On a street called Smith, in a neighborhood of many names (Carroll Gardens/ Cobble Hill/ Boerum Hill) in the borough of Brooklyn, lies a stretch of retail and culinary wonders. The mix of chain retailers and boutique shopping and eatery spaces make Smith Street special, and uniquely “Brooklyn”. On a recent jaunt to the strip, I attended a calendar release party with some friends at men’s streetwear boutique Rime. After catching up and canoodling with folks, we decided it was time to grab some sustenance. We strolled down the street and came across the lovely, Apartment 138.
Given its name, Apartment 138 is decorated in the style of a high end apartment in the neighborhood of Brooklyn in which resides. Select walls are covered in damask wallpaper, wood furnishings are present throughout in a deep chestnut color, and the lighting is warm and homey. I immediately fell in love once inside because the space was beautiful and the staff was lovely to boot! We sat at the bar and ordered snacks and drinks. My order? A jalapeno margarita and truffle mac & cheese (odd combo, I know). I was delighted to find out that they made their own jalapeno tequila by soaking fresh jalapeno in tequila and having it sit for days. This made the flavors that much more potent than a pre-infused jalapeno flavored tequila; this was the real thing! The amount of spicy, sweet, and citrus in the cocktail create a special medley of flavors for the palate, which i thoroughly enjoy. My truffle mac & cheese was also quite delightful, although I was unable to enjoy it as much as I would have liked. My inner fat-girl was so excited that I started eating it before it cooled off and in doing so, burnt my tongue (insert laugh and any other jokes you may have here).
Apartment 138 hosts full brunch, dinner, dessert, and cocktail menus. Zagat gives a great summary of the space:
“A former Boerum Hill apartment/office space reinvented as a bar/lounge, this new Smith Street arrival offers all the comforts of home along with strong specialty martinis and simple American grub; downstairs, there’s a game room equipped with pool and foosball tables, as well as access to garden seating.”
-ZAGAT New York City Nightlife 2005/06
I highly recommend Apartment 138. I’ve provided all info below. If you happen to pass by, let me know! I would love to hear your stories. 🙂
138 Smith St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: (718) 858-0556