What was once the premier cocktail bar in a snazzy downtown hotel, has moved and evolved into a neighborhood joint nestled into the edge of Lowry Hill. Bradstreet Neighborhood Craftshouse occupies the space that was last Rye Deli, just down from Burch Steak & Pizza. But when you walk into the space, some of you will actually recall the space’s first restaurant iteration: Auriga.
Dimly lit and darkly elegant, the bar plays center stage when you walk in. Smaller rooms and seating areas branch out from there, long banquets and lounge seating in the front are united by a natural, mossy color palate. Tall black booths bank the bar area. It all feels sophisticated but not too fancy, paying homage to John Scott Bradstreet with an Arts and Crafts aesthetic.
Drinks are reminiscent of the old spot, the menu is divided into sections by spirit, but it’s not as lengthy as the former. The cocktails we tried were made in front of us, even though we were sitting in the corner of the bar, and poured into a coupe glass with the remainder slipped into a little side carafe. It was all interactive and quick, and it felt much more personal than before, which was a goal they had going into this new space.
The food menu seems entirely fresh and more intentional. There’s a nifty Eastern bend to many of the dishes: sautéed long beans with an oyster vinaigrette, sesame chicken meatballs with sweet and sour glaze, citrus yogurt chicken with cilantro chutney, lamb burger with turmeric pickle and chimichurri mayo, and matcha tea gnocchi to name a few.
This new version of Bradstreet opens for happy hour at 3:30 with a limited menu, with full dinner commencing at 5pm. Happy hour starts up again from 11pm-1am, and the bar stays open until 2am nightly. Weekend brunch soon.