for most manhattanites the first neighbourhood that automatically comes to mind when thinking of what lies beyond the east river is williamsburg. and while that slice of the big apple's most populous borough rightfully has gained tremendous exposure home and abroad for its multi-faceted coolness, things are heating up in other brooklyn neighbourhoods as well. in an audacious collab, architect palmer thompson-moss teamed up with hospitality veteran dane risch to turn a derelict, one-storey structure from 1910 in the middle of crown heights into an appealing late-night haunt for local denizens. it's exotic name king tai is derived from a chinese fish restaurant which first occupied the space, but that oriental legacy stops right there.
measuring 870 sq.ft. [81 sqm.], the interior was completely stripped and replaced by a light and swish setting with an art déco-ish edge that's somewhat reminiscent of establishments in sunny south beach. bare bricks and a ceiling and paneling dipped in a crispy white hue, form the backdrop for a simple configuration of simple chairs and tables, a fixed seating corner and a bar directly opposite, encircled by chrome stools. subtle touches of add a further holiday feel to the place. king tai's menu is compatibly fun-infused, listing a choice of signature tropical cocktails, in addition to beers, wines, and a variety of finger foods. cheers! location: 1095 bergen street [crown heights].