Blueprint, a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it stalwart on Park Slope’s Fifth Avenue, offers a lesson in moderation. Behind its discreetly marked door lies all of what a neighborhood bar needs, and no more: refined cocktails, a menu that rarely changes, a moody interior banked by a lush little patio, and waitstaff who make a practice of knowing your name. Opened in 2011 by Rory Dwyer and Regina Christiansen — often found tending bar here — it made waves as Park Slope’s first upscale cocktail joint. It’s no longer alone, but loyalty to its original vision gives Blueprint a soothing stability in an area beset by change. The menu features solid small plates, fairly exotic charcuterie and cheese rotations, and well-done twists on comfort foods (the rabbit pot pie comes to mind). As for drinks, the negroni and Smoky Mary’s are standouts, the former representative of the clean classics the bar pulls off so well, and the latter just offbeat enough to counter all that familiarity.
196 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn