new york: the four horsemen bar opening

© the four horsemen / photography: justin chung

the gentrification of williamsburg is going leaps and bounds, and although the phenomenon usually comes with unfavourable side effects, there are plenty of benefits as well. this part of brooklyn has become a sought-after area for a demographic of savvy urbanites who venture here to set up home, establish a business, or simply to have a good time. the ongoing buzz has spawned a new infrastructure of happening yet also genuine hospitality venues, and in such an appealing variety that it's closely followed around the planet. one of the latest gems to arrive on the block is a sleek modern wine bar called the four horsemen.

although conceptualized as a laid-back neighbourhood establishment, it's backed by a team of driven professionals, led by founders christina topsøe, a former corporate lawyer, wine connoisseur randolph moon, and last but not least, lcd soundsystem frontman james murphy. the interior of the four horsemen, created by new york-based practice ole sondresen architect, has a distinct scandinavian feel, pairing the building's concrete shell with latticed timber paneling, matching furnishings in light wood and simple globe light fixtures. the front section features window seating and a bar with stools, followed by a cozy dining section.

as said, this is first and foremost a wine bar, and as such it stocks an impressive 200 different wines from around the planet that represent the best of their particular terroir. but its not all about wines here though, there'll be also be a selection of rare beers are beers and a bespoke beer on tap called the shallows, brewed exclusively by from brooklyn brewery. and that's not all, folks. the four horsemen is a wine bar with benefits, culinary benefits so to speak. supervised by chef nick curtola, the establishment serves charcuterie, some house-made, cheeses and snacks, as well as hot and cold plates that focus on vegetables and lighter fish and meat preparations. bread, a humble but essential element of many a good meal, is made in-house. location: 295 grand street [williamsburg].

© the four horsemen / photography: justin chung