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Chicken Liver and Bacon Sandwich [Photographs: Paul Yee]

There is no shortage of bars with good food in Williamsburg, but Post Office, which sits in the shadow of the BQE, attracts much less of a scene than comparable watering holes a few blocks North and West. On a recent Thursday night, the crowd was a mixed bag of lone drinkers and small groups grabbing affordable dinner, and though there wasn't a free seat at the bar, there were plenty of available tables.

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Pick Me Up.

Post Office is primarily a whiskey bar (with dozens of American varieties), but it also offers some creative cocktails. One of the more memorable ones, the Pick Me Up ($10) stirs together Grady's cold brew coffee and vermouth for a dark, bitter, and sweet drink.

Compared to the extensive bar offerings, the food menu is comforting and safe; the dishes are all classic Americana with the occasional small twist.

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Grilled Cheese with Bacon.

The grilled cheese($7) takes textbook form with buttery soft sourdough sandwiching gooey American and cheddar cheeses. Thin slices of thoroughly cooked bacon add a shattering crunch to each bite. While nothing about the sandwich is particularly exceptional, it embodies the grilled cheese ideal so many look for.

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Devilled Eggs.

On the same note, there are no surprises with the devilled eggs ($5): a smooth filling mixed with vinegar pickled cucumbers and finished with a heavy dusting of paprika.

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Steak Tartare.

A steak tartare ($12) may not come to mind as your first bar snack, but Post Office's version is a rich, salty spread for the accompanying slices of toasted olive oil-brushed baguette. The pale color is slightly off-putting, but is not uncommon for heavily seasoned tartares, so dig in.

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Vietnamese-Style Hot Dog.

A Vietnamese-style hot dog ($5) and the chicken liver and bacon sandwich ($12) heavily draw inspiration from a banh mi, both with sweet pickled cucumbers and carrots. The sandwich, with a smooth chicken liver spread, frisée, and crisp bacon, was certainly enough to make a meal. The hot dog, with a generous squirt of hoisin (and yup, more bacon) was surprisingly well balanced thanks to the heap of pickled vegetables.

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Cinnamon Bread Pudding.

The lone dessert option, a pleasantly soft and warm cinnamon bread pudding ($6), is drizzled with a subtly boozy whiskey glaze. It's light on custard, so the texture seems closer to a soaked cake or a cinnamon bun.

As we were finishing our meal, my companion and I both agreed that the food at Post Office was surprisingly good. Why exactly it was a surprise... I'm not so sure. Perhaps a bar with interesting cocktails, satisfying affordable food, and a place to sit and have a conversation is not as common as you might think.

Post Office

188 Havemeyer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211(map)
718-963-2574
postofficebk.com

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