One of the few things that keeps me in Williamsburg is the amount of new restaurants that are constantly opening. Jason and I enjoy a good meal here and there, and we love the opportunity to try new places.
So, when we saw that Hope Garage was opening across the street from our apartment building, we were definitely curious.* And in our laziness of last night, we decided to check it out for a quick meal. Initially, upon walking in, we were shocked at how much we actually liked the decor, when we had first looked in a few months back, it looked like it had the potential to be loungy, and truth be told, we were so not interested.
But we took a seat and settled in for the adventure. Our server gave us the rundown of their drinks, along with their homemade syrup flavors, and I immediately decided I had to try the lavender syrup, which they brought to me mixed with vodka and soda. It was crack. Crack in a glass, I tell you.
In true Williamsburg fashion, the menus had tons of home style cooking, favorite bar eats, and lots and lots of pork (I know where I won’t be eating come September). In true Jason fashion, he couldn’t decide what to order, and we ended up with several plates at our table including: shrimp and chorizo skewers, smoked kale, fish sticks, crispy potatoes, and mac n’ cheese. We both just eat like birds, can’t you tell?
I was actually pleasantly surprised. And while the mac n’ cheese isn’t the best in Williamsburg (Miller’s Tavern currently holds that title in my opinion), it was great, and big enough for me to save half for lunch tomorrow. The fish sticks were pleasantly adult and delicious, the kale properly bacon covered, and the skewers interesting enough to hold Jason’s attention.
I’m looking forward to trying additional dishes at Hope Garage. They have a pork chop that looks amazing, wings that get rave reviews, and a chocolate banana cream pie that is calling my name. Best part? They serve food until 4 AM, so any time I need a late night snack, I just have to put on pants and walk across the street.
*Fact: They’ve been doing construction outside of Hope Garage for months and driving Jason crazy. We wanted to hate it so bad.