New Yorkers looking to escape the chill of winter can now find a bit of the Atlantic City boardwalk in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Okay, so there isn't an actual beach inside of Ramona, but the new cocktail bar does offer a welcoming interior featuring walls and banquettes lined with reclaimed ipe wood salvaged from the NJ seaside destination after Hurricane Sandy. The little sister of Lower East Side establishment Elsa, Ramona beckons passersby in off of Franklin Street with a twinkle of candlelight and the promise of a masterfully mixed drink that will warm you from the inside out.
Ramona is a collaboration between specialty cocktail goods company City of Daughters‘ Jay Schneider and Natalka Burian and Jay’s brother Scott. The trio called upon interior design firm hOmE (who have already made their mark on Greenpoint hotspots like Tørst, Alameda, and Paulie Gee’s) to transform the inside of the troubled Production Lounge bar into a new destination. The resulting bi-level space packs in a lot of visual interest with its double-height ceilings, over-sized copper pipe chandelier and three different areas – a bar, a back seating area and a mezzanine – that each have their own mood.
“The concept behind the design came from Ramona’s sister restaurant Elsa,” the designers at hOmE told Inhabitat. “Ramona is Elsa’s little sister. She is a little more bold and outgoing. This is reflected in the choice of materials such as the Carrera marble, copper chandeliers, and gold paint.”
Though a bit more indulgent than those of her older sister, Ramona’s interior was still designed with waste reduction in mind. “With all of our projects we strive to use as much reclaimed material as the project parameters allow,” says hOmE. “In Ramona, we were able to acquire the wood for the back bar and banquette from the Atlantic City boardwalk that had been ripped up during Hurricane Sandy. We were also able to rehabilitate the existing stair rail up to the mezzanine. Other reclaimed items include fixtures, picture frames, pots, sinks, and mirrors. These pieces make the space eclectic and comfortable.”
Try the Boxer, Beetle (blackberry bourbon, rose hip grenadine, allspice dram, rosemary) for a subtle sip of summer fruit in the winter.
There was no food menu yet when we stopped by Ramona last week but co-owner Scott Schneider told us that an offering of light bites and charcuterie is currently in the works. Ramona is located at 113 Franklin St. in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.