Jesse Levitt of Minor Arcana and Kings County (yep, the Bushwick bar that held the smallest penis contest) has opened 1 Knickerbocker. It’s located at, yes, 1 Knickerbocker Ave., which is “in the heart of Brooklyn’s emerging Bushwick arts community,” per a website that says the restaurant and saloon “revives an age-old New York glamor.”
At least three different Brooklyn-based design firms (Fjord Architecture, ABW Designs, and The Principals) had a hand in restoring the original details of what’s said to have been, at various times, a brothel, a speakeasy, and a textile factory — and also outfitting it with retro fixtures.
As for the food, Levitt and his partner Aimee Arciuolo have conscripted Steven Hubbell (previously of Salumè) to create a somewhat April Bloomfield-esque menu that includes nose-to-tail items like crispy sweetbreads, fried pig ears, and roast elk — plus a whole lotta pickled stuff. And the chef is doing double duty with cocktails featuring housemade bitters, unique infusions and such. Check out the food offerings below.
1 Knickerbocker, 1 Knickerbocker Ave., at Johnson Ave.; (347) 987-3751