Magazine article The New Yorker

Rug-B

Magazine article The New Yorker

Rug-B

Article excerpt

1310 Cortelyou Rd., Brooklyn (718-284-0024)--There aren't many sit-down restaurants in and around Brooklyn's Ditmas Park, the big cluster of Victorian homes halfway out to Coney Island. There's no shortage of establishments that serve snacks of many nations, which tend to be messy, spicy, and eaten standing up. But this minimalist, cool Caribbean cafe wants to be something more: the kind of place you might take a date to.

The one-room storefront, named after nearby Rugby Road, has only two luxuries: broad-plank floors and a collection of scuffed antique lanterns. On cool summer nights, the clamor of the children playing at the little playground next door comes in through the French doors opened to the street. A guy in a uniform of white tank top and blue Adidas track pants--the owner, Phil Davis, a native of St. Vincent--greets everyone as if they were finally arriving at his house party. This laid-back vibe is Rug-B's strength and its weakness: it extends to the kitchen, whose rhythm can be erratic, as well as to the liquor policy, which is B.Y.O.B.--guests order pineapple juice served in Mason jars, then spike it with rum. …

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