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“Black Mountain Wine House”

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  Night Out New American Brooklyn Cheap Eats Good

Black Mountain Wine House is an apt name for this transporting little wine bar in Carroll Gardens. It feels like it was air lifted from the Black Mountains; it is literally a house, and they do serve quite a bit of wine. You’ll find it nested on the leafy corner of Hoyt and Union Streets like a mirage from some scene from an Ang Lee film. It’s a sweet little bungalow with a log cabin-like exterior, and a front patio filled with sunny flowerpots, a wheel barrel, and a living room set of rustic raw-wood Adirondack chairs and benches where you can sit and enjoy a glass of wine or a beer and let the day dissolve into night. (The only thing missing out there is an outdoor fire pit, which would be nice on nights when the temps dip down, making it just slightly too cold to eat outside.)

Through the front door (salvaged from a turn-of-the-century farmhouse) you’ll find one of the coziest rooms in the five boroughs. With a warm amber glow from the tan raw hide hanging lamps, weathered floorboards, countryside wainscoting running up the walls, and an oversized working fireplace at the rear, it’s the sort of place that makes you yearn for a big snowstorm so that you’ll be marooned in this rocky mountain oasis for a good while. It’s like the mountainside home nestled in the thick redwood forest that you’ve always wanted to come home to.

Black Mountain comes to us from the owners of Patois and Pacifico, who know a thing or two about creating transporting atmosphere. Pacifico takes you across the border to a sun-drenched taqueria in Mexico City, while Patois is a McNally-like replica of a Parisian bistro. But Black Mountain is truly special, as it’s got no design imitators. Perhaps it’s close to the vibe at Freeman’s, but it’s cozier, and it lacks the requisite hipster taxidermy. It’s just the sweetest little spot that’s romantic enough to make lovers of the greatest foes. (At least for one night.)

With décor this perfect (it’s theatrical set worthy), the food and wine don’t really matter all that much. I mean just sitting in there is like some sort of Zen mountain therapy: it drops your blood pressure, loosens the knots in your neck, un-knits the furrow from your brow. You’ll just want to sit there, perhaps across from someone you like to look at, and you really won’t care what it is you’re drinking or eating. But th ... [more, click below]

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