Hey y’all! I know it’s been a minute since I’ve posted. Needless to say, I’ve been in a bit of a writer’s slump, but I’m back and kicking off a new segment on the blog! I hope you enjoy as I chronicle my experience rediscovering Brooklyn and namely, my neighborhood, the Stuy.
Spring has arrived (though it’s been hard to tell) and with the change in season typcially comes the desire to be out and about. To kick off my spring in the city, I called up my always bout it sidekick, Joi, and suggested that we check out a spot I came across in my twitter feed the night before. Of course she was down, so we headed out Saturday evening to watch the Final Four at Rustik Tavern.
Apparently, we’re both a few years behind the curve because according to Rustik’s website, they’ve been in business since 2007 (who knew?! but at least I have an excuse). Even as we walked toward the venue, it was still a little difficult to identify this quaint little spot nestled along DeKalb Ave…a street that we travel often while heading into the city or downtown BK. Upon entering, we were both quite surprised by the casual, cozy, and so accurately named, rustik decor (i.e. the picnic table :lol:). We proceeded to seat ourselves at the last open table in our sight that happened to be smack dab in front of the largest screen in the spot. It became apparent rather quickly, that we had arrived just in time to grab it because there was a steady flow of patrons thereafter, and it was clear that no one was leaving anytime soon. After taking some time to review the menu that consisted of the largest selection of beer I think I’ve ever seen (further adding to the venue’s laid back and almost collegiate, atmosphere) we placed our order with whom we eventually learned was the sole waitress in the venue. This fact, would prove to be one source of annoyance throughout the night.
Game time was fun…good energy, good food (with the exception of my nachos), and a tasty house specialty, Rustik Lemonade (that almost had me under the table haha). The crowd began to change as it got later — the mature casual crowd shifted to the party goers, teeny boppers (not really, but might as well have been), and rather “eccentric” folks. Eventually the DJ started his set and had us jammin with some 90s R&B, hip hop and reggae! 😀 Unfortunately, we weren’t enjoying ourselves as much with the late night sect, so we rolled out a little after 1am. I’m still quite perplexed about the flow of the weekend late nights at Rustik 😕 ; maybe we’ll give it another chance down the road. I’ll definitely be hitting up their weeknight karaoke (I’d probably need about 3 lemonades to participate though lol) and maybe some of their artist showcases. Overall, I’m glad that we discovered this spot and I’m looking forward to our next tryst in the Stuy!