Hold The Duckface: The Rookery

11/20/2013 4:00 AM |

Photo by Austin McAllister

The Rookery
425 Troutman Street, Bushwick
4 L’s

Exiting the L train onto a deserted Wyckoff Avenue, I heard a young woman in a puffy coat tell her two friends that this is the most dangerous subway stop in Brooklyn. They unanimously decided to take a selfie in front of the sign for Jefferson Street station and then burst into laughter when one of the friends shouted, “We all totally duckfaced! All three of us!” Oof. I hoped these kids were wrong about the dangerousness of the area, but as I strolled past the dark chain-link fences, graffitied steel garage-doors, and single-story, windowless brick buildings that line Troutman Street, I felt like I should call the location scout for Law & Order: SVU. And then I noticed some horizontal slats of new fencing, discreetly branded with the Rookery’s logo—a crow perched in the second “o”—and I made a beeline for the pub’s door.

Inside, the geometric design of floor tiles, white-washed exposed brick, and a mix of floral-patterned wallpaper make the Rookery feel as welcoming and safe as your grandmum’s house. Near the door, a forest green wood-burning stove warms the surrounding tables, and in back, a handful of roomy booths line the wall beside an inviting horseshoe-shaped bar, mostly populated by bearded men chasing brown liquor with pints of beer or $5 cans of Dale’s Pale Ale—and none of them seemed to be taking selfies. It’s the perfect setting for sipping a dark and smooth Bellhaven Black Stout, but the bartenders, gussied up in vests or ties with shirtsleeves rolled to their elbows, look dressed to pour specialty cocktails. The Highland Boy blends Cragglemore single-malt Scotch, Stone’s ginger wine, and bitter Ramazzoti liqueur with Cherry Heering and OJ for a touch of sweetness; it’s an easy-drinking boozy treat.

3 Comment

  • Is this a serious review?

  • Yes, you heard right. The Jefferson L stop is the most dangerous stop in Brooklyn. And, of course, you also know that Brooklyn is the most dangerous place in the Western Hemisphere. Seriously.. Troutman Street? Almost everyone I know, men and women, that was foolish enough to walk around Troutman St was raped and murdered there. Is the mac and cheese worth YOUR LIFE? It’s much safer in NJ, Long Island or Ohio. Save yourself.

  • It is extremely dangerous. I am bewildered each time I see little twenty somethings, strolling around during the wee hours, are hipsters all stoned, are they so naive to believe that this is some fashionable new safe area. It will take another fifteen to twenty years to be night time friendly.btw, couldn’t pay me enough to ever be at that subway station