Alameda - on the once-sleepy corner of Franklin Avenue and Green Street, in the northernmost part of the nabe - grabbed a standing-room-only crowd for last night’s debut.
“It’s amazing how many people came out for this on a rainy Monday night,” marveled co-owner Evan Haslegrave as the warm, dimly-lit room - which he and his brother/biz partner Oliver designed, along with nearby haunts like Paulie Gee’s and the Manhattan Inn - buzzed with a casual, young scene. Outside, locals stopping by parked their fixies along the metal fence.
Headed by chef/co-owner Nick Padilla (ex Brooklyn Star), the kitchen was up and running with a compact menu of nine bistro-style dishes that skew decadent, including oysters with cucumber mignonette; frisee salad with crispy pork belly and poached egg; fried baby artichokes with garlic herb aioli, lemon and toast; garlic and herb pork sausage; and a foie gras breakfast sandwich with bacon, smoked cheddar, egg, apple butter and pickled shallots.
Ten specialty cocktails from bartender/co-owner Waine Longwell (ex Brooklyn Star) range from classics such as a margarita, whiskey smash and Hemingway daiquiri, to house concoctions like the Saint Joseph Sour (Old Overholt Rye, Velvet Falernum, Angostura Bitters) and the Roberto Burns (mezcal, Benedictine, vermouth and orange bitters). The drink menu also includes several bottled and draft beers, half a dozen wines by the glass and a few more by the bottle.
Alameda is located at 195 Franklin Ave.. The kitchen’s open nightly until 12:30 AM and bar service continues until 2 AM.