Delmano, Williamsburg's first proper expensive and atmospheric cocktail bar, opened a couple weeks ago on North 9th and Berry. There has been very little buzz about this place (as in none), considering what it means for the neighborhood and for Brooklyn. It's one of the trio of serious cocktail bars (Hideaway and Weather Up, the others) that have opened in non-Manhattan practically over night, which is to say, this may be the moment that cocktail culture makes a jump to the other side of the East River.

The team behind Hotel Delmano are Union Pool owners Alyssa Abeta and Zeb Stewart and cocktail man Jeff Hansen (Diner, Pencil Factory). Eater correspondents were on the scene Friday night and the verdict is clear: place is a stunner. The ceiling fans, the old fixtures in the bathroom, the long marble bar and big leather banquettes--this is Brooklyn with the ante upped. And the drinks are on par with those at operations like Pegu Club and East Side Company Bar, both in taste and in the $12-14 price point. Finally, on the matter of its name. A hotel she isn't. There is a vague and long off plan to rent out the rooms above the bar, but at present the name is strictly for effect.



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