Located right off the Nostrand Ave stop on the Blue Line in Bedstuy, you’ll find the ONLY place you need to stop for a drink or bite. This BRAND NEW Caribbean Fusion bar is one with food to please AND cocktails to impress! With such a large venue, colorful lighting, and warm interior, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better spot in this part of Brooklyn.
I’ll start by saying I am NEVER in Brooklyn.
That’s changed today though. DKalabash is a wonderfully put together cocktail bar and restaurant situated right off an easy-to-reach stop on the A-C trains that’s going to take BedStuy by storm!
The exterior is incredibly understated because the minute you walk through the door and see how warm and beautifully lit the interior is, you’ll see why this is the ONLY spot for you to stop by on your way home or when looking for a local, friendly hotspot.
Did I not just mention that the interior of this place is spectacular?
With such a huge space to work with and some pretty cool and festive lighting, this might just be the place for some bigger events as well!
Pretty recently, an entire sorority took over the whole bar area. What a smashing success that was to have those ladies in not only for some bites but some killer cocktails too.
Since I mentioned cocktails……
Let’s get something for you to sip on!
This gentlemen, Brandon Julien did a complete overhaul on Dkalabash’s cocktail menu and boy did it go from 0-100 REAL QUICK.
Tobago Reef Martini
Awesome Trinidad inspired cocktail with cucumber vodka and mint.
- 2 oz Cucumber Vodka
- 1 oz Green Chartreuse
- 1 oz Amaro Montenegro
- 1 Big Egg White
- 3 Sprigs Mint
In mixing tin, add ingredients without ice.
Fine strain into Nick & Nora glass.
Garnish with dehydrated lime and mint.
Pear inspired cocktail with pea flower.
- 2 oz Gin
- 1 oz Lime Juice
- 0.5 oz Pea Flower Tea
- 0.5 oz Pear Liqueur
- 0.5 oz Simple
- 3 Dashes Lavender Bitters
In mixing tin, add ingredients over ice.
Fine strain into rocks glass over big ice cube.
Garnish with pear slices.
Super fun and refreshing yet spicy cocktail fit for spring or summer.
- 1 oz Mezcal
- 1 oz Rye Whiskey
- 1 oz Aperol
- 1 oz Lemon Juice
- 0.5 oz Honey
- 3 Slice Jalapeno
In mixing tin, add jalapeño and lemon juice.
Add rest of ingredients.
Fine strain into Collins glass.
Garnish with red chili pepper and thyme.
I don’t know about you guys but I’d be absolutely smashed if I didn’t get some food in me while I drank these cocktails.
Let’s get to some grub!
First up is,
Roasted Pork in Rum Sauce
- Oven Roasted Pork Loin
- Barbecue Rum Sauce Reduction
- Mashed Yucca
- Julienne Carrot Bundle
The combination of sweet and savory components in this dish were absolutely spectacular. Really a great dish to have during the Spring and Summer months with any of the cocktails shared above.
Potato Crusted Mahi Mahi
- Crispy Potato Wrap
- Grilled Mahi Mahi
- Veggie Ribbons
- Papaya Slaw
- Beetroot Essence
Honestly, this was the best seafood dish I’ve had in a while, not just because of the fish but this interesting potato wrap really sealed the deal. I’d have this with the Pear–Adise cocktail. The pear and tea notes would blend together wonderfully with this lighter-fared dish.
Last up and my personal favorite is,
12oz Rib Eye Steak
- Grilled Rib-Eye
- Red Wine Reduction
- Grilled Potatoes
- Steam String Beans
I am and always will be a steak guy at heart. Sometimes a huge porterhouse or a Steak Au-Poivre is just too much. This piece of meat here is definitely a great dinner to have to keep from getting yourself too full. I’d 100% have this with the Maruga Scorpion.
This gentlemen on the left is the man the with plan behind the entire operation. With his knowledge and expertise tag teamed with renowned chef, there’s zero doubt in whether this place should be your next best bet in Brooklyn.
While we’re at it, why don’t we all welcome the newest member of the Bar & Bowtie team!
Mr. Brandon Julien is an experienced and versed bar manager, program director, trainer, and mixologist who’s recently taken Dkalabash from the ground up in terms of numbers, cocktails, and of course, the people.
Read all about him and his previous work at his bio HERE!
Until next time guys,
“10/10 would recommend, Yancy……OUT!”