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December 17, 2013

Happy Holidays at Hunter's!

Posted by peter d.
Fantastic food + cold weather + hot whiskey cocktails + hospitable service = happiness. Last night, Hunter's proved the truth of that equation when they welcomed in the best of Yelp Brooklyn for an evening of holiday cheer. It couldn't have been a sweeter way to say goodbye to 2013, since from the moment they walked through the door at 213 Smith Street, the NYC Elite felt at home. 

It certainly helped that the bar created cocktails with Tub Gin and OYO Wheat Whiskey just for them! According to Ron C, The Sweeney Todd(y) "really hit the spot, coming in from the frigid cold. Warmed you right up." (I hear it's going to be on the menu at Hunter's for a little while longer, and I know I'll be heading back for it.) Deoroop M was down with the Ginny Weasley, a "lovely infusion of Tub Gun, fresh grapefruit and thyme. So refreshing, I literally had to order 4 at once." Not exactly recommended, but do what you've gotta do D-roop...

Great drink needs to be accompanied by great food, and thankfully Hunter's has the latter as well. Matteo R insists "the sliders were perfectly medium-rare, and the crostini plentiful (I particularly enjoyed the ones with goat cheese, leek, and mushrooms)."

The flatbread with pork belly, kale, and sweet potato puree was a surprisingly scrumptiious combination, but perhaps the runaway favorite dish of the evening were the crab cakes. Baramee C swears they are "amazing, delicious, crunchy and very fresh (lots of crab)." If you didn't get enough of their fare, why not check them out on New Year's Eve? There's a sweet prix fixe right here...

Some serious props are in order for Zach and Greg behind the bar; not only did they create those tasty cocktails, but they kept them flowing in the face of almost a hundred thirsty Brooklynites. Of course, Angelo and Panda are equally impressive in the kitchen; the food was fantastic, as it always is at this perfect neighborhood spot. A huge thanks to all of them, as well as Jess and Fer (in absentia) for welcoming us all in with open arms, and wowing us as well.

Whether or not you made it out, make sure to check out the reviews of the event, the photos from the lovely Liz Clayman, and what folks are saying all over. Have the happiest of holidays, and I'll see you in the New Year (at Hunter's and otherwise).

Peter D and the rest of the Yelp NYC Team

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