You could label 61 Local a restaurant or cafe but that wouldn't encompass the broad range of roles the eatery plays in its community. Located just off of bustling Smith Street in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, owner Dave Liatti's "public house," is, more than anything, a place for the local community to gather and share in the riches of the city's food scene. Functioning as a bar, coffee shop, restaurant, educational/event space and home base for Brooklyn's locavore scene, 61 Local lives up to it's name.
Liatti, a former engineer with Six Point Brewery, opened 61 Local in 2010. The menu, featuring an extensive list of beers on tap, snacks, small plates and entrees, is united under one theme: everything is locally sourced. Even the cocktails feature locally distilled spirits.
We visited on a windy winter day, posted up at the bar and dug into a steaming bowl of three bean chili and a plate of freshly baked, house-made corn biscuits served with a ramekin of Mike's Hot Honey and pat of locally made butter.
Biscuits, chili, Mike's Hot Honey, local butter: simply delicious. Did we mention the chili comes loaded with pickled red onions, cilantro, sour cream and cheddar with an option to add barbecue pulled pork? Yes, you need this in your life!
For more info on 61 Local visit http://61local.com.