Brooklyn’s lively Superfine is affordably hipster-chic

By Necee Regis
Globe Correspondent / August 9, 2009

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BROOKLYN, N.Y. - The neighborhood in New York known as DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) is dense with warehouses and industrial buildings converted into artist lofts, luxury condos, upscale boutiques, furniture and accessory stores, funky bars, and mix-priced restaurants.

On a recent evening we discovered Superfine, an affordable and lively bar and restaurant located directly below Brooklyn’s entrance ramp to the bridge. The interior is industrial crossed with hipster-chic, with exposed brick walls, a sunken bar illuminated by dangling strands of blue lights, a pool table, and slapdash dining decor where mismatched tables and chairs look like they were rescued from your great aunt’s apartment in the 1950s.

The kitchen is open to the dining area. The menu, written on an erasable menu board, reflects the restaurant’s commitment to sustainable agriculture and organic products purchased from local suppliers. Offerings change daily, though there’s a core selection of salad, pizza, pasta, fish, and grilled meats. We tried a grilled pizza with bacon, cured olives, caramelized onions, and fresh mozzarella, as well as the homemade sausage and seafood stew.

The bar serves classic cocktails with a twist, such as an Apple Brandy Sidecar and Super Dark and Stormy. The atmosphere is occasionally accentuated by live music from bluegrass to jazz performed on a small stage where silver stars dangle in front of a bright red curtain framed by artificial grass beach umbrellas.

Superfine, 126 Front St, Brooklyn, N.Y., 718-243-9005. Open for lunch and dinner Tuesdays though Sundays (times vary), closed Mondays. Entrees $14-$25.