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Black Tree’s cozy interior is chock full of history. The tables, chairs, stools and bar were made by Brooklyn Reclamation out of wood salvaged from a bowling alley built in the 1920s and the metal components throughout the restaurant were salvaged from a 1940s era factory in Virginia just after it was razed. Even the table bases are upcycled from old rotary brakes from trucks.

The floors and walls, decked out in vintage mirrors and picture frames, are made from wood salvaged from old houses in upstate New York and stained glass windows from a mansion in Clinton Hill overlook the modest kitchen, which is manned by the owner himself. The bar, which is lined with vintage speakers, serves up mixological delights like “Under a Purple Sky,” a refreshing mixture of gin, grappa, lilac syrup and fresh kumquats. And vegetarians will be delighted to find tasty sandwich fixings like wine and herb marinated mushrooms, pan-seared broccoli rabe, or classic gooey grilled cheese.

Black Tree’s other outpost in Brooklyn features the same appetizing menu and reclaimed sensibilities. Both locations stay open late into the night for evening drinks or midnight snacks.

+ Black Tree

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