Magazine article The New Yorker

Food & Drink

Magazine article The New Yorker

Food & Drink

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FOOD & DRINK

BAR TAB

Sycamore

1118 Cortelyou Rd., Brooklyn (347-240-5850)

A single night at Sycamore, a sprawling bar in Ditmas Park, is a self-contained pub crawl, offering the restless patron four sections to chose from. One damp Thursday, two adventurers started their evening in the large back yard, where rough benches threaten soft places with cruel splinters. A young woman flipped through old Trivial Pursuit cards while a man in a denim jacket with faux-shearling trim read "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao." In an adjacent Bedouin-style tent, decorated in an improbable hunting-lodge theme (fake fireplace, taxidermy pheasant), Queen Cobra Thai Street Food served up sweet chicken wings covered in cilantro. Mounds of discarded metacarpals sucked clean grew on mismatched picnic tables, as a moody, crooning rendition of the "Bingo" song signalled the start of queer singles bingo. …

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