Beer, Wine, & Food
Sure, you can get these three things anywhere, but they are all at their best at Hamilton’s in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn.Typically, I am not one to travel to another borough for dinner, but I had the incentive of going for my brother’s birthday. Now, I am anxious my friends for the trip to enjoy Hamilton’s great selection of beer & wine and delicious, top-quality dishes.
To start, my mom and I ordered some glasses of wine to start the evening. We were shocked when the bartender quickly grabbed the wine glasses and started to pour it from the tap! At first, I was concerned the bartender mistook my Pinot Grigio for a Brooklyn Lager. I have never seen a restaurant with white and red wine on tap, and believe it or not, my wine was just as crisp and delicious as having it from the bottle. If beer and wine isn’t your thing, Hamilton’s also has an eclectic mix of soju drinks—a distilled rice liquor.
After we all relaxed with our drinks, we took a look at their simple menu. While it is limited, I still had trouble deciding what to choose! For appetizers, we went with their chicken wings with sriracha butter as well as asparagus with sour cream, chorizo, and bread crumbs (a special of the night). While the sriracha may scare you, I am telling you the moist chicken wings had the perfect amount of kick, and the asparagus with the cool sour cream served as a tasty cool down. For dinner, I went with their seared local hake—a nice flaky white fish with tasty melted leeks, roasted shitake and oyster mushrooms, and black olive oil. My mom also went with seafood, but she chose the special of the night—seared Massachusetts scallops with arroz verde and ramps (or wild leeks). Hamilton’s definitely got an A on their seafood test, but what about their meat? Luckily, the boys went with the turf instead of the surf—my dad picking the slow roasted beef brisket with mashed potatoes and roasted cauliflower and my brother deciding on the infamous grass fed burger with sweet and sour onions, aged white cheddar, and roasted potato wedges. Not to my surprise, Hamilton’s also passed with flying colors on their meat dishes—both options packed with flavor and cooked to perfection.
Well, since it is a birthday celebration after all, we obviously couldn’t turn down dessert. Since Hamilton’s has only two options, it was an easy choice—get both and share! Their flourless chocolate cake with sea salt was delectably rich—an instant crowd-pleaser for dark-chocolate lovers like myself. But, for those who don’t like chocolate, you can also get the whipped fresh ricotta cheesecake with oatmeal cookie crumble and raspberry sauce. It was light, creamy, and a sweet finish to a satisfying meal.
This restaurant definitely sets a higher standard for beer, wine, and food. Even though you may not live in Brooklyn where Hamilton’s is a quick subway ride away, I am telling you that this place is worth the ride no matter what borough you hail from.
Hamilton’s also has outdoor picnic tables (their “beer garden”) for those of you who like to enjoy brunch, dinner, or drinks in the sun!