Williamsburg’s Battery Harris (named for an abandoned beach bunker in the Rockaways) dished up a tropical new menu last week in time for the winter season.
I had been meaning to try this new bar and restaurant all summer for their Dark and Stormy slushy, and even though it was a brisk 30-ish degrees outside when I went last week, I still ordered it ’cause I’m a girl who loves her frozen boozy drinks. And, DAMN was it perfect. It’s a perfect blend of dark rum, ginger beer, fresh lime, and “toasted five spice ginger reduction” that I highly recommend. I’m so glad they kept it on the menu after shorts season. If you’re not into brain freezes in the middle of winter, try the Buff Bay (Whiskey, benedictine, ginger syrup, ginger beer and spices) or the Ocho Rios (tequila, aperol, honey, cayenne, cilantro, with a splash of soda).
Our table of six ordered family-style and shared the Peppah’ Prawns, Tamarind BBQ Rib-Tips, Jerk Pork Buns, Coconut Curry Mussels, Brick Jerk Chicken, and a side of Sweet Plantains. The rib tips were tender and packed with flavor, and I loved the presentation in a Chinese take-out paper bag. The pork buns were savory and delicious and I honestly could have eaten two orders of them to the face. I was told by my fellow food comrades that the seafood was also good (not a huge seafood fan, sorry I’m not sorry…), but as far as entrees go, the jerk chicken was oh-so-good. There are not many places where I can say that all of the dishes ordered were excellent, but this was one of those moments.
As if we didn’t eat or drink enough, we were treated to hot toddies and and a wonderful rum-raisin bread pudding with vanilla ice cream from one of the owners before heading home.
The coastal-inspired design seems like a perfect hangout in the summer with an open layout, wraparound deck, greenery, and geometric transparent roof. On one side of the bar patrons can sit outside while sipping, while the other half can pony up inside under a massive skylight. But even with the dropping temperatures, Battery Harris seems to have made the transition well (although some corners in the back can get drafty).
I plan to revisit soon for their brunch menu and $15 all-you-can-drink mimosas. You and I are going to get along very well, Battery Harris.