maison premiere; oyster house and cocktail den. doesn’t that just sound like fun? it most definitely is! it’s situated right on bedford avenue but once you step inside, you’ll feel like you’ve transported to another place and time. waitresses sport pin-curled hairstyles and you’ll find the boys pants are cuffed with suspenders holding them up and warm smiles on all their faces. the worn wood floors and rich color of the bar make the space feel deliciously comfortable and the design details make you feel like you’ve slipped into the french-quarter. there are plenty of industrial feeling architectural elements and dimly lit sconces that dot the walls. i can only imagine the search the interior designer went on to make this space feel as authentic as it does.
the front bar offers plenty of seating but make sure you get there early to actually snag one. this place fills up fast! you’ll love the cocktail menu and take note of the absinthe varieties as well. maison definitely gets my vote for best cocktails in the neighborhood.
the menu is quite impressive as well. with over 30 kinds of oysters, seafood lovers will be in heaven. the raw bar offering is quite impressive and they’ve also added a number of options to the dinner menu including crudo and small plates.
i stopped in with friends this past sunday afternoon and we were seated in a cute little nook out back in the garden. we just did cocktails and a few snacks but thoroughly enjoyed the pleasant surroundings and interesting menus.