Years after the Randolph Group built Nolita cocktail haven The Randolph at Broome and then followed up with Randolph Beer, it’s expanding into Brooklyn: The Randolph Brooklyn (104 South 4th Street, Brooklyn, 718-599-0412) opened in South Williamsburg last week, and it aims to be the best of the bunch: The Randolph is known for its careful attention to coffee, cocktails, food, and beer, and the team looked to funnel all the great things about its first two locations into one.
Several Randolph partners live in Williamsburg, so when a particularly appealing space opened up on South 4th Street in the rent-friendlier south side of the neighborhood, the team secured a lease and got right to work. Each establishment is designed to have its own look and feel, and partner Dave Plate points out that Randolph Beer incorporated a Williamsburg-inspired aesthetic with fine woodwork and lighting elements, something that really was unique for Manhattan at the time. “When we came out to Williamsburg, the design choices came from what was missing in the neighborhood,” says Plate. For the Williamsburg space, the group channeled a 1970’s Bowery punk rock ethos, with graffiti scrawled across the walls and a pink heart neon sign giving a throwback to eclectic nightlife options.
But despite that design scheme, The Randolph Brooklyn isn’t trying to be just a bar. “We’re actually not trying to go more for night time versus day time,” says Plate. “It’s a restaurant first and foremost. We’re open to allowing the place to be what it wants to be.”
That restaurant has 12 draft lines reserved for craft offerings, coffee from Toby’s Estate, a comprehensive cocktail list, and a menu that specializes in new American pub fare (think mac ‘n’ cheese, braised shortrib, and fried chicken thighs).
The team also hopes the spot will become known for its burger, and not just for the taste. In addition to the new location, the group rolled out a “Burgers Battling Hunger” initiative earlier this month. For every burger ordered at any Randolph location, ownership will donate 25 cents to New York City Coalition Against Hunger; the team has been in partnership with the group since 2007. “The fact that people go hungry in New York City is a real bummer,” notes fellow partner Hari Kalyan.
The Randolph Brooklyn is open Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. until 2 a.m., Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. until 4 a.m., and Sunday from 5 p.m. until midnight.