Road House-style brawls).
There's a growing nightlife scene in this 'hood (Beauty Bar next door, Die Koelner Bierhalle and South Slope's Greenwood Park number among recent additions), and when Pork Slope opens on Saturday, we're guessing it'll be another late-night option locals will be grateful for. Unlike most spots on the Fifth Avenue strip that tend to close their kitchens on the early side, partners Dale Talde, David Massoni and John Bush (who opened Talde together) aim to serve food until 2 AM, and pour from the bar until 4 AM, daily.
When it comes to the menu, guests can expect hearty options to soak up the inevitable excess of booze you'll wind up drinking. As seen above, prices are reasonable, with many options clocking in under $10. Early highlights include the porky melt (cheese-stuffed bratwurst served with griddled onions and mustard, $6.50), house-smoked meats (brisket, St. Louis ribs, pulled pork served with potatoes and slaw, $8-$22), a half order of fried chicken ($14) and a reasonable $6.50 cheeseburger. If you're in the area afflicted with drunk munchies - Pork Slope has you covered.
As should be expected based on the feel at Talde and at Massoni and Bush's Thistle Hill Tavern, the vibe here is homey and casual, with salvaged antiques making up much of the decor (think a oak wood fireplace mantle for the back bar, taxidermied boars' heads, church-like pews), alongside vintage photos, neon signs and eclectic memorabilia. In the back open lounge area, a coin-operated pool table awaits.
Though there are plenty of tables and chairs (hovering around 70), let it be known that the prime focus here is the bar component, which nearly stretches the entire length of the space. A wide selection of American whiskys, bourbons and ryes dominate the menu (and shelves), ranging from the more common (Jack Daniel's) to the more difficult to find (Lillet, Pappy Van Winkle). In addition to 25 rotating beer taps, three wine taps and over 20 canned options, guests can enjoy $5 beer and a shot specials, and serious drinkers can aim to join the "100 Shot Club." Described exactly as it sounds, ask the bar to track the number you take, and once you reach 100, get your name engraved on a trophy. Just don't try to accomplish that in one go.
Pork Slope, 247 Fifth Ave.; 718-768-7675