Brooklyn’s exploding craft cocktail scene means there’s no shortage of places to drink the night away in style. But Long Island Bar belongs on the shortlist.

Here’s why: Toby Cecchini is one of the world’s great bartenders. You may recognize his name from his long-running New York Times magazine cocktail column. Or because he’s credited for creating the Cosmopolitan (yes, that Cosmopolitan) during his stint at New York’s downtown 80’s hotspot, The Odeon.

Now he’s opened this tiny jewel box of a bar, tucked on a quiet corner of Brooklyn’s Cobble Hill, right before Atlantic Avenue dips off into the Hudson. And it’s great.

Long Island Bar’s décor suggests a storybook version of New York—all mid-century nostalgia with red and white booths, Art Deco accents and cushy stools to watch the world pass by. It hits that tricky middle ground between casual and polished, making it a great spot for a low-key dinner or quiet nightcap.

The concise cocktail list has just seven choices, a mix of classics and original creations—and all terrific. We liked the Long Island Gimlet (gin and housemade lime-ginger cordial) and the Aperitif (Cappellatti, soda water, and Prosecco).

Don’t forget to order food too. The chef, Gabriel Martinez, from Chicago’s Alinea and Austin’s Uchi, has serious bonafides. Here, he presents upgraded retro American fare that goes hand-in-hand with cocktails. Standouts include the trout roe smoked fish spread on rye crackers and the pile of dry-cured Virgina ham with romesco sauce.

Long Island Bar, 110 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn NY 11201, 718.625.8908

Photo Credit: Long Island Bar & Al Rodriguez

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