One of the first cocktail dens on a stretch of Grand Street now flush with bars and gastropubs opening left and right, Huckleberry Bar has stood the test of time as a neighborhood favorite. Open since 2007, the bar has seen many incarnations of its drink and food menus, but the focus has always remained the same: seasonal libations and simple eats with a classic Americana flair.
The menu is a hodgepodge of sandwiches, salads and vittles that has evolved over time from a number of chefs. For a full meal, Huckleberry offers a variety of hearty sandwiches, such as the Braised Short Rib & Fontina ($11, pictured above) with peppers and onions on ciabatta, or the Ham & Beer Soaked Cheddar ($10), which has been a favorite on the menu since the beginning.
For smaller plates, the bar serves its dressed-up version of Pigs in a Blanket ($6, pictured), a spicy Italian sausage wrapped in puff pastry with a dab of grain mustard. Other good options include Bacon-wrapped Dates ($6) stuffed with gouda and a country-style Baked Mac & Cheese ($9).
Simple bar snacks include a variety of nuts, from boiled peanuts to roasted candied pecans, but for a heavy night of cocktailing, we recommend the fluffy Homemade Focaccia Bread ($4) served with extra virgin olive oil.
If there is room for sweets, don't miss the Nutella & Goat Milk's Ricotta Pressed Sandwich ($6, pictured), a dangerously good combo with just the right proportions of Nutella, ricotta and bread, or the Chocolate Panna Cotta ($6), another fan favorite, served with huckleberry jam, whipped cream and a bit of sea salt.
The bar gets notoriously crowded on weekend nights; we prefer the much calmer weeknights and weekend days for the best drinking/eating experience. In addition to their affordable $15 brunch special from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Huckleberry also hosts weekly Monday Night Movies, featuring free movie screenings starting at 9 p.m. Check the website for the monthly movie theme; this October the bar will show horror flicks all month long. Nothing like a whiskey cocktail to take the edge off The Exorcist...
About the author: Nancy Huang, who comes to New York by way of Los Angeles, writes The Wanderist, a food and travel blog of adventures here and abroad. She loves noodles, subway maps, and word games.