Huckleberry Bar is a cocktail bar with a casual vibe on Grand Street in Williamsburg. While Huckleberry is mainly a place to drink, they also serve a menu of snacks, sandwiches, and other bites to go with their drink menu of cocktails, beer, wine and hard liquor. Could we make a meal out of bar bites? I wanted to find out.
We started with an order of the Pigs in a Blanket ($6), a dressed-up take on the classic cocktail party snack. Instead of hot dogs, Huckleberry Bar's pigs are hot Italian sausages wrapped in puff pastry and slathered in a creamy mustard sauce. Bar food of the highest order. Next we tried the Bacon Wrapped Dates ($6), six dates stuffed with gouda cheese and wrapped in bacon. This dish, which has shown up in many Apps Only columns before, was well executed here: the cheese didn't overpower the date and the bacon was nice and crispy.
Huckleberry also does cheese and meat plates, and we had a selection of three meats ($15): Prosciutto Biellese, a salty yet clean tasting prosciutto sliced paper-thin, a salami called Baby Jesus that was rich and funky, and a wild boar sopressata that was absolutely delicious: it was subtle yet complex and salty, everything that I look for in a charcuterie selection. The only complaint here was that for the generous amount of meat we were served, we only ended up with six pieces of bread to share between the three of us. However, the service was stellar and had we asked for more I'm pretty sure it wouldn't have been a problem.
We finished our meal with the Assorted Pickle Plate ($5) and one of Huckleberry's sandwiches, the Ham and Beer Soaked Irish Cheddar with Pickled Onions ($8). The pickle plate was tasty, and a good deal, as we couldn't even finish the whole thing: watermelon radishes, sugar snap peas, zucchini, yellow beets and turnips all pickled in a sweet-salty brine with more than a little salty kick. The sandwich was a great value as well, loaded with ham and dripping melted cheese. It could have used more pickled onions, but for eight bucks, this is a great value, especially if you're looking to put something in your stomach while you drink.
Almost all of the food here falls into that category: stuff to put in your stomach while you drink. Huckleberry Bar isn't a sit-down restaurant, though there are places to sit and table service from a friendly and knowledgeable staff. It's first and foremost a bar serving top notch cocktails with little to no pretense. But the food is very good and reasonably priced, perfect for the Apps Only method.
We ended up spending only $40 between the three of us on dinner, under the target price of $15/person before tax and tip. Much has been made of the fact that Huckleberry was opened by two alums of Danny Meyer restaurants, and while Huckleberry certainly stands on its own, it's easy to see why: the service is efficient and, above all, genuinely friendly—there's no snootiness to be had, as is too often the case at cocktail bars. If you're in the neighborhood, and especially if it's cool enough outside to sit in the garden out back, Huckleberry Bar is a wonderful place to spend a night.
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